A MagSafe car holder is a simple enough gadget: it’s a phone holder that attaches to the air vent or dashboard of your car and magnetically holds your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 in place. It’s a super handy accessory for anyone who needs safe access to their iPhone while driving for navigation, music or answering calls.
If you’re looking for a MagSafe car mount, you should know that Apple doesn’t make its own, although it sells Belkin’s ($40) and Scosche’s ($70). But plenty of other reputable third-party manufacturers make their own iPhone car holders that work with MagSafe. So, suffice it to say you have options.
Not all of those options are created equal, however. Rather than searching through the various MagSafe car mounts out there, we recommend using the Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger ($40+)† It is the perfect combination of functionality, size and price.
The Belkin holds both: and charges your iPhone.
The Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger is a new and improved version of Belkin’s other MagSafe car charger – the aforementioned one that Apple sells. The big difference is that this new one can hold your iPhone 12 / iPhone 13″ and wireless charging. This is a rarity as most other options only magnetically hold or require you to have your iPhone Apple’s MagSafe Charger ($39), also. The Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger does both.
This MagSafe car holder is adjustable and not too bulky.
The Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger is a perfect size in my opinion. It’s not so big that it gets in the way of buttons or controls on your dashboard. You can adjust its orientation — it can rest horizontally or vertically — to free up even more space. And the car mount rests on a rotating ball joint, so while attached to the air vent, you can easily adjust your iPhone to that perfect viewing angle.
Belkin offers different models for different needs.
The Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger can be purchased with or without a car adapter. Both models come with a USB-C to USB-C cable. The car power supply will bump up the price by $20 — from $40 to $60 — but if you have a car with built-in USB-C ports, you don’t need the power supply. If your older car has USB-A ports, you can also just get an adapter (like this one† Or if you have your own USB-A to USB-C cables, you can use those too.
The bottom line is that Belkin gives you the option to purchase the cheaper configuration if you already have your own car power supply (or if you just don’t need it). And that’s nice.
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