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Inductive charging is quickly becoming one of those clutch features that everyone wants in their next smartphone. Since a few phones - like the Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA - already have the feature, one crafty reddit user decided that he wanted to install his wireless charger inside of his desk. Neat, right? He also took a few snapshots along the way, highlighting just how easy the process was.

We're hearing reports that the charger used in the project - the Nokia DT-900 - has issues with the Nexus 4. If you plan on trying this or something similar, you'll probably want to spring for a different charger.

Of course, his particular desk - which came from Ikea, according to the thread - happened to be hollow, which is what made the process so simple. If you have a solid wood desk, installing a wireless charging pad into your desk will be a very different - and likely much more difficult - beast. Still, if you're willing to get your hands dirty, it's a very cool and useful project nonetheless. You can find the link to the exact charger used in the video, as well as to the reddit thread, down below.

Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate ($75)

via Reddit

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://twitter.com/WarDraker Hary Ayala

    Both links take you to amazon.com

  • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

    There's an ongoing threadat XDA about DIY chargers for the car and one guy did a pretty good one too.

    • shojus

      I can attest to the Nokia plate not working on my N4...I use the LG WCP-700 and it's the most compatible charger out IMO so you will be good to go but mine gets a little hot too while charging so I put some rubber grommets on top so that my N4 can have circulating air flowing through so it does not get too hot! It is raised up about 2 inches from the mat...

      • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

        2 inches?! You mean 0.2 inches maybe?

        • shojus

          ya I just measured and it is only an inch or so... The trick is placing the earpiece towards the power lights and that gets it to beep every time for me...

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            An inch still seems like a lot, it's great that it reaches that far, it might make it even easier for a car dock to connect.

          • shojus

            Well I swear to you it's at least an inch (LOL) cause I actually took out the ruler this time... You just have to make sure you place it in the "sweet spot" but it's nowhere near like that crappy Nokia charger!

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            No, it's not that I didn't believe you, I'm just surprised that it goes that far!

  • Daz Kuffs

    Nokia charger works with my N4 but it requires very precise placement of the device otherwise it continually disconnects.

  • spydie

    Retail is only $50, don't pay $75 on Amazon. Nexus 4 owners are reporting problems.

  • mesmorino

    "if you have a solid wood desk, installing a wireless charging pad into your desk will be a very different - and likely much more difficult - beast."

    That's okay. We can make it hollow. We have the technology. We can make it better, stronger, and able to charge phones wirelessly

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I've been shopping around for a bit looking for a good Qi charging pad. There aren't too many options below $100. It seems the options are limited to the one from LG, 2 from Energizer, and the one for the Nokia 920 listed above. From what I've read, it sounds like the Nokia charger has something funky with the handshake that causes the charging to be erratic and eventually stop. The Energizer pads both have a lot of complaints that the positioning has to be extremely precise and the magnets aren't very good at guiding the phone into position (plus, some complaints that the slanted surface is slick and causes the N4 to slide off, lol). I'd pick up the one from LG, but I haven't seen it in stock.

    I'm really confused, why isn't Google selling *THE* accessory that was very clearly promoted? The charging dock was the thing a ton of people wanted to buy to go with the Nexus 4, and we all know it's got a huge profit margin. They even changed one of their promotional pages to remove the wireless charging dock from pictures and text. It just doesn't make sense.