There’s nothing more convenient than a dock when you want to keep your smartphone charged and upright on your desk or bedside table. The problem is that there are many cheap, third-party devices on the market that aren’t worth your time.
To help you weed out the duds, we’ve put together a list of our favorite iPhone docks. Most of these docks, which include wired and wireless options, are compatible with both the iPhone and Apple Watch, so you can conveniently charge and store both Apple products while at home or work.
Taking everything it learned from the last few iterations, Elevation Lab has proclaimed its fourth-generation iPhone dock as its best ever, and we’re inclined to agree. It’s $30 cheaper than its predecessor with a streamlined, thoughtful, adjustable design. Your iPhone is cradled by medical-grade silicone, zinc inserts provide some weight, and steel knobs enable you to set the perfect angle and the right height to accommodate your iPhone case. A nano-suction pad on the bottom stops the dock from sliding, and it comes with a good quality braided cable with a Velcro tie to keep things neat. It comes in matte black or white.
Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock
This one is for people with an iPhone and an Apple Watch. The magnetic charging module for your Apple Watch and the Lightning connector for your iPhone are built into the dock, so you can charge them both via a single wall outlet. The dial on the back enables you to make fine adjustments to the Lightning connector, so you can position it perfectly to fit your iPhone model and whatever case it’s wearing. The base is weighted, so it’s sturdy and isn’t going to fall over or slide around on the night stand. It also features a simple design that will fit easily with most décor.
Twelve South HiRise 2 Stand
Here’s a smart metal pedestal that’s finished in black, silver, or white. The stand just docks your device at the bottom, so it will take any iPhone or iPad (except the iPad Pro 12.9-inch), with or without a case on. It works with an Apple Lightning Cable, but you’ll have to use your own, because there isn’t one provided. There’s a machined dial behind the two metal supports that hold your device, which allows for fine adjustments. It leaves all the rest of your ports, controls, and speakers open, so it’s easy to use your iPhone while it’s sitting in the stand. An extra $20 gets you the Deluxe version which ships with both Lightning and Micro USB cables.
Pad & Quill Timber Catchall
This practical bedside stand and tray is designed primarily for an Apple Watch, but there’s also a slot for any size of iPhone, and it’s easy to run a Lightning cable up through the same hole as the Apple Watch’s charging magnet. It’s crafted from a single piece of hardwood, available in American Walnut. The finish is really nice and smooth, with rounded corners to boot. There’s even a thoughtful indent at each end of the tray which makes it easy to pick your iPhone up, and there’s an extra tray for keys or loose change.
Anker Multi-Angle Stand
Here’s a clever, adjustable stand that will work with any phone or tablet the measures between 4 and 10 inches, which includes every iPhone. It’s made of aluminum and there are rubber pads to protect the iPhone while it’s sitting in the cradle and to prevent slipping. Press the button on the side and you can adjust the angle to suit your needs — there are nine different angles in total to choose from. It’s also very portable, meaning you can easily take it with you, and it still feels quite sturdy when housing your device. The stand comes in either silver or black.
Native Union Dock Plus
This dock features an elegant, simple design with a weighted silicone base that’s available in midnight blue and gold, or a stone and rose gold color. An angled piece of aluminum in gray slate, gold, or rose gold slots into the base to prop up your iPhone at an angle. You do have to insert your own charging cable, which is a bit disappointing when you consider the dock’s price tag. There are adapters in the base, so the dock can accommodate your iPhone naked or with a slim case on. It works with the iPhone 5 and later, along with the the iPad 4 and up. If you’re looking to splash a little more cash on some more luxurious options, then check out the exquisite marble version.
Henge Gravitas Dock
The beauty of a really solid dock, like this one by Henge Docks, is that it won’t shift around when you slide your iPhone in and out of it. Henge uses a dense zinc alloy to produce the Gravitas Dock, which, in turn, has a diameter of just 3.5 inches and weighs in at 2.5 pounds. It comes with a black insert, so it can accommodate an iPhone, iPhone Plus, or an iPad Mini, and it is MFi certified. The beauty of this system is that, when a new iPhone comes out, you can just get the new insert. There’s also a USB port for charging and syncing (cable provided), and an audio line out so you can plug in speakers if you want to.
Grovemade iPhone Dock
Donning a oiled, hand-sanded finish with a brass base and wooden top, this dock is a really stylish option. It’s heavy at 3 pounds, so you can easily dock your iPhone and remove it one-handed. The groove is big enough to accommodate some slimmer cases, but unfortunately, you’ll need to insert your own Lightning cable and it’s a bit fiddly. There’s no danger of it coming loose once it’s secure, though. This one’s really all about the look, with hand sanded and oiled walnut on solid brass. There’s also a very subtle Grovemade logo on the front. However, these materials are extremely premium, and this dock comes with a premium price tag to match.
Lamicall iPhone Stand
If your budget is limited, then this sturdy aluminum alloy stand is worth a look. There is rubber padding to prevent any scratches, the hooks that hold your iPhone in place are roomy enough to accommodate rugged cases, and there are effective anti-slip pads on the bottom. The fixed angle works well for portrait or landscape and this dock will work with any model of iPhone. There i also a handy opening on the back to keep your Lightning cable out of the way. You can get it in silver or black finishes and it comes with a lifetime warranty. If you prefer more flexibility with the angle, then check out Lamicall’s adjustable stand.
Archeer Bamboo iPhone Dock
A lot of iPhone docks stand out a little too much, but this smart bamboo dock is very unobtrusive. Archeer talks up the amplification, but don’t expect to hear a major difference as it only makes your iPhone slightly louder. The main attractions should be the simple design, bamboo construction, and low price. It would have been nice to have anti-slip pads on the bottom, though you could always add some yourself. This also won’t serve you if you want a charging dock as there is no space for a cable, it’s really just a stand for your desktop.
Elago M2 Stand
This simple, aluminum stand looks good and can accommodate any iPhone in portrait or landscape orientation. It features a cradle with two arms, along with a couple of pads to stop your iPhone from touching the metal. There’s an opening on the back for cable management. The bottom of the base has pads to cushion it and stop it from slipping. It’s not a heavy stand and it’s not adjustable, but it props up the iPhone at a useful angle and feels fairly sturdy. It also works with cases on, and you can stick any phone in it. It comes in quite a few different colors, including black, silver, grey, champagne, and rose gold.
Elevation Dock 3
Sporting the same textured aluminum finish as Apple’s MacBooks, the Elevation Dock 3 is a really minimalist option. It’s designed to fit the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or later. The silicone pads inside cushion your iPhone, and the back can be removed to accommodate an iPhone Plus wearing a case. The NanoPads on the bottom are designed to lock onto your desk, so you can use the dock one-handed and it stays stable. It comes with an official Apple Lightning connector and the cable runs out the back. You can get this dock in red, black, blue, and silver anodized aluminum.
Kenu Stance Tripod
If you want something a bit different, then this compact tripod may tempt you. It allows you to prop up your iPhone in either landscape or portrait view. It’s ideal for photography, hands-free reading, or watching movies. It can also fold up to slot easily into your pocket or bag, and you can adjust the three legs to find the exact angle you want. Kenu tweaked the original design for this version, so it sports a stronger Lightning port connector and there’s a keyring attachment. It can even serve as a bottle opener.
Ventev Charge Stand 3000c
Frequent flyers will appreciate this device as it combines a charging dock with a portable, 3,000mAh battery. It’s not much of looker — in fact, it’s simple a grey plastic block — but it’s very practical. Flip it open will reveal a Lightning plug which your iPhone slots onto, and there are four tiny LEDs on the front to show remaining power in the battery. There’s also support for landscape orientation if you pull the Lightning cable out.
The Sinijumoru Dock is very sturdy and comes with an eye-catching design that resembles the letter “C.” It can accommodate the iPhone 5 and newer devices, and it’s designed to work with naked iPhones and those outfitted with slim cases. It takes a bit of effort to fit the cable into the plastic connector, but once in, you can easily slide the iPhone on using the back as a guide to the right angle. The dock also comes with a cable, but not a very good one, so bank on using your own. It’s made of aluminum with a line of soft silicone padding, which helps guard against any unwanted damage.
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