Sometimes I feel like Don Quixote on some quest to find… the perfect iPhone dock. The Just Mobile AluBolt is the latest iPhone dock to grab my attention. Will it be the one for me?
Inside the box you find… the dock. That’s it. No padding, nothing.
The USB cable is permanently attached. You don’t have to supply your own.
Weighs in at 157g, or just over 5-1/2 ounces. A little light, if you ask me, for a desktop dock.
Not much on the bottom but a slightly grippy base and a logo. The hook and loop tape on the cord is a nice touch.
Presto! Wait, the AluBolt doesn’t work with my case. Not again…
Okay, let’s try again with the case off. That’s better.
From the side, the AluBolt is sleek and pretty, like something Apple would have designed.
An interesting trick with the dock is that it’s slightly adjustable to accommodate different case thicknesses. It pivots with a slight spring-loaded action.
The AluBolt does account for case thickness, but not depth at the bottom of iPhone cases. The AluBolt’s Lightning adapter isn’t long enough for cases with any thickness at the bottom, which rules out quite a few case designs.
As for one-handed operation? Forget it. I needed two hands. 5.5 ounces just isn’t heavy enough.