Instead of gently placing your phone down on the table when not in use, you can stow it with a bit more care by storing it in a dock. Docks are great places to let your smartphone rest, and they have an extra added advantage in letting you view an iPhone’s screen hands-free. It’s perfect for reading a recipe in the kitchen or following an advanced YouTube knitting tutorial.
So which one should you buy? There are diverse options at every price point. Some have built-in Qi wireless charging for added convenience, keeping your nightstand, desk, or counter organized. Others are just stylish bits of metal or plastic that hold your phone really well. Here are some of the best iPhone docks available right now.
Lamicall’s compact foldable phone stand is the ideal desktop accessory that frees your hands for watching videos, taking calls, receiving alerts, and anything you need to do with your phone. It’s adjustable for a comfortable viewing angle and height with a weighted metal base that ensures stability. It’s compatible with cases up to 0.71 inches thick, and its anti-slip, anti-scratch silicone mats on the backrest, hooks, and feet protect your phone from scratches. It’s portable and easy to carry with a bi-folding pocket-sized design.
If you have multiple iOS devices, this tough guy is for you. The Hercules Charging Station is compatible with your iPhone as well as other mobile devices. It features six-port fast charging and recognizes your devices to deliver the specific power needed. Use at home on kitchen counters, desks, tables, or nightstands as well as at work. The charging station includes ETL, FCC, CE, and RoHS certifications. Its USB ports are compatible with USB Type-A plugs up to USB 3. It comes in six color varieties to match your space.
The iPhone dock may be something of a dying breed now that MagSafe exists, but that doesn’t mean they’re extinct, and many people prefer them for their functionality. Twelve South’s HiRise Duet is one of those functional combos that offers a great-looking iPhone dock and a companion Apple Watch dock. Here, the iPhone is elevated and easily visible, making it a great desk stand. It also comes with a wireless charging pad for your Apple Watch, letting you get double the use of the same space.
The Grovemade Wood MagSafe Stand is both sturdy and convenient. The charming wooden look goes well with any desktop setup, so it doubles as a decor piece as well as a phone stand. It is MagSafe compatible and works well with all iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 models. Using it, you can set your phone both vertically and horizontally, so whether you are reading a book or watching a movie, the Grovemade Wood Magsafe Stand will serve you through it all.
This MagSafe charger is a perfect pick if you have an Apple iPhone 12 with MagSafe compatibility — but it also offers a lot more. It’s perfect if you need an Apple Watch dock alongside your usual wireless charging spot. On one side is the MagSafe charger that can easily lock onto your late model iPhone (make sure you have a compatible phone case), and on the other side is a small Qi wireless charger that can work with all sorts of devices, but is especially well-designed for something like the Apple Watch or an AirPods case. When you’re done using it, the two chargers snap together for easy transport.
Spigen is best known for its cases and screen protectors, but don’t overlook its other excellent accessories. Spigen’s S370 might not have the most memorable name, but with its bamboo wooden build and space for an Apple Watch charger, it’s an aesthetic choice for your desk or bedside table. It’s deeper than most other wooden stands of this type, which stops it from toppling over if you use your phone, and there’s even handy extra storage space behind your phone.
This dock 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 lets you 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 won’t fall over or slide around on your nightstand. It also features a simple design that will fit easily with most décor.
This stylish, hand-finished, artisan combo dock is crafted from solid walnut with a waxed finish. Its geometric, minimalist style is ideal for your desk or nightstand and has a magnet for your Apple Watch (though you’ll need your own cable) and a Lightning cable for your iPhone. It works with iPhone 5 and later.
A lot of iPhone docks stand out a little too much, but this smart bamboo dock is unobtrusive. Archeer talks up the unit’s built-in amplification, but don’t expect to hear a major difference as it only makes your iPhone sound slightly louder. The main attractions are the simple design, bamboo construction, and low price. This also won’t serve you if you seek a charging dock, as there is no space for a cable, it’s really just a handy stand for your desktop.
If you crave a change, then this compact tripod may tempt you. It lets you prop up your iPhone in both landscape and portrait views. It’s also a prime option for taking pictures, hands-free reading, or film viewing. Small enough to fit neatly into your pocket or bag, you can also adjust the three legs to find just the right angle for viewing. Kenu changed the original design for this version, so it features a robust lightning port connector. There’s also a keyring attachment. It can even serve as a bottle opener.
You will need some kind of charger for your iPhone — and that’s particularly true of the iPhone 12 and later iPhones, which now ship without a power adapter. A dock is designed to be a largely stationary (although we do include some more portable picks) charger that you set your iPhone on or plug into it. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it makes an excellent companion for your bedside table, desk, and similar areas.
A dock is designed to charge your iPhone in an easy manner, in the places where your phone can spend some time while you work, sleep, study, or cook. Many docks allow the iPhone to stand or angle upward, so you can watch for notifications or start up a video while it’s charging. Because the Apple ecosystem is so interconnected, iPhone docks also often include additional stands or spots for charging things like your Apple Watch and your AirPods case.
Your dock will need a Lightning cable port to charge iPhones, which is why you should always look for ports that are specifically designed to work with iPhones (or simply use wireless charging, which makes the issue moot). For plugging into a power adapter, look for USB-C connections — they aren’t absolutely necessary, but you should try to avoid anything older these days. Docks may also have additional ports to support other accessories, but this is not a requirement.
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