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Tutorial on how to make dock for Sony Xperia ZR and other Xperias at home (DIY)

20th January 2014, 08:21 AM   |  #1  
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Things needed,

(1) Any hard plastic sheet to make charging base stand (I had used plastic from square plastic bottle, image attached)
(2) Nokia to sony erricson - old mobiles' charging adapter. (image attached)
(3) Ordinary USB cable with power surge protection (not a must thing to have power surge protection).
(4) Two sided sticking tape. (image attached)
(5) Scissors and sharp blade to cut the plastic sheet.
(6) Soldering iron.
(7) Original sony charger - the one which came with your mobile.
(8) Quick fix to stick the things together.

First of all, you have to make charging case to adapt the phone, measure the width of the phone, add 2 mm to it, draw square (black square as in figure) with this width and height on the plastic sheet from which you intend to make case. Now measure thickness of your phone, add 2 mm to it, draw two parallel lines (blue lines as in figure) on the adjoining rectangular lines on the square, secondly draw another two parallel lines (red lines as in figure) parallel to blue lines to make supporting sleeve. Fold them according to shown in figure, and stick them with quick fix to hold them in place. Allow it to dry.

Then put your phone in this case, mark the placements of golden contact ports (dock ports) on the side wall of the case with pen.

Take the charger adapter, adjust the contact pins according to distance between golden contact points of phone, cut the space on the side wall of the plastic case to fit this charger adapter so that after fixing it, the contact pins of adapter comes in contact with phone golden contact ports.

Now, cut the second end of USB cable (the end towards the power surge protector), find out which one is +ve and which one is -ve, and solder them to the pins of charger adapter after opening the covering of the adapter (non branded adapters are easy to open) so that +ve PIN COMES IN CONTACT TO THE UPPER GOLDEN CONTACT POINT OF THE PHONE, second one is ground, so solder it to the remaining contact pin. Close the cover of charger adapter, remove adjoining plastic insertions pins up to the base, fix adapter with quick fix to the already cut out space of the side wall of the plastic case and allow it to dry.

Plug this USB to your original charger and the DOCK IS READY

You can stick the case to wall with two sided tape as shown in photo, so that when phone is placed in the case, it remains tilted and hence by gravity, golden dock port comes in contact with charger adapter pins.

Hope this tutorial will help you.

----Inspired from XDA-----

Disclaimer:- I have and am using this self made dock to charge my own Sony Xperia ZR without any problem to phone or battery but I do not take any responsibility of what so ever happens to your phone by making and using this charging dock.
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20th January 2014, 01:05 PM   |  #2  
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Question Charging speed?
I tried to make a dock using a printer usb cable and it worked but the charging speed was really slow. I got 1% charge in about 20 mins.
Could you please tell the charging speed using your dock?
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21st January 2014, 05:58 AM   |  #3  
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I tried to make a dock using a printer usb cable and it worked but the charging speed was really slow. I got 1% charge in about 20 mins.
Could you please tell the charging speed using your dock?
Thanks.

100 % charging required 3 hrs in my case vs 2.5 hrs with direct charging. I suggest you to use the USB cable which came with any mobile device for charging/data transfer. They have very low resistance value. You can also check the power output of native charger and your dock if there is any difference.
22nd January 2014, 10:32 AM   |  #4  
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Thanks very much for this great tutorial,
But one thing i didn't get is how to adjust the contact pins to the right distance ?
24th January 2014, 04:47 AM   |  #5  
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Thanks very much for this great tutorial,
But one thing i didn't get is how to adjust the contact pins to the right distance ?

For that, all you have to do is, open sony charger adapter, remove the pins and replace according to the distance required (distance between golden dock points of phone). There are grooves already present to adjust the space between this two pins in majority of after market charger adapters.
11th February 2014, 08:12 PM   |  #6  
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Smile That's my DIY Dock for ZR
That's my DIY Dock for ZR

Hi!

I have the honor to present my version of DIY dock for ZR. ^^

I made it in ​​1 afternoon. It cost me 0€. (I've collected the 2 pins and the micro USB port on a broken phone that I had in a drawer.)
It's made of wood as you can see. I designed it for my ZR fits perfectly in with the silicone case. But I also intended that the 2 contacts are adjustable so that I can use the phone in the dock without case.
My ZR really fits perfectly, I just have to let go in the dock and it sets up all alone and recharge.
The 2 little pieces of steel works as 2 little springs and permit that the contact of the pins with the phone is always perfect. And the 2 screws permit to adjust exactly the position of the 2 pins.
I will soon paint the dock. But it's not urgent.

The only drawback is that the dock charging speed is not as fast as usb cable charge speed. But It's not a problem of design of my dock.

So there is some photos of my dock.
 






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Hi!

I have the honor to present my version of DIY dock for ZR. ^^

I made it in ​​1 afternoon. It cost me 0. (I've collected the 2 pins and the micro USB port on a broken phone that I had in a drawer.)
It's made of wood as you can see. I designed it for my ZR fits perfectly in with the silicone case. But I also intended that the 2 contacts are adjustable so that I can use the phone in the dock without case.
My ZR really fits perfectly, I just have to let go in the dock and it sets up all alone and recharge.
The 2 little pieces of steel works as 2 little springs and permit that the contact of the pins with the phone is always perfect. And the 2 screws permit to adjust exactly the position of the 2 pins.
I will soon paint the dock. But it's not urgent.

The only drawback is that the dock charging speed is not as fast as usb cable charge speed. But It's not a problem of design of my dock.

So there is so photos of my dock.

 






Looks cool man. This is genius and creativity.
26th February 2014, 10:03 PM   |  #8  
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Xperia ZR dock-charger plates polarity??
Hello everyone!
Can anyone tell me the polarity of the Xperia ZR's charging plates? I mean which one is positive and which one is negative?
I want to make my own dock as well but I am afraid that I might fry my phone by messing up with the polarity. I don't have a tester by the way.
Can anyone show me a picture of this?
Something that looks like the attached picture below.
Please do *NOTE that the picture is only to tell you what I mean. It doesn't mean that the content(polarity) is accurate.
Someone please correct the illustration if it's wrong. If it is right, please confirm as well.

Thank you guys!!!
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26th February 2014, 11:31 PM   |  #9  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Earl John

Hello everyone!
Can anyone tell me the polarity of the Xperia ZR's charging plates? I mean which one is positive and which one is negative?
I want to make my own dock as well but I am afraid that I might fry my phone by messing up with the polarity. I don't have a tester by the way.
Can anyone show me a picture of this?
Something that looks like the attached picture below.
Please do *NOTE that the picture is only to tell you what I mean. It doesn't mean that the content(polarity) is accurate.
Someone please correct the illustration if it's wrong. If it is right, please confirm as well.

Thank you guys!!!

Hi

The polarity on the picture is good. The + on the top and the - below.
The first time I hadn't any idea about the good polarity, i've try by putting wires in the plates, it was the good polarity at the firt try. But wanted to try the invert polarity (idiot idea ), the result, ZR shutdown instantly ! I was very scared but it restarted, fortunately.

Don't forget to show us your DIY dock when you will have finish it.
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Hi

The polarity on the picture is good. The + on the top and the - below.
The first time I hadn't any idea about the good polarity, i've try by putting wires in the plates, it was the good polarity at the firt try. But wanted to try the invert polarity (idiot idea ), the result, ZR shutdown instantly ! I was very scared but it restarted, fortunately.

Don't forget to show us your DIY dock when you will have finish it.

Thanks buddy!!
I will post some pictures of my own D.I.Y. dock when it's done
How about the charging speed of yours? Is it fast enough? Others in this thread had experienced very slow charging speed. I wonder what caused it. Perhaps, the type of wire they used. So I guess I need to look for good wires suitable for fast charging as well. Any suggestion?

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