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

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

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

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

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.

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    andyagecaps

    6 months ago on Introduction

    i made an account just to tell you that i think this is genius, especially the portability part. i plan to use this as a tripod to take timelapse videos of plants low to the ground and i already carry my lenses with me on a caribiner so this is perfect for the workflow ive already established. (seriously ive used ideas from so many things on this site and never wanted an account before this moment. thanks a million.)

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    Crucioandyagecaps

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thank you! I'm flattered that you went through the effort to write me, and I'm glad it is useful to you.

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    NayabZ

    3 years ago

    Easy and best for Office :) thanks !

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    Dr.MANayabZ

    Reply 2 years ago

    عالیه ،شما ایرانی ؟ok best

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    AuralVirus

    4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    compacho

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Of all the the binder clip phone stands on this site, this is the most effective one I found. Good Job.

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    Fieldownage

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Simple, stylish, awesome, cheap and working! I love this one. C:

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    stoopynoonoo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!!

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    christophor

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Cruciochristophor

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.