Simple iPhone/iPod Touch stand from 2 binder clips

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In all of about 5 seconds you can make a nice, sturdy stand for your favorite electronic gadget.
This is a greatly simplified version of petrov's instructable which I thought was clever but too fancy.
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Step 1: Parts

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All you need is two binder clips: a large one and a smaller one. I had a 1.5" wide one and a 3/4" wide one, so I used those. You can substitute a slightly wider clip for the smaller one and perhaps a bigger one for the big one, but don't use a smaller big one. We need its size for stability.

Step 2: Quick two-step assembly

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Clap together the smaller clip's hands and then bend the body upwards. You'll have to hold the arms, or the top one will flip open. Insert the small arms into the big clip's jaws, but don't insert them all the way; you want to create a little crevasse for the edge of your iPhone to rest into.

Step 3: Seat it and enjoy

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That's it. You can now view your iPhone at a comfortable angle. The stand supports the iPhone vertically too (no photo, soz) and is quite rigid. Make several and keep them at home, work, and on your backpack carabiner (see the last step).

I'd also recommend memorizing how to quickly make delierium's business card stand. It comes in handy when you're in a bind (pun intended).

Step 4: Portability

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Since assembly is trivially easy and there are only two small, lightweight parts, you can carry the stand around with you everywhere. I've attached mine to a backpack carabiner.
AuralVirus1 month ago

Love it - I make tablet stands out of cat food boxes :D - 1 for every room!!

compacho3 years ago
Of all the the binder clip phone stands on this site, this is the most effective one I found. Good Job.
claudiorox3 years ago
semplice e geniale, complimenti !!!
PJPEEJ4 years ago
Simple...yet effective...hmmmmmm.....
Geo2424 years ago
Great idea!
Elegant design solution, thanks.
Ingenious!!!! I would have never thought to use binder clips for this use. All I wanted was an inexpensive table stand for my iPod Touch (because it's the second generation, and Apple doesn't include stands with the iTouch anymore), and now I've found an idea for one.
Fieldownage5 years ago
Simple, stylish, awesome, cheap and working! I love this one. C:
altawashm6 years ago
what an idea thats great.
I love it!! So simple, so efficient!! I use it for my Sansa e200; I stuck some wadding in there so it would be eye level when I was sleeping and wanted to watch something. Thanks!!
gorbrickon6 years ago
I sand blasted mine for a nice Ikea aluminum look.
Crucio (author)  gorbrickon6 years ago
Sounds nice! Please post a picture.
christophor6 years ago
Cool! I made an iPod stand from a regular wire paper clip. If I had any of these in my desk, I probably wouldn't have made mine.

This is a great idea.

Very simple.

Great job!

Here's mine if you want to see it.

PaperClip iPod Dock
Crucio (author)  christophor6 years ago
Thanks Christophor, I like the way yours has a custom grip. Now I have 3 ways to improvise a stand: yours, mine, and the business card.
Also... Cool Avatar. Black-Beard's flag right? Pirates are cool.
Crucio (author)  christophor6 years ago
Yes, that's right. I sail and have his flag on my mast.

Check out the Origami one.

This makes 4 for both of us.
I'm kind of weary of using this kind of stand because it could scratch the back of my iPod Touch. I could just get a piece of paper or something to protect it. I think a business card would work perfectly. I love the idea though.
My wife an I put our iPods in a clear acrylic cover with a PDA filmy thing on the screen. It was a Griffin i-thingy I believe we got it at Walmart, but I've seen them on Amazon. Scratches aren't very likely with that kind of protection. Maybe you could get something like that for yours.
Crucio (author)  anickle0601936 years ago
I understand your concern. However, the binder clips have rounded arms and I'm not too worried that there will be scratching. That said, yes, you can easily, say, hot glue a business card to the large clip's upper arm for more protection--at the cost of a little portability (if that matters to you). It would work swell for a fixed stand.
Padlock6 years ago
Cool. Got any ideas for a dock for the 3G? I'm very lazy and a dock would be heaven, instead of crawling on the floor trying to find that darn cable.
Crucio (author)  Padlock6 years ago
Sorry for the late reply. Hopefully by now you've found some instructables for docks. Just today I saw one, so if you can't find it, let me know.
twist2b6 years ago
Would that not scratch it up MUCHO Grande (potentially) I would put a foam like thing OVER that or something. Just a thought. NEAT idea though! LOVE the penny saver!
Crucio (author)  twist2b6 years ago
One would think so, and I suppose if you're not careful, it can get scratched. But it really doesn't move much on the stand. Still, if you're worried, better safe than sorry. You can put a business card, a piece of paper, a thin piece of foam, or anything else between the clip and iPhone. Also, you can preserve the clip's portability if you coat the iPhone-side of the clip with rubber cement or our favorite ... hot glue. I'm guessing the rubber cement would work better of the two. Thanks for the nice comment and glad you found it useful.
ikoda6 years ago
That's awesome. Great Idea.