Apple iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple iPhone Lightning Dock

Where else to begin than with Apple’s own offering? Premium price does bring with it a choice of four colours, so if you went with the rose gold iPhone, hey, you can match it to this dock. It works with iPhone 5 and later. 

Connect it to the mains and it will charge, but connect it to your PC or Mac and it’ll sync with iTunes. Be warned though, despite the price this dock does not come with a USB cable, so be prepared to use the one that came with your phone, or fork out for another.

You can see our run down of the best Lightning cables here. And read up on the best hybrid charging docks, which can charge an Apple Watch and an iPhone (and occasionally an iPad) at the same time.

Mophie desktop dock

Mophie desktop dock

OK, so this dock is actually even more than Apple’s. £20 more - though you can often get it on discount at a much lower price. To be honest, we’re not sure why the RRP is so high, but it makes our round up for its exceptional build quality and the fact it ships with a USB cable. Again, it’ll work with any iPhone with a Lightning port, so iPhone 5 or later – but not the Plus models due to the design.

It has a pivoting Lightning connector to allow leeway if you have a case on, though confusingly this dock is not compatible with Mophie’s own cases. It’s also a nicely designed, solid hunk of product, so it won’t move around on your desk. It is a luxury purchase, but a great dock.

Just Mobile Hover Dock

Just Mobile Hover Dock

The Hover Dock by Just Mobile is a sleek, understated choice of a dock. As your iPhone hovers with this set up and doesn't sit flush with the dock, it means it’ll work with most cases provided they’re not too bulky, but check the dimensions first. It comes with an elevator clip that raises the cable higher still by 4mm.

It works by feeding your Apple to Lightning USB cable up through the base of the dock to poke out the top in order to place your iPhone on.

Just Mobile recommends using Apple’s branded cable, and you can use the circular base of the Hover Dock to wind up the cable for handy, neat transport, but also to shorten the length of the cable if the dock is near to the plug or USB port of your computer. It’s a smart solution to your docking woes.

Belkin Charge + Sync Dock

Belkin Charge + Sync Dock

Belkin is a tried and tested brand with excellent accessories for a number of devices. It’s no different when it comes to its Charge + Sync Dock for iPhone. A smart, tidy design, the dock has an attached 1.2m USB cable for connecting to a wall plug or computer for charging and syncing.

Its slim design lends itself to carrying around in a bag and will look great on any bedside table or work station. It will work with any Lightning compatible iPhone.

Twelve South HiRise

Twelve South HiRise

Another attractive design from Twelve South, the company behind the popular BookBook leather cases for iPhone and iPad. Its elegant design is also highly functional, as it works with every single iPhone, iPad and iPod with a Lightning port. That’s a lot of products. 

Apple currently stocks this dock, so it clearly thinks the design is worthy of complimenting its products. It is also available in silver, gold and black to match your iPhone.

Merit 6-Port Charging Station

Merit 6-Port Charging Station

This charging station is a little different, but a great dock for those with many devices. Say you have a work phone, a personal phone and an iPad – as many do – you may want a place to neatly put them all when charging at night, or when at work.

This isn’t a dock in the way many others are, and you’ll need a USB cable to plug into the base for each device you want to charge. If you’re after short, neat cables for this, check out our round up of the best Lightning cables here