I had my doubts about the Belkin Car Vent Mount Pro when I first got my hands on it. After all, the Belkin mount attaches to your car’s aircon vent, and I’ve had bad experiences with other models. Amazingly, the Car Vent Mount put my doubts to rest, it fit fine on my aircon vent, and even had some mobility to pivot left or right.
- MagSafe, compatible with iPhone 12 range
- Doesn’t work with thicker cases
- Does not charge
The mount utilizes a rubber clamp to keep it in place. The design allows it to fit even my picky Toyota Aqua X Urban’s vents, but only the middle straight outlets. That said, it’s good enough even to fit into the corner without popping back out. As I said earlier, there’s also enough grip to tilt it to the left or right without falling off. Unlike a clamp based holder, you won’t be in danger of accidentally pulling the mount out since you don’t need to apply any force to put on the iPhone 12 or take it off.
That’s because the mount comes with MagSafe. It works with phone cases that are designed for the Apple feature. However, thicker cases will slide right off. Thinner cases will stick. The magnetic hold is pretty secure, and doesn’t fall off as you go over humps. You only need a bit of force to detach the iPhone.
The only issue of using the Belkin mount is that it does block part of your aircon vent. In sunny Singapore, it can get hot when the full force of the aircon isn’t blowing at you. There’s just no way around this. Of course, you can remove the mount and put it back on later when you don’t need the aircon blowing at you (which is almost never). Your phone will feel pretty cool to the touch, though. Also note that it doesn’t charge your iPhone, so you will still need to plug in a cable if you want to keep your phone powered.
At S$59, the price tag of the Belkin Car Vent Mount Pro with MagSafe is a bit too much to swallow. That said, it’s an official product that’s in-line with the official MagSafe specs so there’s no worries about it falling off. Keep in mind you can’t use a custom thicker non-MagSafe case, so that’s also another thing to consider. You can get it on Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG, where it’s the cheapest. You can also order it from Amazon US.
Note: Review unit provided by Belkin.