For some of us it can be a nightmare finding a decent phone holder for our vehicles.
Now I don't need to actually use my phone in the car as I have Apple CarPlay - but until Wireless
CarPlay is more widely fitted into vehicles, CarPlay still requires a wired connection to your car's USB port. That being the case, you still need somewhere to put your phone once it's connected up.
Issues with the C3 Aircross I have found:
Dash Cubby Hole
The cubby hole is totally useless for anything other than holding a credit-card sized wallet - I mean it's not even square or rectangular
Next, I tried to use those magnetic phone holders that go in the vents - but modified to just use the magnet and the metal plate stuck to the phone case, with some velcro on the interior trim:
|Here the velcro just will not stay attached to the car Trim,|
despite using alcohol to clean it. It's all curved Plastics.
|Every other surface in the Aircross is curved!|
So nothing can be attached anywhere.
Now on my Aircross, we have the Techno Pack option, so that includes amongst other things the Wireless Charging system. So we lose the front cup holders and get a wireless charging pad instead. Not much good to me as my iPhone 6 Plus doesn't use wireless charging - but even if it did, I still have to physically connect my phone via USB to be able to use CarPlay.
|With no need for Wireless Charging, this becomes an expensive non-slip mat!||Even so, the area is too short for an iPhone 6 Plus|
once plugged in with a USB cable. So it falls off and slips over the edges!
So refusing to be defeated I spent a whole night looking through various phone holder solutions and came up with the 'Vansky' car cup holder. Although I don't have any front cup holders with the wireless charging as explained, I do have one at the back of the handbrake / gearbox console. But just to be non-standard and awkward, some nonce of a designer decided to not make it round like a normal cupholder - no that would be too simple:
|So we get this non-square, non-round hybrid thing.|
So the great thing with a lot of these phone holders designed for cup holders is that they have bolsters than can be expanded or retracted to secure them in place:
|This is the part that holds your Phone|
(bottom support Claw not unfolded yet). Adjustable 360°.
|This is the base that goes into the cup holder|
with bolsters nearly retracted.
|Here the Bolsters are partly extended.|
You turn the collar to extend or retract them.
|Viewed Top Down||You can see that even with the non-circular cup holder.|
The fit is nice and secure, with no movement.
|The sides are cushioned with silicone.||Here with the phone inserted and hooked up.|
An extra point to anyone who noticed the
FCF shortcut icon on my iPhone
The phone holder itself has a button you press and the 'jaws' slowly open. Open up the phone bottom support, insert the phone and clamp up the jaws - job done.
The actual stalk is a gooseneck design, so is flexible enough to angle how you want it. In my case - I have no need to use the phone once CarPlay is active, so I just need it supported securely out of the way - hence ideally in the rear cup holder and facing away from the front. It also means the 1 Metre USB cable is now tucked along the gearbox binnacle out of sight and is just the right length to reach the phone. So a bonus is that I no longer have all the unsightly USB wiring coiled up - which also benefits my OCD
The best thing this was only £8.99 from Amazon. Some of these you can pay over £30 for - so at this price I don't mind if it lasts a few years and needs replacing - but hopefully I don't intend to keep bending it or removing it - it is now where I need it, out the way and should last some time hopefully.
So this may help anyone who is in a similar situation with a lack of space / suitable surfaces!
The Jaws can support phones from 2.75" to 4"
The base Diameter supports cup holders from 2.3" to 3.5"
The goose neck is 5.3" high from the flexible part. or 11.2" from the base to the phone plate.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08 ... UTF8&psc=1