I do the majority of my online shopping on Amazon.
They’ve got an awesome selection, super fast shipping, and best of all – cheap prices.
I can’t remember what I was shopping for, but I stumbled upon these WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Phone Holders for under $10 and I figured what the heck, we’ll try them out.
I’ve seen plenty of Uber and Lyft drivers using them, and they seemed kinda neat. I normally just put my phone in the ash tray, which wasn’t an ideal placement but seemed to be doing just fine.
What’s cool is that when they arrived it was a two-pack, so I put one in my car and another in my wife’s car, justifying the impulse purchase as a thoughtful gift for my better half.
“Thanks, I guess” she said, with neither of us knowing why I decided to buy these other than to help Jeff Bezos get even richer.
But after using them for a few weeks, we both became believers. It’s hard to believe something so simple can make such a big difference, but it turns out that you use your phone in the car a lot – often for getting directions or playing music – and that having it closer to eye level is really convenient.
It also means your phone doesn’t shift around when you turn, and using the phone mount keeps your cup holders and ash trays open for better uses of the space.
If you’re still putting the phone in your lap, ash tray, or center console, I’m telling you – you’re missing out.
Installation couldn’t be easier, they slide right into the vents of your car.
It does block some of the air flow to your phone, but not by much. Neither of us seem to notice or care, and you can leave the vent on and air will still get around your phone anyway.
Be sure to make sure it is snug, there are two settings on the back depending on if you have thin or thick vents. When you install it, it should be hard to push on, as that means it will stay in place.
I put mine as close to the steering wheel as possible, so that it is as close to my line of sight when driving. I’ve seen other people put it to the left of the steering wheel and that also works well too, especially if you don’t want passengers looking at your phone.
In your phone case, slide in a magnetic backing plate and you’re ready to go. So far I’ve tested this with my old iPhone 7, my new iPhone XR, and my wife’s iPhone Plus, and it can handle all of these sizes just fine.
The phone automatically sticks to the giant magnet, but is easy to remove when you’re arrived at your destination and it’s time to depart the vehicle.
You can also angle your phone vertically or horizontally, the magnets work either way just fine so you can choose the orientation that is best for you.
Combined with my Viseoo Bluetooth Music player, this phone mount is great for getting directions as well as playing internet radio, podcasts, or whatever I want to listen to on my phone. You could even put it on the passenger side and play movies on long road trips. I haven’t tested it with an iPad yet, but I’d imagine it hold up just fine to that as well.
Best of all, when you sell your car, it removes easily and can be transferred into the next vehicle you buy, so you can keep it a very long time. The magnetic plates also transfer easily, so if you’re like me and always want to have the latest and greatest phone, no problem – you only need to buy this once.
For under $10, it’s a great purchase to make your driving experience more enjoyable, and given how often you’ll use it, it’s a no-brainer to pick one up.