Sendstation Dock Extender + iPhone 4 Bumper

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by slyderulz, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. slyderulz macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2008
    I've been using the Sendstation dock extenders successfully for both my 3G and 3GS on a universal dock and Yamaha Receiver iPod dock for several years now. Never had an issue with any case.

    Apple's own bumper case has an opening around the 30 pin connector that is too narrow. This prevents the sendstation adapter from seating correctly. Works fine with the case off.

    Additionally, the slightly wider 30 pin connectors Apple sold individually and with the 3G (not 3GS) and iPod products prior to 2009 will also not fit. Plastic is too wide at the base,

    I'm thinking the cheaper solution will be to dump the bumper and go with another case.
  2. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    that sucks. I was hoping this was a viable option for using the bumper with my car adaptor. It really dosen't seem that as of now there are any options here, where an adapter mimics the shape of the new apple 30 pin connecters.
  3. Applemac85 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2008
    Spoke with a sendstation rep

    Just an update on this topic. I emailed tech support asking about the dock extender, as I have a alpine x305s head unit in my car that doesn't fit the dock with the bumper on. The following is our conversation:

    from Scott **** <********>
    to "" <>
    date Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:45 PM
    subject iPhone bumpers

    I want to buy your sendstation dock extender but I'm concerned that it won't fit the iphone 4 with bumper case on. I know that your site says it will fit all cases designed for a dock connection, but I'll refer you to this site. According to this site, the bumper only fits a specific iPod cable, as even some Apple branded cables don't work. I know from experience that there is no room around the cable connection at the base of the bumper. Please respond soon, and I will definitely buy your product if it fits. Thank you.


    from SendStation Support <>
    to Scott ***** <********>
    date Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 8:31 AM
    subject Re: iPhone bumpers

    hide details 8:31 AM (1 hour ago)


    Thanks for your interest in SendStation’s line of iPod, iPhone and Mac accessories.

    We have absolutely no idea what the Apple engineers had in mind when they've created the Bumper case. The Bumper case breaks with almost any iPod accessory. To overcome this issue, we are working on a revision of the Dock Extender and a Dock Extension Cable too.

    If you want to get notified when it becomes available, simply subscribe to our newsletter by sending any email to <>. You can unsubscribe at any time and there is no need to worry: we do hate spam too.

    Alternatively, you might consider to modify the case with a cutting knife or the Dock Extender with a file. We are taking about 0.3 mm in thickness and 1.0 mm in width only... We know of several several customers who have done that.

    Best regards,
    Sean Preyer

    SendStation Systems
    Große Spillingsgasse 14
    60385 Frankfurt/Main email
    [Germany] Web

    Thought this might be interesting to those who can't use their car stereos with the bumpers or their universal docks. Just a matter of time.
  4. slyderulz thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Thanks Applemac, I got the same response from Sean...although he didn't go as far as to recommend modifying the bumper in my response.
  5. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Per another member's suggestion, I eBay searched dock extender, found this and went directly to the website.

    The slim otterbox version for $1 more looks better than the normal one and looks like it should fit. There is even a review from 6/28 already from an iPhone 4 with bumper owner saying it works. Comes in 5 colors too. The review does not indicate if he went with the basic or slim version.

    BTW, the Sendstation version does include the dock insert and prop stand whereas this one does not, but the cost difference and shipping cost difference certainly make this a more stomachable buy.

    If you are in the process of emailing Sendstation, you may recommend that not only do they redesign, but they should consider a $39 or $44 bundle that includes the normal extender, stand prop, and dock insert, and an additional extender only or even 2 for those who also need mobile solutions but don't want additional inserts and stands. Might get more biz that way.

    Great Product June 28, 2010
    Reviewer: William B. from Snellville, GA United States
    I ordered this product because I got a new iPhone 4 with a bumper (case) and my iPod cable for my headunit and my existing car charger would not fit with the bumper on the phone. This product allowed me to use my existing charges and my headunit iPod cable with the bumper on.
  6. bt1988 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2007
    The Otterbox version kind of looks like its put together with tape or something. Or is that just me?
  7. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Just looks like a shrinked on coating or something. The basic version is boxy and fugly, not to mention looks less likely to co-operate with an iPhone 4 bumper. But I hesitate to offer any more information or opinion without conducting further research as to keep from offending the rulerz of the kingdom.
  8. bt1988 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2007
    :) I'm almost willing to go ahead and order it. It's been a long week of only having FM radio in my car.

    if you use code "ff10off" it's 10% off which is like $1.62 off.

    Still afraid to order it. :p
  9. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I would only recommend getting the slim version, after looking at the boxy basic more closely, there is no way that will plug into a bumper.
  10. h1kar1 macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2007
    Los angeles
    i have 2 SendStation extenders.

    and yes they do not work with the bumper.

    But i put a dremel to them shaved off alittle bit and now works perfect.

    Realy don't have to take much off.
  11. bt1988 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Did you end up getting one? Or any other alternative? Threads about these extender/adapters kind of died. :(
  12. fpena macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2010

    Can you show us how how your sendstation look like after modding it to fit the bumper case?
    I'm considering buying a sendspace dockextender to do the same thing...
    But I'm still wondering if will be hard to mod it.

    Maybe you could show me some pictures and tell me how you did...
  13. Gr8BnaGeek macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2010
  14. crashnburn macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2009
    How have your experiences been, using these over time?
  15. climb3d79 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010
    iPhone + Case universal dock adapter

    I tired the dock extender and ended up switching to the LYCO Adapter ( It is a redesigned iphone universal dock adapter that allows me to dock my iPhone without removing the case. I have been using it for a few months and love it, check out the picture of my setup.

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