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Review: Cliphanger for iPhone

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Every once in a while an innovative product arrives at iPhoneinCanada HQ and today is one of those days.

Cliphanger for iPhone

Today I have one innovative product that has two applications; the Cliphanger Stick and the Cliphanger Light.

Cliphanger Stick

The Cliphanger Stick is a convenient one-piece accessory that allows you to securely hold your portable devices or attach them to other items such as hooks, pants and bags. The reason I am using the word “devices” and not “iPhone” is because the Cliphanger is completely universal. The accessory supports iPhones, iPods, virtually any cell phone and quite possibly any portable media player. As you can see, the Cliphanger is extremely versatile.

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Design

The Cliphanger comes in the form a large, elongated clip that has an opening on one side. The clip itself is very flexible and has a technology called “ergo-bend”. Essentially, the clip is very bendy and bendy is good.

From here, the Cliphanger has an adhesive pad that sticks to the back of your portable device. In about 99/100 cases, I would never even dream of sticking something like this on my iPhone, but the adhesive comes off easily and cleanly and is actually quite convenient. More on convenience in a minute.

Also included in the package is a universal hook that has its own adhesive pad. This hook can be placed anywhere (in-car for example) and the Cliphanger can be attached easily to that hook for easy use and storage. Overall, the entire package is very nice.

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Convenience

As I was saying, the Cliphanger is convenient but this is a double-edged sword. The convenience advantage to the Cliphanger is the ability to hang your portable device anywhere that can accept a hook. The best example I can provide is where I am currently using the Cliphanger; on my jeans belt loop. The reason this is convenient is because

  • My iPhone is out of my pocket
  • I have easy access to the iPhone screen
  • If I am not using the headphones, I can answer a call immediately.

The convenience disadvantage is that now the iPhone now has a clip attached to it and that means no accessory case (except screen protectors) can be used with the iPhone. In turn, this means that if you hang your iPhone on your jeans or bag for example, there is about a 100% greater chance (don’t you love the optimism) that you will damage the iPhone in some way. You can adapt this example to essentially any portable device.

So like I said, the convenience that the Cliphanger delivers is a double edged sword.

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Cliphanger Light

The Cliphanger Light is identical to the Cliphanger Stick with the notable exception that the Cliphanger Light comes with a light (did you guess?).

The addition of a light is actually pretty convenient for any media device that does not have a 3.5-inch bright LCD display. My iPhone has a flashlight built-in (the screen) but for those people who are using…say…a Blackberry *snickers* (hehe) that do not have a large screen, the Cliphanger Light is perfect.

The light is activated by rotating the bezel clockwise and can stay lit for a very bright couple of hours without having to use any kind of button. The only unfortunate part is the light requires CR1220 batteries, which are otherwise known as those tiny and expense watch batteries that are almost impossible to find at a price less than $5.00 PER battery (in BC anyway).

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Cliphanger FTW!

Overall, both the Cliphanger Stick and Light introduce a method to conveniently store and use your iPhone (or other portable device) when you are mobile. The flexible clip and adhesive backing are very durable and will hold your iPhone securely to wherever you clip it. However, be aware that your iPhone will no longer be able to use an accessory case and will be more exposed than usual which can lead to harm of the device.

The Cliphanger Stick and Light are scored a 4 out of 5.

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The Cliphanger Stick is available in 20 different colors from the Cliphanger online store for $10.95 (also comes in bulk).

The Cliphanger Light is available in 2 different colors from the Cliphanger online store for $12.95 (also comes in bulk).

Cliphanger Giveaway

Today I am going to giveaway one (1) Cliphanger Stick (clear)! To win, just comment below on the following:

1.) Where will you use the Cliphanger Stick?

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Winners are chosen at random; Contest ends October 10, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Contest open to Canada/USA residents only.

Contest Rules:

1.) Make sure to include your email in the comment entry form or I cannot contact you!

2.) You may enter even if you have won something before. You can win again and again and again! There is no limit on the amount of times that you can win!

3.) One Contest Entry Per Person. Do NOT attempt to post multiple contest entries under different emails and/or user names during the same contest.

4.) Winner(s) must claim prize(s) within 24 hours of me sending the confirmation email. Failure to do so results in expulsion from the contest.

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  • Jon

    This sounds like an awesome product and I'm really thinking of purchasing one. I'd use it in my car. I drive a hyundai elantra and with the relatively small area between the car's charging port and the stick shift it's almost impossible to fit one of those handy FM Transmitters that also act as a holster. While I was stateside a few months ago I found an FM Transmitter that also lets me use it as a speakerphone but it's simply on a wire that goes from the plug to the phone so I'm constantly fumbling to stop the phone from flying around if I um…take a corner too fast or break too hard…
    I too wouldn't really want to stick it right onto my iphone so it's cool that it can come right off, I would imagine that it could also be stuck onto my case.
    Looking at the website I see that you can also buy extra hooks, so you could pick up a few and use them everywhere. I always knock my iphone off my nightstand *somehow* during the night so I'd stick one there too!

    Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Dusty

    Sounds like a good product. I would use it throughout the house, vehicle and im sure other areas will come to mind if I were to purchase one.

  • In fact, just last night I was looking for a belt-clip-holster case for my iPhone. So this might be simplier and less bulky! And potentially this clip could provide greater flexibility (more easily clip in more places).

  • bluevektor

    I would love to put one of these in my car. It's such a pain when I put my iphone down and it slides around on every turn. A hook would be perfect to keep it in the same place all the time.

  • rorypiper

    This looks great. Very useful. Could use that at home and at work. Throw my name in the hat for this one!

  • rxin

    I would definitely use one of this in my car, where I can hang my iphone to a small hook and don't have to worry about scratching it against my seats..

  • I would like to use the cliphanger in my car, because my iphone is always in my handbag, and it's not easy to answer a call. Also, I think that it would be useful to hook my iphone to my handbag.

  • Osiris

    I would use it in my car most of the time.

  • Isabelle Lafontaine

    I'd use it clipped onto my belt and also in the car. Sounds like a really cool concept and very minimalist. I like that.

  • Sad Rogers Customer

    This is a great product to use in the car! I'm always sticking my phone on the seat (where it gets sat on,) on the dash (where it falls off.) This will be perfect for hanging it from the dash.
    Thanks for the review…

  • fawkeskc

    I might just clip it to my skin then I'd never lose my precious iPhone!!!!!!

  • Just me

    Put me in.

  • Winner:

    – bluevektor

    Enjoy!

  • Congrats!

  • Ex

    Winner:

    – bluevektor

    Enjoy!

  • Congrats!

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  • Dave

    I am going to use it on my belt. I have destroyed every cell phone clip I have ever tried … I just am very hard on them so I am hoping this will be much better than all the others.

    Dave

  • zukeeper

    I’d like to order 3 of the Cliphanger light models, but I’d rather get them locally in Toronto. Any idea if they’re available here in Canada? Last time I waiting 8 WEEKS for an InvisiShield and I’m not interested in that kind of wait again!

  • zukeeper

    I’d like to order 3 of the Cliphanger light models, but I’d rather get them locally in Toronto. Any idea if they’re available here in Canada? Last time I waiting 8 WEEKS for an InvisiShield and I’m not interested in that kind of wait again!

  • zukeeper

    I’d like to order 3 of the Cliphanger light models, but I’d rather get them locally in Toronto. Any idea if they’re available here in Canada? Last time I waiting 8 WEEKS for an InvisiShield and I’m not interested in that kind of wait again!

  • zukeeper

    I’d like to order 3 of the Cliphanger light models, but I’d rather get them locally in Toronto. Any idea if they’re available here in Canada? Last time I waiting 8 WEEKS for an InvisiShield and I’m not interested in that kind of wait again!

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