Hands on: CordDock by ElevationLab for the iPhone

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CordDock by ElevationLab tries to solve one of the biggest headaches of iPhone docks; the inability to charge when you lift your phone from its perch.




This small, lightweight dock has a 90 angle Lightning cable that locks into the center of the CordDock. When you lift your phone, the cable comes with it, allowing you to continue to charge when it is and isn't on the dock.

The bottom has a familiar micro-suction pad that we've seen in the past (like on the ElevationDock 4). This allows the dock to be small, and light yet stays affixed to the table when you remove your phone. In the past, docks would usually be weighted to allow for one-handed use, but the micro-suction is a much more efficient way to do so.

CordDock is also quite adjustable, with two back plates that screw in and out, plus replaceable pads on the bottom to accommodate for different cases.

The included cable is not only special for the angled end, but it is also of a good length and nylon wrapped for durability. Like all of ElevationLab's other products, it is MFi certified to be sure it is safe for your phone.



We've only spent a short time with the CordDock, but it already feels right at home on our desk. It is pretty freeing to be able to effortlessly dock and un-dock your phone, continuing the charge the whole time. The only notable downside we've noted so far is the plastic body. It would be nice to see a more premium version with a metal body, but that would undoubtedly add to the price. The aluminum Apple iPhone dock just comes across so well, it would be nice to see third party options try something similar.

Stay tuned for our full review soon. If you'd like to pick one up for yourself, they are available on Amazon for $39.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 2,749member
    My grandson simply added a little pull-out tab to the back of his iPhone case.  He just pulls it out and he has an instant anywhere stand.   But, it only works in landscape mode.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    doggonedoggone Posts: 164member
    For phones with wireless charging this is bit of the moot point. Charging bases are pretty cheap and are great on a desk or bedside table.  My favorite is an angled stand that the phone lays on and charges whenever it is placed on the unit.  No cord to connect or disconnect.

    Also the battery life of the new phones are much better now and I typically have more than 50% of charge left over at the end of the day.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    hagarhagar Posts: 103member
    doggone said:
    For phones with wireless charging this is bit of the moot point. Charging bases are pretty cheap and are great on a desk or bedside table.  My favorite is an angled stand that the phone lays on and charges whenever it is placed on the unit.  No cord to connect or disconnect.

    Also the battery life of the new phones are much better now and I typically have more than 50% of charge left over at the end of the day.
     It’s a complete mystery to me how you can end up with more than 50% charge left. Like today for instance I used my iPhone for 45 minutes and still the battery was at 17% when I got home at 4 PM. The indicator said I used it for 2 hours and 10h standby. 

    I imagine people will say this is not normal but this is how my iPhone usage has always been for the last years with several models. I removed several apps including Facebook but the problems remain. 
  • Reply 4 of 5
    mwhitemwhite Posts: 151member
    hagar said:
    doggone said:
    For phones with wireless charging this is bit of the moot point. Charging bases are pretty cheap and are great on a desk or bedside table.  My favorite is an angled stand that the phone lays on and charges whenever it is placed on the unit.  No cord to connect or disconnect.

    Also the battery life of the new phones are much better now and I typically have more than 50% of charge left over at the end of the day.
     It’s a complete mystery to me how you can end up with more than 50% charge left. Like today for instance I used my iPhone for 45 minutes and still the battery was at 17% when I got home at 4 PM. The indicator said I used it for 2 hours and 10h standby. 

    I imagine people will say this is not normal but this is how my iPhone usage has always been for the last years with several models. I removed several apps including Facebook but the problems remain. 
    Did you have the battery changed? I have a iPhone 7 and after talking to my brother every weekend for 1 hour each time I still have 75% left on my battery and this is the original battery...
  • Reply 5 of 5
    macguimacgui Posts: 853member
    doggone said:
    For phones with wireless charging this is bit of the moot point. 
    Gee, ya think??
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