[Tinkerphones] Tinkerphones...

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Wed Jul 20 08:38:25 CEST 2016

> Am 20.07.2016 um 00:02 schrieb Andrew Schenck <andrew at springahead.com>:
> On 7/8/2016 8:28, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>>> Am 08.07.2016 um 09:53 schrieb Radek Polak <psonek2 at seznam.cz>:
>>> On Thursday 07 of July 2016 20:54:59 Adrien Dorsaz wrote:
>>> > Currently I'm using a Samsung Galaxy SIII. I would like to use my GTA04
>>> > as
>>> > before, but it has again an issue with the USB port.
>>> > 
>>> > This time, when I plug the cable of the OpenMoko charger, nothing
>>> > happens.
>>> > Before my USB port was moving and my local electronic shop was able to
>>> > solder it again. Unfortunately, this time the USB port doesn't move, so
>>> > I'm not
>>> > sure if it is an issue on hardware or software.
>>> I bought magnetic reduction for my N900's micro usb port. Works perfectly, no worries about breaking USB anymore.
>>> http://www.wsken.net/productsinfo.asp?id=30
>> Cool!
>> We would need such a thing with Mini-USB for the GTA04...
> I bought one of the micro USB ones because it seems neat, but I've searched around and there doesn't seem to be any mini USB version anywhere.
> -Andrew

I have also found only micro USB. And there was a standard-USB socket "JabNab" 10 years ago (I even own one - was a marketing gift).

But I think about designing one ourselves and offer in our shop. Will not be as elaborated and tiny, but it appears to be doable.
The basic idea is to make a small PCB, solder the front part of an opened Mini-USB plug to it. This can be plugged into the GTA04 side and should stand out max. 2-3. mm.
A second PCB with a full mini/micro USB socket and pogo pins can be attached to a standard cable. Both can be put in contact.
The main area for experimentation is how to find and attach small but strong enough magnets to this assembly.

So this will be amongst the next tinkering projects :)


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