powering my dock…

so this one is pretty self explanatory.  I wanted the Droid dock to not have that annoying power cable be all over my dash.  Here is a picture of how it would look without this new modification.

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So here is the picture write-up on what I did.  Enjoy!

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As you can see there are a lot of little things to make this work.   The dock, the Droid, the additional cigarette lighter socket, the add-a-circuit, the appropriate fuse, and 3M command strips.

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I had to strip the cigarette lighter socket leads.

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I had removed the piano black panel from the sky when I was adding the PXAMG unit and brought it into my place to have a more stable place to mount the dock.  Of course before you mount anything make sure to wipe it down with alcohol wipes.

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I attached the 3M command strips to the Droid dock so that the strips cannot be seen from the front, but if need be the removal tabs are accessible.

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The dock is securely mounted to the panel.  It is strong enough so that while I am in the car I can pull my phone out without having to hold the dock.

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I needed to route the micro-usb cable through the dash.

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This is where the usb cable came out from the dash.   It will eventually go behind this lower panel to reach the fuse box.

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All the parts I need for this to work, which includes some wire nuts, a 6ft piece of 12 gauge wire and the rest I mentioned above.

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By using the existing cigarette lighter socket I determined which cable was ground and which was hot on the new socket. The hot wire was connected to the add-a-circuit.

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To ground the new socket I needed to get to a ground underneath this center panel.  It was held by 3 clips.

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I popped the back two off and wanted to see where the third clip was.  So I lifted the panel and snapped a picture.  I found you sucker!

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The belly of the panel.

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With the panel removed, you can see how easy it is to connect the ground.

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I routed my grounding wire up the side paneling.

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The other end came out here.  Stupid sand got into my car from the various rains we’ve had in Orange County. Today was a beautiful enough day for me to wash and detail my car.  Of course after the install! : )

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With the fuse box open I connected the new circuit with the socket attached.  I am using a USB car charger to make sure it works.

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Using a wire nut I connect the ground wire to the new socket.

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TADA!  The light came on!  I connected the socket to a switched fuse, meaning only when the ignition is on will the socket get power.  You don’t want to drain the battery of your car.

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I connected the USB cable and tucked the wires into the fuse box.

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All hidden!  Still haven’t put the glove box back yet as I am waiting for the BluStream to arrive.  Read my previous posts regarding a2dp.

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I had originally just tested the ground wire, but now I have connected it.

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I put the cover back on..  Nothing to see!

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Time to install the panel with the dock connected.

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Popped it in and as you can see this is all the wire that is exposed to power the dock.   I had some concerns that this might eventually cause this cable damage, but I got this cable off ebay for $1.49.   If it breaks for whatever reason, I can easily replace it.

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It looks very nice!  If you look carefully, you can see the green battery with the charging symbol.

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You can’t see any cables, unless you go behind the unit and even then it is less than 2″ that you can actually see.

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Yup it’s charging!

There you have it!  Pretty easy stuff once you know what you are doing.  I am still waiting on the BluStream which I placed an order last Monday.  I ordered one for me and one for the Torrent.  Once I get these in my hand, I can finally close up my car and complete what I set out to do two months ago.

O diem praeclarum!

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[...] Thanks for all the help! I thought I would post some pictures of my install. mek_man Blog Archive powering my dock… [...]

[...] Originally Posted by trowa Hmm well if Seidio makes a case that fits into their own docks I might consider buying them. My phone is constantly in my car dock while driving and at work sits in the moto desk dock. I installed the Seidio desk dock in my car… looks beautiful.. Check out a picture here.. no problems and its way cheaper than the Seidio car dock. mek_man Blog Archive powering my dock… [...]

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