DIY iStand: Using Binder Clips To Make An iPhone Stand

DIY iStand: Using Binder Clips To Make An iPhone Stand

Range Govindan
Dec 9, 2008

When you are on the go and need a place to dock your iPhone, you usually don't have a lot of choice. The best thing would be to carry around a dock, but that's not always feasible. How about making your own cheap iPhone stand, that won't take up a lot of space? Something small and functional that will work well in most situations. That's what Rich set out to assemble from a few binder clips he had around. He saw something on Lifehacker and decided to improve the design.

Richsipe decided to make a cheap and functional stand for his iPhone using a few binder clips he had laying around. This build is just about using some materials that you have around the office and re-purposing them. It's a really good idea and it works really well. We all need compact stands for iPods and iPhones. It's not the sort of thing that we usually carry around. This just solves that problem.

To start out, you'll need two medium binder clips. Then, you'll bend one of the wing ends of a clip into a J so that it will hold the end of the iPhone. Anything can be used to make this bend, no tools are necessary. The end of a table or a desk can be easily used.

If you only use a single binder clip, it isn't enough to hold up an iPhone vertically. The second binder clip has to grab the first clip and will end up parallel to the desk. You'll squeeze in the second clip from the back so that its wider than the first. This will push the vertical iPhone support up a bit.

Rich used the cap of a USB thumb drive to fit it over the end of the binder clip. It provides more stability. We thought that this was a great idea. You just assemble your stand from some binder clips, which is something that everyone has in their home office. The best part is that even if you miss on a few tries, there is no harm done. Binder clips are cheap.

Check out his full tutorial at Instructables and his blog post. [Photos by Richsipe]

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