Make Your IPhone Charger Hold / Display Your Phone

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Introduction: Make Your IPhone Charger Hold / Display Your Phone

About: The team behind Sugru, the mouldable glue that makes fixing and making easy and fun. Do-ers of the world it's time to get excited. http://sugru.com

We loved this iPhone hack by Brendan Dawes so much we thought we should share it with Instructables :)

It works great for other phones too, I also did one for an old Nokia and a Sony Ericsson, and why not ?! :) 


Step 1: What Do You Need...

your phone

the phone charger

sugru

scissors

cling film

some soapy water

If you are not familiar with sugru, you can find out more on our website - www.sugru.com


Step 2: Open the Sugru Sachet

Cut open the sachet of sugru following the dotted line, this is the best way to remove sugru from the special foil sachet.

Knead the sugru in your fingers for half a minute, this helps the material work better.

Tear the sugru into 3 pieces; for this hack I needed 2 large ones and a small one.

Cover your phone in cling film, this will make sense a little later.



Step 3: Pop the Sugru in Place

Press the sugru onto the charger roughly where you need it.

Step 4: Get the Shape Right

Charging your phone creates heat so it's good to make a little space between the phone and the charger to allow air to circulate.

Pop the third piece of sugru onto the top of the charger making sure it sticks out a bit.

Once the sugru is in place, it's time to get the shape right.

Gently touch the sugru repeatedly to tweak the shape, don't panic, you have plenty of time.




Step 5: Create the Perfect Impression

Press your phone gently into the sugru and it will take a perfect impression, creating a snug fit for your phone.

1: To help with this process, rub a little soapy water onto the cling film you wrapped around your phone - soapy water works as a release agent for sugru preventing stuff from sticking to it :)

2: Gently press the phone into the sugru. Be careful, sugru will still be very soft, so be gentle so as not to deform your brackets too much.

After I completed this I realised that this step is not that necessary, so you could skip it if you liked. Take a look at the Sony Ericsson version in step 8 :)



Step 6: Smooth the Surface and Leave It to Cure

One final tip, to create a great smooth surface on sugru, use the soapy water again, just dip your finger into the soapy water and gently rub the surface of the sugru, you will notice that this will remove all your finger impressions giving your hack a slick smooth surface.

When you are happy with the shape of your new charging bracket, leave it somewhere to cure overnight.

In the morning, you will have a great new charging cradle :)


Step 7: Same Hack for a Nokia Phone

Here is the same hack but for my old backup Nokia phone.

I tried this one a little differently and really liked it :)

In this version I created a sock by pressing the sugru around the phone and it works a treat.

Step 8: Ooh, and a Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson was a bit more of a challenge as it has a curved front, but not much of a challenge for sugru :)

This time I just made simple goat horns, I just played with the form a bit and it works great.

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    22 Comments

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    memyselfand1
    memyselfand1

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good, but I doubt this will work on the Australian chargers.

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    projectsugru
    projectsugru

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    cheers Bob, what do Australian chargers look like ?

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    projectsugru
    projectsugru

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ah yes, the older version of the Apple USB plug, I still think this is much more beautiful than what they make now. Hmmmm, it is a bit of a challenge, have you any ideas how it could work on this plug?

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    abadfart
    abadfart

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    what about modding another usb charger

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    jonnybo111
    jonnybo111

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yes i do put the sugru on the side of the adapter and it should work then;)

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    Warlrosity
    Warlrosity

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Uhm. If you put ShooGoo or whatev in a snapLock bag, will it still harden?

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    projectsugru
    projectsugru

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hello Mr.Pug, sugru is packaged in a special moisture barrier foil, sugru will cure in a zip lock bag.

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    projectsugru
    projectsugru

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hi again Warlrosity, thought you might be interested in this Instructable to make your own DIY sugru sachets :)
    James
    https://www.instructables.com/id/sugru-how-to-make-your-own-DIY-sugru-sachet-sa/

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    hawkmankt
    hawkmankt

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey there guys, Sugru is some kick butt rubber goo. I have some that I just received from ordering online. It got to me here (in the Midwest U.S.) super quick and it's about the best stuff out there. Nothing quite like it. Man, I wish you guys could get a distribution setup here in the U.S. I could see this stuff in every hardware store.

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    makendo
    makendo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice - the giant UK plugs look to be really well suited for this hack.

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    novice27b
    novice27b

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Our plugs aren't "giant", yours are just tiny!

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    makendo
    makendo

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    :)
    Yes, I spent 5 yrs in the UK and never had a plug fall out of the wall or have a blade bend. "Giant" is no bad thing...

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    dannkeo
    dannkeo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very helpful tutorial.

    Can you please tell me how you get the clock like that in the first step, last picture?

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    danilo.bar1
    danilo.bar1

    11 years ago on Introduction

    nice, but I'm doubtful about any heating problems ...

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    grifterus
    grifterus

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Sugru can stand over 185 degrees celsius (water boils at 100 C, sorry I suck at Fahrenheit), so, heating should't be an issue

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    danilo.bar1
    danilo.bar1

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm doubful about heating problems of iphone (or any phone)... not about Sugru. :-) I think the phone is too close to the electrical transformer and to its heat.