I just got a Sony Xperia Tablet Z (TM) ordered a long time ago. As you might know the unit is water tight, but that requires that the small covers over the ports are correctly seated. To charge the unit you have to remove the micro USB cover and plug in the charger. It is only to be expected that this cover will be worn out very quickly (and besides it is very inconvenient).
There is a dock that you can insert the tablet into to charge it without removing the micro USB cover, as the dock charge the tablet through 2 pogo pins (spring loaded pins). However, if you have your tablet in a case it won’t fit the dock, and removing the tablet from the case is probably even more troublesome than removing the micro USB cover.
So I am a little bit surprised that there doesn’t seem to be any alternative charging solution available. The pogo pins doesn’t seem to have anything that a connector could attach to either.
Anyone out there that has seen any solution to this? I am thinking of building a wooden dock that would take the Xperia with the cover on and put two pogo pins in the dock to charge the tablet. But if someone could come up with a cable solution that just attach to the pogo pins it would be the best.
I have now built my own charging station. It cost me around $11. I bought some pogo pins (spring loaded pins) at an eBay auction (it is for 10, but I only needed 2 really). Then I bought an easel to support paintings on a table. I drilled two small holes (around 1,5mm, used a nail to drill as I didn’t have a this thin drill). Soldered two wires (plus and minus from an USB cable) to the bottom of the pogo pins, put some hot glue on the pogo pins and inserted them into the holes in the easel (plus to the left, GND to the right).
Now I just have to place the Xperia Tablet Z on the easel to charge it and can have the USB cover permanently closed.