DIY iphone dock using only the package material

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DIY iphone dock using only the package material.

You will need:
Utility knife x 1
Ruler x 1
Double-sided tape x 1
Thin single-sided tape (packing tape will do) x 1
iPhone box with plastic holder x 1
usb cable that comes with the iphone x 1
Half an hour of free time
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Step 1: Get the iphone connector in place

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Cut the end of the plastic holder that comes with your iphone. Use the iphone itself to guide the width and depth of the cutting. Cut until you can rest the iphone completely into the plastic holder. Secure the connector cable to the plastic holder.

Step 2: Rough drawing on taping the connector to the black plastic holder

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I use two thin pieces of packing tape to loop around the connector, one each direction. Each piece of the tape is roughly 4mm wide and 12+/- cm long. This should hold the connector in place securely.

Step 3: Cut the plastic holder into two pieces

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Cut the plastic holder into two pieces. Place two pieces of double-sided tape onto the shorter piece as shown. I ended up using the thinner type of double-sided tape, but the thick tape is easier for demonstration purposes.

Step 4: Confirm placement of the connector with the iphone

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Make sure you can charge the iphone. Adjust if necessary.

Step 5: Triangle stand

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There is an insert inside the bottom half of the box. I used it to make a triangular stand. Punch two holes for the cable to pass (size of the usb end). Secure front piece and then the stand.

Step 6: Finished?

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You can adjust how much the front piece would cover the phone. I want to control the home button but want to keep it "hidden". So I actually stick a small square piece of foam (from the packaging) behind the small piece so when I push the front --> it will press the home button. Completely optional. Or you can place the front piece a bit lower so you can see the home button. You decide. Enjoy!

Step 7: Inside view of the front piece

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I ended up using an eraser head taped to match the location of the "Home" button on the iphone.
boom man562 years ago
i have that same computer!!!!
jon014 years ago
What a great idea for recycling the packaging! Now, if only Apple had thought of that...
davidleung (author)  jon014 years ago
thanks... funny thing is... you cant do the same with iphone4 packaging... not easily anyway.
not quite as easily, but I did it:
connawhite4 years ago
nice drawing ;)
Yup, really nice and a nice use of packaging that I probably would have thrown out. I'm doing this tonight. Thanks!
schnellboot5 years ago
Awesome :D 
beining5 years ago

Great idea! thanks

apixelpro5 years ago
nice touch- I would use the self adhesive, small rubber "feet". perhaps the rounded one. I like that this "inny" button can provide some resistance to keep it from sliding out- in addition to being plugged in to the cable. Nice job!
jadi9296 years ago
superb idea! instead of using the tapes i just used hot glue, and for the stand i used two big paper clips and hot glued them, thanks for the idea, really appreciate it!
Nice tip that I was going to meantion about too!
jadi929 jadi9296 years ago
thanks, u too
davidleung (author)  jadi9296 years ago
Glad you like it. Hot glue would be by far stronger although less reversible. Now that I have been using my stand for a while and still like it, I too am considering gluing mine. Happy construction and have a lovely holiday. D
kool-aid6 years ago
I really like this stand however, I found that the charge connection gets kind off weak after awhile. So what i did was modify the white piece of plastic that comes with it and added it to the inside of the this stand. So now I have the same stand as above with more secure connection.
davidleung (author)  kool-aid6 years ago
Cool. I did not detail the taping... which I should. I was able to tape it quite securely... I will post it as soon as I get a chance. Thank you. You are absolutely right. Taping the connector down is the key.
I just finished making my stand yesterday. I had previously built another stand that looks OK but not as cool as this one. I'm planning on taking that one apart and build one of these for an Pod classic.
davidleung (author)  kool-aid6 years ago
Update: I just uploaded some details on taping (and on the botton control). Thank you for your comment earlier.
christophor6 years ago
Brilliant. I wish I'd thought of this.

I've been staring at the packaging ever since I got the iPod. I didn't think of this. It's EXACTLY what I want.

Thanks for posting this.

Here's an iPod stand I made if your interested.

codester6 years ago
Padlock6 years ago
Genius! Now I can save my $30.