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Updated Jan. 29 2024 4:00 pm PT

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A good car phone mount is useful if you spend a lot of time driving. There are many car phone mounts on the market. But you should choose the one that is best for you. Some people may need a dashboard mount, while others may need a cupholder or vent mount. Some mounts have sensors that automatically open the arms when your phone is near them. Others clamp manually or use a magnetic surface which requires a phone, case or other magnetic element. Some magnetic mounts can be used with Apple MagSafe wireless chargers (up to 15 Watts). This means that they have been certified as MagSafe accessories by Apple.

It’s important to note that a wireless charger does not mean that there are no cables involved. You will still need to connect your charger to your car, but you do not have to plug it into your phone every time to charge it. You’ll need to use a power adapter with fast charging for iPhones and Android phones. Most fast chargers are USB-C connected and can deliver up to 20 watts. 

CNET experts have reviewed and tested all of the products on this page in their own vehicles. This roundup is updated periodically as new car mounts are released.  

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iOttie’s automatic clamping, wireless car charger “autosense” with a phone mounting is one the best available. Although it’s expensive, we’ve recently seen some nice discounts. The Auto Sense Automatic Clamping Qi Car Phone Mount comes in a dashboard version, or a version with a cup holder, CD holder and vent clip (I tested the dashboard wireless charging mount). This wireless car charger mount features a nicely designed telescoping arms, a strong adhesive cup, and wireless charging mount is compatible with most phone case. This fast wireless charger offers 7.5-watts of charging for an iPhone, and 10 watts for Android phones.

This Qi wireless charging device comes with a dual-charging USB cigarette lighter adapter. This Qi wireless charger comes with a dual charging USB cigarette lighter adapter.

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If you don’t care about the brand, ZeeHoo’s wireless car charger offers most of the features that you need for phone charging. It also has autoclamping which is a suction cup that can easily be mounted on your car’s dashboard, air vent or windshield. It supports USB-C, and can charge Android phones up to 15 watts (iPhones have a 7.5 watt limit). This upgraded version is sleeker than the original and costs $20 less than the iOttie. This wireless charger does not come with a cigarette-lighter adapter, only a USB cable.

This wireless car mount is one of many generic wireless chargers that have an auto-sensing arm. The version I tried was good, as it attached securely to my vent mount in my car and charged my smartphone or other QI enabled device quickly.

You’ll need an adapter (not included) to charge your phone quickly.

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If you don’t need wireless charging, arms, or a mount that opens automatically when the arms are opened, iOttie Easy One Touch 5 mount is a solid option for under $25. The mount’s first-generation model is $17. However, this improved version comes with a telescoping holder.  

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Belkin’s Car Vent Mount Pro MagSafe is technically not a charger. It’s a certified MagSafe mount. Belkin also offers a wireless charging version of this (it costs $41 No car charger, $60 It’s a good thingThe cable would still be needed to charge it. A wireless version would mean that you wouldn’t need to plug in a cable every time you wanted to charge your phone, unlike this vent mount. I have a USB C to Lightning Cable in my car, but I do not like the extra step to plug the cable in each time I charge my phone.

All that said, what sets this Belkin apart from other generic, non-MagSafe-certified mounts that look similar (and some even offer wireless charging), is that the Belkin has a strong magnet while many of these other vent mounts don’t. If your phone is in a MagSafe or even a newer iPhone without a case, it will really stick to the mount. The clip keeps the mount firmly in your vent, and you can rotate it from portrait to landscape mode when needed.

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The Scosche Magic Mount Pro 2 is a great mount. It has a strong magnetic attachment (I use an iPhone 14 Pro with MagSafe case), and the swing arm allows for good flexibility in positioning your phone. This is not a wireless mount, and you will need to plug in a cable. The arm design is its main advantage over other magnetic car mountings. You can mount it on the dashboard, but I prefer to use the car vent option. Most people use the air vent option.

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I installed this phone holder  in my car because I didn’t want to have anything sticking up from my dashboard when I wasn’t using the holder. The clamshell design allows you to open the top and place your phone in it. You can also prop up your smartphone vertically if desired, but I usually keep my phone horizontally in the holder. The base is swivel, which is great.

Note that this will only work on a flat dashboard. It sticks to any flat surface, including your dashboard. 

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Belkin manufactures a MagSafe car-vent mountThis item costs about $40 (see above), and it also includes the BoostCharge ProApple-certified ($100), wirelessly charges iPhones with up to 15 Watts. This model, the Belkin BoostCharge Wireless Magnetic Car Charger, only charges iPhones up to 10 watts but is more affordable. It costs around $60. It comes with a removable USB-C cord (integrated on BoostCharge PRO) and a 20-watt cigarette light power adapter. I personally prefer a car power supply with two USB ports so that a passenger could plug in the cable and charge their phone at the same time. But you can add it later. 

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This Spigen mounting accessory will allow you to bring your Apple MagSafe wireless charger into your vehicle. The MagSafe wireless charger, as I said before, is not included. The USB-C adapter for cigarette lighters is not included. At $18, it’s a pretty affordable magnetic mounting accessory.

Note:If you are using a case, a MagSafe case is required. This is not recommended for larger iPhone 13 Max Pro and larger iPhone 14 models because it is more likely to fall off the mount, especially if it hits a bump. 

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Some people prefer to use cup holder phone mountings, but they can take up a lot of space in the cup holder. Tecknet, while generic, is a great value for this type mount. It comes with a flexible Gooseneck so you can position your phone better for viewing. It comes with a car vent mount and a one-touch release. 

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It’s not a wireless car charger, but I wanted to include it at the very end of the list because many wireless car chargers don’t have a cigarette-lighter adapter. This low-profile Ainope Mini Fast USB Car Charger is a better option. It charges faster (up to 24 watts), and it costs less. The charger has both USB-C and USB A ports, so it can charge two devices simultaneously. But if you want 15-watt wireless charging, you should only charge one device. 

Note that a USB C to Lightning cable is required to get the fastest charging speed for iPhones. This cable is not included.

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