As our mobiles grow and shrink in size, year on year, the demand for changing your in-car phone holder can be just as important to accommodate your new shiny smartphone on your car dashboard. An adjustable car mount allows you to upgrade your phone without the need to also upgrade a whole new car mount. There are many of these out there, but AUKEY has produced a neat and tidy phone vent mount that also doesn’t break the bank.
The AUKEY Phone Holder for Car Air Vent (or HD-C48) comes neatly boxed and readily assembled. So all you have to do is slide the credit card-sized mount straight onto your horizontal vent blades, pop in your smartphone, tighten the adjustable sidearms, and you’re good to go.
Two little padded feet at the bottom of the mount cradle the bottom of your phone. The gap between them is ideally wide enough to let any charging cable through it, should you wish to also charge your phone whilst using Apple CarPlay, for example. Unlike more expensive mounts, this vent mount isn’t wireless charging.
Whilst your phone is cradled by the bottom two arms, the mechanical side arms can be pushed inwards towards the sides of your phone. Soft silicone pads on each arm are also angled to help prevent your phone from slipping out forwards. Whilst the arms can be firmly pushed together to ‘cuddle’ the sides of your phone, along with the bottom arms, your phone is held pretty well.
Releasing your phone is simply done by either sliding your phone out from the top of the mount, or if the grip on the sides is too tight, you can just press a small button on the lower rear of the mount to release the side grips. The position of this button is well placed and if you were to also pull out a charging cable in one motion, however, I feel the button would be better positioned at the top so you can release, grab the phone, and pull your phone out in one motion.
Between the mount and the grip is an adjustable ball joint that lets you position the mount as you see fit. Turning the screw around it will fix it firmly in place. This is a common feature found on vent mounts, but some mounts slowly loosen in this area and the phone then begins to drop. I have yet to see the AUKEY loosen in this way yet, during my testing.
This are many vent mounts that fail miserably when it comes to how well they grip onto the air vent blades. If the grips don’t hold onto the vent blades sufficiently enough, the mount can easily slip. Over time, along with enough bumps or jolts in the car, the mount can easily slide off them and your phone along with it.
The AUKEY has used a mechanism I have yet to see on any other vent mount. Instead of the more common spring button to open and close the grip, the AUKEY uses a screw and latch mechanism to firmly grip the air vent blades. This, to me, feels like a much more secure way to attach the grip, and it’s a surprise that this has taken a this long before we have seen this mechanism be adopted.
Turning the screw above the grip opens or closes the grip arms, and once the size has been adjusted to go over the air vent blade’s thickness, you place the grip over them and then rock the latch back or forward to apply slightly more grip to them. The latch snaps into place, giving a reassuring sense of security of the mount – time will tell if this sense of security is maintained with use.
With the vent mount attached I slid my iPhone 11 Pro into it with ease. Adding a little more pressure to the sides give a little click and with that my phone felt pretty secure. Moving it around in the mount with my hand gave me the impression that the grip is certainly doing its job and the equal pressure the grip arms give makes me feel this thing will not slide off the vent blades any time soon.
For $8.99 (using $2 saving coupon) from Amazon, the AUKEY Car Phone Air Vent Mount is a decent price for the looks, its build quality, the quality of grip system and the mount arm mechanism that holds your phone. Sure it will not charge it, but if you are looking for a simple mount that will work with a number of phone sizes over the years along with a wired charging cable, the AUKEY Car Phone Air Vent Mount is worth your consideration.