Sturdy ProClip USA dashboard mount for iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 7 Plus allows one handed dock-and-go

Posted by Paul Braren on Nov 6 2014 (updated on Oct 9 2016) in
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    Galaxy S5/Lumia 930/iPhone 6 Plus, ProClip holders

    ProClip USA makes holders for many types of phones, including Android, Windows Phone, and iPhone. I happen to personally have experience with their iPhone holders. I have no affiliation with ProClip USA, I'm just a consumer, who bought mine like anybody else.

    For 5 years now, I've had a sturdy, yet temporary mounting plate on my car's dashboard. No permanent alterations to my dashboard, no holes to drill. Works great. The very rigid plastics used seem to be holding up over the years. As phones models change, I just change the phone holder, not the mount. This spring loaded cradle-like holder allows me to use just one hand to "dock" my iPhone, then simply drive off. Yes, it's just a matter of putting the phone under the clip, pushing up, then aligning the Lightning connector and sliding down onto it. Takes about 2 seconds, although aligning it in the dark can be just a tad finicky.

    Once docked, my podcasts automatically resume playing, while my iPhone is charging. Even on those shorter trips. And the audio is piped to my car's radio through the same Lightning connector. Nice.

    Note that my visibility isn't blocked, even with the bigger iPhone 6 Plus display. The screen is within easy reach. I don't actually need to touch the screen though, since I use my steering wheel controls for volume and next/previous. I let the display just turn itself off, but I can also choose to unlock the phone with my fingerprint, then leave a dim Podcast playback display up on the phone. I don't need to avert my eyes from the road very far to see it. It's actually closer to my line-of-site than looking down at the radio or temperature controls.

    1) The Dashboard Mount

    Back when I was searching for a mounting plate for my car, it was easy to choose the mine at the proclipusa.com site.

    Give the ProClip USA Dashboard Mount Chooser a try, to see options available for your vehicle.

    For folks in Europe, Sweden's Brodit seems to stock the same parts, found on Amazon too.

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    2) The Phone Holder (Cradle/Dock)

    Next choice was the type of mobile phone mount. I already had the ProClip USA iPhone 5 mount, with the little tension holder at the top, to keep my phone tightly seated on the Lightning connector I provided. No need to redo any of that wiring, including my Neo Prolink that still charges this phone nicely, from icarkits.com. It fakes my factory radio into thinking a CD-changer is attached, with steering wheel button commands getting translated into iPod controls. As for that single Lightning-to-30 pin adapter cable to my phone, yeah, I painted it black. This configuration means my simple steering wheel controls work very nicely. For example, I skip ahead past commercials when listening to various Podcasts using Pocket Casts by Shift Jelly, and skip back to re-listen to something I missed. So when I got the iPhone 6 Plus recently, I knew that all I needed was a new cradle. Since I use an Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case, and another iPhone 6 Plus with a different case occasionally shares the car, I chose a cradle that allows for a variety of case thicknesses. This means I chose the model 515663 Holder seen at bottom-right in the picture below.

    Here's the ProClip USA Phone Chooser, so you can check what they've got for your phone. For folks in Europe, Brodit (in Sweden) seems to sell the same kits.

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    view of the road and the ProClipUSA mounted iPhone 6 Plus, from my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid driver seat

    In case you're wondering, I use a Parrot CK3400 LS for Bluetooth hands-free communications. It's seen to the left of my tachometer. Using Bluetooth for just phone calls poses no conflict with the hard-wired audio line out that the lightning connector includes. Works great, a nice combination. You may also notice I have Honda's factory NAV. Also still works great, and I like using the wide angle view on those longer trips, showing the family progress at a glance. I sometimes supplement that GPS with Google Maps on my iPhone, which can be rotated 90 degrees for a more traditional GPS look, but I don't bother.

    Yes, ProClip USA's products cost a bit more, but the non-warping plastic, and build quality of the moving slider, have made the cost well worthwhile for me.

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    Close up of CableJive and SendStation connectors that I simply tuck out of site in the gap around the steering column
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    Side view of ProClip USA
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    Front view of ProClip USA holder Model 514663 for iPhone 6 Plus with case

    Nov 17 2014 Update

    Good advice from magstr on Reddit:

    I agree, the best car charger for my needs. It fits perfect and looks a lot better than these universal windshield mounts in my opinion.

    Protip: Remove the ProClip sticker, the mount looks a lot better without it.

    To my surprise, It's cheaper in Norway from a online retailer than it's directly from ProClip. I paid ~ 45USD incl. shipping here: https://www.amentio.no/amentio/default.asp?page=vare&ProdusentID=B512482

    Edit: The reason why the charger is cheaper in Norway is because it's made in Sweden! http://www.brodit.se


    Apr 27 2016 Update

    Researching the parts pictured above, it would seem the Black SendStation Dock Extender I'm using is no longer for sale. The CableJive 30 pin to 30 pin firewire to USB charging adapter is also no longer available either.

    It's apparently been replaced by the:

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    Amazon ASIN# B003TJR2HS.

    I've ordered one of these new converters, and will see how it goes, replacing both the SendStation and older CableJive adapters. Why? Because it seems lately that occasionally, when going for longer drives with the GPS running, I find the phone is actually slowly discharging. This behavior wasn't there before. It could also be that an upgrade to iOS 9.3 caused some some charging algorithm changes. At least I don't have any on screen warnings about using a 3rd party charger. I'm frankly amazed that I'm able to still enjoy seamless use of new iOS products in my 10 year old car.

    I have noticed that using my iPhone 6 Plus with my Apple Black Leather case, the gap between the phone and the ProClip is about 4.1mm. I always prefer one handed docking, even at night. What do you know, somebody makes exactly the right bumper for me, makes lining up the Lightning connector so much easier, even at night:

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    Amazon ASIN# B008UFL9L6.
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    Amazon ASIN# B008UFL9L6 comes with 98 of these rubber bumpers, but you only need two. Prevents my iPhone 6 Plus from any pivoting/wobble, making single-handed docking easier, even at night.

    Aug 05 2016 Update

    Things are going well, with the CableJive dockStubz+ Charge Converter and 30-pin Pass Through Adapter for iPhone, iPod, and iPad working fine. Even with the GPS running for long drives, my iPhone 6 Plus is still charging up.

    The stickiness of the 4.1mm bumpers mentioned above is good, but in the heat of summer, they do tend to slide down the surface of the ProClip about 1/8" / 3 mm. I suspect a simple dab of cyanoacrylate (crazy) glue could permanently prevent all such migration, which I plan to try, and will let you know how it goes.


    Oct 06 2016 Update

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    Item B016I4T1A6 at Amazon.

    Since the size and shape of my new iPhone 7 Plus is the same as my iPhone 6 Plus it replaces, my ProClip continues to work quite nicely in my 2016 Honda Civic. This is good! The way the mount is designed, I think it has a good chance of fitting future iPhone models as well, even when the size and shape changes a bit.

    A different product category is needed when I travel, with easy mounting for rental cars. I've found just such a product in the Aikema Car phone holder for Air Vent, replacing the (failing/cracked) rubber feet without adjustability on my older Belkin model. For an overview of similar travel air vent clips, see what Nick Guy crafted at The Wirecutter.

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    Item B00D1HIOP2 at Amazon.

    As for a charger that can handle even the toughest loads like GPS use when I'm in a rental car, the USB outlet found in most newer rental cars is rarely sufficient for charging when larger phones. Go with a full 2.4 amps for your portable charger, available in both ports of the iFlash 24 Watt Dual Port USB Car Rapid Charger. I've used 4 of these in various family member's cars over the last 2 years, without issue. A little bulky, but also very effective at charging, and helps prevent me from forgetting it at hurried rental-car drop-offs.


    Oct 09 2016 Update

    No issues with charging. For example, if I leave Google Maps GPS routing running, and my Spotify audio streaming, no issues, the iPhone 7 Plus battery is still charging up just fine. This is good!


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