PanaVise PortaGrip 15504 Universal Phone Holder review

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I don’t use a phone holder in my car anymore.  I just can’t seem to find one I like.  I also needed a way to keep my phone within easy reach at my desk.  Maybe the PanaVise PortaGRIP 15504 Universal Phone Holder will do the trick!  Let’s take a look.

The PortaGRIP 15504 comes in those plastic packages you have to destroy to get into.

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 Features

  • Rubberized indexed grippers and foam backed cradle won’t scratch your device
  • Quick release button for easy phone access
  • Vertical low profile grips allow full access to touch screens
  • Side arms adjust from 2.25″ to 3.75″ in width to fit nearly any phone
  • Ratcheted feet allow for access to data ports
  • PanaVise Tilt, Turn & Rotate = fully adjustable
  • Low profile design minimizes mount behind phone
  • Powerful suction cup mounts to any smooth non-porous surface. Easily move from vehicle to vehicle or stow for security
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Designed in USA, made in China.

Here’s the holder out of the box. It consists of two pieces:  The holder itself, and a jointed arm with suction cup.

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The holder has a small square button that you press to release the spring-loaded “arms”.

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The holder attaches to the arm via a single slot and tab.  You may have seen this in other mobile mounts.

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The bottom two “feet” rotate 360-degrees for an exact fit.

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These are some of the hardware that keep the holder together.

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A toothy knob and nut adjusts the pivoting head.

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I was most interested to see that the two adjustment bolts were actually made of black plastic, and the knob had a brass-colored metal insert.  I didn’t have any problems with cross-threading or striping.

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The suction cup locks into position by twisting the base.  Handy icons show you which way is which.

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My iPhone 5 resting nicely in a tabletop configuration.

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If you’re using an iPhone 5, there is a small catch.  There’s plenty of room for the Lightning dock connector, but if you want to connect headphones, you’ll have to swing away one of the bottom “feet”.

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Here’s the entire assembly attached to a windshield.  No shakes, no rattles of any sort.

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The PanaVise PortaGRIP 15504 Universal Phone Holder is a highly adjustable device that works equally well in the car as well as on your desktop.  I opted to give this holder a permanent home at my desk, since I like to keep my windshield clutter-free.  However, if I had to, I’d pick it in a minute for vehicle use.

 

Product Information

Price:$29.99
Manufacturer:PanaVise
Requirements:
  • Flat, smooth surface for suction cup
  • Phone with a 2.25" to 3.75" width
Pros:
  • Easy adjustments
  • Strong suction cup
  • Spring-loaded release
Cons:
  • Bottom "feet" may block some ports, such as the iPhone 5's headphone jack
Posted in: Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

3 comments… add one

  • LeoB July 20, 2013, 7:33 am

    Just looked this up on Amazon, but no Amazon reviews yet. It looks interesting, but would like to see some comments from somebody using it with a Galaxy Note II, or somebody who attached it to the dash rather than windshield.

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  • Dave Marcus July 21, 2013, 7:13 pm

    I have a couple of mounts made by Iottie. They’re available on Amazon and other sites. The suction cup is extremely sticky, even sticks to my dashboard.

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  • d_o July 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    I think panavise also makes dashmats for mounting on the dash instead of a windshield

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