iPhone Dock Stories March 21, 2016

You won’t find a more elegant charging stand than the HoverDock. This minimal dock comes in iPhone and Apple Watch versions, which are both now $28 via 9to5Toys Specials.

The iPhone HoverDock holds your phone upright using only the connector from your regular charging cable, which means you can continue to use your handset while it is charging. Because the dock does not obstruct any of the screen, it is compatible with most cases. The beautiful aluminum base is sturdy, with internal storage for the charging cable. On the underside, a rubber mat prevents slipping and scratching. The Apple Watch version is largely identical, except it is designed to work with Apple’s Magnetic Charging Cable. Once again, the screen is held upright so you can see incoming notifications, and the dock is compatible with Nightstand mode.

Order now to save 20% on the HoverDock for iPhone or the HoverDock for Apple Watch, with free shipping.

iPhone Dock Stories January 28, 2016

expiredGive your Apple Watch and iPhone a home w/ this highly-rated aluminum dock: $10 (Reg. $14)

Aerb via Amazon offers its Aluminum Apple Watch and iPhone Stand for $13.99. Applying promo code FSFM58MT drops the final price to $10 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. That’s good for $27 off the original listing, nearly 30% less than the regular price and the lowest current offering we could find.

This Apple Watch dock from Aerb is a perfect nightstand companion. It features an elevated home for your Watch and an angled resting place for an iPhone. The elevated perch makes it easy to see notifications and other alerts that come in while charging. Additionally, your watch can rest in either portrait or landscape orientations for use with Nightstand Mode. Rated 4.5/5 stars by over 1,600 Amazon customers.

iPhone Dock Stories November 11, 2015

expiredTwelve South HiRise dock for iPhone, iPad mini, Apple TV remote: $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

Amazon offers the Twelve South HiRise dock in silver for $24.99 Prime shipped. That’s $10 (29%) below its list/average price and a match for the best deal we’ve ever seen. The HiRise dock is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even the new 4th gen Apple TV remote. 1,293 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.1 out of 5 starsPlease note that it only works with the standard Apple Lightning cable

Twelve South also makes a matching Apple Watch dock for those of you looking for a complete desk setup. If you have to have a gold dock then you’re going to have to step up to Twelve South’s HiRise Deluxe.

iPhone Dock Stories June 27, 2015

Update (6/29 8:00am): Black version deal has expired, but silver is still $29.99 via a 3rd party seller (Lopear).

Instead of buying Apple’s new Lightning dock that’s basically just a tiny plastic brick, the smart move would be to go with Twelve South’s HiRise dock that is better looking and less expensive expand full story

iPhone Dock Stories April 6, 2015

Apple Watch pre-orders kick off on Friday, which means you could have one on your wrist within a few short weeks. Big name brands have been slowly announcing accessories for Apple’s first wearable, but most have conservative designs and feature sets. Crowdfunding campaigns and smaller companies been revealing more ambitious Apple Watch add-ons. NuDock Power Station Lamp definitely falls into the latter camp.

With custom charging receptacles for your Apple Watch, iPhone, and other USB accessories, NuDock should be the only charging dock you need on your nightstand… expand full story

iPhone Dock Stories October 2, 2014

Apple left a gaping hole in the accessory world when it decided not to release an updated dock for the new, larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Shortly after their release, third party manufacturers have brought forth some beautiful and functional docks, but most are made of either aluminum or hard plastics.

A new company on the iPhone accessory scene, Quell & Company, which was co-founded by former Nike designer Jeremy Saxton, has created an iPhone Spool Dock that won’t feel out of place amongst modern home decor… expand full story

iPhone Dock Stories September 26, 2014

expirediOttie Easy One Touch 2 smartphone car mount (works w/ iPhone 6/6 Plus): $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

Amazon offers the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 smartphone car mount for $17.99 Prime shipped. For non-members, we recommend using your savings to purchase a pair of these mounts so you’ll qualify for free shipping and have one for another car or your home office. Today’s price is 40% below list and within $3 of the best price ever. Features include:

  • Easy one touch mounting system locks and releases the device with just a push of a finger
  • Super sticky gel pad sticks securely to most surfaces (including textured surfaces), yet is still easily removable
  • New telescopic arm adds 2 inches to allow for closer device viewing
  • Two step locking lever provides additional mounting support for multiple surfaces

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from hundreds of Amazon reviewers.

Head over to our roundup for even more iPhone 6/6 Plus docks, stands, and mounts.

iPhone Dock Stories September 15, 2014

Update (12/17 2:45pm): Amazon Lightning Deal! Belkin Charge and Sync Dock with Lightning Cable for $13.65 Prime shipped (Reg. $25).

(Update 5/19 10:30am): The time has come. Apple has randomly announced a new Lightning dock for iPhone 6/Plus. However, you should still take a look at the numerous third party options (below) that have been on the market for years. Many of these options offer more styling and better value compared to Apple’s dock.

If you were one of over 4 million people who preordered an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus this weekend, then you may have noticed that one of Apple’s most popular accessories for previous gen iPhones is curiously absent from its online store. As of right now, Apple seems to be sitting on the sideline and will not be releasing a dock designed for its newest smartphones.

Docks position your iPhone in a way that makes it easier to keep tabs on incoming notifications, all while helping create a clean workspace by wrangling messy cables.

There are already several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus dock solutions. Here are our favorite docks, stands, mounts, and more:

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iPhone Dock Stories September 13, 2014

Update (9/20): Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @morganrhc is our winner and they have been contacted.

Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Introduction It always seems like small companies based in America have great stories. We’ve seen them time and time again as part of our Small States series, from generational pride to simply solving a problem in your life. But sometimes it all just starts by throwing the football from your workshop across the street to another. For Joe Mansfield and Ken Tomita, that’s how things got started. That’s how Grovemade in Portland, Oregon came to be.

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iPhone Dock Stories August 25, 2014

expiredBelkin charge & sync iPhone dock w/ built-in Lightning cable $14 Prime shipped (orig. $35)

Update (8/26 noon): Amazon direct is now $13.98 and a 3rd party seller (fulfilled by Amazon) is still at $12.99 but is backordered a couple days.

Update (8/26 7:30am): Now priced as low as $12.99 from a 3rd party seller (fulfilled by Amazon) and $13.66 from Amazon direct.

Amazon offers the Belkin charge & sync iPhone dock (silver) w/ built-in 4 ft. MFi Lightning cable for $14.22 (3rd party seller charges $0.23 cents less) with free Prime shipping or on orders of $35 or more. That’s nearly $21 or 59% under the original listing and the lowest we’ve seen it go for on Amazon. Today’s deal is about $5 below the going rate for a (shorter) standalone Apple Lightning cable. Features include:

  • Painted aluminum finish
  • Fits most phone cases
  • Uses your existing power supply
  • 4 foot USB cable
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and iPod nano (7th generation)

It has been rated 3.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 reviewers and sits as the #1 Best Selling Cell Phone Charging Dock on Amazon. Check out other MFi Lightning accessories in our roundup here.

iPhone Dock Stories July 22, 2014

Update (7/31: 9:00am): Back in stock and priced as low as $16.19.

Update (7/22 2:15pm): Price bumped to $18.86, which is still less than buying a single Lightning cable from Apple.

Amazon offers the Belkin charge & sync iPhone dock (silver) w/ built-in 4 ft. MFi Lightning cable for $16.95 (3rd party seller charges a few cents less) with free 2-day Prime shipping. All other buyers will need to spend at least $35 to bypass shipping costs. Today’s price is $2 under the going rate for a (shorter) standalone Apple Lightning cable. Features include:

  • Painted aluminum finish
  • Fits most phone cases
  • Uses your existing power supply
  • 4 foot hardwire USB cable
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and iPod nano (7th generation)

Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars from nearly 1,000 Amazon reviewers. Check out other MFi Lightning accessories in our roundup here. expand full story

iPhone Dock Stories June 5, 2014

expiredJBL OnBeat Lightning Speaker Docks: Micro $30 + $5 shipping (Reg. $100), Mini $40 + $5 shipping (Reg. $150)

Woot is offering the JBL OnBeat Micro Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector (in black or white) for $30 + $5 shipping. That’s about 75% or $85 off the original price, between $15 and $65 off the average selling price from trusted retailers, $10 under Amazon’s current listing and $5 under the best we’ve seen it go for. It features a built-in lightning dock, built-in rechargeable battery that delivers up to 5 hours of playback, a 3.5mm Aux connector and a USB charging port for charging and playback from another device. 

It comes with a 1 year warranty from JBL and it has received a 4.1 out of 5 stars review among Amazon customers.

Next we have the Micro’s bigger brother, the JBL OnBeat Mini Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector (in black) for $40 + $5 shipping. That’s $155 off the original price, $105 under JBL’s listing, $25 better than Amazon’s price and the best we’ve ever seen by $5.

It features much of what its Micro counterpart does with the addition of an 8 hour battery life and compatibility with iPad as well. It also comes with a 1 year warranty from JBL and it has received a 3.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

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