Charges, Protects & Showcases your iPhone 5, iPad and iPad mini. Dock+ is the charging dock you've been waiting for. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 14, 2012.
About this project
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Dock+ is an iPhone 5 charging dock, iPad dock and iPad mini dock, all in 1.
No longer do you need to buy separate charging docks for your iPhone and iPad. Dock+ works with all Apple Lightning devices, and eventually we'll launch a Micro USB version of Dock+ for Samsung Galaxy and Amazon Kindle. Visit www.iPhone5Dock.com for more info.
What others are saying about Dock+
"Dock+ is the ultimate Apple-approved Dock for iPhone 5 and iPad mini" - MacTrast
"Dock+ Adds Weight To The iPhone 5" - Cult of Mac
"Dock+ gives iPhone 5 the lightning support it needs" - TechCrunch
"Dock+ is looking to fill the void left by Apple’s failure to release an official dock for the iPhone 5." - iMore
Are you happy with your charging cable?
You probably haven’t given much thought to how you charge your iPhone. But are you truly happy with that charging cable you use. every. single. day? We’ve got a better way to charge your iPhone 5, and so much more. We call it Dock+
The first dock designed specifically for iPhone 5, iPad and all of Apple's new devices.
Rumor has it that Apple isn't making a charging dock for the iPhone 5 or new iPads. So we are instead. Dock+ was designed to work perfectly with the iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini and iPod touch.
Easy on. Easy Off.
We're always plugging and unplugging our iPhones, so we wanted to make this process quick and easy. With Dock+, it's also surprisingly gratifying to dock and undock your iPhone. Just watch our video to see what we mean!
Solid steel. Doesn't tip, wobble or slide.
Dock+ is machined from a single block of steel, a material 3.6x more dense than aluminum. That means it doesn’t tip or wobble as you use or dock your iPhone. And with non-slip rubber bottom, it doesn't slide. Your iPhone 5 just feels safe and secure.
Protects iPhone 5 from scratches & scuffs.
iPhone 5 is particularly easy to scratch and scuff on its back surface. With Dock+, your iPhone only touches the soft rubber pad, so you can be sure it won’t damage or scuff.
Does your iPhone or iPad wear a case? No problem!
Each Dock+ ships with 2 soft rubber pads of different thickness. Choose the one that gives you the desired feel for your device, or remove the pad completely for very thick cases like the Otterbox™ Defender. Dock+ is also compatible with the iPad Smart Covers™, with no modifications whatsoever.
“Sports car” surface finish just looks amazing.
We finish it with the same exact process used to paint and surface sports cars. The result is an incredibly resilient, smooth, glossy finish that compliments your iPhone 5 of either color.
Choose from Black, White or "Kickstarter Edition" Raw Steel
Glossy Black or Glossy White both look amazing with both colors of iPhone 5. And to celebrate this product's simple origins as a block of solid steel, we're offering a limited edition Raw Steel for our kickstarter backers. Each Raw Steel Dock+ will be individually hand-stamped with a unique, incrementing serial number, in the order the docks are made.
Use Dock+ everywhere in the home or office.
Office. Coffee table. Nightstand. Kitchen. Place Dock+ around your home and office, everywhere you place your iPhone. Free yourself from the charging cable.
The Technology behind Dock+
Don't let the simplicity of the Dock+ fool you. A lot of thought went into every aspect of the design, and it includes numerous patent pending technologies.
How it's made.
Every Dock+ is made from a single block of solid steel, which makes it heavy and incredibly robust. We use state-of-the-art CNC milling machines to ensure a perfect outcome on each and every part.
Amazon Kindle and other devices
We've designed the charging component to snap out the bottom of the steel base. This means if we launch a Micro-USB version of Dock+ for Kindle or Android smart phones and tablets, you'll be able to buy the Micro-USB charging component separately without purchasing another metal base.
Designed and made in Boulder, Colorado.
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is often referred to as a mini Silicon Valley. It's full of engineers and entrepreneurs who like to mountain bike or run marathons.
We're the team to make this happen.
Not only have we prototyped a functioning iPhone 5 Dock+ that's sleek, beautiful and incredibly useful, we also have a large amount of combined experience building both businesses and efficient mass manufacturing processes.
Designed to launch.
We've done everything we can to ensure Dock+ launches successfully and with minimal setbacks. Dock+ doesn't have 4 mini USB outputs, integrated speakers, or a helicopter launch pad. The product, as well as our processes to make it, are streamlined, so you know we'll ship the product to all our backers, as soon as possible.
Makes a great gift.
You probably know a few people that either already have the new iPhone 5, iPad, iPad Mini or are planning to get one. Dock+ is a perfect gift for your Apple-loving loved ones.
So that’s it, Kickstarter. It’s Dock+. The story of a surprisingly simple product that charges, protects and showcases your new iPhone 5.
We hope you like it.
Visit www.iPhone5dock.com for more info!
Risks and challenges
The Apple approval process may take longer than expected.
Like all other accessory makers, we're dependent on Apple providing us production quantities of the new Lightning pin, so ultimately our timeline is dictated by Apple. We have carefully studied all the recent requirements Apple has announced for iPhone 5 charging docks, and ensured Dock+ meets the demanding specifications.
That said, the process Apple has designed to launch iPhone 5 charging docks is a new process. They are very busy certifying companies to become official manufacturing licensees. Although we expect to be through the process in just a matter of a couple months, there's a risk that this will take longer than expected.
In addition, as with any product launch, there are always risk that something unexpected will cause delay. But we're confident in our ability to work through any problem we encounter along the way. And we've designed Dock+ to leave out any functionality that isn't mission critical, to avoid needless delays.
No matter what, we'll be sure to share our progress with you, so you'll stay informed about any challenges we're facing while bringing Dock+ to market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No. Dock+ is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google.
Unfortunately, there wasn't enough demand for the 30-pin variant of Dock+, so we won't be making it. Hopefully you'll find Dock+ useful for all your new Apple Lightning devices, including iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4 and iPod 4.
Domestic shipments will likely go UPS ground.
International shipments will likely ship via Fedex International Economy, which unlike USPS, includes a tracking number so you know when you’ll receive your Dock+ in the mail.
Yes. Dock+ is designed to work with cases. Each Dock+ ships with 2 soft rubber pads of different thickness. Choose the one that gives you the desired feel for your device, or remove the pad completely for very thick cases like the Otterbox™ Defender.
850 grams or 30 ounces. That's almost as heavy as two full bottles of beer. This thing is heavy! Steel is 3.6x more dense than Aluminum, which allows Dock+ to be small and low profile, yet surprisingly heavy.
If you're based in the UK, we'll be able to ship you the correct wall adapter. We'll likely also be able to offer a couple other wall standards as well, depending on the volume of our Kickstarter campaign.
Dock+ supports iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad Mini, and the new Lightning iPods. Note: It's designed NOT to tip if you dock your regular iPad, but it's not as stable with this larger device.
We intend to ship the 12W, 2.1 Amp power adapter, which means it will also charge an iPad that uses the Lightning connector. (This adapter is made to the same specifications of the Apple iPad USB adapter, so it also safely charges the iPhone and iPod).
Yes! It charges AND syncs.
Yes. No modifications required! Check out our Kickstarter page above to see a picture of the iPad mini wearing the red smart cover.
Pledge $5 or more
We love you too! Although we won’t ship you a Dock+, we'd be honored to list you by first name and last initial on our website (www.dockplus.com) as a founding backer. Plus, we'll keep you up to date with our progress on Kickstarter.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $49 or more
150 backers All gone!
"Early backer special". You'll receive the "Everything you need" pledge level described below, but for a HUGE discount. This is our way of saying Thank You for helping our Kickstarter campaign get rolling.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $59 or more
"Bring your own power". Receive 1 Dock+ for iPhone 5 as well as 1 charging cable to connect to your own USB wall power adapter, computer or monitor. Once we ship, we'll ask you to choose between Black or White for both the Dock+ and the cable. Cable offered in either 3ft or 6ft. Makes a great gift!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $79 or more
"Everything you need". Receive 1 Dock+ for iPhone 5, 1 charging cable, and 1 USB wall power adapter. This funding level is the same as the $59 pledge level above, but you'll also receive 1 USB wall power adapter (2.1A) so you don't need to use the one that came with your iPhone. UK backers will receive UK standard wall adapter. Makes a great gift!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $89 or more
250 backers All gone!
"Limited edition Raw Steel". These will be the first 250 Dock+ ever made. Celebrate our product's simple origins as a block of solid steel. Beautiful. Industrial. Elemental. Each Raw Steel Dock+ will be individually hand-stamped with a unique, incrementing serial number, in the order the docks are made. Includes everything in the "Everything you need" pledge level above. Also includes a hand signed letter from the creators of Dock+. And we'll throw in moon dust too (described below).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $89 or more
"Colors of the cosmos". Mike, one of the founders of Dock+, makes moon dust for NASA so they can test space suits and lunar equipment. At this pledge level, we'll send you 1 Dock+ "Everything you need" described above, plus a small vial of simulant moon dust, made to the exact specifications of the real stuff. Let's just say you can't buy this stuff in stores!
You'll also get to choose between 5 additional, fun colors that look great with the iPhone 5. Pink, light blue, and more! Before we ship your Dock+, we'll ask you to pick your favorite. Or you can stick with either black or white.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
7 backers All gone!
New Pledge Level! We'll consider you part of our Prototypers Club. You'll receive an early "rough" version Dock+ a month or two earlier than everyone else, to provide feedback and help us make the best product we possibly can. Once we finalize all the details with your feedback baked in, you'll then receive another Dock+ in finished format! Plus, you'll have one of the world's only version1 Dock+!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $499 or more
6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)
"Kickstarter buddies". We'll not only send you a couple Dock+ of your choice, and some moon dust, but we'll also guide you along the way to launch a Kickstarter project of your very own. We'll teach you the ins-and-outs of Kickstarter, we'll review your listing and provide feedback, and we'll offer tips we learned along the way to launching Dock+. Of course, we won't guarantee your project will be a success, but we'll try to increase its chances!Estimated delivery:
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