Sarvi Dock: The charging station for smartphones with cases

Sarvi Dock: The charging station for smartphones with cases

Summary: Want to dock your smartphone? Does it live in a protective case and not work with standard OEM docks anymore? Check out this Kickstarter project.


Here's a Kickstarter project that I funded within minutes of viewing the pitch video -- a universal smartphone/tablet charging station for mobile devices that are enclosed in protective cases.

Frankly, I can't beleive not a single vendor has addressed this problem before. You buy an expensive smartphone or tablet, which you then enclose in a protective case like an OtterBox, a Lunatik, Lifeproof, Griffin, Trident or a Ballistic.

You then realize it won't work with the OEM dock accessory anymore. 

What I really like about this product is that it appears to be of quality construction -- machined metal, with a nice, simple industrial design -- and it will mate with practically any kind of smartphone or tablet in a protective case, with any standard type of smartphone charge connector, such as Micro-USB or Apple 30-Pin or Lightning.

The funding campaign for the Sarvi Designs smartphone dock runs through November 12. Early funders can get the dock for $25-$35.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobility, Tablets


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • iPhone5 in a Lifeproof case

    Finally, a docking/charging station that will work for smartphones that reside the Lifeproof, Otterbox, and other heavy duty cases (without having to remove a latch, or component), ....... I too am looking forward to its "birth". I Pre-ordered a Sarvi Dock this evening for my iPhone5 that is cased in a Lifeproof. Let’s hope the manufacturing and product launch occurs in 4th quarter of 2013 or 1st quarter of 2014. I have not heard what timeframe they are anticipating product shipment, have you received any updates ?