I thought I’d share my fun weekend project in hopes of inspiring someone else to duplicate or improve on it. I was inspired by @huydnguyen’s project here. The goal was a clean, simple wall mount for an iPad Mini that could also keep it charged and be easily removable to play around with (and also not cost a fortune ). Here’s the result:
Here’s the list of parts (along with links and prices):
- Recessed electrical box - $10.99
- Qi Wireless Charger - $11.99
- Qi Wireless Receiver - $21.99
- USB Outlet - $20.97
- Picture hanging strips - $4.98
- Mounting tape - $3.88
- Outlet safety cover (had this)
- Magnetic half of SmartSense Multi (or something similar in size)
The first several steps were pretty straightforward once I had the parts. Below is the before shot. I previously had the iPad mounted with the picture hanging strips, but had to take it down every once and a while to charge and couldn’t leave it on all the time.
- Cut the hole in the wall for the recessed outlet box
- Run the wire from the switch next to it
- Wire in the outlet
- Install the cover plate
Installing the wireless charger right on top would have been recessed too far, so I had to find something to mount it to to make it stick out more. I started off by sticking in one of those child safety outlet covers in the outlet. Then I realized that the magnetic half of the SmartSense Multi was the perfect size. I had a couple of these lying around because I am using the 3-axis sensor for my garage doors instead of the contact sensor. I took the magnet out, then stuck it on top of the outlet cover with some of the mounting tape. Then, I plugged in the short USB cable that came with the charger, arranged it nicely and stuck the charger on top of the multi piece with some more mounting tape.
Next, I plugged the wireless receiver into the iPad and stuck it on the back with some more mounting tape. Finally, I used the picture hanging strips on the back of the iPad and on the frame of the box to mount the iPd to the wall, careful to make sure the wireless charger and receiver lined up correctly.
Stick it on and it looks great, stays charged, and its still easy to take off and play with. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.