Make your iPhone charger hold / display your phone

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We loved this iPhone hack by Brendan Dawes so much we thought we should share it with Instructables :)

It works great for other phones too, I also did one for an old Nokia and a Sony Ericsson, and why not ?! :) 

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Step 1: What do you need...

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your phone

the phone charger



cling film

some soapy water

If you are not familiar with sugru, you can find out more on our website -

Step 2: Open the sugru sachet

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Cut open the sachet of sugru following the dotted line, this is the best way to remove sugru from the special foil sachet.

Knead the sugru in your fingers for half a minute, this helps the material work better.

Tear the sugru into 3 pieces; for this hack I needed 2 large ones and a small one.

Cover your phone in cling film, this will make sense a little later.

Step 3: Pop the sugru in place

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Press the sugru onto the charger roughly where you need it.

Step 4: Get the shape right

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Charging your phone creates heat so it's good to make a little space between the phone and the charger to allow air to circulate.

Pop the third piece of sugru onto the top of the charger making sure it sticks out a bit.

Once the sugru is in place, it's time to get the shape right.

Gently touch the sugru repeatedly to tweak the shape, don't panic, you have plenty of time.

Step 5: Create the perfect impression

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Press your phone gently into the sugru and it will take a perfect impression, creating a snug fit for your phone.

1: To help with this process, rub a little soapy water onto the cling film you wrapped around your phone - soapy water works as a release agent for sugru preventing stuff from sticking to it :)

2: Gently press the phone into the sugru. Be careful, sugru will still be very soft, so be gentle so as not to deform your brackets too much.

After I completed this I realised that this step is not that necessary, so you could skip it if you liked. Take a look at the Sony Ericsson version in step 8 :)

Good, but I doubt this will work on the Australian chargers.
projectsugru (author)  memyselfand14 years ago
cheers Bob, what do Australian chargers look like ?
projectsugru (author)  memyselfand14 years ago
ah yes, the older version of the Apple USB plug, I still think this is much more beautiful than what they make now. Hmmmm, it is a bit of a challenge, have you any ideas how it could work on this plug?
what about modding another usb charger
yes i do put the sugru on the side of the adapter and it should work then;)
Warlrosity4 years ago
Uhm. If you put ShooGoo or whatev in a snapLock bag, will it still harden?
projectsugru (author)  Warlrosity4 years ago
Hello Mr.Pug, sugru is packaged in a special moisture barrier foil, sugru will cure in a zip lock bag.
Ooh, Thank you.
projectsugru (author)  Warlrosity4 years ago
Hi again Warlrosity, thought you might be interested in this Instructable to make your own DIY sugru sachets :)
hawkmankt4 years ago
Hey there guys, Sugru is some kick butt rubber goo. I have some that I just received from ordering online. It got to me here (in the Midwest U.S.) super quick and it's about the best stuff out there. Nothing quite like it. Man, I wish you guys could get a distribution setup here in the U.S. I could see this stuff in every hardware store.
makendo4 years ago
Nice - the giant UK plugs look to be really well suited for this hack.
Our plugs aren't "giant", yours are just tiny!
Yes, I spent 5 yrs in the UK and never had a plug fall out of the wall or have a blade bend. "Giant" is no bad thing...
dannkeo4 years ago
Very helpful tutorial.

Can you please tell me how you get the clock like that in the first step, last picture?
projectsugru (author)  dannkeo4 years ago
hi dannkeo, it's an app called: Flip Clock :)
danilo.bar15 years ago
nice, but I'm doubtful about any heating problems ...
Sugru can stand over 185 degrees celsius (water boils at 100 C, sorry I suck at Fahrenheit), so, heating should't be an issue
I'm doubful about heating problems of iphone (or any phone)... not about Sugru. :-) I think the phone is too close to the electrical transformer and to its heat.
No, he's right about the heating problem. My dad's iPhone heats up, my iPod Touch heats up, for some reason, they do heat up. (Which really should be fixed.)
Kirbsome!5 years ago
It's alright i guess, but you're clearly just trying to sell your rubber-goo.
3366carlos5 years ago
very nice!