Since the iPhone 5 launched two weeks ago with its new Lightning port, accessories have been extremely scarce. Lightning to USB cables alone have been hard to find, never mind docks and other add-ons.

Thus, we imagine we’ll be seeing a slew of do-it-yourself solutions pop up over the next few months. In fact, one has already surfaced involving an Elevation Dock, some hacking and a Lightning USB cable…

For those of you not familiar with the Elevation Dock, it’s a 30-pin charging dock that made headlines earlier this year after it raised nearly $1.5 million through Kickstarter. And if you have one, and recently purchased an iPhone 5, you might want to check this out.

The Next Web points to a new mod for the Elevation Dock which involves replacing its 30-pin dock connector with a Lightning one. Oliver Nelson, the creator, says it takes about 25 minutes and some light hacking.

“I essentially took apart the dock insert (which is just screwed in) and I filed down the outer sleeve enough for the lightning cable to slide in tightly. Then I filed down the edges of the lightning connector just a bit so that it required less force to insert and remove the cable.

Then I super glued the lightning adapter into the sleeve raised approx. 2mm above the top of the sleeve (enough room to make a tight fit for turn the cable out the back of the dock). Then the screw in retainer needed a touch of filing to clear the bottom edge of the lightning cable.  I then screwed down the retainer and screwed the back onto the dock and let it dry a bit.  Voila!”

It’s not a perfect solution, but it should at least tide you over until real Lightning-compatible docks start surfacing, or until ElevationLab releases its own bolt-in Lightning adapter, which it says is in the works.

Unfortunately, there’s no telling when this will be. Apple itself has said that it has no plans to make an iPhone 5 dock, and it has recently tightened the terms for third-party accessory manufacturers, which will obviously slow them down. So right now, it either looks like its do-it-yourself solutions, or nothing.

  • Milad Khahil

    Very clever … 🙂

  • mervynraj

    would it not work if you jus cut the 30pin connector wire and replace it with lightning cable?? no matter what size the connector is, the cable has the same wire running inside right?!

    • Kurt

      that doesn’t sound like it would work…but if does, cool

  • Dominator287

    will anything happen to my jailbroken ipod 4g if i update it to iOS 6? i did a lot of things to it and dont want anything to happen or be changed!!!

    • Amarrero7110

      Nothing will happen, your iPod 4g will stay jailbroken and everything you put on it will stay for example all your jailbroken tweaks.

      Now go ahead and update. 🙂

      If he doesn’t get it then he deserves to learn the hard way

      • No lie dude that just made my night.^^^^^

      • Hyr3m


    • Will erase jailbreak and all tweaks won’t work

  • Kurt

    looks like a mini printer

  • iphone should be tilted a bit …. like old dock did … its straight up and it will be hard to type or view 🙂

  • soccerkrzy

    How has nobody commented on the fact if you are using a dock, how the hell are you supposed to use the headphone jack? Retarded move on Apple to put the headphone jack on the bottom.

    • mervynraj

      why would u want to use the headphone jack when its on the dock anyway?!!

      • soccerkrzy

        You obviously don’t have a full time desk job. That’s when you would use it.

      • rafaelpz

        I don’t know about you, but I have seen plenty of 30-pin docks with a jack output.

      • ic0dex

        I have too and I own one as well. So I believe they will make a dock with an audio output.

    • It was far from a “retarded” move. When using the iPhone, with the screen in portrait, having the headphone cable on the bottom is optimal, as you no longer have a cable running down from the top. It’s been this way on the iPod Touch for years. Additionally, my elevation dock has an audio out on the back which supports the headphone, as did my Apple dock before it. Simply plug your headphones into the audio out on the dock.

  • Donovan Davis

    I did this with my 2g iPhone dock about a week ago been loving it ever since maybe I should have posted some pics.

  • johncentrpede

    I don’t understand how people can take credit for idea that’s not theirs. Just check this product out:
    It has the same part that this so called 3d printer enthusiast claims he invented himself, and they made it more than month ago.
    But, it says on the video that their design is patent pending so maybe this guy can expect a lawsuit. At least, that’s what I would do.