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I have a problem with cables! One of the big missing spec in the mx-30 was the wirless charger for mobile phone (yep if you use android auto or carplay wired not biggie but still in 2022 this should now be a standard - and aa and carplay should be wirless too... another topic though!)

In the endless process of solving this I ended up with two solutions - one can easily be replicated, the otherone is diy. Sharing the outcome in case anyone is missing this feature too! For both options I have used a 12v fast charger adaptor connected to the cigarette lighter plug. I will not recommend to use the usb ports as always powered and not providing fast charge.

1 - custom paper box
I have created a custom paper box that holds a fast wireless charger and has an extra space for the car key/garage fob. The cable goes in the cork channel under the consolle straight to the 12v socket. The base of the box is shaped to click in the recessed area of the cup holder. The charger is a 15w fastcharger finished in fabric (amazon 16£).
Pros - charges fast - extra storage (I have the samsung z flip so my phone is small)
Cons - looks a bit rough as handmade - both cup holders are gone (unless you remove the box) - works with my mobile only unless you skip the key compartment

2 - Ikea wireless powerbank
Found today in ikea this new powerbank wireless charger. Believe it or not it is the PERFECT size and the fabric is not far from our seats (might be a perfect match with the white leathette trim - in my case is slightly lighter grey). Just added some rubber pads to click in the cup holder. This thing has an anti-slip + print that keeps the mobile in place.
Pros - perfect integration - works with any size of mobile - 1 cup holder still functioning - being a powerbank keeps charging the phone even when ignition is off. Can be remove and taken away when leaving the car if needed.
Cons - unfortunately output is 5v therefore is a standard speed charger (Ikea really behind on this with any charger they sell).

Now testing both solutions before deciding which one to keep. In case Ikea costs 22£ (comes without cable though) item number being 504.765.33
I have ordered now an angled cable for a neater installation - 50cm is the exact distance from the pad to the 12v charger. Will post an updated pic once received

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Question, could you use the 220/240 plug in the car as another alternative or do you think it would be too clunky a solution and too much of a power draw? Again this socket should only work when the car is started. Keep up the good work.

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Question, could you use the 220/240 plug in the car as another alternative or do you think it would be too clunky a solution and too much of a power draw? Again this socket should only work when the car is started. Keep up the good work.

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You can but probably will look a bit messy. My mx30 "broke drivers" version has no 220v plug so not an option. The 220v will not change the performance of the carger mat anyway (as the mat dictates the charging speed) as far as the 12v adapter provides same speed or higher (mine is qc 3.0 so no probs). Ikea is not fast but looks amazingly factory fitted so will probably keep that one. Despite not having sides to contain the mobile the antigrip does its job (tested today). A more stylish cable is on the way and should compelte the mod.
 

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Cable arrived and re-routed properly to the 12v. Picked one a 1m angled cable in a colour which is not far from our cork. Rhe other bottle holder can be used and the mat clips nicely and stays in place. Finished result below (Ikea won at the end!)
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Cable arrived and re-routed properly to the 12v. Picked one a 1m angled cable in a colour which is not far from our cork. Rhe other bottle holder can be used and the mat clips nicely and stays in place. Finished result below (Ikea won at the end!) View attachment 486
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Wow, way to go!!! Broke drivers version🤣. Weirdly some expensive cars have wireless charging that is undersized for up to date phones. Yeah you guys in Bavaria know what I m talking about.
Could you mod another recurring problem. Dirty rear view camera is bloody annoying, is there a fix for that???
 

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Wow, way to go!!! Broke drivers version🤣. Weirdly some expensive cars have wireless charging that is undersized for up to date phones. Yeah you guys in Bavaria know what I m talking about.
Could you mod another recurring problem. Dirty rear view camera is bloody annoying, is there a fix for that???
so let's be serious - you are excited just because Ikea solution is the winner :)
I had a mini so yes - I know what you are talking about. Generally it is hard for car manufacturers to keep the pace with evolving technology, but they are using this as an excuse not to even try! I do think AA/carplay wireless and a wireless charging mat should be STRANDARD on any car nowadays. And still love some offering wireless infotainment but no wireless charing or viveversa (which makes it completely useless as you end up wiring it anyway)

said that - the solution above ended up being below 25£. Ikea wireless mat is 22£/20€ (don't ask - we are enjoying brexit up here)
then you need a 12v charger (ikea needs a 2A but nothing faster than that) and a good looking cable - those 2 probably are already in one of those drawers you never open.

the fun fact is that the ikea one is exactly the size you are looking for and in a finish not far away. I could not believe to my eyes.

For the camera - what is the issue? mist or just dirt? have not experienced this yet. In case you could try a demist wipe (see the demist thread) as this is likely to leave a silicon-ish coating that might help preventing dirt and mist on the lens.
 

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Driving in the countryside involves gravel roads. Not for huge distances but enough to get the lens dirty. I ll look into demisting wipes. Thanx for the tip. Probably more dirt than mist but...b t w in the US by law, all new cars are equiped w a rear view camera. Most insurance claims caused by parking issues apparently. Think VW has a pivoting thingy that shields the lens when not in use, pretty clever. But the rear view camera is not standard equipment in Europe.
Its just wild the sums car producers ask for stuff like wireless charging. In fairness though Mazda has included loads of tech as standard. Love the modding😀👍
 
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