There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire to go up my dashboard.
The $35 Fuse Chicken Une Bobine (which began as a popular Kickstarter) isn’t just a car mount. It is a bendable Lightning cable with super-strong metal reinforcement like what you’d find in a public payphone cord. At one end is a normal USB plug. On the other is a Lightning connector with a mount that fits iPhones of all shapes and sizes. The docking portion has also morphed since Kickstarter for more side to side and back reinforcement. What’s interesting here is that with the cable being pliable but rigid and the lightning cable able to hold the iPhone firmly in place, you can make a great charging car mount out of it.
To be clear, this won’t stay in one place during rapid acceleration and braking, but a quick readjustment during driving is easy and it is nice to be able to bring it close when you need it for navigating and then moving it out of the way when it is playing music from a playlist or charging. I’ve found that it works even better as a passenger seat car mount because it is so easy to manipulate. Keep in mind that the cable isn’t strong enough to keep the iPhone aloft alone, it will need to be leveraged or wrapped around something.
Bobine also advertises it for use with a MacBook quite prominently. I’m a little bit afraid of what the iPhone’s weight/leverage might do to my MacBook’s USB port but after a lot of use, I haven’t had any issues. The Une Bobine is a pretty great charging cable/mount that goes from the house to the car easily.
If you are looking for something more rigid, the MONTAR by WinnerGear is a suction cup and sticky surface mount in one that actually allows you to mount it to your dash. I tried dash mounting with the Kensington above but it kept falling off. The MONTAR sticks because of the combination of adhesive and strong suction on the bottom.
There’s not much else to say on this one. It is really strong and doesn’t budge. I also tried it on glass (below) and as the video shows, it isn’t budging.