NES Controller Turned into iPhone Dock

The biggest issue I find myself having with my iPhone is finding my USB cable whenever I want to manage my music or just get a quick charge. The problem is not the cable itself, it’s that USB cables are easily lost, especially when you move it around or take it with you to work or trips. Sure, I can purchase a new cable to be the home cable or the office dedicated cable, but where is the fun in that? I want to come home and dock my iPhone on something I can truly call, ‘my iPhone docking station’, and what better way to do it than with an old school gaming related accessory — I’m going with this NES Controller as my future iPhone docking station.


What you will need:

  • NES Controller
  • Utility Knife
  • Small Screwdriver
  • File and/or Sandpaper
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hot Glue
  • iPhone/iPod Cable


  1. Unscrew the 6 screws on the back of the NES controller using the small screwdriver.
  2. Cut a portion of the circuit board at the top where you want the iPhone cable to go. This is also where you will dock the iPhone/iPod. Be sure to cut a big enough piece so the cord fits, but not too much where the circuit board cannot hold the buttons in place later. If you do cut the circuit board too much, you can always use duct tape or glue to keep the buttons in place.
  3. Cut the cord that attaches from the circuit board to the NES.
  4. Use the utility knife to cut a hole in the top of the NES controller where you want the iPhone/iPod to dock. Start using a small slit and expand to the appropriate size.
  5. Test the size of the slit to make sure the cable fits appropriately.
  6. Once the size is correct, use a file or sandpaper to sand the edges down.
  7. Use hot glue and secure the connector in place.
  8. Make sure all buttons are in place, reattach the circuit board, and close the controller case. Use the screws to make sure the case is secured.


[via Unplggd]