Volvo Forums member j-dawg shows off his constructive powers by making a sweet USB charger and dash mount for iPhones and other mobile devices.
I think one of the best things about newer cars is the interior electronics. I want to be able to talk handsfree, navigate via satellite, and play music off a USB drive instead of a CD. For longer trips, I want the phone charging. But I’m a lazy child of the future, and I don’t like plugging things in, swapping things around, etc. I want to have my phone Just Work with the car, with minimal fussing about.
Modern car stereos enable most of this, and various accessories do the rest. But I am a neat freak about car interiors. I hate wires running around the cockpit, giant plasticky mounts on suction cups, things that can get lost, things that look out of place, and so on. When necessary, I’ve been charging the phone with a cigarette lighter to USB adapter and a cable. Seeing all that sticking out of my 12V port drives me into a murderous rage, and there’s nowhere in the cabin to put the phone where I can briefly and safely glance at it. So I decided to put together an in-dash USB power cable and phone mount.
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