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|Product Dimensions||3 x 2.1 x 2.3 inches|
|Item model number||MAGDMB|
Scosche MAGDMB MagicMount Magnetic Dash Mount for Mobile Devices
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- Universal mount for smartphones and GPS devices
- Cradle-free design
- Secure the Magic Mount with the automotive-grade 3M adhesive
- Install the Magic Plate behind your case or battery cover, directly to your rugged case or directly to your device
- Place your device at any angle for convenient viewing
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SCOSCHE MagicMount- Magnetic Dash Mount
MagicMount is the multi-award-winning magnetic mounting system for conveniently mounting smartphones and more. Just hover your device near the magnetic (after you place the MagicPlate) surface and it instantly locks securely in place. This cell phone car mount system is sleek and versatile. The cradle-free design uses high-powered magnets to secure your device where you use them most.
MagicMount makes hands-free calling, GPS navigation, audio and video media streaming and internet browsing a breeze.
Compatible with most cell phones, tablets, GPS and Apple devices: Including iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad with Retina, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPod nano.
Also compatible with iPod shuffle and iPod touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation. Note: does not work with iPod classic or other hard drive devices. The strong magnetic fields produced by the neodymium magnets can damage these devices.
High-powered magnets: Create a cradle-free design that secures your device. Just hover your device near the magnetic surface to lock into place.
Heat- and cold-resistant design: Withstands extreme temperatures for safe use in your vehicle.
Large and small MagicPlates: Can be installed behind your case or battery cover or directly to your case or device.
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|Item Dimensions||2.1 x 3 x 2.3 in||4 x 5 x 5 in||4.05 x 3.36 x 7.92 in||4.6 x 8.5 x 2.3 in||2.08 x 2.95 x 2.16 in||3.98 x 3.28 x 6.89 in|
|Style Name||Dash Mount||Vent Mount||Pro Window/Dash Mount||Window Mount||Pro Dash Mount||XL Window Mount|
Magic Mount is a new magnetic mounting system for conveniently mounting smartphones and more. Just hover your device near the magnetic surface and it instantly locks securely in place. Its sleek cradle-free design uses high-powered magnets to secure your device where you use them most. Place your device at any angle for convenient viewing. On the road, at the office, at home, everywhere. Place your device at any angle for convenient viewing. Secure the Magic Mount with the automotive-grade 3M adhesive. Install the Magic Plate behind your case or battery cover, directly to your rugged case or directly to your device. Works with: GPS, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, Tablets. A Larger and smaller Magic Plate are included.
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I had picked out the perfect spot where I wanted to put this on the dash, which is a very smooth, yet somewhat textured (to look like leather) firm rubbery surface (see pics). It says right on the package, "Mounts to textured surfaces" so I thought it would be no problem as this surface is relatively flat and is BARELY textured. I followed the instructions to the letter, but the mount wouldn't stick to the dash well enough to hold it's own weight for 10 seconds let alone the weight of my phone! It fell off immediately. I tried again, holding it down for like 3 minutes this time and still, wouldn't even stick for 2 seconds.
I wrote to the company and they sent me a replacement mount to try. When it arrived, I tried it again, once more following the steps to the letter. Additionally, after pressing firmly for a few minutes, I left the mount alone for several hours before I tried putting my phone on it. When I came back to my car I was delighted to see that it was still stuck! I put my phone on it and drove home from work. However, within 15 minutes (and a few speed bumps and pot holes later) it had fallen off... :(
I was officially frustrated at this point but decided to try sticking it to a hard and completely smooth plastic surface just below where I had been trying to mount it before and it stuck quite well and held my phone, but because I had already stuck it to the other surface, it had lost some of its tack and wasn't going to hold forever, so I wrote to the company AGAIN explaining my problem and they sent me a 3rd mount to try.
This time I just went straight for that hard, smooth plastic surface (even though it isn't where I wanted to put it because it blocks one of the air vents a little) and it is AWESOME! I really have debated what rating to give this product because now that it's stuck, it works like a dream and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I truly think it's the ideal mounting system for phones and tablets, but man what a PAIN getting to this point! And their promise that it would stick to textured surfaces proved to be very much untrue for me. If I had stuck it to that hard plastic surface from the start I would've given it 5 stars for sure!!
Here's what I wish I had known about this from the beginning but learned through much trial and error:
- If you're mounting it on a vertical surface (see my pictures) it really has to be completely smooth.
- I wish the instructions had given more information about which magnetic plate to use for which devices. I started by putting the large plate on my iPhone 6 but that was NOT necessary. The tiny plate has more than enough magnetic strength to hold an iPhone 6 in a slim case even when plugged in.
- Even though this is advertised to usable immediately, I HIGHLY recommend you stick it per the instructions and then WAIT OVER NIGHT before allowing it to bear weight.
- Based on a few trials, I find that the best placement for the metal plate is at the bottom of the phone (see pics) with the long side horizontal. I tried at the center and with the plate's long side pointing up and down vertically and I like the way this sits much better. I have mine stuck to the back of my clear plastic case.
- Customer service was very helpful and prompt, so if it doesn't work for you for some reason, don't give up and write a bad review before talking to them about it because I promise once you get it to work you will LOVE it!!
Other things I love about it:
- Sleek, sexy, minimal design
- STRONG magnets but not so strong that you have trouble pulling the device off with one hand
- The options this gives you for degrees of rotation are limitless! LOVE that!
- Magnetic plate that attaches to the device is SO THIN I barely notice it at all. It doesn't get in the way of slipping it in and out of pockets, purses, backpacks etc., and doesn't look completely obnoxious.
In summary, I think this mount is probably the best dash mount out there, but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to its advertising for me. I was going to give it 3 stars, but decided on 4 because customer service was so great and because in the end, even after all the headache and disappointment I really really love it! I hope this helps someone else in the market! I did NOT receive this item for free or at a discount.
Range of Motion:
The Diateklity uses a standard ball joint to allow adjustment in all directions, though the range of motion is somewhat limited. The Scosche also uses a ball joint, but the head's stem is curved to allow the head to hang "over the edge" farther on one side than the other. What's unique about this is that by spinning the head 180 degrees in the ball joint you can choose which side you want the head to hang over farther. This gives the Scosche an incredible range of motion -- nearly 150 degrees in one plane vs. less than 90 degrees for the Diateklity. See my double-exposure photo for an illustration.
The Diateklity's restricted range of motion may limit where you can mount it, while the Scosche has enough adjustability to accomodate mounting on surfaces of any orientation.
The Scosche has a stronger magnet. Under the bouncing and jarring of my car's motion while driving down the highway, the Scosche mount holds the phone in place better. The Diateklity magnet allows my phone to slip a little more often, and I occasionally need to reposition the phone on the mount's head. My phone is a larger-than-average 5.5" phone in a case of 0.05" thick rubber, with the mount's accompanying steel plate inserted between the phone and the case.
Your results may vary, depending on the size/weight of your phone and where you put the steel plate. The magnetic bond would be stronger if the steel plate is glued directly to the back of the case instead of inside the case, where it's another 0.05" away from the magnet.
As an experiment, I tested the strength of each mount's magnet with my Garmin GPS placed on the phone for extra weight. The Scosche magnet easily lifted both devices, while the Diateklity magnet could not. Again, your results may vary, but the point is the Scosche has a stronger magnet.
Both mounts use a suction cup made of a pillow of soft, sticky gel. I'm not a fan of this gunk, and much prefer the hard vulcanized rubber suction cup on my Garmin's mount.
The sticky gel does make a stronger bond, especially on textured surfaces, but it's too strong. It's difficult to pry off, and can damage your car's dashboard. There are numerous reports from other reviewers that the gel also melts in hot weather and turns into a sticky goo. That can ruin your dashboard if you had one mounted there. I did not have the opportunity of testing in hot weather, but I can easily believe this soft gel will melt.
The hard rubber of my Garmin's mount doesn't hold as strongly, but if the rubber is moistened and mounted on a smooth surface, it will easily hold for a couple months before letting go. It doesn't mar the surface, and I don't mind reapplying it every couple months.
The hard rubber suction cup doesn't hold on a textured surface, though. (Garmin provides a smooth plastic disc with double-sided tape for those installations.) The soft gel suction cups will mount to a soft or textured surface, but they aren't kind. After just two days, they left a "hickey" on my dashboard when I removed them. I'd hate to think what mess they'd make in hot weather.
I was concerned about the size of the metal plate which you are required to add to your phone or case. Once I actually saw it in person I realized that it is SUPER THIN. Less than 1mm. Actually just as thin as the plastic skin I have wrapped on the back of my phone (I don't use a phone case but rather a "skin" because I like to minimize bulk to the extreme)
***Note - I had a problem with the mount staying on my curved vinyl dash. The factory adhesive did not stick well enough. The car audio shop where I bought it thought it may have been a bad unit (only in the sense that the double sided tape included on the mount was not tacky enough). So the car stereo installer came out and remounted it for me. He taught me a good trick: He not only cleaned the surface well with alcohol before mounting but he used "Adhesion Promoter" which he said activated the stickiness of any double sided tape. He used something very similar to this prior to sticking the tape:
I was also concerned with it leaving a permanent mark on my car. He said it would not if I used a fishing line to remove it and then rubbed the dash with armor-all. I put it on the dash of a 2011 Mercedes-Benz so he must have been confident!