The iPhone 5 release did not see the launch of an accompanying dock accessory from Apple, which has resulted in customers looking for third party Lightning alternatives. iPhone5Mod sent us one of their iPhone 5 Dock PRO units for review. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
The Dock Itself
The iPhone 5 Dock PRO arrived in a regular box. It is available in two configurations for the rear port, either microUSB or Lightning. We received the latter option.
The dock is made of hard plastic and quite sturdy as there’s a nice grip on the bottom. There is a removable back slot to allow you to dock your iPhone 5 housed in a thin case (1mm or so). Any iPhones in larger cases won’t work with this dock. My iPhone 5 covered in Wrapsol film worked just fine. My Apple Lightning cable inserted into the rear port without any issues.
Docking my iPhone 5
The sign of a good dock is one where you can easily dock your iPhone with one hand without looking at. I’m talking about docking your iPhone from bed with one hand (everyone does this). Since the iPhone 5 Dock PRO has a nice angled back, it serves as a guide to insert the iPhone. I am able to dock my phone without looking at it, and more importantly there’s enough give to undock my phone one-handed as well.
I’ve been using this dock for a week now and I can safely say my iPhone 5 has not exploded (yet) or experienced any charging issues. I’ll admit I did have reservations about using third party Lightning accessories, but those fears have been alleviated. It works exactly as described, looks great and I’m very happy with it. The only downside is the lack of aesthetic when it comes to the Lightning connector piece itself, but don’t worry because it inserts fine into the iPhone.
The iPhone 5 Dock PRO retails for $24.90 and ships out of Hong Kong. Flat rate shipping is reasonably priced at $6 for registered airmail to BC.
One More Thing…
iPhone5Mod also sent us a retractable Lightning to USB cable ($7.90). It is pictured below and works exactly as described:
We have a few other iPhone5Mod accessory reviews to come. Stay tuned.