Hello everybody! Naldo here!
It's been months since I got my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I'm very happy with it. This is my first smart phone btw, so I was surprised that this thing gobbles up battery like crazy!!! At first I thought I got a faulty battery but this seems to be normal with any smart phones.
I charge this phone like everyday and it's just lying around on my desk when I do, so I decided to make a cheap DIY dock.
Although this dock doesn't activate "Dock mode", you can download apps from the Google store that activates a mock dock mode when Galaxy S3 is connected to a charger or PC.
If you want to learn how to make it, read more below. ↓
Most of the materials I used are recycled. The only thing I bought is the cable which cost only a dollar.
Good thing I have lots of scrap wood at my backyard.
Step 1: Measure the device.
Step 2: Draw your design. I wanted a tall one that can support the the S3's back while docked. My S3 also has a leather casing so I want a design that can support additional thickness and weight.
Step 3: Measure and cut your wood. As any master wood craftsman would say: Measure twice cut once.
Step 4: Fit and drill screw holes.
Step 5: Assembly
Step 6: It's now time to sand down the rough wood prior to varnish.
Needs to be sanded down more.
The fit is good but this still needs a lot of work. I couldn't wait (hehehe!).
Step 7: Apply Lacquer Sanding Sealer to make the wood super smooth.
Step 8: Wiring.
Drill a hole on top. The width of the hole depends on the wire you''ll be using. I bought a Php50 (1US$) micro USB to USB data cable. After wiring, I used a non-slip mat to cover the wiring. You can use other materials such as paper or wood as well.
I made sure that the Micro USB connector to the phone can move backward and forward. This way even if I remove or replace my current case the phone's back can sit freely on the back rest.
And here it is...charging!
Thanks for viewing!