Are charging docks not a thing anymore?

chrono1081

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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.
 

dazlicous

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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
 

boltjames

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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.
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.

BJ
 

chrono1081

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+1. I backed it during the kickstarter campaign. It's a bit expensive but i've never been less than 100% satisfied with it.
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?
 

Vesian

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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?
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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

 

jcmeyer5

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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

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That is brilliant! Skip the certification by not actually having a lightning port. Also makes it more versatile. Now I HAVE to have one!
 

DerekDock

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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.

http://grovemade.com/collections/dock
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...
 

titans1127

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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.

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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.
 

webbuzz

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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.

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I just purchased another for the 6 Plus and will continue to use the old one with my iPhone 5.
 

jimbo1mcm

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I ordered a Rokform. 3lb aluminum, different colors. Adjustable for your lightning cable.
 

NJRonbo

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

http://hengedocks.com/pages/gravitas

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.
 

tgi

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

http://hengedocks.com/pages/gravitas

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

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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!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054OAPTI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p425_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=09SZ9XXM55NPE0E9AMGP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200482&pf_rd_i=507846
 

Taco1933

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Like this

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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

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Do you ever have a problem with the cable popping out the bottom of the dock?
 

cbronfman

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Thanks for the info - Belkin

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.
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+.
 

Vesian

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Do you ever have a problem with the cable popping out the bottom of the dock?
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.