We introduced you to the iLDOCK a few days back when we wrote about their Kickstarter campaign. The company sent us a review sample to check out for ourselves and this is our lightning review of the iLDOCK for iPhone.
UPDATE (03/08/2017) 8:16PM EST: We can no longer recommend this device due to customer complaints and the fact Kickstarter has suspended the campaign.
For the price, this little gadget is the build quality isn’t all that bad. It’s made from machined aluminum and plastic with the iLDOCK branding blazing across it. The branding is a bit off putting I would have preferred that it was more subtle. I did appreciate that there was no long cable but just the Lightning connector at the top, this makes it so it’s not hanging from your phone too bad. You may have issues with some bulky cases with this design but it worked OK with my UAG cases on. Overall it’s a simple design, not super premium and the branding could have been less loud.
Ease of Use
Simply plug it into your iPhone’s Lightning port and you now have one Lightning port and one 3.5mm headphone jack. Plug in your charging cable and 3.5mm headphone cable and you’re good to go. There’s really nothing to using this other than knowing which port to plug your cables in and that’s pretty evident here.
As promised the iLDOCK does indeed charge your iPhone and the headphone jack works just as it should. One very important thing one should know before buying the iLDOCK is that it is NOT MFi certified. This means it hasn’t passed Apple’s certification process in order to qualify as an Apple backed product. This means you use it at your own risk. If your phone should happen to suffer some sort of issue while using this accessory, Apple may not cover any of the damages under warranty.
UPDATE: Per a reader question we tested a Rode Video Mic Pro to see if it would handle a microphone input and it does it just fine.
UPDATE 2: After further testing we discovered that the iLDOCK doesn’t support mic input, the internal microphone was picking up our tests not the tested Rode Video Mic Pro.
The iLDOCK is currently $10 on Kickstarter and they have already raised over $97K dollars with 17 days to go. It’s priced super cheap because of no MFi certification. The price is expected to go up once the company gets MFi certifications.
For $10 it’s really a no-brainer if you’re willing to go with a non-certified piece of hardware.