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Pebble Charger

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Pebble Charger by zeq Apr 10, 2014

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A small USB charger for your Pebble Smartwatch.
Did you lose your original Pebble charger cable? Or do you want an extra charger, just in case? You can have yours in less than 1 hour! After printing you only need two pieces of metal wire. I took mine from a single-core jumper wire and used tweezers to put them in place.
Instead of using magnets, this charger snaps nicely on your watch. The design is 3D printer friendly.
Instruction video: https://youtu.be/_xO0PdqwhCk

See also: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pebble-Charger
Update: I added a file for the Pebble Steel. This is still experimental and needs to be tested properly!

Instructions

Orient the part in your printer as illustrated in one of the images, it was designed to be printed this way. A support structure is not necessary, while a brim helps to prevent warping.
For the connectors: you will need a metal wire that is flexible enough to shape it nicely, but rigid enough to maintain its form in the end. I found that single-core jumper wires do this job just fine. To put the wires in place, you will probably need some tweezers.
Two important notes:
I found that the DIY USB plug works very well. However, as with any non-certified plug, there is always a risk of damage to your equipment. Please be careful and use at your own risk!
Before using, check your print for any sharp edges, especially on the side opposite to the USB plug. Burrs or sharp edges might slightly scratch the plastic housing on the right side of your Pebble.
Have fun!
Special thanks to Acen (http://www.thingiverse.com/acen/designs) for sharing his ideas on the DIY USB plug!
Update: I added a test file for the Pebble Steel. The design is quite different from the original and needs to be tested. The design for the Pebble Steel is still work in progress.

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Thank you very much. It is working perfectly.
Printed lying on the bottom instead of upside with support. No further action required.

Works great THANK you for your design. Had to do a little fiddling with the wires and a bit of cutting (it was too tight of a squeeze for the clips). The half circle pin had to be cut down a little. If you print this print on a very high resolution. To open the holes for the wires I used a small screwdriver on a drill as I did not have a small enough drill. As was mentioned the wire holes move at an angle from the USB side to the watch side.

can you please make one for the pebble time steel

this is awesome!! Thank you very much :)

I just printed the charger for the Pebble Steel - perfect fit - have uploaded the pictures under MADE...
Thanks a lot for sharing!

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This is an amazingly good and useful design! Perfect for all Pebble users.

Thanks for sharing this file!

Made one,thanks. After loosing my original charger ..Some how managed to loose that, so i have modified/remixed it to add a key ring..
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:480767

Pebble Charger Key chain

I made one and it works great. One thing to be aware of it took some fiddling with the wire to get all the contacts to line up, but I am now charging my Pebble despite having lost the cable a week ago. Thank you!

Will this work with pebble steel? Will you design one for pebble steel? =)

Also keen for a Pebble Steel version. Great idea.

I had a quick look at the 3D model of Pebble Steel and I
believe this principle can be adapted to the design of the Steel. Especially
the snapping part will need some attention, as there is no space between the
buttons on the Pebble Steel. I might try something out, but I will need someone
to test it, as I don’t own the Steel : )

Me too! Do you want to share your CAD file? Is there any test .stl to try?

BTW! I love this design!!! :D :D It looks awesome!!!

I'll test it if you can design it :D :D

I finally took the first steps in designing a charger for the Pebble Steel in addition to the Original Pebble. The test file is now available, feel free to try this design. It would be great if you can let me know what needs to be changed :-)

Printed one out for my Steel - the fit is good, and at first i didn't see that the wire needed to slide at an angle thru the holes. After figuring that out and bending up two staples, we are good to go. Thanks a lot for this!

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Excellent job here!!!!
It's there a possibility to have the male plug on the right side?

The connectors on the Pebble itself are on the left side. I decided
to make the plug on the same side to keep the design as simple as possible.
Especially the guiding the metal wiring will be a bit more challenging if the
plug would be on the right.
But everyone is welcome to change and improve the design :-)

You can always use replicatorG to mirror the print. If you haven't updated to sailfish, it's definitely worth your while!

Unfortunately, mirroring the entire model will not really do
the trick. It would require a re-design.

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