Ever since Apple products use the lightning connector, manufacturers have worked to create docking stations that are compatible with this technology. Convenience and great design are factors that have contributed to make lightning docks extremely popular and the products in our list stand out for their functionality and beautiful look. Here is a list of some of the most practical and stylish lightning docks for iPad Air and Mini that you can get.
HiRise for iPad Mini
A simple, yet smart design is the first thing to notice about this Twelve South dock. This pedestal works as a lightning stand that is ideal for charging your iPad Mini and iPhone, without blocking your speakers, microphone or headphone ports. Thanks to its size and vertical design it can be conveniently placed anywhere without occupying too much space. Even though it does not offers as many features as other docks, HiRise is portable and works well for hands free video calls. You can get it for $34.99 USD.
Macally has created a practical charging dock with a beautiful design that looks well anywhere at home or at your workplace, and that ensures that your iPad or iPhone fits perfectly on it. With its 12 Watt capacity you can expect a remarkably fast charge for your device. It is elegant and the lighting connector swivels to enable the iPad to connect and lean against the upper edge. It provides stability and a solid charging solution for iPad mini and Air, as well as iPod nano/touch and iPhone 5, 5C/5S. It is available between $36 and $49.9 USD.
Express Dock for iPad
Belkin is well known for coming up with great accessories for Apple devices. The Express Dock demonstrates how Belkin can combine effectively practicality and attractive design. The lightning connector is adjustable and can hold iPad even with a case on it. It allows you to charge your device and connect it to your computer thanks to the built-in USB cable. Apart from charging, the docking station serves also as a stand to watch videos comfortably and it works with iPad mini, Air, as well as iPod Touch 5G and iPhone 5. Prices start at $40 and goes up to $59.99.
iHome iDL 10 Lightning Dock Triple Charging/FM Radio/Clock
iHome has created a practical device that includes two lightning docks and a USB port, giving you the possibility to charge up to three devices – iPad, iPhone or iPod – simultaneously. It works as an alarm clock, which will sync automatically to your iDevice to configure the time and it also has FM radio. The design is minimalistic but very appealing and the sound quality is impressive. Overall, it is strong option to charge your iPad fast and to enjoy many useful features in one device. The price ranges between $115 to $149.95 USD.
JBL OnBeat Rumble
At nearly $400 USD, the cost of this dock is considerably higher than other options, but it offers a wide set of features to justify the price. It gives you the chance to stream music with Bluetooth Connectivity and it counts with HARMAN TrueStream technology to provide an amazing audio experience. Of course, it also serves as a lightning connector for iPad mini and iPhone 5 to charge your device. While this docking station is well above what most of us would be willing to pay, JBL is well known for the high quality of its products and the sound offered by the OnBeat Rumble is truly impressive.