Have an AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 and still wish it had Qi-standard wireless charging? There is a way
The battle for supremacy in wireless charging is far from over however. Qi is well established, but PMA is gaining acceptance and has some heavy hitting sponsors now backing its play, notably the aforementioned AT&T as well as Proctor & Gamble and Duracell (Powermat).
For Nokia owners though, it is frustrating because back in 2012 when they picked up an AT&T branded Nokia Lumia 920 and bought a Nokia Wireless Charging Plate to take advantage of the device’s wireless charging abilities, if they chose to upgrade to the Lumia 1520, they were out of luck, even if they bought an optional charging back from AT&T due to conflicting standards.
However, if you are determined to make good use of your Nokia branded or other Qi standard charging plate, and are not afraid to do a little operating, you can bring wireless charging capability to your AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 and make it look like it came that way.
First, you will need the following:
- Original AT&T 1520 shell (to re-use the PMA cable)
- Nokia branded Lumia 925 wireless charging cover (not the Incipio PMA one)
- International Nokia Lumia 1520 replacement shell with Qi coil in it
- A soldering kit (and some skills to use it)
- Kapton tape
- Multi-mater to test continuity and voltage
- Liquid nickel conductive pen (optional)
The rest of the instructions we incorporated in the slide-show below. This solution is not cheap, but it brings that one extra feature to your device if you truly love it enough. Just in case you cannot draw the connotation, doing this to your AT&T Lumia 1520 (or any device really), will void the warranty, and if you pursue this endeavor, you do so at your own peril and risk. The end result in this case however, shows success, and while there is some skill involved, it is doable if you understand the parts involved. Let us know if you give it a try and try not to set anything on fire. If you get stuck, consult the source links below for help.
Qi standard wireless charging - AT&T Lumia 1520
1. Remove the back cover to your Lumia 1520 and carefully remove the existing flex cable. It's held with dual sided tape on the bottom and the top.
2. Take the coil out of the Lumia 925's charging shell. Peel off the layers and de-solder the coil from the circuit board (two wires connect the coil to the board, leave some solder on the board)
3. The voltage converter board has a black piece of plastic around the metal contacts, you can pry that off from the bottom (take it slow, it takes a little pressure, but will come off). You'll have the three prongs left.
4. Remove the three prongs on the voltage converter- Bend the metal contacts back and forth until they snap off (or de-solder them, but be careful not to apply too much heat. Pro-tip: leave a little hot solder on the tip of the iron and use that to heat the edge of the pad)
5. Now, with the new replacement 1520 shell, remove the flex cable and bend it backwards so you can see the contacts from the charging coil.
6. De-solder the coil from the flex cable and remove the flex cable from the shell. Leave the coil and shielding in place..
7. Place the voltage converter circuit on shell and line up the pads where the old coil was soldered, now solder the shell's coil wires to the pads.
8. Test the voltage place your multi-meter's leads on the left-most and right-most pins on the converter circuit board. You should be getting approx. 7 volts when the shell is on a charger. The pin to right is negative, the pin to the left is positive, the pin in the middle isn't used for our purposes.
5. Prepping the PMA cable for soldering
2. Pre-tin the exposed spots on the flex cable. This way when it comes time to connect the wire, its literally melt-and-go, no need for additional solder.
3. Pre-tin the cut ends of the wire (STOP - before continuing, make sure there continuity in the wire. If not, make sure you have properly tinned the wire (there is a very thin layer of nonconductive material so that the wire doesn't short when it's coiled. You can burn this off with the iron or scrape it off)
4. Line up and snap in the flex cable to the same spot it was on the original case (it will fit exactly). Secure the flex cable to the case with your non-conductive tape
5. Now solder the wires to the to the converter pins first, with them secured use tweezers to hold the wire down and solder to the right spots on the flex cable (read SonarTech's post). The left pin is positive and the right most pin is negative. Ignore the middle pin.
6. With the wires soldered, use your favorite non-conductive tape to hold down your work.
source: WPCentral (1, 2)
credit: Lance McCarthy (Twitter) - developer who outlined all the detailed instructions
1. valapsp (Posts: 484; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa u cant be serious!!!!
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5952; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Somehow, I suspect the cost of parts to roll back to Qi charging is close to the cost of the PMA charging option (~$100 at MS store, there must be an Internets vendor who is beating the MS store retail price). And then there is the cost of screwing up the attempt….
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Thanks, ATT, for doing anything you can to screw the customer.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5952; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Don't ever let it be said that AT&T doesn't have its best interests at heart.
5. sip1995 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Or I think you can buy a shell with wireless charging built-in from eBay/Amazon from European countries and then just your phone's body in shell.
7. Maxwell.R (Posts: 175; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
You'll notice the instruction include an "international" backplate for the 1520, but there is no cable. The cable inside the device is designed for a PMA connector, so you have to jerry-rig some parts.
6. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Instructions were unclear...
Di.ck got stuck on the refrigerator..
8. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
With the price of that charging cover you can buy a new mat/charger altogether....
9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
As Microsoft just joined up with ATT in the "(Corporate) Power Matters Association", it seems the world will be fated wtih Microsoft Mobile phones that don't support Qi, don't include wireless charging, but make you buy expensive "PMA" phone covers.