If you’re already rocking an iPhone 5, then you already know the deal, and you’re currently trying to deal with the mixed bag of good and bad bits it brings. It’s already been covered before: you get an all-new iPhone that’s faster than last year’s model, and one with a bigger screen packed inside a frame that’s slimmer and lighter. The trade-off is the all-new Lightning port, which essentially turns all your existing 30-pin docks and cables into well-designed bits and pieces that you can’t use anymore (or at least not with the new iPhone).
Unfortunately, it’s not a problem you can solve by throwing more money Apple’s way, since there are no docks created for it yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one right now. The good news is that all you need is a bit of ingenuity. And because it’s possible to build one on your own, you won’t have to thow money anyone’s way… as long as you have the right tools and scrap material lying around the basement or garage.
The video below by Casey Neistat shows how you can build your own Lightning port-packing iPhone 5 dock using scrap pieces of plywood, a few screws, a wide array of tools, and the stock Lightning cable that came with your iPhone 5. It’s probably not the most elegant dock you’re going to want to park your beautiful new phone into, but hey, it works. Just remember the basics: a hole to fit and secure the cable into, a slot that measures up perfectly, and a rear support for propping up the phone.