03-30-2014 04:41 PM
- Ok, I'm a little late jumping on this bandwagon, but I've decided to try and do this mod today. I just had one question (if you're still even checking this thread!) about that first picture that you posted - you said you did no soldering, so I'm assuming that the copper that's on the GS3 body is copper tape. What'd you do there exactly? Push some copper tape down around the connectors to make it a more protuberant connector? I haven't the first clue how to solder something (although the link Jonathan posted was very informative), I don't have or want to buy a soldering iron, and I'm really hoping I can make this work without having to do any of that. Are you still finding that your connection is maintaining and it's charging well without soldering? Thanks!
1. Cut two small thin strips (maybe about the width of 2 matchsticks and about double the length) of copper tape, one for positive and one for negative.
2. Fold over 1 small square's worth at the end of each piece of tape so you have a section of shiny tape on the very end of the adhesive side
3. Position the shiny square over the coil's touchpoint and press down firmly and let the adhesive side keep this in place
4. Tape down the rest of the tape to the cover and route it to your marked spots on the cover where the phone's touchpoints are aligned
5. Be sure to leave the excess tape as you'll need to fold it over making multiple "squares" to have an elevated touchpoint to press into the phones contact points
6. Do just that, fold over the end of the tape and position the "layered square" and tape it down in the spot it needs to be
7. Use electrical tape to cover up the copper tape and leave the touchpoints showing
8. Cut 2 more small pieces of copper tape that you can fold over and bunch up and "strategically shove" them into the two small sockets on the phone that houses the contact points
9. (Optional) Install free apps Plug In Launcher (set it to launch "Desk Clock" once a charge is detected) and Caffeine (to keep the screen on once a charge is detected) from the Play Store
I've removed my back cover numerous times and it's worked flawlessly every single time still without solder. It never fails to start charging immediately upon placing the device on any of my 6 touchstones, yes six...08-09-2012 02:45 PM
Just curious though - please do post your results and the polarity that you ended up getting to work...08-09-2012 03:06 PM
- Finally got it to work using small thin copper wires instead of the copper tape. Made a little loop at the end of the copper wire to make sure the contacts stick. Still have some connectivity issues but mainly related to positioning relative to the touchstone.
- Sent from my Samsung Galaxy SIII using Tapatalk08-16-2012 03:00 PM
- I was wondering if anybody who has done this has had any of the following problems:
1. It seems when I charge it, it doesn't charge nearly as fast as if I just plugged it in. I remember reading somewhere (I believe it was on the GNex forum) that they had to make a custom kernel in order to charge via the TouchStone correctly (and not think its USB charging)
2. Just recently I have been woken by the sound of my phone as though its just been placed on the charger. When I go to bed at night obviously it charges to 100%, but I'm woke up in the morning by a constant beeping. Any clue? I just rebooted my phone as it just started. It had been awhile... can't seem to figure out the odd behavior.
Other than that the mod is working great!! I missed it dearly from my webOS days. I soldered a Pre back inside the cover and then made hooks out of the cord so they stay and place and put a little bit of electrical tape... no problems getting a charge yet!08-26-2012 10:30 PM
- I did mine a few weeks ago...I soldered it..was a piece of cake...ended up soldering it after trying the take method. Tape method worked for a bit but then I had to constantly mess with it. I have noticed that it charges slower than when plugged in via usb...but other than that..works great...
Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk 208-26-2012 11:04 PM
I also ordered some stronger magnets in order to keep it on the touchstone better, but I don't think that that's absolutely necessary.
Sent from my SPH-L710 using Android Central Forums09-05-2012 07:23 PM
- No, NFC still works like a champ.
Here's a link to the magnets (they work great)...
K&J Magnetics - Products
I bought a replacement battery cover off of Ebay to do the mod on, just in case I messed up and damaged it, and/or I had to take the phone in for warranty work (which I ended up needing to do).09-06-2012 08:42 PM
- 09-07-2012 05:24 PM
- HA! Indeed, lets see what do I miss about the pre3? Slider keyboard, multitasking via cards, touchstone, a million patches, etc etc.
Dont misunderstand, i love the gs3, lte, all the apps, but this phone with all these apps and webos would have been great. Damn fools, thats what HP is.09-08-2012 09:25 AM
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Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums09-09-2012 08:03 PM
I don't have an Otterbox case, though, so I don't know how thick there are.
Sent from my SPH-L710 using Android Central Forums09-09-2012 08:24 PM
- With 4 Touchstones laying around the house, I am considering doing this. I don't really want to tear up my Pre3 though. Looks like I'll have to hit up eBay, or maybe webOSNation Marketplace for an old cheap phone. Glad I found this thread, I thought I remembered hearing about this somewhere.09-12-2012 06:40 AM
- With 4 Touchstones laying around the house, I am considering doing this. I don't really want to tear up my Pre3 though. Looks like I'll have to hit up eBay, or maybe webOSNation Marketplace for an old cheap phone. Glad I found this thread, I thought I remembered hearing about this somewhere.
Sent from my SPH-L710 using Android Central Forums09-12-2012 09:30 AM
I like the idea of the extra magnets. Do you have a source?
Thanks!09-13-2012 04:58 PM
- I have just completed the Mod successfully using only copper tape and electrical tape.
I would recommend also reading this thread for reference
I would Recommend watching these videos
and the video posted above
this method i think produces the least bulk to the back case.
I can confirm that is does not work with casemate pop with stand for the S3
hope this helps
just to update my post
the copper tape adhesive I have used does not work reliably, the adhesive is not enough make the tape adhere to the contact points from the coil. Electrical tape does not stabilize it enough. Couldn't find a way to make it stay. My charging would go on and off sometimes.
I soldered the copper tape to the contacts of the coil. Note that the soldering parting not on the phone itself but the part you removed from the back cover of the webOS device I used.
also, I think it is better to use one continuous strip of copper tape.
Just to update. I went on a road trip with my whole family. From Miami to Orlando, took around less than 4 hours. My navigation was on, bluetooth streaming music and podcast to my vehicle, tho those muic and podcast are pre-downloaded.
My s3 was on the touchstone all the time. It was charging but it wasn't gaining charge. I had to turn off the screen for a positive charge.
Experiance overall was excellent. No fumbling wih wires. And phone is not falling from the touchstone even on bumps.
Portrait or landscape
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3 using Tapatalk209-13-2012 06:18 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD