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Sony Xperia Z charging dock (DIY)

There was a time when buying a mobile device such as the Palm Pilot meant having a dock included in the package. Nowadays we’d seldom see smartphones packaged with docks until Sony started creating Android based Xperia phones.

I’ve owned a number of Xperia phones, the latest being the Xperia Z. One of the things I love with my Xperia Z is the fact that it’s water resistant. I don’t have to worry about getting it wet — I think all mobile phones these days should be at least water resistant. When I got my Xperia Z, the dock wasn’t available yet, at least locally.

At first, I thought that I could live without a dock after all, I’ve own quite a number of iPhones and Android phones and didn’t use a dock. As it turns out, it’s a bit of a hassle having to open the flap covering the USB port on the Xperia Z whenever I had to charge the phone. These days, the newer Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 seems to be packaged with a dock already which is a great thing!

Now that I’ll probably be looking into replacing my aging Xperia Z with a much newer phone, at this point, I thought it would be nice to just create my own dock for the Xperia Z — I thought it would be a great way to start doing some hardware/software hacking as a hobby.

Basic Information

I started doing some research on what would I need to be able to use the available charging pins on my Xperia Z. As it turns out, the XDA Developer’s forum has a whole thread dedicated to it (http://forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-z/accessories/diy-quick-charge-t2167089). Upon reading some of the posts, I found out that it’s actually simple enough to create my own Xperia Z dock. All I need would be some materials:

Bill of Materials

The first thing I’ve decided for this project was that I wanted my Xperia Z dock in the portrait/vertical position instead of the landscape/horizontal position of the official Xperia Z dock. In case you’d want to, just buy the Xperia Z dock (DK26) at Amazon.

If you’re feeling adventurous or wan’t to spend less than the cost of the official Xperia Z dock, read on.

After giving it some thought and looking in my treasure chest of parts and accessories, I actually have everything that I needed to create my own Xperia Z dock.

  • Mobile phone stand. I am currently using one of those cheap plastic stand I bought locally. Below is an image of the stand. The great thing about this particular stand is that it has a compartment where you can hide your long USB charging cables. Cost – $3

    diy-xperia-z-dock-universal-phone-stand-with-cable-storage
    Mobile Phone stand
  • Charger with pogo pins. For connecting to the Xperia Z’s charging plates. I decided to use a universal car charger for lithium battery packs of cameras. Cost – $2
    Universal battery charger with pogo pins
    Universal battery charger with pogo pins
    Universal battery charger with pogo pins (disassembled)
    Universal battery charger with pogo pins (disassembled)

    Pogo pins of charger
    Pogo pins of charger
  • USB cable. For connecting the pogo pins to my Xperia Z charger. Cost – $2

After some cutting, soldering and gluing together. I have finally finished making my own Xperia Z dock — and it works!

Xperia Z dock
Xperia Z dock

Enhancement Ideas

Now that I’ve got my own Xperia Z dock, I’m already thinking of ideas on how to enhance it. Any suggestions?

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

Comments

Mac
Reply

Hello Sir,

Good day! I would like to ask, how did you distinguish the positive and negative polarity of pogo pins? Thanks! 🙂

Gerry Ilagan
Reply

The one nearer the USB port is the positive terminal.

Kristiawan
Reply

morning sir !
Where is positive and negative polarity on the phone (xperia zr) ?
Thank you

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