For those of us who own a Blackberry 7100 series, we have been faced with the lack of docking options for our PIM. Since the dock is not needed for syncing or charging the 7100, it seems no one has made a dock\cradle for our device.
Well, in an effort to pioneer the first ever 7100 series docking station, I present to you... Building a Lo-tech Dock for 7100 series in 3 Easy Steps
Time Invested: 15 Minutes
1 Razor blade, Exacto knife, utility knife or similar
1 Needle nose pliers
1 Pair Safety Glasses
1 Band-Aid (optional)
Foam block minimum 1 thick. It should be at least 2 X 3.
Styrofoam is good, but I recommend the plastic foam found in computer (i.e. laptop) packaging. It adds a much more stylish look.
After acquiring necessary materials (I chose the plastic style packing foam), begin by placing your dock on a clean, dry, flat surface with plenty of light and ventilation.
Use the razor blade to cut a rectangle in the top of the foam (2 ½ long by ½ wide). See illustration below. Ive outlined the cut for instructional purposes. I do not recommend using marker on the dock as it will take away from its modern sleek beauty.
Once the cut is made, use the needle nose pliers to pull out approximately Ύ of foam thus creating a cradle for your Blackberry. At this point you should test the dock with your device to ensure a snug fit. Its better to cut too little than too much; you can always trim the foam.
User the razor blade to cut out a cradle for you headset.
Your dock is now functional!
Other options for your dock:
More to follow...
As always, clean up after yourself. You don't want your boss or co-workers to know that you goofed off for an hour while you were "supposed to be working"! Not recommended:
Feel free to submit your comments, questions, and suggestions.