My iPhone Tripod Case Mod Tutorials Are DONE.

Posted by Jonathan on August 4, 2009 in Projects, Tripod Mount |

So it took longer than I thought it would, but I finally finished them.

After using modified cases for over a week it is so wonderful being able to just throw the iPhone onto a tripod and do some quick vlogging. If you have the skills to do these modifications I recommend doing them. I’ve put all of these cases in my pocket after I have added the tripod adapter and I’ve had no trouble getting them in or out. The Otterbox Defender is tighter than all of them, but it is a very big case beforehand anyway.

Before we get into the meat of this post I want to give a shout-out to Scott from Scottevest. His Youtube Video looking for a solution to the iPhone and a decent tripod mount is what got me started thinking about how to do this. Check out the great products he has for the geek with too much stuff to carry and not enough pockets at http://www.scottevest.com/

As I explained in my video response to him I had just received my 3GS and I wanted something similar. Since there wasn’t anything out there, I made it.

The whole point of these modifications is to add a tripod mount to the case you use daily, so you don’t have to put the iPhone in a special case just to put it on a tripod to do some quick recording. My tutorials show you how to modify four different cases, but you should be able to adapt these designs to a unlimited number of cases.

Each tutorial consists of a extensive write-up with pictures of all the parts and tools I used. Each tutorial has a uncut video, minus retakes, showing me making these modifications to the iPhone cases.

The video quality is not that great due to the camcorder used, and the forgetful nature of the person operating the camera, ME. The video is for reference only though, as the accompanying articles are extensive enough to modify a case without a video. One angle is shot from the back of me and another angle is shot from the iPhone on the table in front of me. I switched between the two angles when I thought it was needed or when I forgot to push record on one of the camcorders. I had to sync the camcorder and iPhone footage by hand, so forgive a little off sync-ness. Remember these videos are for reference only.

I will be making a short Edited Version of each case video, but that will come after I get rested up some and finish some other projects.

Feedback is very much welcomed. You can leave a comment on my blog or use the contact link above to send me a email.

Now for the disclaimer: I,  Jonathan Kutz can not be held responsible for any loss, inconvenience, damage (whether special or consequential) or claims arising out of the use of the information contained on this site. If you mess up your iPhone case, iPhone, or harm yourself in anyway while using the resources I provide here I am not responsible. Use common sense, if you think you can do the mods I list here on the site, go for it. If you don’t think you can or don’t have the tools, wait till you think you can or do. SAFETY is the primary factor in any steps you take, on these or any other projects.

I am providing this material as a GUIDE ONLY, for people that want to do these modifications and do not want to figure out how to do them.

I made a post for each case and one for the accessories I modified or made. Links are below.

Switcheasy Colors:

Switcheasy Colors
This is definitely the simplest and easiest modification to do. It requires more connection points to the case though since it is a silicone case. This design should work for any silicone case.

Switcheasy Rebel:

This is the lowest profile design of all my modifications and the cleanest. What makes this mod great is you can buy a Switcheasy spine for around $5 and modify it. If you don’t like it, no harm done to the case at all.

Speck CandyShell:

This modification probably takes the longest out of all the ones I’m showing you how to do, but it definitely comes out nice and clean.

Otterbox Defender:

This modification design is very similar to the Speck Candyshell, but because the case is thicker you have more room to play with when modifying the case.


These are the accessories I’ve made to go along with my iPhone tripod mods or some I’ve bought and modified.


The Giveaway is Over. Thanks for entering.
I will be giving away TWO Switcheasy Rebel SPINES that have been modified to add the tripod mount adapter. You will win just a modded spine, not a whole case. To enter this giveaway please send a email with the Subject line as “Rebel Tripod” to “Giveaway [at] jkutz.com” Replace the [at] with the @ sign of course. The only thing I ask of you is that you have a Switcheasy Rebel case to put it on and also that you let me know what you think of it after you receive it. The giveaway will run for 2 weeks from the posting of this article.

Should I Sell Part Kits?

Since most of the parts can only be bought in big quantities I am thinking of selling part kits for each of these modifications. Let me know if that’s something you are interested in with a comment below or a email using the contact link at the top of this page.

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