Magnetic phone holders for cars: we pick those that stick

Save yourself a lot of research time and find out which magnetic car phone holders are best.

Phone on magnetic mount connected to car air vent

by Chris Williams |

On the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island there are many beaches with sinister-looking black sand. It’s ironsand, and it annoys local surfers and sunbathers in summer because it heats up so much in the sun that it can burn skin.

The surfers may not be such a fan of the stuff but it’s great in art or science class because ironsand is of course magnetic. Thus, sprinkle some on a piece of paper and use a magnet on the other side of the paper to drag the ironsand around to create neat designs or reveal the invisible magnetic field like Michael Faraday did.

Ironsand at White Rock Beach, New Zealand
©Photo: Getty Images

Even if you don’t live near an ironsand beach, you can still enjoy the benefits of magnetism in a practical way by using a magnetic phone holder in your car. Which are best? Now that is a good question.

The best magnetic phone holders for cars

Belkin BoostCharge

Editoru2019s pick
Belkin BoostCharge
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Belkin's BoostCharge magnetic holder has a very strong grip on the device it holds and this version priced here also includes a cigarette plug and cable to connect to the holder so it can charge an iPhone 12 or 13. This holder is designed to work with the MagSafe technology in iPhones, so it will only charge iPhone 12s and 13s.

While that's annoying for those who don't have such phones, the good news is that for those who don't need or want the charging option, you can get this as a holder without it, which saves you about £15.

Pros Cons
• Strong grip • Only charges iPhone 12/13
• Sturdy clip
• iPhone charging capability
• Fully rotates

APPS2Car CD Slot Magnetic Phone Holder

Best CD slot holder
APPS2Car CD Slot Magnetic Phone Holder
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CD slots are rather last week but plenty of us still have them, and that's fortunate because CD slot holders are generally the most study way to attach a phone holder in a car. And this is our pick of those.

The tabs that go into the CD slot mean that this mount and hold any device up to an 11-inch tablet, all the while still playing a CD. Like the Belkin holder above, this one fully rotates and swivels 360 degrees.

Pros Cons
• Strong grip • You might have to listen to the same CD over and over
• Holds phones and tablets • Only for older cars
• Allows CD player function
• Fully rotates

YOSH Magnetic Air Vent Mount

Best magnetic air vent holder
YOSH Magnetic Air Vent Mount
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The YOSH holder is small and discreet and can be fitted to vertical or horizontal vent slats. For a air vent mount, it's as solid as the Belkin model but it can't match the CD slot mount - it can take up to a seven inch smartphone.

The reason this stands above other air vent mounts is because the attachment, although a little fiddly, is much stronger and more secure than others. The magnets are strong too.

Pros Cons
• Strong grip • CD holder still more sturdy
• Quite small
• Stable attachment
• Fully rotates

APPS2Car Universal Magnetic Phone Car Mount

Best suction cup holder
APPS2Car Universal Magnetic Phone Car Mount
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You may well use your phone as a sat nav when driving, in which case a dashboard or windscreen mount is more useful. This is our pick of those. It sticks to a dashboard or windscreen using a suction cup, which often suffer from being rubbish but this one works well because the suction cup sticks to a gel pad, rather than straight onto the dashboard itself.

The arm itself is sturdy and can even extend between 11.7cm and 16cm. Its angle can also be adjusted, while the magnetic mount swivels 360 degrees.

Pros Cons
• Secure suction cup • Can obscure view if positioned incorrectly
• Telescopic arm • CD slot and air vent holders are easier to move
• Fully rotates

Ivoler Magnetic Car Phone Holder (2 Pack)

Most discreet design
Ivoler Magnetic Car Phone Holder (2 Pack)
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For small and stylish, you can't go past this pair. They're stainless steel and aluminium holders about the size of your thumb. They use 3M adhesive pads to stick to a dashboard. It's a very simple system and works just fine.

Each holder has four magnets, which do exactly what they're meant to. For sturdiness, we would still recommend one of the other holders here, but for style, this one tops the lot.

Pros Cons
• Looks great • Others are more stable
• Small
• Fully rotates

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