Spotted this down the street from my place. If you check on Amazon, there’s actually thousands of books on the subject. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was, a little.
(not a great shot, only had my phone with me)
I probably should have read more reviews before buying this Belkin iPhone dock, as it turns out, it won’t work if you have a case on the phone. The “Fits most phone cases” line item in the description is rubbish, the lightning cable leads aren’t long enough even for a very slim case.
I could have returned it, ranted on Twitter and left a bad review (which I still plan on doing) or perhaps just order something else, but it’s here. And I want to use it. So… powertools.
First order of business, take it apart to get at the cable:
This is the little bugger that’s causing problems, the flat edge of the cable is preventing a solid connection by millimeters.
An exacto blade would probably have done the trick, but I opted for a heavier-handed and much more rewarding option.
After a minute of cut, smoldering plastic flying around on my workbench and another minute to reassemble the dock, things are looking good. And yeah, that’s a small bit of metal exposed now. Think it was just for stability, multimeter doesn’t show any voltage across it.
Boom. Fixed. Charging.
Off to the next project.
Mike has a new show on CNN which I’m pretty excited about, he’s a font when it comes to career advice. Glad to see more of him on the air again.