Make A Smartphone Dock From Two Binder Clips

The endlessly versatile binder clip is one of our favourite tools for MacGyver-like inventions. Reader David writes in one of his favourite creations: a 5-second smartphone dock.

We've shared one binder clip smartphone dock before, but unlike that model, this doesn't require any bending, clipping, or any other kind of DIY skills. All you need is two binder clips and a piece of paper. Clip them onto the paper, throw your phone in between the tabs and you're good to go.

It works great for keeping an eye on the time, playing music, or (as David notes) getting a good steady photo from your phone's camera.This may not work with bigger, thicker phones, but you could always see if a bigger size binder clip would fit your phone . Thanks, David!

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    Looks unstable on the... handles? I'd take the lower ones off for a nice flat surface.


    I'm doing this now. Only suggestion I have is make sure the base piece (that the foldback clips grasp) has plenty of over hang front and back for stability, and remove the clip hands that sit underneath the dock so it doesn't rock about as much.

      Alas, without pliers - my Nexus S is too thick :(

    Hmmm... I could only got the EXP binder clips here, which definitely require bending:

    BUT... I simply pulled the handles (proper name) out and bent them open, before bending them back closed around a AA battery. Result -- perfect size for an iPhone 4/4S

    Alas, doesn't work with those mini binder clips.

    my phone is too fat, too wide and too heavy :( hahah

    For extra stability just remove the bottom two handle things.

    Damn, we only have little clips at work. I'm sure I can convince the stationary purchasing chap that we need these.

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