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Phone holder. Best one?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Dan8906, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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    lukester78

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    If you mean the phone itself, any orientation. Comes with a thin metal card that you stick to the back of your phone or inside your case.

    I used another brand's magnetic holder over the holidays (in one of my parents' cars) and it was not even close to as strong as the ones you linked. Phone wobbled with every bump.
     
  2. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:05 AM
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    If you decide to take off the metal card, does it leave any adhesive residue behind?
     
  3. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:13 AM
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    Couldn't tell ya. I actually just had it sandwiched between my phone and case up until December or so when I figured I might as well stick it on, since it'd occasionally slide around. You'd probably be fine sticking it to the inside (or outside) of a case, if you're worried about residue on the phone.
     
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  4. Jan 10, 2018 at 8:28 AM
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    Okay cool. I'm trying to figure out which Ram base mount I need to use with the magnetic mount. I'm seeing this one but the square seems a little big
    https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-347U
     
  5. Jan 19, 2018 at 9:18 PM
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    New setup!
    Ram mount, short elbow, flat mount base, scosche flush mount, m6x60mm bolt, three nuts and a washer to do install.

    I used two nuts butted up against each other (counter-tightened) to act as a "stop" for the bolt on the A-pillar, with a washer on the a-pillar side (get something that wont fall off the bolt, or use a washer with a slightly smaller ID and dremel it out slightly so that it will thread onto the bolt) and used the other nut to tighten the ball mount to the bolt, with a washer between the nut and the mount. This nut has to go on first, obviously. I basically just explained this in backwards order.

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    Elbow https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IN4S4FS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Base https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O8LF26/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Magnetic mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I608BFW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Ball mount https://www.amazon.com/RAM-RAM-B-36...F8&qid=1516425683&sr=8-2&keywords=ram-b-367bu
     
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  6. Apr 20, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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    How has this mount held up for you? Trying to decide between this and some type of powermount that plugs into one of the power points. I've yet to see a vent clip that fits our first gens, I want to stay away from adhesives/suction cups and the location of this one seems most logical. Is it worth the $$?
     
  7. Apr 20, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    For me that would be a tough spot especially now with summer competing for AC air flow
     
  8. Apr 20, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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    where do you think is the best spot? plugging into one of the power points?
     
  9. Apr 22, 2019 at 10:05 PM
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    It does block the vent which is noticeable on hot days. I’m actually switching to a ram mount soon with Rokform adapter. I will post pics when I get it Installed in the truck soon. I have access to 3D printer laser cutter and still seems like there isn’t really any great spots in the first gen Tacoma’s for mounts.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2019 at 11:19 PM
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    This is what I did, sorry for the terrible quality of the picture, I got those from an IG video but that's what I did and it's worked great, solid, out of the way and no blocked vents

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  11. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:36 AM
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    Proclip all the way!
     
  13. Apr 23, 2019 at 8:45 AM
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    Simple, cheap, effective. Found a cheap "universal" phone holder and took it apart and bolted it to the spare switch plate.

    I ended up heating up one of the arms (the stationary one) with a lighter and bent it over to more securely hug my phone.

    This ends up being an ideal position because it's not down by your knees (easy view), but it also doesn't block *any* windshield, either.

     
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  14. Apr 23, 2019 at 8:49 AM
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    I'm with you on the wireless thing. If you have a case, that makes it even more finicky. I had one in the wife's car and it never seemed to charge effectively.

    I've seen some of those cupholder ones, but most of the ones I've seen you can't use a case which is lame. Who doesn't have a case?!
     
  15. Apr 23, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    Use a caseco magnetic dashboard mount

    Bought it in 2016, still using it today. Been solid, well made.
    You attach a little magnet to your phone case and it grabs very nicely.
    Super low profile. I placed it on the passenger airbag indicator.

    no pics at the moment :(

    It was around $50 when I bought it 3 years ago, it's half that price now.
    https://www.amazon.com/Caseco-Core-...ount&qid=1556034598&s=gateway&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

    here's one i grabbed off the internet, same idea
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  16. Apr 23, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    I have two of these on my dashboard. One holds the phone the other holds my back up/front camera monitor. They're just low enough the top of each devise lines up with the front of my hood so they don't obscure my view. So far they've held up really well. I have a 3rd magnetic mount for my tablet that's on a vertical surface near my radio. It holds the table just fine even on bumpy off road trips.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077QYZFSC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  17. Apr 23, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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    Actually I wish they have something similar for the 95.5 gen - I talked to ProClip USA and they said, they don't have plans for it. I already have the same kind of holdera in my Nissan and 4Runner

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    As for the blocking vents it is not correct. The clip or phone does not block vents, still there is enough room for the air to pass behind. It will block the "face blast", that's for sure but I hate that "face blast" anyway.

    Besides location (phone close to the eye level but not blocking the windshield) there is huge benefit for having a phone right in front of AC vent. Guys from south will understand that - summer hit kills phone or GPS batteries (California summer heat killed my two dash cams). When a phone is working hard (like doing navigation) the back of the phone will become melting hot. This is where the battery is, and that makes the phone battery not last as long as it should.

    By the way, do not mistake ProClip USA "vent holder" for ebay or Amazon "vent clip". Unlike cheap amazon or ebay "vent clips" ProClip USA vent holders do not touch louvers - they are mounted to the vent frame. Here is 4Runner version:


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    Huge difference worth every penny spent on ProClip USA stuff (top quality like nothing else).
     
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  18. Apr 23, 2019 at 10:53 AM
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    The opposite is true as well though. Went through a Colorado winter with a vent clip and running the heat got my iPhone hot enough it’d shut itself off. Those central vents can’t be closed off in the first gen. Way more practical to have the phone over the to side, above the hazard switch/passenger airbag/blank.
     
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  19. Apr 23, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    Good point on hot air. On 1st gen Tacoma it would OK placing it like @roosterburm shown on his picture:

    upload_2019-4-23_11-34-48.jpg

    Vents can be directed either to the phone (for cooling) or the the side (when heating). Still does not solve my 95.5 dilemma - the cup holder under the vent does not allow for 98+ vent holder. So I still use ghetto suction cup crap :crapstorm:

    upload_2019-4-23_11-41-39.jpg
     
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  20. Apr 23, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    in the winter I usually have my vents pointed to feet and windshield, I don't like to be over-heated :)
    having it at that setting might restrict most of the airflow thru the center vents?
    but I like to have the center vents (face blast) in the summer with A/C to keep drinks cold up there in the middle
    (imagine stopping at DQ for a shake before a long drive back home in the summer, very little if any moisture drips!)

    ...
    @RysiuM, is there anything available that would sit firmly in the cup holder and cradle the phone?
    because that suction cup sure looks to be blocking field of vision?
     
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