ElevationDock 4 is first Apple MFi-certified Lightning dock that works one-handed

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Five years after its highly successful Kickstarter campaign launched the first ElevationDock, Elevation Labs is back with a new model featuring an integrated Lightning plug, braided cable, and one-handed use that ensures it will stay in place when an iPhone — with or without a case — is removed.

The new ElevationDock 4 is priced at $59 with free shipping in the U.S. Elevation Lab is taking preorders now, and orders will begin shipping within two weeks.

The dock is said to be compatible with all iPhones from the 5 and newer. It also works with all Lightning-equipped iPads except the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which requires a "NanoPad" accessory to be adhered to a smooth surface.

With thumb screws on the back of the dock, the angle and Lightning plug depth can be adjusted to accommodate different form factors and cases. Elevation Labs says the dock works with cases up to 3.2 millimeters (0.125 inch) thick on the bottom, but will not work with "multi-layer cases" like OtterBox Defender and LifeProof.

The dock achieves one-handed use with micro suction cups on the bottom of the unit, allowing it to remain firmly planted on a flat surface even when a user is removing their iPhone or iPad.

Elevation Labs says the new ElevationDock 4 is the first Apple MFi-certified dock that works one-handed. The Lightning connector flexes only under high torque, and the unit is made with a medical-grade silicone overmolded body and CNC-machined stainless steel knobs.

Because the braided Lightning cable is integrated into the dock itself, it works out of the box with no assembly required. It comes in two finishes: "MatteWhite" with a blue braided cord, and "MatteBlack" with a dark braided cord, both 5 feet long.


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