Undocking's a breeze and it works with cases. Built at a whole new level of quality with a beautifully minimal design. Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 11, 2012.
About this project
Thanks for checking out our project! If you missed out, you can get your Elevation Dock at ElevationLab.com, along with updates and future projects. And thanks again to all the backers, these would never have been made without your support. - Casey
Wired: "The Dock Apple should have made in the first place."
John Gruber: "An exquisitely well-crafted, beautiful, useful iPhone dock. I'm in."
New York Times: "...but wow, what a stand. It's exquisitely milled from solid, Appleesque aluminum."
Gizmodo: "I'm tempted to buy an iPhone just so I can use the Elevation Dock"
SlashGear: "Elevation Dock for iPhone blows up on Kickstarter"
UberGizmo: "Dock aims to make undocking your iPhone a piece of cake"
Jason Fried: "Love the thinking that went into the design!"
Marco Arment: "Elevation Dock for iPhone raised $75k in 8 hours"
MJ Siegler: "out Apple'd, Apple."
Cult of Mac: "Elevation Lab Has Designed The Most Gorgeous iPhone Dock Ever Made"
GigaOM: "A dock becomes a darling of the tech world"
Digital Trends: "Great design if you ask us. Why didn’t Apple think of this?"
Electronistra: "Upscale, case-friendly home"
Uncrate: "...you're going to want a dock. But not just any dock. The Elevation Dock."
TNW: "The Elevation Dock for iPhone blows away Apple's crap options"
Cool Material "The Elevation Dock is, to put it bluntly, perfect."
Silicon Florist "I... Yeah. I don't even really know where to begin."
AIGA: "...perfect blend of form and functionality... much like Dyson's fan."
*Update* Just added Back Multiple Rewards to make it simpler for everyone wanting multiple docks.
There is a growing FAQ section at the bottom of the page to help answer your questions.
If you have tried using docks for your iPhone, you have probably felt our frustration: Undocking is difficult, many aren't designed to work with cases, they are lightweight, and are generally made as a cheap afterthought accessory.
That's why we designed the Elevation Dock - Simple to use, quick undocking, and it works with or without a case. We didn't stop there - It's beautifully precision machined from solid aluminum and it comes in a gorgeous set of surface finishes, setting a new bar for quality and something that looks really good on your desk. It complements the high-level craftsmanship of the iPhone like no other.
Undocking is a breeze. Just pull up the phone up - no violent shaking or using two hands to hold the dock down required. This is achieved by a special low-friction connection, the heft of its solid metal construction, and tacky rubber feet.
Case, no case, doesn't matter. Again, the Elevation Dock is designed to just work. That's why a clever movable support pad allows you to use the dock with or without a case and in a range of case sizes.
Obsessive attention to quality. Elevation Docks are individually CNC machined from solid billets of aircraft grade aluminum, no expense spared. The result is a level of precision that can't be achieve through molding or casting. They feel heavy, strong, durable and look gorgeous.
We could have easily made them cheaper with injection molded plastic filled with sand or something, but this is something we want for ourselves and we appreciate good craftsmanship - this probably why we're such big fans of Apple hardware (well... except for those damn docks!).
Gorgeous finishes. We worked with a specialized metal finishing company to help achieve the gorgeous finish you find on Apple's unibody Macbook Pro's and iMacs - its hand buffed, glass bead blasted, electro-chemically micropolished, hard anodized and sealed.
Makes FaceTime Better. The dock's acoustics make the iPhone sound great and less tinny than when laid on a desk, so speakerphone and FaceTime calls sound better. And its angled back 8 degrees, so you are perfectly in frame of the video.
Perfect for your nightstand too. Know exactly where your phone is in the dark and be able to just easily grab it. Friends we gave prototypes to loved this and used them more often in the bedroom than at their desk - and they all wanted more than one.
The Elevation Dock+
Step up to the Elevation Dock+ for the addition of a shielded Line Level audio out and a USB wall power adaptor.
If you are playing your iPhone through a stereo, Line Level is better than outputting from the microphone jack because it bypasses the iphone's internal amplifier for higher fidelity sound.
The Dock+ comes in your choice of the Apple style bead blasted finish or Matte Black.
The Matte Black is heavy etched for a true matte finish. Very beautiful how it reflects no light, but watch out for greasy fingers as they will leave fingerprints.
Compact USB Wall chargers come with the Dock+ versions. You will have the option for international plugs as well.
Kickstarter Exclusive Finishes
Pledges at the limited edition level can get LimeGreen or SunOrange multi-shade versions. These gorgeous finishes subtly change color depending on the angle you look at them. They are exclusive only Kickstarter backers who have helped get this to market and won't ever be available at retail. They will be individually serialized by laser from 1-999.
We listened - the cord will now be replaceable. But just having a USB port out the back would mean a big plastic USB housing residing there full time and take away from the clean aesthetic.
So we designed the USB port to recess inside the housing and the bottom plate will be be machined to fill in around the cord and maintain weight.
The result is a cord that you can now optionally change in length - short if it's right next to your computer, long if it's on your nightstand going to a wall outlet - and easily swap out if it gets damaged. And it maintains the beautiful, minimal look of hard mounted cord.
Machined & Assembled in Oregon. Not many consumer electronics can say that. Unmatched quality control, speed to market, and the advanced and efficient machining capabilities of machine shops in our area make it an easy choice to manufacture the bodies domestically.
Thank you, thank you. We at ElevationLab design products for a range of industries - from action sports, to hydration, to medical devices - and always see opportunity to make our own, but the upfront cost and risk is overwhelming for our small shop. So we are looking to crowdsource demand upfront through KickStarter and see if we can make a product that would otherwise never see the light of day.
Please share with any friends that like well-made products and have iPhones.
Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., no endorsement implied.
Select "Back Multiple Rewards". Add up the total of the rewards you want and enter that as the pledge amount. International orders may add only one shipping charge.
We will send you a form when the funding is completed so we can reconfirm the exact combination and will be getting.
If you located in the USA and wanted two Matte Black Dock+ and one Ltd Edition SunOrange dock, you would enter $320 as the pledge amount (85+85+150=320).
If you were located in France wanted two standard docks and three Matte Black Dock+ , your pledge amount would be $393 (2x59 + 3x85 + 20 shipping = 393).
Yes. It works with all iPhones, iPod Touch and Nanos.
Yes of course, they all have a USB cord coming out of them.
The Dock+ adds a wall charger like this one - http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB352LL/C…
Yes, we can provide adapters for UK, EU, or AU plugs.
Yes. We will send out a questionnaire after the funding is complete and we will ask for it at that time.
Cases will generally work if the back is less than 4mm thick, the front is less than 3mm, width is under 70mm wide, and a standard apple cord can plug into them on the bottom.
Cases tested to work: Apple Bumper, Element Case Vapor Pro, Incase Slider, Snap and Feather, CaseCrown Glider, Elago Breathe and S4, Incipio Feather Ultralight, Speck Pixel Skin and CandyShell.
Cases that don't work: LifeProof (hard plastic bottom door is in the way).
The Otterbox Defender and Commuter will work if you snip it off the bottom rubber flange with scissors.
If you really want your OtterBox to work with the flange, we will mill you out a dock with a larger opening to accommodate it. We will give you this option when the funding closes and we verify everyone's order.
Just hit the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button and adjust it there.
Pledge $59 or more
Get your own Elevation Dock in glass bead blasted finish (like on Apple unibody Macs). These will later retail for $90 if the project gets funded. CNC'd from solid aircraft aluminum, low friction connection, USB out. [US shipping included, add $20 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $79 or more
Get the Elevation Dock+ in glass bead blasted finish. The Dock+ adds shielded Line Level audio out plus USB power adapter. These will later retail for $120. [US shipping included, add $20 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $85 or more
Get the Elevation Dock+ in anodized Matte Black finish. The Dock+ adds shielded Line Level audio out plus USB power adapter. [Shipping included, add $20 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $118 or more
**Newly Added** Back Multiple Rewards: Select this level, add the total of the rewards you want, and enter that as pledge amount.
For example, if you want two Matte Black Dock+ and one SunOrange Ltd Edition Dock+, you would enter $320 in the pledge amount (85+85+150=320). We will email you when funding is complete to reconfirm your order exactly. [USA shipping included, add just one $20 charge total for international shipping]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
Get a special LimeGreen or SunOrange anodized Elevation Dock+ with lasered serial numbers. These beautiful finishes subtly change color at different angles and are exclusive only to KickStarter backers in this limited run. [We'll get your color choice when the project ends. Includes USA shipping, add $20 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
MultiPak: Get one limited edition LimeGreen Dock+ and 2x standard Elevation Docks for yourself or to give to friends and family to step up their docking experiences. [We'll get color choices from you when the project ends. Includes USA shipping, add $50 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
ProPak: Get 2x Matte Black Dock+, 2x standard Docks, plus both the limited edition LimeGreen and SunOrange Docks. Outfit everybody with the best dock made for the iPhone. [Includes USA shipping, add $50 for international]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,000 or more
**New** Reseller Pack - Get 15 standard Docks and 15 Dock+, both in bead blasted finish and in premium retail packaging. Tremendous discount from retail. [Insured USA shipping included. International shipping arranged by buyer]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
**New** Distributer Pack - Get 100 standard Docks in bead blasted finish and in premium retail packaging. You will have these long before any other vendor. Retail is $90. [Insured USA shipping included. International shipping arranged by buyer]Estimated delivery:
**New** Distributer Pack+. Get 70 standard Elevation Docks, 62 Dock+ in bead blasted finish, and 25 Dock+ in Matte Black. All in premium retail packaging. Tremendous discount from retail. Email if you would like to customize this or do a higher level. [Free insured USA shipping. International shipping arranged by buyer]Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)