Wireless lapel microphones are hands-down awesome, but the downside is; they don’t work very well with iPhones. If you have tried it, I’m sure you can relate to the headache it is. I needed to use a lapel microphone for iPhone in my business to record a number of videos and was so frustrated that it wasn’t working well.
And then, I found some solutions. I thought I’d share them with anyone who is having the same problem with their iPhone. We have enough problems in our lives without having to fight technology! I’ve made a table of cheap wireless lapel microphones that work well with your iPhone so that you can find something that works for your needs.
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IMPORTANT! Be sure to scroll to the bottom as well, because there are some additional things you must do in order for your system to work with your iPhone, such as purchasing the right adapter.
5 Cheap Wireless Lapel Microphone for iPhone
|Audio2000s 6032uf UHF Dual Channel Wireless Microphone with Two Headband Headset & Two Lapel (Lavalier) Mic||300ft||12v-18v||
Top-Rated Lavalier Microphone for iPhone: Audio2000s 6032uf UHF Dual Channel Wireless Microphone
On the high end of the budget wireless lavalier systems, this Audio2000s system includes not one, but TWO, microphone setups and includes a very tunable receiver module that provides exceptional range. It should be noted this is a 12-18v wireless receiver and will require access to power to operate. If this fits your needs then this system wireless lapel microphone setup should work very well with your iPhone, iPad and iPod! Two receivers in this product make it an exceptional value if you plan to need a backup wireless transmitter or plan to do interviews. Reviewers are plentiful and the comments are that this system just plan WORKS! Surely it will be a great addition to your iPhone too.
|Audio-Technica PRO 88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier System with ATR3350mW Omnidirectional Microphone||100ft||9v||
Audio Technica PRO88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier System with ATR3350mW Omnidirectional Mic
Audio-Technica is a brand for the value conscious consumer. If you are working on a small budget, need a cheap wireless lavalier microphone system for your iPhone, iPad or iPod and expect decent features, the Audio Technica PRO88W-R35 is the perfect system for you. Using a higher band and switchable frequencies enables this system to work with less interference and at greater ranges than the less versatile Pyle-Pro wireless lapel microphone system. If a fair set of features, durable construction and a trusted name in audio are what you’re looking for, look no further, this is a great set for your iPhone.
|Azden WLX-PRO Lavalier System||300ft||9v||
Azden Wlx-Pro Lavaliere Microphone System
A popular budget wireless lavalier microphone system among videographers and works very well with iPhones as well is this Azden PRO system. It features 2 different frequencies to reduce potential interference, has exceptional range, long batter life, durable components and works with nearly any 3.5mm wireless lapel microphone including the included model. Reviewers say the best upgrage for this system is a better mic, but the included microphone works very well for a low cost wireless sytem ready to use out of the box. If you’re working on videos and need to get audio without wires give the Azden system a serious look!
|Movo WMIC50 2.4GHz Wireless Lavalier Microphone System with Integrated 164-foot Range Antenna (Includes Transmitter with Belt Clip, Receiver with Camera Shoe, Lavalier and 2 Earphones)||164ft||AAA||
Movo WMIC50 2.4GHz Wireless Lavalier Microphone System
Movo has built a great wireless lavalier system that is very compatible with the iPhone owner on a budget… The Movo WMIC50! This easy use, but feature rich wireless lavalier microphone system is perfect for iPhones and cameras alike. Coming packaged with a camera shoe / tripod mount built into the receiver you’ll not have any problem securing the receiver when recording. Jumping to an ultra high frequency of 2.4GHz and internal boost antennas give super range and strong signals for clear reception. Excellent user reviews and under $100 means it’s a wise choice for your iPhone!
|Pyle-Pro PDWM96 Lavalier Wireless Microphone System||60ft||9v||
Cheapest Lavalier Mic for iPhone: Pyle-Pro PDWM96 Lavalier Wireless Microphone System
Pyle-Pro has been making the finest audio devices for decades. Here again they offer a VERY affordable wireless lapel microphone system that works very well on an iPhone 3, iPhone 4 and 4S, iPhone 5, 5c, 5s and iPhone 6… the Pyle-Pro PDWM96! This wireless system is sure to satisfy anyone working on a tight budget it is by far the most affordable system available. With all the components you need in a single box you’ll be up and running quickly without a bunch of hunting for extra parts. Reviewers say this cheap, but functional, lapel microphone works well with iPhone and most cameras and recorders.
Important! You will need to convert this receiver to a standard 3.5mm jack.
A simple adapter (total cost is under $10) will be needed to make this wireless lapel microphone work with your iPhone, iPad and iPod. The wireless receiver module has a 1/4″ plug and this adapter will convert down to a 3.5mm or 1/8″ connector. Then use any number of extension cables to locate the receiver in the best location relative to your iPhone. Grado Mini Adaptor Cable – 1/4 Inch to 1/8 Inch Plug
Important! In nearly every case, you’ll need a special adapter to make these work with your iPhone.
In nearly EVERY CASE you will need a special adapter to make your wireless lapel microphone system operable with your iPhone. iPhones use a unique recessed headphone jack that isn’t directly compatible with most 3.5mm cables. The design Apple uses for their headphone jack is proprietary, but there are cables which will make it all work very well.
Best Adapters Available
We have found the following adapters to be excellent.
IMPORTANT: There are two different versions below. You’ll want to choose the correct one for your system. One works with SELF POWERED MICS and the other works with BATTERY POWERED MICS. You’ll need to know which microphone you plan to use and purchase accordingly.
WARNING: Going cheap can be bad here. After you’ve spent so much on getting your system up and running you can have junk components make the whole system Fail. We have tried the Cellet Slim 3.5mm Pin to 3.5mm Input Mini-Jack Adapter for iPhone – White because it was cheap and appeared to work, but the nearly 50% bad reviews don’t lie. The adapter does work on normal microphone inputs, but does not appear to work on the iPhone as promised. If you want to risk it, go ahead. Instead here is a proven alternative.
Best for Self-Powered Mics
A self-powered mic gets its power from the device, not an inline battery.
Here’s a helpful video to explain adapters.
I hope this helps some poor struggling soul out there! If you have a different solution feel free to share in the comments!