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Wireless charging mod

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by GunRunner, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Jul 13, 2018 at 8:54 PM
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    GunRunner

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    Coming from a gen 3 Tacoma I enjoyed having the wireless charger built in. Not necessarily a necessity, but it is a nice feature to have.

    So I started thinking the bottom tray would be perfect for a wireless charger. I searched around and only found one thread on another site. I decided to try it myself and it definitely turned out great!

    To start I purchased this wireless charger because of the shape fits perfectly under the tray and the 3 coils allow the phone to sit in there and charge without having to be positioned.

    These are all the things that were required:

    Charger-
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B078HV3V6M/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    12v to 5v adapter-
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00U2DGJD2?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2

    Mounting tape-
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005SRECEU?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2

    After removing the side pieces on the dash which just pull out I unscrewed the lower tray area and wiggled it out. Once removed I found that the wireless charger is strone enough that it can transmit through the plastic without even having to remove the housing on the wireless charger.

    This was a simple mod, I placed the mounting tape on the top of the wireless charger and placed it in the center of the bottom of the tray. After that just plug in the adapter and then wire it to the back of the cigarette lighter. If you have a soldering iron it’ll work better as you can secure the wires better. But I imagine you can get creative too.

    Here are some photos of the finished product.

    Just toss my iPhone in the tray and it instantly starts charging.

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  2. Jul 14, 2018 at 2:14 AM
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    That is pretty damn rad.
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM
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    very nice....
     
  4. Jul 14, 2018 at 11:38 PM
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    Good job!!
     
  5. Jul 16, 2018 at 11:43 AM
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    Great idea and good execution on your part!

    2 questions:
    - did you use the right angle usb adapter?
    - how do the two trim pieces on the sides of the center console come off? do they pull out towards the back of the vehicle or out to the side towards the doors?
     
  6. Jul 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM
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    I did use the right angel USB adapter.

    The two trim pieces are tight so they are tough to get out at first. I pulled from the bottom until I could get my fingers in there to work to the top. They just pull straight out. As does everything in the center dash like a bunch of lego pieces.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2018 at 1:47 PM
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    Copy all. Thanks! :cheers:
     
  8. Jul 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM
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    What kind of phone do you have? Just curious as I have a Galaxy Note 8 and it doesn't fit in the pocket. Curious as to if it would charge with my phone sitting in there diagonal.
     
  9. Jul 17, 2018 at 6:10 PM
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    iPhone X, you can test your phone if you own a wireless charger and see if it’ll charge from different directions. The charger I chose for the mod has 3 charging coils so any part of the surface will charge if it contacts the charging panel on the phone.
     
  10. Jul 18, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    Sweet. Thanks! Great idea for a mod, btw!
     
  11. Jul 29, 2018 at 8:04 PM
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    Awesome. Going to do this one!!
     
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  12. Aug 12, 2018 at 8:57 PM
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    Nice work. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Curious....Because there's a bunch of material between the coils to the phone, does the charging rate slow down??

    I have a spigen phone case on as well...
     
  14. Aug 13, 2018 at 11:55 AM
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    Nope I did not notice any decrease in charging. I also have a case it’s a plastic clear back case.

    I’ve taken apart a wireless charger while experimenting with this and the coils sit pretty close to the top plastic. Not much between them.
     
  15. Aug 22, 2018 at 8:38 AM
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    T4, thanks. Ordered.
     
  16. Sep 3, 2018 at 8:09 PM
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    oh this is clever. I like it. Wonder if you can order the rubber mat from the 5th gen taco's to fit it in place. When I had my taco it really held the phone in place real grippy rubber
     
  17. Sep 3, 2018 at 11:13 PM
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    I doubt it would fit. I just ordered a sheet of talon grips and cut it to fit. Phone doesn’t go anywhere.
     
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    Sub'd for later.
     
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    FYI. Galaxy S9+ is too big for the cubby space... even without a case... lol
     
  20. Sep 17, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    So is the lg thin q
     
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