Satechi aluminum magnet vent mount review

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Most, if not all states, have laws specifying cell phones must be used hands-free while driving. Most people want to obey they law, but considering how integrated our phones have become in our daily commute, many people struggle with this law. Until car manufacturers begin making vehicles with built-in phone mounts, we are forced to rely on third-party accessory makers.

Satechi wants to help you avoid a traffic ticket with its compact and magnetic vent mount.

The mount is pretty similar to other vent mounts.

It is composed of a thick, circular magnet, with a rubber, four-pronged grip attached. In order to grab onto a variety of vent sizes, the prongs have two different sized spaces between them.

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You attach the mount by pushing it onto your vehicle’s air vent.

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You can see the mount is pretty tiny, it’s roughly the same size as my vehicle’s radio knobs.

In order for your phone to be held in place by the mount, you need to attach one of two included metal plates to your phone or case.

For some reason, the round plate has a sticky pad on the back, but the rectangular one doesn’t.

I chose to use the round plate because the phone I was primarily using to test the mount has wireless charging. I was hoping the smaller plate wouldn’t affect the wireless charging feature.
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After I installed the plate, I placed the phone on the mount.

I was a little nervous about the mount because it was so small, but it held my phone just fine. My drive into work involves several potholed and poorly paved portions of road, but the phone never once fell off the mount.

One of the benefits of using a vent mount is that it shouldn’t block any of your radio controls or view of the road. As you can see, the Satechi mount does neither.

While mounted, the only minor issue I experienced was, I was only able to position my phone horizontally. The portion of the console dividing the vents from the radio extends a bit past the vents; as a result, I was unable to position the phone vertically. A slightly larger mount would have held the phone past that portion of the console, and allowed the phone to be positioned vertically.

After testing the mount, I took my phone and placed it on my wireless charging pad. As I expected, the metal plate prevented the phone from charging wirelessly. This wasn’t much of shock to me, it’s a common issue with magnetic mounts.

The only other issue I found is one common to all vent mounts. If it’s winter and you have the heat on, your phone is going to be bombarded with hot air and will get very hot.

Once, on a particularly cold day, I had my phone attached to the vent mount with my heat blasting. When I got home, I grabbed my phone and was alarmed how hot it was. It can be an issue because performance tends to suffer when phones get hotter.

The Satechi magnetic vent is a very reliable mount. Despite its small size, it’s very powerful. The issue with magnetic charging and excess heat can’t really be held against the mount, they are problems any magnetic vent mount is going to experience.

If you are interested in a magnetic vent mount for under $20, the Satechi mount would be a good choice.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Satechi. Please visit their site for more information and Amazon to check prices and order.

 

Product Information

Price:$19.99
Manufacturer:Satechi
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • None
Pros:
  • Small
  • Powerful
Cons:
  • Prevents wireless charging
  • Possible heat issues with phone
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
{ 4 comments… add one }
  • yeppers April 26, 2016, 10:26 am

    All you do is shut down the airflow to the vent where the phone is attached. No more overheated phone.

  • DENNIS MOORE April 26, 2016, 10:44 am

    I appreciate the tip6, unfortunately that’s not an option on all the cars I drive. Some only have the ability to restrict airflow on the outside vents, not the center.

    • yeppers April 27, 2016, 10:33 am

      Oh, I was going on the car in the picture. Well, you can at least have the hot air directed to feet etc..surely? Unless you are driving a really old car thats either just on or off!

  • Neil April 27, 2016, 2:27 pm

    The best phone holder I’ve used is a customized solution for each car model. ProclipUSA holds the phone perfectly in all positions. Works great while using my WAZE GPS app. I prefer the non magnetic version.

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