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The ultimate easy-charge dock station is now on Kickstarter - available for most smartphones

Posted: , by Simon K.

AutoDock represents a thoughtful combination of simple tech that, at first sight, may make most docking stations out there useless. Nothing out there does what this dock station does. When you put your phone into the slot, little arms grab it and fix it in place. You don't need to fumble around to match your phone to the plug at all - just put your phone in and leave it, and let the dock take hold. The idea is that you are relieved of all cable hassle, while also saving dollars on replacing flimsy charging cables. Everyone knows the pain…

The ultimate easy-charge dock station is now on Kickstarter - available for most smartphones
The charger pin plugs in without any focused input on your behalf, and can support Quick Charge features your phone might have. The device has variants for USB-C, MicroUSB and Lightning sockets. However, you will need to make sure that your smartphone is between 5" and 6" in size, and has a centered port on the bottom. The charger also supports data transfer and may actually make its way to many computer desks, for it will help you cut cable clutter. “Unplugging” your phone is also quite fun – all you do is swipe your hand to the right of the charger, and your handset will be set loose to pick up. 

Jason Kuznicki, AutoDock's creator, has managed to attract about $20,000 of pledges on Kickstarter so far. Whether the world actually needs such a dock charger is a whole separate deal. However, AutoDock certainly seems like a fun idea, especially with an affordable regular price of $49, and $39 current ‘late bird’ price tag. You can also get discounts for larger quantities.

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posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:24

1. mr2trce (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)

So I'm guessing my s8 plus won't work since it's 6.2" right?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:29 3

2. Tarox (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

since it has the width of a much smaller device I bet it would fit.
That's one of the problems we run into with this new formfactors that are now coming up

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 19:24

6. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

wireless charging FTW :D

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:57 1

3. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 535; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)

I'm not liking how the dock grabs the phone and places it. I feel like it's asking for the charging pin to get broken and your out of a dock. or scratching up the bottom of the device

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 18:13 1

5. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 564; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Yeah, I worry for any phone that the port is near center but not perfectly centered. S7 port looks closer to the back of the phone than front, wonder if that matters?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 18:12

4. cmdacos (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)

Never plug my phone in so pointless for me.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 20:15

7. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

wireless charging is harder than this?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 21:51 1

8. matistight (Posts: 568; Member since: 13 May 2009)

The idea is to just drop the phone in there and go, so to them yes. Also to the people who have less than a 60 iq and someone survive this world and own expensive phones without a case, then wireless charging would be harder than this.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 23:52 1

9. piyath (Posts: 1051; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

This looks promising

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 08:12

10. JasonK (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2017)

Hey everybody, thanks for the great feedback! We updated the page to be more clear and include the phone width specs. The S8+ plus will work and there is a render of it in the dock linked in the comments section. There is a manual front-to-back adjustment so your port only needs to be centered left to right. The connector is not rigidly attached and is recessed low enough as to not drag across the bottom of your phone. Thanks again for the comments!

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