1. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Overview
    Much like most of Apple’s accessories, there isn’t a lot to go over on the actual Charging Dock itself. It’s a very straightforward design, you have a base with a lightning port and 3.5mm jack on the back side and a lightning connector on the top. That’s all there is to it. You can select a few different colors though to match the color of your iPhone. I had been debating for some time on whether or not to buy Apple’s Charging Dock or some third party one, and I finally pulled the trigger on it. I’m glad I did. The question really is, why should you even consider a charging dock when you already have a charging cable? What’s the point? I have a few good reasons.

    Firstly, there’s a 3.5mm jack on the back. This may sound silly, however this allows you to use wired headphones while charging your phone or better yet to plug in an external speaker without using bluetooth. You’re not going to kill any battery if you’re charging your phone and using bluetooth, however audio is better through a direct wired connection. What really sets it apart though is if you have an Apple Watch as well. At that point you can leave your phone and speaker wired together, charging separately, and still wirelessly control your music with your Apple Watch. An added benefit is a much better speaker phone too.

    Secondly, and more, there’s a lightning connector on the back. Of course there is, you have to connect your dock with a lightning cable to power it to charge your phone. But wait, hold on. The Charging Dock works with lightning adapters. Yes. Yes it does. This is what I wanted most out of this dock. When I’m traveling for work I use my phone mostly for streaming my shows, or my iPad if the wifi is good enough. I have Apple’s Lightning to HDMI adapter which allows me to connect my phone directly to the hotel’s TV with an HDMI cable. However my phone or iPad is still left to find a place nearby and somewhat out of the way to change shows. Well, that adapter works flawlessly with the Charging Dock, both video and charging ports work simultaneously with the dock which allows me to centralize the location of my phone and easily navigate my shows with a single finger.

    I don’t really have any other lightning adapter, however I believe they will all function just as amazingly with the Charging Dock as the HDMI adapter does. This just gives added functionality to the dock while making things slightly less convoluted to the user. One of the things I like most is the dock will still allow me to use the app Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock using the microphone instead of the accelerometer to track my sleep and I don’t need to worry about my phone or cables in the bed anymore. I really do like the Charging Dock more than I thought I would.

    Apple Lightning Charging Dock Review-dsc_0173.jpg

    The Good
    • Portable
    • Has a 3.5mm jack
    • Works with lightning adapters


    The Bad
    • iPad’s are precarious on the dock
    • There are cheaper options
    • Still tethered


    Apple Lightning Charging Dock Review-dsc_0172.jpg
    Apple Lightning Charging Dock Review-dsc_0174.jpg

    Conclusion
    So, is the dock worth $50? I guess that depends on how much you use it. However if you can find a discount somehow, I would definitely jump on it. I unknowingly found a discount on mine. Best Buy had a 25% discount on three or more products from certain categories and I happened to buy my dock, Apple Leather Case, and UAG Monarch at the same time and qualified for the discount. I also received an additional 5% discount for having a Best Buy Rewards Card, so I received a 30% discount overall saving $40. I’m not sure I could justify the $50 tag, however jumping on Best Buy’s discount and only spending $37.50 is an easier grab. It really depends on how much you’re going to use it, it’s a daily use for me so I would probably end up spending $50 on it again if I had to. The Charging Dock doesn’t work the best with the iPad due to the iPad’s size and weight, it will work though, you just need to be a little more careful with the iPad on it.

    You can purchase the Apple Charging Dock from any number of retailers so I’ll just post a link directly to Apple
    03-07-2017 09:21 PM
  2. anon(9602380)'s Avatar
    Awesome review and thanks for sharing it with us.
    03-07-2017 10:00 PM
  3. OZsMac's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'd never considered the HDMI adapter use case.
    03-07-2017 10:02 PM
  4. fourthbase's Avatar
    Any chance they'll be updating this to one without the 3.5mm jack? Seems like that alone would be reason enough to buy one.
    04-11-2017 04:14 PM
  5. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Any chance they'll be updating this to one without the 3.5mm jack? Seems like that alone would be reason enough to buy one.
    I don't see why they would. The purpose of the dock in that regard is to hook your phone up to some external speakers. Unless Apple starts selling Bluetooth speakers that they really want to push, I don't think the design will change any time soon. I could be wrong though.
    04-11-2017 04:23 PM
  6. thedonp's Avatar
    But would any of you consider any of the third party ones since they are cheaper or strictly stick to a Apple OEM?
    06-04-2017 09:04 AM
  7. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    But would any of you consider any of the third party ones since they are cheaper or strictly stick to a Apple OEM?
    Honestly the Apple dock isn't worth the 50 they want. Others are MUCH better
    06-04-2017 09:59 AM
  8. thedonp's Avatar
    It sounds like you use one? Which one?
    06-04-2017 10:39 AM
  9. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    It sounds like you use one? Which one?
    I personally only have the Apple dock but I use it to charge my airpods. My friends have Twelve south and i've used theirs before and really liked it
    libra89 likes this.
    06-04-2017 12:30 PM
  10. thedonp's Avatar
    I personally only have the Apple dock but I use it to charge my airpods. My friends have Twelve south and i've used theirs before and really liked it
    Okay I'm gonna have to look for that one.
    06-04-2017 12:30 PM
  11. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    Okay I'm gonna have to look for that one.
    Amazon has so many of them, it's like a smorgasbord. Too many choices
    06-04-2017 12:31 PM
  12. thedonp's Avatar
    Lol
    06-04-2017 12:31 PM
  13. ItnStln's Avatar
    Honestly the Apple dock isn't worth the 50 they want. Others are MUCH better
    Isn't that the truth!
    06-04-2017 12:46 PM
  14. lawerence1234's Avatar
    Before reading your review I didn’t knew more about this Apple Lightning Charging Dock.Thank you for sharing this with us.
    11-14-2017 07:06 AM

Similar Threads

  1. Apple Pay finally launches in Ireland
    By samduffy in forum General Apple News & Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-07-2017, 07:14 PM
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-07-2017, 03:50 PM
  3. My songs won't advance on Apple Music for ios10. Repeats same song
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-07-2017, 01:40 PM
  4. Charging Dock for multiple iPhones
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-07-2017, 01:11 PM
  5. Nintendo Switch Review: Success where everything else has failed
    By iMore.com in forum iMore.com News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-07-2017, 11:10 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD