Moby iPhone Dock

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Moby iPhone Dock by Moby_Inc Oct 30, 2015

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Of course after creating such a nice printable version of our mascot the next logical step was to make it into something a bit more useful.

While there are a lot of great iPhone docks out on the market I wanted to make something a little more fun. A lot of our employees were using (and loosing) bare lightning cables which adds a bit to the perceived clutter of the office. Plus, I love the idea that on an employee's first day they arrive at their new home and are treated with a nice, functional, piece of Moby swag mounted to their desk.

I've included two source files:

  • No Case perfectly follows the contours of the iPhone 6 & 7 series
  • Thick Case adds much more space behind the lightning connector to accommodate a wide range of cases. We've, of course, tested with the Apple provided cases, and a few of 3rd party ones that are in the same vein.

The Thick Case version works with all iPhones back to the 5.

You'll want to connect it to the surface in some way. I've used mounting tape in the past which is fantastic, but doesn't allow you to move it around easily. We've recently switch to AirStick which works great to keep it down while making it easy to re-position if needed.

Please read the instructions fully before printing.

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I've printed this in everything from 0.04 to 0.2 and it turns out well. Of course 0.1 is the sweet spot on our printer, but yours may vary.


Finishing: Cut out the bottom channel

In the .stl I've included a 0.2mm solid bottom before it moves on to printing the channel. This makes the print look a bit more finished, and I like to ensure great adhesion to the build plate.

You'll need to use a razor blade to remove this from the bottom channel. I recommend placing the dock with the front edge and tail resting on the cutting board and then running the razor down the channel away from your hand and toward the board.

You definitely don't want to hold it in one hand while cutting out the channel with the other, but seriously, who would do that?! (um, yeah....)

This one only takes a few hours to get silky smooth. That bandaid totally was from a different razor accident...

Finishing: Adding the cord

This is modeled to be used with Apple's default lightning cable. However, to get it to make the turn you'll need to carefully cut off the cord stress relief rubber.

Please note that the cable will not just slip merrily into the base (depending on the shrinkage of your particular PLA). You need to use a file to hollow out the hole until the connector fits very snug.

I super-glue the cord to the top of the channel, and add a big glob on the bottom of the connector to keep it in place in the dock. If your phone is in a case you'll first want to test-fit it to make sure the lightening connector sticks up off the ledge enough to sit correctly when docked.

Finishing: Mount it.

While this dock can be used stand-alone I find that mounting it down to the desk makes it really great to use.

We've been using a generic "mess free" mounting tape, and haven't had it leave any marks after removing and re-sticking docks.

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Is too short for the lightning cable of an iPhone 6S @100% of size

Bad design. The Iphone 6 and 7 connector does not fit

Updated description to address questions surfaced via the below comments.

Anybody investigate this models compatibility with iPhone 7? Thanks!

Works fine with all models of iPhone back to 5 (first model with lighting).

Just make sure to follow the instructions and double stick tape it to the desk or use AirStick or similar (https://www.amazon.com/Sewell-Direct-AirStick-Microsuction-250mmx300mm/dp/B00ITX9OU2)

Or, if you use two hands it's easy enough to take the phone off while holding the base. A few people prefer to have it move around throughout the day and just go that route.

Not stable enough for iPhone 7

Thanks for the upload! it looks great.

It's not stable enough for my iPhone 6 plus. It keeps toppling over backward. I've printed at 115%. You have to drill and enlarge the cable slot but that's not a problem. I've stuck some rubber pads underneath it for stability however it doesn't look as good.

Thanks again :)

Use mounting tape or AirStick type of product (https://www.amazon.com/Sewell-Direct-AirStick-Microsuction-250mmx300mm/dp/B00ITX9OU2). It's meant to be attached to the surface.


I printed this and it looks nice but it has zero stability and the lightning cord opening is far too small.

Thanks ! A bit short to put iPhone charger. Need to be drill a little bit.

Hey y'all stupid question, but can I use this with an Android charger or are the dimensions specific for iPhone Lightning Charger?

The dimensions are very specific to Apple's lightning cable. But, theoretically if you could find something the same or slightly smaller it'd work.

Good job. This may be my phone charger on Monday.

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i love this charger it is fantastic charger i love it and i might print it thanks bye

I love this charger its a fantastic idea.

Bending the cable back so that it runs under the dock offers a lot of resistance, too much to stand flat or even be taped down for long. Did you cut the rubber at the base of the lightning connector? Or any other tips?

Yes, you cut the rubber if you're using a stock lightning cable. Refer to image in the instructions.

yeah, the same happened to me. Great design but useless because of that big flaw.

Definitely - should have read the comments prior to printing

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Made this and it worked great - bottom part along the channel was super easy to cut out.

For the hole where the connector goes, I didn't have a file small enough to fit in, so I improvised and filed the actual cord (it was an original Apple lightning cable) - I took a LOT off of the plastic housing for the lightning connector, and after a while it fit right into the hole. I could have taken off even more, so just an FYI to anyone curious or who doesn't have a tiny file - you can take it right off of the cord itself. Again, I only know that this works on OFFICIAL Apple cables, and please be careful! Wrap the metal connector in tape to protect it from the file and check regularly that you aren't filing straight through the plastic to anything critical.

the hole to put you charger in is to small

Yep, on purpose. Use a razor blade or file to hollow it out just enough that it fits super snug. You'll probably want to super glue it in as well.

You think a 5s will fit in the big case design?

Yes, it does with or without a case.