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Sony Xperia Z1 (C9603) charging dock

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Sony Xperia Z1 (C9603) charging dock by dunkelstern Apr 19, 2014
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Prints in 2 parts, the dock has a hole where you can fit an original magnet charger connector that you bought somewhere (On amazon for around 9 Euros).

Or you can print the connector part and solder a 0.75mm copper wire to a stripped USB cable (look at the last photo). It prints as a seperate part because the wire-holes tend to close up due to the plastic shrinking or sagging, so you'll have to drill the holes to get the wire through.

Instructions

Using a magnet charger connector bought somewhere:

Vitamins/Tools

  1. Magnet charger connector
  2. Knife

How to

  • Print the dock part
  • Cut the hole at the back to an U-shape so you can lay the charger cable through
  • Hot-Glue the connector in place and put the cable in the U-shaped channel to lead it to the back and then out through the cut hole.

Using the supplied "connector" part

Vitamins/Tools

  1. Salvaged USB Cable (or just 2 pole cable and USB connector)
  2. 0.75mm to 1mm copper wire (about 50 to 70mm)
  3. Isolating tape or shrink tubing to isolate the wires against each other
  4. Optionally: Some kind of magnet that fits the 10x1.5mm slot
  5. Sanding paper
  6. Soldering iron
  7. Wire stripper/cutter

How to

  • Print both parts (or use the build plate STL)
  • Drill/Clean the holes:
    • The big holes from the bottom are 2.5mm
    • The angled holes on the top are 0.75-1mm (you have to get the copper wire through without much wiggling space)
  • Get some 0.75-1mm copper wire and solder it to a salvaged USB-Cable (Red is +, Black is -, isolate the other colored wires, those are for data)
  • Put the wires through the holes that they stand out about half a milimeter (+ is on the top of the phone, - on the bottom, do NOT reverse the poles, your phone may be damaged!) and sand them even to make the best possible contact.
  • Optionally get some small magnets to put in the slot, it helps centering the phone automatically. (I used two 5 x 1.5mm neodymium disc magnets and glued them in)

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