Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Stealth Qi Wireless Charging in a 2016 XSport

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by Lexingtonian, November 14, 2017.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      Having just received my iPhone X I thought I would share this quick little project, probably took me 30 minutes to complete.

      I purchased a cheap/decent Qi wireless charger from Amazon. Just about any will do. I went with this one as, from it's measurements I could tell it had a nice tight (small) coil.

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072L9P2Z4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      Got it home and took it apart removing the guts.

      IMG_9082.jpg

      IMG_9083.jpg



      I put the black heat-shrink on the micro-usb connector and hot glued it to the board.



      IMG_9087.jpg



      The Explorer has a nice flat, out-of-the-way location to place the phone on top of the console pocket. I wanted the phone on the flat spot next to the "Sync" button but there wasn't enough room and the plastic was too thick to get a good solid Qi Charging signal so I had to use the area behind it.


      IMG_9084.jpg




      Yeah yeah the flash shows all the dust and dirt! (sorry bout that) Those of you with the black-on-black XSport interiors know that you cant see anything in these things...

      So I sized up the space on the back of the console pocket flap then used a little 100 grit sand paper to rough it up. the flash makes it look white, but, in the vehicle you can barely see it unless you stick your head down there with a flashlight. I sanded a bit then used some solvent and a rag to take off the sanding bits and any oils/release compound still on the plastic.


      IMG_9085.jpg


      IMG_9089.jpg




      I then dry fit the Qi Charger followed by some hot glue and final fit.



      IMG_9090.jpg


      IMG_9091.jpg





      Here's the way it looked. I think I'll get a different USB cable as the one I have is the right length but a little too rigid. I applied the Hot Glue right to the Charging Coil. (someone asked me this so I thought I'd clarify)


      IMG_9092.jpg




      So the real question is... Does it work? How well?

      ..For that I made a short 1 minute video that you can watch in HD!



      Cheers!

      -Lex
       
      Last edited: February 11, 2018
      • Like Like x 4
      • Thanks Thanks x 1
      • Useful Useful x 1
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. dentalpain

      dentalpain Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      August 10, 2014
      Messages:
      100
      Likes Received:
      4
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Chipley, FL
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Sport
      Nice. I may give this a try.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    4. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 22, 2011
      Messages:
      3,979
      Likes Received:
      181
      Trophy Points:
      83
      City, State:
      VanBC/GoodyearAZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer SPORT
      Well done!....I always thought the charging element had to make contact with the back of the smartphone and couldn't be above it, that is very slick.

      Ford could now easily make a retrofit "lid" with that charging element built in.

      I just saw the new 2018 Chev Traverse and that's the same spot they chose for the OEM wireless charging pad.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    5. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      Kind words gents thanks! And FYI on sanding the bottom of the lid. I sanded the way I did because I thought the lid was black ABS plastic. It’s apparently painted fiberglass (or looks like it). Had I known, that I would’ve sanded a smaller area in the center. Just something to keep in mind. Again, you can’t see it in the car at all so I don’t really care but wanted to share.

      It charges well enough to do, I think around 15 to 25% an hour. Haven’t been a long road trip to pay attention yet. Will over the next week though. Which is exactly what I wanted it to do because I use a different phone in my car for CarPlay. A jailbroken phone that I tether over instant WiFi hotspot to my iPhone X. My main criteria was for the wireless charging to be strong enough so the battery charge will actually advance while devices are connected to Wi-Fi (on iPhone X). Works perfect for that and small top ups around town.
       
      Last edited: November 19, 2017
    6. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 22, 2011
      Messages:
      3,979
      Likes Received:
      181
      Trophy Points:
      83
      City, State:
      VanBC/GoodyearAZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer SPORT
      Cant tell in the video but does your iPhoneX have a case on it?

      Also since that plastic surface is slippery and the phone will slide during cornering, how would charging be affected by a thin layer of rubber or something that reduced phone sliding?
       
    7. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      Yes it does have a case on it. A silicone rubber case about a millimeter and a half thick. Doesn’t really slide under normal driving conditions. You are correct part of this hack assume you have something to hold the phone in place.

      This is the case I have currently.

      AmazonBasics iPhone X Silicone Rubber Slim case, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074SZDL58/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_sfXeAbX19800E
       
    8. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      I also carry a second iPhone for work that is an iPhone 7. It has the Apple leather case. I just sat it on the same spot to see how resistant to movement it would be. Not too bad under normal circumstances hard Corning it might move a little. Basically the phone kind of sit where the door makes the turn down and doesn’t move too much. Kind of like in the video.
       
    9. djsupadave

      djsupadave New Member

      Joined:
      December 11, 2017
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2014, Explorer Limited
      How did you get the guts out of the Wireless Charger?
       
    10. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      If you have the exact same one, I removed the screws from the bottom (under stickers as I recall) and peeled off the top. The charging surface was like an aluminum sticker that just peels right off being pried with a very thin screwdriver. One that’s done I had to work some hot glue loose on the microusb connector then it was free.
       
    11. djsupadave

      djsupadave New Member

      Joined:
      December 11, 2017
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2014, Explorer Limited
      Awesome, thank you. I brought the same one. Also thanks for the fast response.
       
    12. OgreIAm

      OgreIAm New Member

      Joined:
      February 11, 2018
      Messages:
      1
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      AUSTIN, Texas
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer XLT
      Anyone else having issues with the USB cutting in and out?
       
    13. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 2, 2017
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Lexington, KY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Exp Sport w/401a
      Mine has been rock-solid since i put it in. Bad USB cable? Perhaps try running a long USB from the charger to another USB port to eliminate possibility of bad cable?

      Could also be a bad USB port. To test, use one of those small cigarette lighter to USB adapter and test it with that. If you have a thick case on your iPhone you may be just on the edge of the range of the QI Charger. Try taking case off and see how it works.
       
    14. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      December 28, 2010
      Messages:
      19,043
      Likes Received:
      452
      Trophy Points:
      113
      City, State:
      Ottawa, Ontario area
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer Platinum
      Callsign:
      VE3
      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:

      Peter
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!