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Parts to adapt Brodit car dock for iPhone 5

by Alzibiff, published

Parts to adapt Brodit car dock for iPhone 5 by Alzibiff Mar 31, 2013

Description

My "active" (enables charging) docking station for my iPhone 4 would not accommodate my new iPhone 5 owing to the change of connector from the old Apple 30 pin standard to the new Lightning connector. This was annoying as the holder in the car was quite expensive and Brodit who made the original, currently do not have an iPhone 5 version.
At first, I thought that all would need is a Lightning cable and new top to replace the one in the existing holder - but no - I ended up replacing most of the assembly.
What you see here are the parts which I had to rework - the photographs show the difference between my parts and the original. (Mine are in clear PLA, the originals from Sweden are in black plastic).
No use on its own of course - you will need an original like the one I started out with.

Update
I replaced the PLA parts (all of them!) with ABS ones after the rather hot summer here in the UK. The PLA was unable to stand the summer sun!

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I also made a holder to fix this problem. Its still a work in progress though and not tested. I neede to implement a 30 pins to lignting adapter because my carkit only has a 30 pins connector

thingiverse.com/thing:38795
Thank you for the comment - it is always good to get feedback from the community. Whilst I appreciate the thinking behind your suggestion, one of the problems with the Lightning connector is the small physical size - it is difficult to grip it firmly enough so that it does not slide once in use. I have made the top half of the assembly quite a tight fit and also ended up placing a piece of rubber band on top of the lower half before screwing them together in order to grip the Lightning connector head firmly enough. At the expense of a couple of M3 screws and nuts, this job uses less plastic too! I guess my design is less innovative than your design and resembles the original a little bit more.
If you cut a thin hole in the middle of the cable holder you will not need the screws: thingiverse.com/thing:34674

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Print all three components and asemble with a genuine Apple Lightning cable as indicated in the photographs. All screws and nuts are M3. I recommend a genuine cable as the one I bought from EBay just failed to work. The head of the lightning connector was also a different size to the genuine article so my parts are unlikely to work with a copy (unless it is a very good copy!).

I also made a holder to fix this problem. Its still a work in progress though and not tested. I neede to implement a 30 pins to lignting adapter because my carkit only has a 30 pins connector

thingiverse.com/thing:38795
#Iphone 5 Brodit carkit mount
by xr3dhub
If you cut a thin hole in the middle of the cable holder you will not need the screws: thingiverse.com/thing:34674
iPhone5 car cradle tweak
by fns720
Thank you for the comment - it is always good to get feedback from the community. Whilst I appreciate the thinking behind your suggestion, one of the problems with the Lightning connector is the small physical size - it is difficult to grip it firmly enough so that it does not slide once in use. I have made the top half of the assembly quite a tight fit and also ended up placing a piece of rubber band on top of the lower half before screwing them together in order to grip the Lightning connector head firmly enough. At the expense of a couple of M3 screws and nuts, this job uses less plastic too! I guess my design is less innovative than your design and resembles the original a little bit more.
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