Are charging docks not a thing anymore?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by chrono1081, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Hi guys,

    Now that I'm moving on to all lightning devices I have to replace my Griffin Simplify dock which was awesome since it was an iPhone charging dock, USB hub, and memory card reader all in one.

    It appears though however no one has any kind of replacement for this type of thing. Are charging docks not a thing anymore? I always loved them but can't find any.
  2. dazlicous macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2011
    I have a Sony alarm clock docking station in the bedroom that has the lightning connector. Got Bose sound dock portable in the living that I still use but have to use a 30 pin connector
  3. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
  4. Apollonian macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2010

    Somehow I didn't even know this exists. Looks great, I might get one for my 6+.
  5. Vesian macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    +1. I backed it during the kickstarter campaign. It's a bit expensive but i've never been less than 100% satisfied with it.
  6. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    The way that Apple charges wholesalers for Lightning certification makes it very cost prohibitive to develop items with their own Lightning ports, even makers of $75 radios and speakers are struggling. So when it comes to a $25 dock there isn't much room for profit margin, the prices become too high.

  7. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    This looks nice but I can't find a picture of how it holds the cable. Is there a slot the end of the cable sits in?
  8. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
  9. tatltael macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2014
    I've always loved Grovemade's products. Now I finally have a chance to get one since I'll have an iPhone again for the first time in years.

    Their docks look beautiful. Expensive though.
  10. Vesian macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Like this



    See that darker black the end of the lightning cable is sitting in? It's a adapter piece that comes out, lets you put several different types of cables in there and have it fit perfectly

    Edit: Here's the adapter

  11. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Thanks so much for the pictures!
  12. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'm going to use my Belkin Charge and Sync dock. Since there's not an enclosed bit where you put the phone, it should work fine.

  13. jcmeyer5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2008
    That is brilliant! Skip the certification by not actually having a lightning port. Also makes it more versatile. Now I HAVE to have one!
  14. DerekDock macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2014
    Santa Cruz, Ca
    Yeah I drool over their office collection and these docks all the time. I have had a grovemade iphone 5 case that I love so eventually I'll want to get the 6 case and maybe one of these docks. But that is almost the out of pocket cost of the iphone 6...
  15. b3av3r macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2012
  16. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    Same here. I don't think with the plus there will be any issues as far as the phone being too tall or heavy to make the dock tip over. I even use it occasionally with my iPad air and have the back of it rest against my monitor to keep it stable.
  17. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    I just purchased another for the 6 Plus and will continue to use the old one with my iPhone 5.
  18. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    I ordered a Rokform. 3lb aluminum, different colors. Adjustable for your lightning cable.
  19. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Those like me who are looking for a Media Dock (to output music) might want to consider Hedge Dock.

    Problem is, they don't answer emails and I have been attempting to find out if the iPhone 6/Plus inserts come with the dock or have to be ordered separately.
  20. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Does that dock actually have speakers built into it? or just an audio out for external speakers.


    Anyone have any opinions on this? It's more of a holder, but I like how it swivels and can support the phone in portrait or landscape mode. If anyone can suggest similar items, that would be great!
  21. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    Do you ever have a problem with the cable popping out the bottom of the dock?
  22. cbronfman macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    Washington DC
    Thanks for the info - Belkin

    Just what I was planning to do - and I'm really pleased to hear it works with your iPad Air so definitely will with the IP6+.
  23. Vesian macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Nope. The cable fits in a groove so when the dock is sitting on a flat surface the cable has no way to come out. The dock's bottom has microsuction pads on it as well, so it's very hard to accidentally move the dock without intending on doing so.

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