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What car phone holder are you currently using?

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What car phone holder are you currently using?

Hey guys,

I am currently looking for a quality phone holder for my car in order to safely navigate with GPS and I am curious which one everyone is using :)
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On my old 2004 CRV, I used one of the CD phone holders. The unit would mount itself in the CD slot and was very sturdy. The OEM radio/CD slot were at the top most point in the dash, so it made for easy viewing. Another positive was that, I had no obstructions on my windsheld.

The reason I went with this option was because my CD player stopped working and I had never used the CD slot either.

https://www.amazon.ca/Mpow-Holder-Degre ... ne+&sr=8-5
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Use a magnetic one, works well no complaints
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I use this vent clip. If it fits on your vent, it's one of the cheapest and easiest to use. I also like that it keeps your phone cool, especially when running GPS/waze.
https://www.amazon.ca/UGREEN-Rotation-C ... 01AOV4UXC/

Otherwise I use one like this gel suction mount to mount on the dash and keep the windshield clear.
https://www.amazon.ca/UGREEN-Rotation-C ... 01AOV4UXC/
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RAM X-Grip Mount. Not the prettiest, but the most durable and has many uses.
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https://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Dashboard- ... 076B27WP6/

Secures very well to the dashboard. Uncommon, but sometimes it can take the toll from the heat and need to be mounted again. I noticed that using a vent clip would be work very well during the summer if your phone is going to be sun-broiled, and its built-in safety feature will stop the phone from charging. It's still possible to position this mount to have the phone in front of the air vent. Even if you're the open windows type, you'll still need some air blowing at your phone to cool it, not necessarily cool AC air.
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I love the Iottie ones, We have this one, https://www.iottie.com/Product/Detail/5 ... Dash-Mount

Its over kill but we had the easy touch before and my wife couldnt get a finger on both sides to release the phone.

If they combined the autosense one touch side button release with push against the back to attach of the Easy One Touch we would buy that in a minute.

My wife rents often for work and the Iottie sticks to most dashes but not all. If it does stick, its like super glue where sometimes is a struggle to remove the thing
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boat73 wrote: https://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Dashboard- ... 076B27WP6/

Secures very well to the dashboard. Uncommon, but sometimes it can take the toll from the heat and need to be mounted again. I noticed that using a vent clip would be work very well during the summer if your phone is going to be sun-broiled, and its built-in safety feature will stop the phone from charging. It's still possible to position this mount to have the phone in front of the air vent. Even if you're the open windows type, you'll still need some air blowing at your phone to cool it, not necessarily cool AC air.
Yep, got the same one. I used to use those dollar store ones but they never held up so I gave in to paying more for the iOttie. Huge difference in it working well and not falling off the windshield. I did have the release arm on mine break for some reason recently so I needed to buy a new one. Fortunately got a used one and just changed the part that holds the phone itself. My phone is average sized so it's fine though my wife's Pixel 2XL in landscape mode at times has fallen here and there (not sure if user error or the mount itself).

Agreed on the phone needing to have A/C blasting on it in the summer. I have the mount in a good spot visually (driver side at the bottom left) where it doesn't affect me for driving. However, keeping the phone cool is a slight issue. In the summer on days where it's like 30+, especially if I'm charging I need to have the blower set for the defogger/window setting because otherwise the phone overheats. The other settings don't blow air directly on the phone it seems (which means the A/C doesn't feel as strong and it feels warmer throughout the vehicle). In the winter it's the opposite.... I need it on the defogger setting all the time almost, which on the occasion can overheat the phone that way (usually only if I have it on full blast for a while). I would change where its sticking but removing isn't easy and I have a good view currently. Prefer not to stick it on the dash itself as I've read from a few where it could leave residue (easier to deal with that on the windshield).
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boat73 wrote: https://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Dashboard- ... 076B27WP6/

Secures very well to the dashboard. Uncommon, but sometimes it can take the toll from the heat and need to be mounted again. I noticed that using a vent clip would be work very well during the summer if your phone is going to be sun-broiled, and its built-in safety feature will stop the phone from charging. It's still possible to position this mount to have the phone in front of the air vent. Even if you're the open windows type, you'll still need some air blowing at your phone to cool it, not necessarily cool AC air.
This on my Q3P. I bought the Spigen version first for my CivicX and a PITA to secure my phone because the back plate is odd shape and the trigger is to small.
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I use a vent magnetic mount but if I turn quickly or have sudden movements then the phone will pop out of the mount so I'm very wary of using it most of the time. Still looking for a better mount that secures the phones from the sides and bottom instead of a magnet.
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I'm using a ProClip mount in my last two vehicles and its been good, though not the cheapest (or universal.) Sturdy and holds phone in a pretty good spot on these two vehicles.

I bought an Akron mount from Amazon that ended up being fake (confirmed with Akron.) that broke second use and Akron didn't seem to care anyways that Amazon was selling fakes with its name on the bag. I won't buy items like this anymore from Amazon as this is a few fakes I've gotten from them now.

I used a Ram X-Grip in my Jeep but it really sucked as it would slowly turn if hitting any bumps and their idea of support for it was to "stick a Popsicle stick in it so it doesn't rotate" !! lol... sigh...
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hshibl01 wrote: On my old 2004 CRV, I used one of the CD phone holders. The unit would mount itself in the CD slot and was very sturdy. The OEM radio/CD slot were at the top most point in the dash, so it made for easy viewing. Another positive was that, I had no obstructions on my windsheld.

The reason I went with this option was because my CD player stopped working and I had never used the CD slot either.

https://www.amazon.ca/Mpow-Holder-Degre ... ne+&sr=8-5
I am using this and works well with my S10+ with Otterbox Defender case.

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