PANZERHANDY - the Armoured Cell Phone




Introduction: PANZERHANDY - the Armoured Cell Phone

About: I made a beer mug with only a knife and a hatchet. I think that says a lot about me.

How many times I broke a mobile phone by just letting it fall on the ground or - everybody gets angry, sometimes - while throwing it to the wall or someone's head...

Too many, many too many. Even my strongest Samsung shockproof didn't resist, finally.

Mobiles are fragile, too fragile, and need our protection.

So I decided to develop an armour - a panzer!

An armour will
1) protect the inside
2) make you think twice before throwing it
3) be more effective when the phone goes ballistic

Low-cost, shockproof. And, don 't forget, cool!

- some scrap or, in my case, a few metal sabots used in woodconstruction stuff
- an old mixer
- all the metal working gear you can grab

Step 1: Preparing the Sides

Sabots are cool stuff: cheap, and already plied. Only some cutting, welding & grinding to make the pieces you want.

Step 2: Welding the Box

Cutting, welding, grinding, again.

Step 3: Adjusting Height

To properly cut the sides of the box I prepared a box outside the box with the thickness I wanted.
Some grinding and the job was done.

Step 4: Welding the Bolts

How fixing the bottom to the box? Love-less bolts, of course, welded in the box.

Step 5: Preparing the Bottom

Cutting, drilling, countersinking, sanding, fixing.

Step 6: Preparing the Hinge

Or how two two male-female hinges become one male-female-male hinge.

Step 7: Fixing the Cover

Welding the two males to the cover, and the female to the box.

Step 8: Going Arty

No armour without appropriate helmet. Since I liked the combination of steel & copper of the popular 'templar helmet' I decided to do something in that way, my way (and to avoid religious symbols but that's another discussion).

Step 9: Transforming the Mixer

Mixers, taps & so on are made of copper.

I'll show you two ways to obtain a large copper piece on the cheap:
- cutting & flattening a copper tube
- dismantling a mixer

I those the second because I wanted it to be relatively thick.

Step 10: Copypasting

Transfer the image to the copper piece & start cutting & sanding.

Step 11: The Big Drilling

Copy the image on the box.
Drill the holes for speaker, plug & image in the box.
Use a dremel countersink to enlarge (although I wasn't satisfied at all of this tool).
Use a classic file to enlarge better.
A bit sanding finish the job.

Step 12: Add 'the Nose'

I'm a big fan of sef-drilling screws.
Some pre-drilling in the nose and there you go.
Cut the excess & put a few points of welding on the back to assure that the screws will never go away.

Step 13: Drilling the Pad

Copy the configuration of your mobile on a transparent foil, glue it VERSO in the box, point, drill & file.
Now you'll sure that behind each hole there will be a button.

Step 14: Making the Keypad

Put a screw in every hole.
Fix them with a bolt.
Cut & grind.
Remove the bolts: you'll become tiny screws that will perfectly have the rigt size.

Put some grease on the back of the pad to prevent the glue will stick to it.
Put the screws in place.
Take a piece of transparent foil with some glue.
Put in on the back & let it dry.
Now you'll have a real steel keypad.

Note that I polished the whole before fixing the keypad.

Step 15: Assembling

Put some foam tape inside the box to maintain the phone in place & screw the cover.

Step 16: Call Me Maybe!

Finally, does the steel keypad work?

It works!!!

Hope you liked this one, and thanxxxxxxxxxx for whatching!

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    19 Discussions


    10 months ago

    I honestly wasn't expecting this to be such a well thought out and intelligent design but bravo mate. I do agree to engrave the numbers or weld some metal numbers to the keypad buttons but i do wonder how you charge it? Also its a nokia so double indestructibility is a AMAZING. I know I'm a few years behind but just thought this was too cool to not comment on :)


    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanx for this awesome comment, it cheers me up that even after all those years some projects continue to inspire!! It was a fun build indeed and probably my first that involved such an amount of welding. Still got the device btw, tho I think that nokia has got it's time ;)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is the coolest phone I've ever seen! Thank you bricobart!


    6 years ago

    You should engrave the metal around the buttons so you know what numbers they are

    This is such a great 'ible! It looks so medieval that I want to get a horse and armour to match and trot down the Main Street calling up anyone I can think of.......will it withstand a sword blow?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It will, great knight - maybe I should call this i'ble 'sword-proof'!
    My french friends have an expression for making a phone call 'giving a phone hit', they say. Now I understand why everyone is afraid when I promise I'll give them a 'phone hit' ;-)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah....on iPhone there is an app that is called bump, when you knock phones together you can transfer files or photos...with this you could demolish the other phone.....but you would only use this for good not evil? :-)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Of course great knight, unless it's a Japanese whaler who's calling me! Bump it!!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm honestly surprised that nobody's even mentioned the 'Nokia' brand yet.

    Wow; very nice job.
    I particularly like the keyboard.

    is the signal affected at all by the case ?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanx! The signal seems to be the same as before in 90% of the calls, honestly. Sometimes there's some loss, even when just before it was at full power.


    7 years ago

    Now for the true test, give it to Chuck Norris...