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Old 05-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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Qi Cell Phone Dash Mount

I've been wanting to set up a better dash mount for my phone in the Mustang for some time, but have been "getting by" with a windshield mount. Having recently purchased a new phone with Qi wireless charging, I thought it would be a good time to mount the phone the way I want and include a Qi enabled phone mount.

This is still a work in progress as the new Qi mount is still on the way, but since all the other pieces arrived, I went ahead and put it together using my existing phone mount.

The phone now sits happily between the vents in the dash.



As I mentioned, I don't yet have the Qi mount, but I am able to use my existing mount until the new one arrives.

Parts Used:
ProClip Center Mount (For 2005 Mustang)
iBolt AMPS Adapter Plate with 17mm Ball I bought this because it was cheaper than ProClip's version of the same.
#6 1/4" screws to fasten the Ball adapter plate to the ProClip Mount
Any cell phone mount that receives a 17mm ball on the back of the mounting plate. I used a Samsung Universal Car Mount in the picture above, but have ordered the iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi Mount. You can go much cheaper if you don't want Qi. Just be sure the phone mount has a socket to receive the ball on the back of the mounting plate. Some mounts reverse this and put the ball on the plate with the socket on the holder.
A compact USB adapter. For Qi, you need one that will deliver 2A. (There are 2 high power USB charger standards, you need the one that is not for iPhone)
The shortest USB cable I could find.

Installation was easy.
First, I attached the Ball adapter plate to the ProClip Mount.

Then, I snapped the assembly onto the dash following the instructions included with the ProClip mount.

The mount sticks out from the dash a bit. This was not clear in the photos on the ProClip website. I had assumed it would be flush. Still, I'm happy with the fit.

Finally, attach your phone mounting plate to the ball joint and enjoy!

You can see that the mount sits low, necessitating the low profile USB adapter.

When my Qi mount arrives, I'll snap it onto the ball joint instead, and then run the short USB wire for a clean look.
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Looks good, but hopefully soon this sort of thing is not necessary. Already that way with the mirrorlink features on a good HU and a phone capable of it.


Mirrors your phone to your touchscreen and you control everything from the HU. Put the phone in the armrest or wherever on a charger out of the way and its seamless.
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Thanks!
I've gotten the Qi mount and short USB cable installed and it looks and works well. Unfortunately, the wireless charging can't quite keep up with the power draw on my phone (Galaxy S6) when running Google Maps and Pandora. If I just run maps and keep the screen on the whole time, it does manage to charge - very slowly. At least it would count as maintaining the charge.
Mirrorlink is interesting and will be something to watch as it matures. It will be great for some. I personally struggle with the idea of making too tight of an integration between my car and my phone though as phone technology changes much more quickly than car electronics. I may replace my phone every 2 years, but I tend to keep a car for 10+ years and I don't think I'd be willing to replace the stereo every few years to keep up with my phone.
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