Mini Projectors for the iPhone

by Jane on July 4, 2015

As an owner  of an iPhone you may or you may not be aware that in order to connect  to an external devices such as a mini projector will require the use of a the Apple lightning adapter.

If your phone was an Android, you could simply connect the HDMI cable directly to projector and the phone. With the iPhone you will need to plug this lightning adapter into the HDMI cable and then into the iPhone.

It’s not difficult to connect but will cost you a few extra bucks. The good news is you will be able to connect and use the iPhone with any mini project. Below is a list of the best mini projectors currently available.

Our Top Picks

Celluon PicoPro  (dimensions: 6 x 3 x 0.5 inches; 8 ounces)


Celluon PicoPro

This is an new model in 2015 receiving high ratings and reviews from owners.

Besides having the HDMI port needed to connect to the iPhone this model also has a few innovative features worth mentioning.

Laser light source – Enhancing the brightness of the image

No Fan – In general, one of the most common complaints heard about projectors is the fan is too loud. The advanced technology of the Celluon PicoPro operates with no fan so it’s ultra-quiet.

Infinite Focus – No matter where you point it or how fast you move it, this new 2015 Celluon PicoPro never loses focus.

Beating the competition – Another positive feature of this model is the life of the internal battery. When used in the wireless mode it provides 2 hours of life, when connect through a HDMI cable the life is 3 hours.

From the image above you may not be able to tell but it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s size is comparable to a smart phone.

It’s priced at $349, we highly recommend checking this new 2015 mini out if it’s in your price range. Read our full review of the model. 


Ivation Portable connects to iPhone

Ivation Portable Rechargeable HDMI Projector

Ivation Portable HDMI Projector – (dimensions: 3.8 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches; 8 ounces)

With it’s HDMI out port this model will connect to any external device which also has an HDMI port (Android, Gaming Consoles, laptops, etc).

However, connecting to the iPhone will require the use of an adapter.

Common uses: movies, gaming, photo sharing and presentations.

An internal rechargeable battery which provides 2 hours of play life, a tripod for easy set-up and a carrying case are included with the purchase.

Price: $299

Full review of this Ivation mini model.

AAXA P300 Pico/Micro – (dimensions: 5.9 x 3.9 x 1.6 inches; 1.3 pounds)

AAXA P300 Pico Micro LED Projector with HDMI

AAXA P300 Pico Micro with HDMI

The AAXA P300 is rated as one of the best selling models at Amazon. Providing excellent brightness and higher resolution when compared to the majority of mini models on the market (WXGA 1280 x 800).

The contrast level is super high at 20,000:1; light and dark colors will stand-out on the screen.

This the AAXA P300 has an LED light source with approximately 15,000 of life. This life time is 3-4 times greater than the standard bulb/lamp, saving money in the long-run.

Another strength of this model are the connection ports, along with an HDMI port which can be used to connection with the iPhone, it has a host of other ports.

Weakness? For the price ($381) the model has no glaring weaknesses and has received overall high ratings from owners.

If we were forced to name a weakness we would have to say the life time of the internal battery which is only 60 minutes.

Note: AAXA is a top manufacturer of mini projectors

Find more information on this models review page.


Magnasonic Mini Portable – (Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 0.88 inches; 0.49 pounds)

Magnasonic Mini Portable Pico Video Projector for iPhone

Magnasonic Mini Portable

Another new 2015 model on our list. Extremely compact, small and light weight with HDMI connection. Priced at $299.

Excellent image quality for screen images between 60 to 80 inches in size. Like the other models mentioned on this page it also requires the use of the Apple lighting adapter in order to connect to the iPhone.

This is a decent model comparable to the Ivation model mention already on this page. Both are priced at $299. These are two models you may want to compare.

Read how we rated this Magnasonic model


RIF6 Cube and iPhone connection

New RIF6 Cube

RIF6 Cube Projector –  (dimensions: 8.3 x 4.9 x 2.8 inches).

New 2015*. The RIF6 is priced at $259. The good news, this model is able to connect to the iPhone and other Apple IOS devices through the included, HDMI to mini HDMI cable but you will need the adapter mentioned at the top of the page.

If you are wanting to spend under $300 this new model in 2015 has received many favorable reviews.

Read our full review of the RIF6 Cube here.


ASUS S1 Led Projector – (Dimensions – 4.3 x 4 x 1.2 inches; 12 ounces)

ASUS S1 LED Projector iPhone


In our opinion the ASUS S1 is the sleekest looking model on the market, we love how it looks from the outside and it’s build is very solid.

But what about performance and price?

It’s currently priced right around $300. It includes a rechargeable battery with 3 hours of life when fully charged. The battery also doubles as a power source to charge other mobile devices, which is a nice feature.

It’s light source is LED with a life time of 30,000 hours.

One advantage the ASUS S1 has over other models in it’s price range, it’s has a “short-throw” lens,  allowing the user to produce the same size image without having to set the unit so far back from the screen.

Great for smaller rooms.

Read our of the ASUS S1 LED model.

Our Conclusion 

Our list of recommend models above includes only models that we have personally had the chance to use and test. We believe these are all quality models worth the money spent.

All of the listed mini projectors will be able to connect to the iPhone, although requiring the purchase the use of an adapter.

This is called the Apple Lighting Adapter, which is used by plugging it into one end of a normal HDMI cable then the cable is able to be plugged into the iPhone to make a connection.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Patti G Thomasson January 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

I’ve tried connecting my Asus S1 mini projector to my iPhone 6 using the Asus provided HDMI cable and plugging it into an Apple AV Lightning Adapter (which has an HDMI port). I get NO SIGNAL. Please help.


Bonolo February 25, 2017 at 2:16 am

I have the same problem with my iPhone…


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