5 iPhone 5 Docks You Can Make or Buy Today
Apple doesn’t sell an iPhone 5 dock, but users can make their own iPhone 5 dock in a few minutes, or buy an iPhone 5 dock that uses an original Lightning cable.
The iPhone 5 won’t fit in the iPhone 4S dock, and Apple doesn’t sell an iPhone 5 dock. We are already seeing the first iPhone 5 Lightning dock go on sale and expect more iPhone 5 docks from companies after Apple approves factories to make Lightning accessories.
Whether you’re in a DIY’er or a buyer, we have 5 iPhone 5 docks you can make or buy today. The prices range from $1 to $45, so there’s something for anyone’s budget.
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DIY iPhone 5 Dock for $1
iPhone 5 owners with access to scrap wood and a decent selection of tools can make an iPhone 5 dock in about a half hour with some woodworking skills. This dock uses a spare Lightning cable, so it’s worth a trip to the Apple Store to pick one up before glueing the only iPhone cable to the dock.
The video above covers the steps to make an iPhone 5 dock from plywood. Here are the materials needed.
- 3/4-inch AC Plywood
- 9/32-inch Bit
- 1 1/4 inch Panhead screws
- Plastic clip
- Hot Glue
Not everyone can pick up all these tools in the garage, but a cheap saw, affordable dremel and patience make this DIY iPhone 5 dock possible.
Lego iPhone 5 Dock Kit
Legos are the building blocks of my generation, so it’s only natural to see an iPhone 5 dock made from Legos. Users with access to a large selection of Lego parts may be able to make this iPhone 5 dock without leaving home, but other users will want to order the $20 kit or print the part list and hit up the nearest Lego store.
The Lego iPhone 5 dock kit comes in black or white, and users will need to bring their own Lightning cable. This iPhone 5 dock uses a clip to keep the cable in place, and smooth Lego pieces to prevent scratches. The kit is on backorder, with an estimated 10 day wait before shipping from the UK.
Users that want to find their own Lego bricks can check out the part list and detailed iPhone 5 dock from Lego instructions online for free.
iPhone 5 Dock from MacBook Pro Box
Users that recently purchased a MacBook Pro, or are willing to spend $1,200 on an iPhone 5 dock, can use the corner cardboard protection to make a fast iPhone 5 dock.
This isn’t the most elegant solution, but i’s a nice way to reuse the shipping materials if one is on hand. The MacBook Pro isn’t the only computer or item to ship with these corner covers, so take a look in the closet or ask at a local UPS store before buying a MacBook Pro just to dock the iPhone 5.
Given the cardboard nature of this dock, it is likely a sort term solution.
Wooden iPhone 5 Dock
Users that don’t want to make their own iPhone 5 dock can buy a beautiful looking wooden iPhone 5 dock in a variety of finishes. There are already a number of iPhone 5 docks up on eBay, most of which include an Apple Lightning cable with the purchase.
These wooden iPhone 5 docks range from a basic looking model going for $45 to Red Oak or Mahogany docks with bids under $30.
Users can even choose a dual iPhone dock with two Lightning cables and space to dock two iPhone 5 devices, though the $80 opening bid and $99 Buy it Now is a bit pricey.
Flash Lightning Cable iPhone 5 Dock
Many users will want to opt for the iPhone 5 Flash Lightning dock, a plastic dock that looks much like the iPhone 4S dock, and includes a light up Lightning cable. The company claims the Lightning cable includes Apple’s authentication chips so it can charge and sync the iPhone just like the cable purchases at an Apple Store.
iPhone5mod sells the iPhone 5 dock and cable for $39.90, with $7 shipping to the U.S. Users can also choose to buy the iPhone 5 cable only or the dock only, for $19.90 a piece.
This is one of the best looking iPhone 5 docks available, though not everyone is ready to wait four weeks for the next batch of iPhone 5 docks with flashing Lightning cables to ship.
10/11/2012 at 4:22 am
Don’t forget TheLightningDock which comes in beautiful anodized aluminum to match your new iPhone 5
10/24/2012 at 7:16 am
CompleteDock is the best iPhone 5 (and iPad) dock. It comes in silver and black aircraft like aluminum and has very elegant and functional design.
Check it out.
10/29/2012 at 10:53 pm
cool reviews at http://www.popdonk.com
10/31/2012 at 6:58 pm
check out http://www.dockplus.com. It’s a charging dock for iPhone 5. Features “easy on / easy off” that DIY solutions won’t offer.
11/06/2012 at 12:59 pm
I can’t wait for the Complete dock to ship – looks like a top of the line product. I ordered the big one for my iPad
11/12/2012 at 3:15 pm
My favorite docks are by Koostik – https://www.koostik.com
I’ve got a Mini Koo and an Original. They are pieces of art – truly incredible craftsmanship.
11/23/2012 at 4:23 pm
WOOP! impossible to find parts tried it. not much of a markup either w/free shipping. https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321029397768#ht_500wt_1414
11/24/2012 at 8:03 pm
By far the most elegant, stylish dock I’ve seen is the Podi-M. So much prettier than any other dock, more versatile, and most importantly it passes the wife test! (pretty enough for my wife to not be ashamed of it!)