Saturday, 26 April 2014

Magnetic QI charging phone mount for the car

What is my current setup?

For the past year or so I've used a Homespot NFC enabled Bluetooth audio adapter to stream music from my phone through the 3.5mm aux port in my car. Meanwhile my phone has been attached to the air vents with a Tetrax Geo magnetic mount. This is used with my Samsung Galaxy S5.

If you have a Nexus 5, this will work even better.

While it's been pretty good, there have been a few flaws:

  • The Tetrax mount requires an unsightly metal button to be stuck on the back of your phone though otherwise works fantastically!
  • The Homespot NFC audio adapter needs to be tapped with your phone each time you get into the car, pretty annoying.
  • The charger for the NFC audio adapter is quite large and takes up the cigarette port, meaning you can't charge the phone at the same time.

What's the plan then?

This is how I intend to improve my setup:

This actually works really well!

I've trimmed the magnetic sticker down so it fits inside the Samsung charging cover and the Air Docks tacky front combined with the magnets hold the phone pretty firmly.

The Kinivo bluetooth kit also works really well, you can change the track playing by tapping the buttons on the top and the microphone is plenty sensitive enough for a phone call.


QI Car mount -
Phone mount with steel plate -
Air dock with CD mount -

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