Samsung Galaxy S III plus salvaged Palm Pre parts equals wireless charging hack

Samsung Galaxy S III plus salvaged Palm Pre parts equals wireless charging hack
Wireless charging – one of the many cool things that the Samsung Galaxy S III can do. But not really, as even though support for the feature is present on the device, the accessory needed for it to work is not on the market yet. We are talking about the Galaxy S III wireless charging kit, which Samsung delayed until September for an undisclosed reason.

Yet a Samsung Galaxy S III owner, who apparently was not afraid to tinker with his pricey smartphone, hacked the device into charging wirelessly using parts salvaged from an old Palm Pre. Basically, he removed the loop of wire that was attached to the Pre's back cover and transplanted it onto the S III's back plate. Power was derived from a Palm Touchstone dock, just like the case was with that Nokia Lumia 800 wireless charging hack.

Although the hack seems fairly simple, we don't recommend attempting it, unless you really know what you are doing. Instead, waiting for the official wireless charging kit to launch is a much better idea. Nothing can stop you, however, from checking out how the hack was performed by watching the video below.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. rn9215

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Wished the one x had this feature....but in my opinion its gimmic actually its worse than a wired charger .We cant even use the phone while its charging as the phone cant leave the dock! And whats the efficiency of this charger does it provide more mAh than my wired charger?

2. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

The One X does have this feature, that is the 5 dots that you see on the bottom right hand corner.

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

An extreme measure I would only use in an apocalyptic

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

+1 to you brave soul.

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