If you’ve chosen to embrace iPhoneography or smartphoneography, you may want something like the Jackpod! in your pocket. I say pocket because it’s tiny, but it has the potential to be very useful. It’s so simple (almost stupidly so), you may wonder why it’s taken so long for someone to think of it.
The Jackpod! is a truly universal smartphone-to-tripod adapter that is lightweight, easy-to-use, and low-cost. The JackPod! is designed and manufactured in the USA and is compatible with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and more!
For just $10 or less, you can attach your smartphone by the headphone jack to any tripod in just a few seconds. People who preach about bringing a compact camera instead of a smartphone obviously won’t have much need for such a device, but there’s no denying the increasing demand for smartphone accessories. This is for people who enjoy the convenience of carrying only one device for capturing photos (and videos) and sharing them on the spot.
Using DSLR cameras at night does not assure us of a sharp image; a steady hand does. And when the shutter speed is slow, we all know how big a difference a tripod makes. The Jackpod! bridges that gap between phone and tripod so that you won’t have to bring along any additional accessories to secure your phone onto the tripod. This tiny adapter is all you’ll need to mount your device horizontally or vertically using a standard 1/4″ 20-thread screw & socket, and it only weighs 0.2 ounces!
The JackPod! will work with iPhone 5, 4/4s, 3g, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia, etc. All smartphones with a headphone jack and camera functionality will work, regardless of shape, size, or case.
This isn’t the first smartphone-to-tripod adapter on the market, but some of them are limited by price, interference, case, device, complexity and size, so it’s not as universal as they say. Others require the phone to be mounted without a case, have moving parts or are prone to breaking. All of them cost more, some even higher than the cost of the mini tripod itself.
The JackPod! uses a standard 1/4″ 20-thread fitting to quickly and easily attach to all standard tripods with just a few turns. Using a strong injection-molded plastic and a commitment to detail, you can rest assured that your phone is safe on the JackPod! It even works upside-down! When connecting your phone to the JackPod! you will feel and hear a ‘click’ to let you know it is secure.
Some people have voiced their concerns over mounting their smartphones on the headphone jack and whether or not it could support the weight of the phone. I admit that this part also worried me, as I’m not about to risk my iPhone for a $10 accessory. Joe Simon, the Jackpod!’s creator, responded saying:
Thanks for the coverage and the interest in our product. To be honest, we were initially concerned out the stress placed on the headphone jack as well, but after several months of active use and testing, we have not experienced any problems with the jack.
In addition, as we review phone teardowns, the headphone jack housing is rarely removed and remains securely attached to the body of the phone.
Thanks again for your thoughts, however. One of the best things about launching a product via Kickstarter or other similar platforms is the feedback received and the ability to respond and adapt as appropriate. We will continue to consider this concern and adapt, if necessary.