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Console Phone Induction Charging

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Krash, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. Krash

    Krash Data Technician

    Apr 18, 2017
    Intermountain US
    #1 Krash, Jul 15, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018
    My phone uses Qi induction charging. I don't keep in in a case and my phone fits flat nicely sideways on the rubber mat behind the flip up charge location.

    So I wanted to see if the Tesla USB port would drive enough power for an induction Qi plate and if the induction would cross the raised area of the OEM mat. It does.

    I used a short USB-C cable. (I had bought a spare when buying one for the USB-C phone holder mod) And I used a disassembled Choetech USB-C Wireless Qi Charging Pad since it is USB-C, powerful, cheap, easily found, and easily dissembled.



    For future improvements I may use a flush dual accessory USB adapter to power this in order to keep the data enabled USB ports free, but require a longer cable. I also considered running a fiber optic cable from the LED light that is enabled when the unit is charging, to someplace visible. Removing the LED light, stringing some thin wire and locating the light elsewhere would be even cooler. I am curious as to where forum members would envision this light. I also considered building a frame for the coil unit, to make it easier to remove the mat without worrying about the short cables moving the coil assembly in front of the mat alignment holes.

    If you are considering doing this mod, keep in mind that if your phone is too large to fit flat it won't charge. (Most phones and likely the new iPhone 8 are to tall). Even if it fits, if you have a thick case it may be too far from the coil to charge. I don't know what the phantom power draw is.
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  2. Haxster

    Haxster Member

    Apr 4, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Sounds interesting. When I click on your links, I get:
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    You do not have permission to view media within this album.​

    You may want to change them to public or upload photos.
  3. tfung

    tfung Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    New York
    Thinking about doing this as well.. but I wanted to use quickcharge instead of regular wireless qi... it seems that cannot be powered by USB and will require the cigarette lighter charger to do so...

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