Magsafe On An Android, Cats And Dogs Living Together


We’re thinking most Hackaday readers have at one time or another been tasked with replacing the power connector in a laptop. Anyone who has done so can easily see the genius behind the Apple Magsafe connector. Since the second gen iPhone, there have been rumors Apple will release a cellphone with the Magsafe connector, a great idea, seeing as how cell phones are thrown around even more than laptops. [Tony] got tired of waiting, and had an Android device anyway, so he decided to retrofit a Magsafe power adapter to his Note II.

In the interest of excess, [Tony] is using the absurdly large ZeroLemon 9300mAh battery and case for his device, giving him a lot of room for this hardware mod. A tiny 3D printed adapter fits around a slightly modified Magsafe connector, and with a little bit of super glue and solder, the connector is wired up to the charging port.

Of course the charger isn’t a stock Apple power supply; it’s just another Magsafe plug wired into a 5V wall wart. We’re not going to take a guess at what would happen if [Tony] plugged a stock Apple charger into his modded phone, but the mod works perfectly without the danger of ripping a USB port out of his phone.


  1. Harvie.CZ says:

    Charger cable of the cellphone is more likely to save cellphone from falling or at least slow down it’s fall as phones are relatively light when compared to laptops… At least in my case…

  2. Angus says:

    > We’re not going to take a guess at what would happen if [Tony] plugged a stock Apple charger into his modded phone

    It might blow up the phone, but more likely the phone wouldn’t apply the correct resistance to activate the power supply, and not much would happen. See “The charger startup process” in this article:

    Having said that, I wouldn’t want to use my phone to test it.

    • Mike Szczys says:

      I agree. In this case the signal pads won’t be hooked up and an official charger won’t send juice down the cable.

    • Sven says:

      I did some testing on a couple of Apple supplies, 65W and 85W, that article isn’t completely correct.

      The standby output voltage is a few volts, when a capacitor is connected to the output the voltage drops to nearly 0V, then slowly rises, when it reaches about 0.4V the supply turns on 16.5V, if the load doesn’t immediately try to draw some current the supply turns off.

      There is no problem running a DCDC converter off one of these supplies, such as a LED driver. But a resistive load will not work without a starter circuit. Another approach is to open the supply and short out or bypass the FET that turns the output on.

      The 85W supply will increase the voltage as a linear function of the current between 3.6A and 4.6A, at 3.6A the voltage is 16.5V and at 4.6A the voltage is 18.5V.

  3. Gonzih says:

    Apple might sue this guy. This is sad that such simple charger design is patented by apple and not available to non-Mac users :(

  4. JE Carter II says:

    Better than the gaffer’s tape holding the power cord into my laptop right now.

  5. Solenoid says:

    Cool hack. You mean 34.4Wh battery I think, 9300mAh is an absurd play on units for people who do not understand how electricity works.

  6. Anybodysguess says:

    Its great, when he actually has to charge it………
    Also, it probably takes a long time to charge that beast.

  7. Sven says:

    Yes, i would love to have a phone with a huge magnet that would pick up every piece of metal shavings i get near. The speakers on phones and laptops are bad enough without having an even stronger magnet right at the power jack.

  8. jedi says:

    no magnets added to the phone? cuz I was gonna say ‘fuck your magnetometer’ I don’t know anything about this Apple patented technology, because i’m allergic to Apple. I just charge my battery by rectifying and transforming stray electromagnetic noise from the environment.. ok, no I don’t, but what ever happened to that? ‘AirPower’ from RCA

  9. Pedro says:

    really? who cares about this. cell phones this days can easily charge via wireless. much better solution.

    • gartral says:

      that would be perfectly acceptable unless.. oh.. i don’t know.. you wanted to USE your phone while it was charging!?

      That’s the major drawback to inductance charging… you have to park the phone on a pad and not touch it.. oh, and hope no one calls you when you’re out of the room.. I’ve seen a lot of charge pads get screwed up cause the radios in the phone fried the coil. Also if the vibrator is on, some phones can walk off the pad.. seen that too..

  10. Andrew says:

    My kettle has a magnetic power connector. It’s older than magsafe.

  11. kaidenshi says:

    This would be a great hack for the three or four of us who still have a Nokia N900 lying around. Those things were notorious for easily broken USB ports.

    • My USB port lasted until the mainboard died (not sure what happened, but the whole system just shut down on me one day). My physics lecturer bought the screen off me though. Between us, we had a working N900!

      But yes, I’ve always been nervous about these tiny USB ports breaking. They look so flimsy…

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