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Make a Griffin AirCurve Adapter For iPhone 4 With Sugru

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I love the simplicity of my AirCurve but sadly it wasn't useful at all anymore after I upgraded from a 3G to iPhone 4.   AirCurve came with adapters for 2 and 3G/3GS but last I checked, Griffin hasn't yet made an adapter for iPhone 4.

So my AirCurve was sad and useless. As you can see in the second photo, the new phone and case will sit in an adapter-less AirCurve if you balance it just right.  Set this way it tends to topple over if you look at it funny - usually right into the kitchen sink. 

But besides that: since the "fit" is non-existent there is no volume boost as the sound from the iPhone speaker is not getting funneled into the AirCurve's sound channel.  What to do?

SUGRU to the rescue!  It's specifically designed for hacking your stuff.
(What is Sugru and where can you get some?)
The original phone holder/adapters that come with the AirCurve are a flexible rubber.
Sugru cures into a flexible silicone rubber and you can mold it into any shape you like.
Perfect for making your own holder/ adapter!

  (The AirCurve is a non-powered volume amplifier made for iPhone 2 & 3G/3GS, you can check it out here. Sugru is cheap and has endless uses!  I had a super 12 pack shipped from the UK to California for $16 total.  This hack cost about $2 in Sugru.)

 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Picture of Tools & Materials
This is pretty simple hack and took less than 30 minutes (not counting Sugru cure time)

Gather ye up the following:
  • Griffin Aircurve
  • iPhone 4 (in it's case if that's how you plan to use it with the AirCurve)
  • Cling wrap
  • A bit of soapy water
  • iPhone charging cable
  • X-acto knife
  • toothpick or other tiny sculpting tool
  • SUGRU!! 1 1/2 sachets will be plenty (super 12 pack pictured) 

Isn't your iPhone the wrong way around?
niftycurly (author)  RoddyTheGreat3 years ago
Yes - I mentioned in step 3 that the iPhone 4 has the speakers on the other side vs iPhone 3/3GS. If you left it facing forward there would be no sound in the sound channel. :)
ob1gnob3 years ago
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niftycurly (author)  ob1gnob3 years ago
Thanks! I shall :)