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Where to mount phone in Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by wayner, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. wayner

    wayner Active Member

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    While the Tesla's screen is awesome, there still can be a need to have access to your phone (use Waze for GPS, acess to emails, messages, other music services, etc). I have a suction cup RAM mount for my iPhone 6+ but there are other mounting options as well. Anyone have a suggestion on where to mount your phone in the Model S so that it is least obstructing to windshield view and/ or screen?
     
  2. Kalud

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  3. thecloud

    thecloud As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive

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    I'd be careful using any solution that clips onto the vent and causes the device to hang right in front of the vent. If you plan to use the A/C in summer time, cold air will be blowing out of that vent directly onto your phone's battery. And when a phone's lithium-ion battery is sufficiently chilled, it will drain rapidly and the phone will shut down. Source: this has happened to me.
     
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    +1 on the vent mount ProClip. I am currently waiting for my iPhone 6 Plus large mount (for the Otterbox Defender) to arrive.
    Vent blowing on the phone is no issue, simply plug in the charging cable to the USB port, have never had an issue, and I am always playing podcasts/streaming from the phone and Waze is running as well.
     
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    Well, I've been using that exact solution for more than a year now. It works very well, but I also have a charging cable tucked under the trim so most of the time the phone is charging...
     
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    #7 ww73, Jan 8, 2015
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    I use the AirDock, which is a wireless charger mount. I have Google Nexus phones which have built in magnets and wireless charging, but you can get cases for iPhones as well.

    It's super awesome since I can use power hungry apps like Waze while charging the phone. The dash location also allows me to use my phone as a dashcam.



    It comes with a cigarette adapter w/ dual 2.1A and 1A output. I'm a bit particular so I've upgraded to the Aukey dual 2.4A adapter.

    And I also recommend fast charging cables that can carry the right amperage.

    Here's what it looks like in the Model S. I have the USB cable aligned w/ the edge of the touchscreen so it looks a bit nicer.

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    I'm a big fan of the Tetrax Geo. I bought one immediately after ordering the car, after seeing the video in this thread:
    Issues with lightning connector in new center console - Page 2


    Info on it in this thread too:
    iPhone / smartphone Mounts - Page 4
     
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    Has anyone spent any time with that lower mount that hangs off the touchscreen? Looks interesting. I didn't even know ProClip had a custom mount for our car available.
     
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    Thanks. I just ordered 3 of these.
     
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    Thank you sir, they're on their way :)
     
  12. wayner

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    So do you apply the ball mount with adhesive to the dash and the ring with adhesive to your phone or phone case? Doesn't that affect how your phone sits on a flat service? Or am I missing something? FYI I do have a 6+ if that makes a difference.
     
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    Will the adhesive on the mount damage the dash? Must be a better solution...
     
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    Yes, so you do end up with the magnetic disk on the back of your phone (or phone case). I use an iPhone 6+ at the moment. It stands about 3.5mm proud of the phone, but most people get used to it very quickly. It also means it'll attach to anything magnetic, i.e. the treadmill at the gym, random whiteboards and all kinds of other places. There's also a silicone bit in the middle of the disk which is perfect for messing with in meetings, if you're easily bored (I am!). In theory you could cut a hole into the case (I use Apple's leather case) and mount the disc on the phone itself, which would mean it would be more or less flush, but I wasn't ready to put a hole in a crazily-overpriced case :-/

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    No, not at all, it's 3M VHB, which is a widely used product for a semi-permanent mount on any non-porous surface, but when removed, it comes off clean. If you're concerned, the holder also ships with some clear adhesive disks which you can use between the mount and the dash, or the disk and your phone (I used one on my phone, since the leather is a slightly porous surface). Alternatives include air vent mounts, clips, screws and suction cups, but I think this is the best option.
     
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    I used a Steelie and mounted just below the vent with my iPhone 6+ to the right of the steering wheel.
     
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    i use this Fix - Tetrax - Magnetic Passion

    for me, it gives a clean look, and hardly noticeable it is there which goes well with tesla minimalistic design.
     
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    Look at my post on the page before this one. similar idea, but not permanent. The part that attaches to the car screws onto the vent. It works quite well for me.
     
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    That is a nice solution -- it's what I use...
     
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    I have one in each car now - FJ Cruiser, Sienna & Ford Fusion Hybrid - as well as the same location you showed in the link in the Model S. Now I am looking for a good iPad mounting solution on the back of the seats..
     
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    I bought both mounts, I only use the vent mount.
    PM me if you want the proclip lower touchscreen mount at a discount :)
     

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