Alto will charge without a charger
The PowerSwitch tail is a simple modification that can be made to most devices.
As a part of the power supply, the power switch tail is an electrical component that can be easily modified to help you charge your device without using its charger. Here’s how to make your own:
- Cut off the end of a cable connector and strip back about half an inch of rubber shielding so that you can access two wires inside it. One wire will have writing on it (usually white) and one will be plain copper or silver-colored.
- Separate these two wires by twisting them together with some pliers or a screwdriver handle until they break apart from each other, leaving one side bare and one side still covered with rubber insulation material.
- Use heat shrink tubing to cover up exposed metal on both sides where they were twisted together previously so as not to short-circuit anything else while they’re connected together again later on during charging operations; this is especially important if you’re working with live voltage! Make sure there’s enough space between each piece of heat shrink tubing so as not to overlap onto itself when heated up due to contact pressure from surrounding objects like hands holding things near its surface area while being heated up in proximity thereto; otherwise this could cause burns if touched too soon after applying heat directly onto something hot enough such that burning occurs before cooling down sufficiently long enough first!
It’s simply a wire soldered across the power switch contacts and insulated with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.
The PowerSwitch tail is a simple modification that can be made to most devices. It’s simply a wire soldered across the power switch contacts and insulated with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.
This modification has several benefits:
- You can keep your device charged without carrying around an extra charger.
- The battery will last longer, because it won’t be drained by accidental activation of the power switch when you don’t mean it to happen (or when you drop your phone).
- In case of an emergency, you’ll always have some juice on hand!
Instructables has a great write up on how to build one.
You can also find instructions online for building your own charger. The DIY blog Instructables has a great write up on how to build one. It’s simply a wire soldered across the power switch contacts and insulated with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape.
Hack A Day wrote up an article on how to make your own power switch tail (with a big picture!).
In case you don’t want to wait for the official one, Hack A Day wrote up an article on how to make your own power switch tail (with a big picture!). You can buy a power switch tail from re-engineered or make your own by following these simple steps:
- Get some wire, cut it in half and strip off the plastic coating. Your wire should be about 2 feet long.
- Twist each end of your wires together with needle nose pliers. This will serve as your mechanical connection between the Alto and its new “tail”.
- Cut off part of one end of each wire so they come together in a pointy triangle shape when they’re twisted together at their other ends. This is where we’ll attach them to Alto’s existing battery pack later.
Alto will charge without a charger
The first and most important thing to note is that this is a very simple hack. It is not a complicated procedure, nor is it a hard hack. If you have any experience with electronics at all, this should be no problem whatsoever for you. This process does not involve any damage to your device or voiding of warranties either, so there’s nothing to worry about in that regard!
To charge your Alto without a charger:
- Remove the back cover from your phone
- Unscrew all 4 screws from inside the battery compartment (there are two on each side), but don’t take them out yet!
- Plug in a USB cable into one of the ports on the bottom side of your phone – these are where you normally connect headphones or speakers if they aren’t built-in – and then plug into another USB port on another device such as an external battery pack or computer charging block