Introduction: Homemade Motorola Droid Multimedia Dock

Takes less than 10 minutes and save $30.

Materials you need:

Magnet (flat, but stronger than a fridge magnet)
small box (at least 3 inches high for the cord to fit)
Droid AC power cord

Tools:
Tape
razor or sharp knife


Step 1:

Construction:
Cut 2 slits in the top edge of the box about 4 and 3/8 inches apart.  Make the slots about an inch on top and an inch down the side.

Fold in the section you cut ( see photo)

Cut in a 1/4 th inch slot for the bottom lip of the phone.

Tape a magnet (as shown) to the box.  Tape it about 1 and a half to 2 inches in from the left slit you made in the box. (Test magnet location and polarity before taping)

Place phone in the dock to make sure the Media Center screen shows up.

Measure and cut out the hole for the power cord.

Step 2:

Finished...  You saved $30!
Now your dock is ready!  Use a USB cord extension if you need to reach the outlet.

Decorate to your desired taste.

Comments

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Parkertech (author)2011-08-25

Yup, another low tech Droid dock.

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xanderperson (author)2010-04-11

im about to make one of these out of a vinyl munny doll

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mrbort (author)2010-01-28

I also made a lego docking station after receiving a Motorola station as a present and liking the idea but disliking the idea of leaving my case behind.  I also added a space in the legos for my bluetooth headset charger.  If it turns out I like using it a lot, I'll probably look into a more precise way to just slide the phone in with a more stable cable attachment.  As it is, I have the cables loosely secured and pull them out and push them back in to dock/undock.  I really like the cord management aspect of this arrangement though!  It definitely depends on the polarity of the magnet and as the B field falls off with 1/r^3 (iirc) you need a fairly strong magnet if you're not going directly magnet to phone (e.g. a case in the way).  I'd be interested in how sensitive the phone is to strongish magnets.  The one in the second picture is fairly strong.  Pics follow:

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mrbort (author)mrbort2010-02-01

I should note (I just noticed that I didn't) that I got the idea from this instructable and the idea for legos from the other comment.  The design was just me playin' with legos though.  Thanks for an awesome way to have case and dock it too!

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circuitmage (author)2010-01-11


Per the droid news forum threads, I made my personal Lego Dock;

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critter42 (author)2009-12-21

 I used a standard fridge magnet and it works fine:

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Scammah (author)2009-12-11

I might just have to make one of these.  The docking station is almost impossible to purchase right now.  No one has them in stock.

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firedrum (author)2009-11-25

Apparently from what i'm reading in droidforum.net...it depends on the polarity of the magnet. if the car mode pops up turn the mag around.

Happy Droiding!