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#233890 8-May-2018 10:02
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Recently a number of magnetic pads are being touted for windscreen/vent attachments to hold a mobile phone.

 

They seem to require a small magnetic pad to be placed on or inside the phone's back cover.

 

Question is, do these magnet/s affect the phone in any way?

 

 


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  #2009765 8-May-2018 10:05
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I use my right pocket :)

Relating to the magnetic pads, I found no issue with them. We have a lot of customers who have tablets with metal rings on the back which mount to magnets. The pad on the rear of the device is metallic but not magnetized.. Seems to work and not affect radio.


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  #2009795 8-May-2018 10:50
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I've got a magnetic holder but not the sort that goes in the vent. It's a swivel base that glues to the dashboard and then there's a thin metal plate that goes on the phone. You can either glue the plate to the back of your phone or case, or what I did is I just put the plate on the inside of the case (not glued or anything) and that's enough for my phone to stay in place.

 

I switched to this solution after going through several cheap phone holders that all broke after a while (buttons and springs and things). I've been using it for over a year without any problems.


 
 
 
 


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  #2009822 8-May-2018 11:22
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I have used a logitech +Drive for 4 or 5 years now and never had an issue, as an FYI best phone holder i have ever used well worth the monies


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  #2009869 8-May-2018 12:21
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I bought the cheap aliexpress $4 version comes with a rectangle and circular metal plate to inside the phone case - I guess the problem with these is they assume a phone case.

 

The the little circular magnet into the vent.  Found no issues with the magnet affecting anything.  I did find mine worked better with both metal plates in the case, with a singular it was a little weak.

 

 





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  #2009880 8-May-2018 12:28
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I use one, doesn't impact the phone at all.  Just make sure you get a decent one as you need a strong connection, especially if you're using it through a case.  I have an iPhone X with a small metal pad inside my Apple leather case, which makes a solid connection to my dash mounted holder.  Doesn't move around or vibrate at all while driving but I've seen others of lesser quality that are useless, or that rotate slowly while you're driving and eventually fall off.  

 

Doesn't impact the operation of the phone at all.




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  #2009886 8-May-2018 12:33
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Thanks all smile


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  #2009910 8-May-2018 12:48
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Magnets will have an effect on the phone's magnetometer (compass). No problem if you don't use your phone as a compass.





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  #2010319 8-May-2018 20:47
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While you're thinking about this... also think about a Qi wireless charger. Very handy if you use your phone as a map in the car, or for music.

 

I have this which is good as a charger, but it's a 2-hand operation to put the phone in or get it out, which is an irritation. I'd go magnetic next time.

 

The thing is designed to clamp onto the vent grill, which obviously blocks the airflow from the vent. And on one car, the vent grill is tapered so it can't get a good grip.

 

 


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  #2010344 8-May-2018 21:35
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I have a magnet one clipped on to the AC vent and it also doubles as my phone's cooler.




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  #2010365 8-May-2018 22:24
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sonyxperiageek: I have a magnet one clipped on to the AC vent and it also doubles as my phone's cooler.

 

 

 

I could slot my iphone into the big vent in the middle of my car (Typical old BMW style) and run the AC for it to go crispy cold even when charging and remain snappy fast!


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  #2010376 8-May-2018 23:54
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Friend has one that goes in the strange large slot thing on their dash, but it blocks the stereo controls up with the phone.

 

Now I have a USB C phone I have to sort out another line out and charging solution, doubly hard now that I have a phone with no headphone socket. I tried wireless for a while to get around the ground loop problem with the aux cable but found on my note 4 it was too slow to keep up with screen at max brightness. Now I have the mi mix which has no wireless charge and no ability to add it so I guess I will have to do another bodge job of a wire between the aux in plugs ground and the ciggy lighter ground to get it all working.

 

For holding the phone, I have a stalk that goes under a bolt for the passenger seat, it was orginally supplied with a tablet holder on the top but there is a common base among lots of the cheap aliexpress phone holders that is interchangable so I just ordered a few phone holders till I got one that fit the stalk. Its good because its down low so people have to be right behind you to see if your using the phone or standing right by the car, and also has less glare since its in the dark more.





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  #2010401 9-May-2018 07:38
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Stu:

Magnets will have an effect on the phone's magnetometer (compass). No problem if you don't use your phone as a compass.



I was watching an idiot on Youtube.

His channel is he purchases the most expensive very latest phones. The American then destroys them, usually with a hammer.

In an "experiment" with the latest iPhone, he used a super magnet.

The "genius" made this observation: "Wow, it's driving the compass app crazy. And when I move the magnet the needle changes direction. Cool."

He probably belongs to the 6% of Americans who think the world is flat.

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  #2010403 9-May-2018 07:44
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@richms Jaycar have a ground loop isolator with 3.5mm phono connectors that works well. I use one with a Bluetooth audio receiver. Aliexpress probably has one cheap.

The main reason I haven't gone with wireless charging in the car is due to the relatively slow charge rate not keeping up with drain.




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