Ergonomics and installation

In the family of smartphone mounts for cars, there are the massive models, packed with all kinds of options, and the simple and discreet models. The Lisen mount is from this second family, with its few centimeters of length, for a minimum of space.

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The quality of the fasteners on the car ventilation grilles depends partly on the grille itself. Here, a small Renault Twingo Phase II served as our test subject. Its grilles with long plastic bars lend themselves quite well to this type of fastening. Especially since the Lisen bracket’s approach is interesting. While many models simply “bite” the grille, this one has a small hook that effectively grips the grille tier on which we decided to hang it. All that remains is to turn a tightening knob until the bracket stays securely in place.

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A ball joint allows for a free positioning of the receiving surface of the smartphone. Once the ring around the ball joint is tightened, nothing else moves. At first glance, the plastic used for all parts seems strong enough to not break after a week. The absence of mechanical parts for the attachment of the smartphone is also a source of potential problems less.

The contact surface with the smartphone measures 5 x 3.7 cm and contains 6 magnets. It is covered with a small layer of rubber to limit wear and tear due to friction when inserting and removing the smartphone.

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It should be kept in mind that attaching your smartphone to your car’s ventilation grill can be problematic, especially in winter. Indeed, the hot breath of the heater propelled directly on the mobile is not desirable. Especially since a mobile used as a GPS and often plugged into a USB socket will tend to heat up without external help. In these conditions, we advise you to cut off the ventilation on the outlet used by the holder or to opt for a model that is fixed to the windscreen or dashboard.

One of the disadvantages of this type of holder is that you have to stick a magnetic surface on the back of your smartphone. A device that some will find unsightly and that we find in the box in two forms. It is possible to choose one of theseIt can be a 4 cm diameter loop or a larger area of 6 x 4 cm. The sticker on the back of the magnetized surface is easily positioned and hooks the back of the mobile perfectly.

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Admittedly, this does impose some limitations in terms of compatible smartphones. Backs that are covered with something other than a smooth material may not grip well enough (fellow LG G4 owners with leather backs, for example). If you usually protect your smartphone with a shell, the material covering it will also have an impact on the sticker’s adhesion. The shell of our Google Pixel 5, for example, covered with fabric is not a safe area to stick the magnet.

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To hide the magnet, it is possible to hide it under the shell of the mobile. The whole thing is no more than a millimeter thick and slips easily under the protection. If the latter is not too thick, the attachment of the smartphone to the support remains quite satisfactory. Without a cover, the direct contact between the magnetic sticker and the holder keeps the whole thing firmly in place. Even a potholed path doesn’t break the connection.

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The advantage of this type of magnet holder is that it can be turned in all directions easily. The smartphone can be placed vertically or horizontally without anything to interfere with the handling or the connection of a USB cable to charge the terminal. Another advantage is that nothing presses on the edges of the phone – and therefore potentially on its buttons – or hides part of the screen – which sometimes hinders the entry of an address on the GPS on some models.

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It’s not recommended by the manufacturer, but it’s possible to dispense with a magnet sticker if the smartphone is wireless charging compatible. Indeed, the coil used by the induction charging system can act as a magnet. We tried it with a Pixel 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S7 and both smartphones hold properly, without moving. The grip on the holder is less strong, however, and an unfortunate blow to the mobile will cause it to fall. Note that if you use a shell, the magnetism becomes too weak without the magnetic sticker. On the other hand, the use of the sticker on smartphones compatible with wireless charging will make them lose this functionality, the magnet obstructing the electric field during the charge.

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