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Mophie today launched two new MagSafe-compatible car vent mounts that are available on Mophie's website, on Apple.com, and in Apple stores around the world. One of the mounts supports wireless charging while the other is strictly for mounting your iPhone and does not directly charge.

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Starting with the non-charging accessory, the Magnetic Vent Mount is $39.95 and holds the iPhone securely while preserving access to the Lightning port, so you can still charge your iPhone via cable. This device rotates and tilts allowing for ideal viewing angles, and it includes an adjustable offset arm so you can position the iPhone away from the vent.

Next is the Wireless Charging Vent Mount with MagSafe for $99.95, and it's the same design as the previous vent mount with the addition of 15W of wireless charging via MagSafe. It comes with a 20W USB-C car charger and 1.5M USB-C cable. You'll find all the same features as the non-charging mount, including an adjustable arm and secure hold.

If you purchase the new vent mounts on Mophie's website, you can save some money. Mophie is currently running a bundle and save sale, where you can get at least 30 percent off when buying two or more products at the same time. Just add the mounts to your cart (or any other compatible products on ZAGG's brand of websites), and you'll see the 30 percent off applied automatically.

On Apple.com, you can get the Magnetic Vent Mount for $39.95 and Wireless Charging Vent Mount with MagSafe for $99.95. Both delivery and in-store pick-up options are available.

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Article Link: Mophie Debuts New MagSafe Car Vent Mounts
 

MUrhino

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99.9% of auto vents are made out of plastic, and the ends of the vent fins are only secured by a small plastic tab. This seems like a LOT of weight when including the iPhones (as they only seem to get larger year over year). I'd be afraid this and other car vent mounts would break the plastic vents over time. For $100, find a non-obtrusive mount that secures to the radio/nav frame under the trim somewhere. Kudos if it works for those who prefer them though...it is an easy "install".
 

sleepingnemo

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Looks like they took Peak Design's "hook" idea:
 

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For one, no at a $100. Second, I’d only use a Mount if I had a car with no CarPlay and that would be to use Maps.

I see people all the time with updated cars that have CarPlay, but yet they still have a mounted phone so they can check all their likes and notifications from FB and IG while drive. Tapping away on a tiny screen while driving.

Society today… 🙄
 

sleepingnemo

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I never could understand "vent" mounts. I don't want my a/c vents blocked. I live in a hot climate, but that's just me. If it works for you, GREAT but really $100?

The #1 issue with these is if you live in a cold climate and need to use the heat it will overheat and shut down your phone. Makes it completely useless for me 5-6 months a year.

Yeah, definitely experienced chilling and overheating my phone as well depending on the weather lol. The design of the Mophie wireless charging and Peak Design (both styles) are supposedly able to help with the vent-blocking so your phone isn't getting all of your AC or heat lol

 

Weast

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Literally everyone here (besides the one poster above me who wrote that while I was typing my message) is ignorant of its arm extension feature that displaces it away from being directly in front of the vent and its heat.

“The wireless charging vent mount comes with an off-set extension arm that lets you lift or lower your iPhone above or below the vent. The arm rotates and pivots so that you can get the perfect viewing angle.”
 
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tooloud10

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Literally everyone here (besides the one poster above me who wrote that while I was typing my message) is ignorant of its arm extension feature that displaces it away from being directly in front of the vent and its heat.

“The wireless charging vent mount comes with an off-set extension arm that lets you lift or lower your iPhone above or below the vent. The arm rotates and pivots so that you can get the perfect viewing angle.”
Vents and vent mounts are already flimsy enough, and the arm extension just moves the load of the device to a worse position that will make it far less stable.

Not sure why these manufacturers are so intent on getting people to mount their phones in arguably the worst place in the car.
 

DEMinSoCAL

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I never could understand "vent" mounts. I don't want my a/c vents blocked. I live in a hot climate, but that's just me. If it works for you, GREAT but really $100?
Not sure about your car,, but my car has 4 vents in the front, plus the ones that blow on your feet.
I use a vent mount and in the summer, it keeps my phone cool and the other 3 vents (plus the fact that cold air DOES come out of the vent my iPhone is attached to) keep my car cool. In the winter, I close the vent as I don't want heat blowing on my phone.
 

DEMinSoCAL

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Vents and vent mounts are already flimsy enough, and the arm extension just moves the load of the device to a worse position that will make it far less stable.

Not sure why these manufacturers are so intent on getting people to mount their phones in arguably the worst place in the car.
Arguably the best place for me. Right where I like it and no need to look down.
 

QuarterSwede

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Vents and vent mounts are already flimsy enough, and the arm extension just moves the load of the device to a worse position that will make it far less stable.

Not sure why these manufacturers are so intent on getting people to mount their phones in arguably the worst place in the car.
Because every car has vents, it’s a common design.
 

mikebenton

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I never could understand "vent" mounts. I don't want my a/c vents blocked. I live in a hot climate, but that's just me. If it works for you, GREAT but really $100?
The mount doesn't actually block the air from coming through your vent. You can choose to install it on any vent, still leaving you with a number of vents to have air blowing directly at you. Most cars have more than one vent to choose from.
 

bmustaf

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I am totally missing the point, I think. B/c the way I see it, this is $100 (before tax + delivery) to block my A/C in the summer and heat in the winter (when it'll actually further overheat my phone, too) AND to likely loosen/break my A/C vents (phones are not getting any smaller or lighter)?

Does it come with a sharp stick made of premium, must-have materials and minimalist design to poke myself in the eye with, too?
 
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Sasparilla

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Can't see going for the 2x+ price version with wireless charging since it generates more heat as part of its process compared to a wired charger of the same rate. Do like that you could move it outside of the vent airflow if you wanted.
Not sure about your car,, but my car has 4 vents in the front, plus the ones that blow on your feet.
I use a vent mount and in the summer, it keeps my phone cool and the other 3 vents (plus the fact that cold air DOES come out of the vent my iPhone is attached to) keep my car cool. In the winter, I close the vent as I don't want heat blowing on my phone.
Same here and love the cooling the phone in the summer, especially with the sun on things in the dash area. Heat is the enemy of the battery and if it gets high enough the phone will start to shut down - so there's actually some upsides to a vent mount.
 
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Sowelu

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It's shocking to me that no one has created a MagSafe car charger that plugs into (and draws power) from the 12v (cigarette lighter) outlet that most cars have.

It could have a short but flexible stem with no additional wires, nothing hanging off your vents, just your phone magically and magnetically connected to your dash or console.

There are a couple of junk ones on Amazon, but they all require separate cables. Seems like a no brainer to use the 12v outlet as both a powersource and a place to securely house and hold the charger.
 
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DEMinSoCAL

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I am totally missing the point, I think. B/c the way I see it, this is $100 (before tax + delivery) to block my A/C in the summer and heat in the winter (when it'll actually further overheat my phone, too) AND to likely loosen/break my A/C vents (phones are not getting any smaller or lighter)?

Does it come with a sharp stick made of premium, must-have materials and minimalist design to poke myself in the eye with, too?
Did you read any of the posts from people that use vent mount phone holders? The way you see it is wrong or you have a crappy car. Or you can't figure anything out for yourself.
 
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