Yup. But there's nothing on the market that does that. I've considered hacking up my own to connect into the 12V power that's available there and exposing a USB-PD adapter, but that's a lot of work to avoid one wire and it wasn't super important to me.That’s a lot of money for a device that doesn’t charge your phone.
My phone fits in the cupholder, that's where I've been keeping it but, I'm tired of looking at the floor to see it. Besides, I use the cupholders to keep cups in. Which one did you buy?
Hi Kevin, can you make one with an iPhone Lightning cable? This mount would fit into my Alfa Romeo Giulietta too.Thank you smark for the photos! I was able to import them into autocad and estimate some measurements. The inside view:
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I had some 0.008" half hard shim stock I cut into 0.035 wide strips which I coated with solder to fashion contacts, here are the holes. I ballparked location and size from smark's photos, you can tell it's a combination of non-sense tech and arts and craft
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It is a lot easier to place the holes, should anyone else be crazy enough to want to do this, by looking at where they fall on the inside.
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I stuck-in my homemade contacts and poked it in the hole in the dash.
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And nothing. Then I turned on the car's key and Viola! Some really hot 12V (14.something!).
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The hideous guts. I suck with hot glue, it always makes things look a mess. I had to notch support ribs for the wires to pass through and it turns out (I didn't bother checking up front) the power supply needs an input cap, that's what the extra mess at the top is.
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So, here I am, thinking I'm pretty cool with my new charging phone holder. I chose an expensive power supply that is okay with boiling water temperatures as I live in Texas. I once measured 185F on the dash of my old car. I thought, I should put a brisket or roast on my dash in the morning. I probably should have used a cheap, generic lighter outlet charger and just took the guts out and put them inside.
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Problem was, when I plugged it in, it didn't work. It seems that plugging and unplugging was crushing the contacts against the phone holder, leaving them flat on the surface. This kept them from reaching the contacts inside the navi hole. So, it goes on the mill, I used a 3/32 end mill, which is the size of the holes. The material is around a tenth inch thick here so, I cut half way through.
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With room for the contacts to spring in during insertion and spring back out once installed, it works! I put a little no-ox on the terminals as tin-lead contacts don't really go with the, no doubt, gold contacts in the dash and it should make them play nice for a good while. A close look at the battery symbol in the upper right hand corner shows the lighting bolt!
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Once finished with this project I realized that I can probably find, and get home from, most anyplace forty miles away.