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What do you all do for keeping your phone visible?  I know there's the "put your phone away and enjoy the drive" approach, but I use the phone for maps/GPS and speedometer app (because my speedo gauge reads incorrectly).  And when used as the music source or receiving an incoming call, I don't want to be fumbling with it while driving, for obvious safety reasons.  So as much as I'd like to just put the phone away, it's a necessary evil.

I can't find the post, but someone smart/resourceful on here had mentioned buying these rare earth magnets, affixing one magnet on the back side of the fiberglass and another magnet on the phone case, therefore having an invisible mount.  I bought those magnets (which are strong as hell btw) and planned to do this in the 1/blue region in the photo attached.  However, I'm concerned about looking up and down between that low point and the road.  Plus it's hard to see to begin with because it's set far back and through the steering wheel.

Another thought is setting it on its side somehow at the 2/yellow and 3/teal positions.  I especially like 3/teal because it's in the line of sight with the road, middle of the road, and added bonus that it's a bit more private from your passenger's view (not sure that I care but doesn't hurt).  The problem is that a lot of apps don't re-orient to landscape mode, and even maps that usually do are harder to read.  Maybe there's a way to stand the phone portrait in these positions (like 4/purple scooted to the left).

Lastly there's perhaps hanging it from the mirror rod at 4/purple such that it doesn't sway & rotating, or 5/green so leaning against the dash keeps it from rotating and minimizes swaying (if you're taking a hard turn that'll sway it you're probably not looking at it anyway).  (EDIT: Writing this post gave me the idea to try those rare earth magnets at 5/green, they're so strong that it works through the fiberglass plus leather+filler upholstery!  So that's my current top pick, plus a magnet at 1/blue for times when it's hard to read the screen from bright daylight, direct sun is heating up the phone, or at night time you don't want to broadcast your screen to all other observers!  Still would love to hear people's ideas/discussions...)

I'm sure the smart folks on here have come up with creative solutions my brain can't.  Like a James Bond retractable arm that comes out from under the dash and doesn't bounce around much.  Mine would come out like Austin Powers' attempt 😂

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@IaM-Ray You're probably familiar, but rare earth magnets are insanely strong.  Scary strong.  So strong that you sort of have to be careful while working with them.  If you stop being mindful, 2 will crash together.  That's what happened with this double stack in the photo (notice the others have spacers that they came with, even with these spacers they're hard to peel apart).  I think I may never be able to separate those two...

Speaking of, they will amplify the magnetic force when "in series."  With diminishing returns as you add more.  This is good to know because you could mount 2- or 3-stack behind the fiberglass if you're wanting more force.  The ones I linked come with more than you'll ever need.

It's hard to demonstrate how strong they are, but here's a video with 1 magnet behind the fiberglass.  

In terms of adhesion, I'm not sure.  I may try some double-sided gorilla tape I have for one behind the fiberglass, and one to an extra phone case I'll leave in the car.  Or maybe even better is a low profile pincher phone mount is connected to the outer magnet. Like these but with the back part flat.

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@Sean Seena posted:

@IaM-Ray You're probably familiar, but rare earth magnets are insanely strong.  Scary strong.  So strong that you sort of have to be careful while working with them.  If you stop being mindful, 2 will crash together.  That's what happened with this double stack in the photo (notice the others have spacers that they came with, even with these spacers they're hard to peel apart).  I think I may never be able to separate those two...

Speaking of, they will amplify the magnetic force when "in series."  With diminishing returns as you add more.  This is good to know because you could mount 2- or 3-stack behind the fiberglass if you're wanting more force.  The ones I linked come with more than you'll ever need.

It's hard to demonstrate how strong they are, but here's a video with 1 magnet behind the fiberglass.  

In terms of adhesion, I'm not sure.  I may try some double-sided gorilla tape I have for one behind the fiberglass, and one to an extra phone case I'll leave in the car.  Or maybe even better is a low profile pincher phone mount is connected to the outer magnet. Like these but with the back part flat.

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Couldn't you just use a small piece of metal attached to the phone case so there is only one magnet in this equation? Similar to a Scosche Magic Mount pad?

@Robert M posted:

Couldn't you just use a small piece of metal attached to the phone case so there is only one magnet in this equation? Similar to a Scosche Magic Mount pad?

I think there wouldn't be enough magnetic force through that distance, I think you'd need a magnet on both sides both fighting to be reunited.  

Unless, you were to put a bunch in series like I was mentioning before, such that the force from that side is so strong that it would pull in the metal Star Destroyer tractor beam style.  One caveat is that anything magnetic would then be drawn to there, which probably isn't a big deal.

Not my best photos because the garage was dark, but I use a suction-cup arm with a magnet on the phone end, coupled with a bit of sheet metal sandwiched between the back of the phone and its protective case. The cup is attached to the windshield glass and the arm is positioned so the phone is supported on one end by the magnet, while the other end rests on the dash trim. This puts it at a good angle for viewing, and high enough that I don't have to take my eyes off the road to read the GPS while driving. 

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@Eric (McGruff) @Lane Anderson @Michael McKelvey If I was a smart man I'd just do what you're doing, but apparently I like to make things more complicated than they need to be.  Actually, that would work assuming the suction cup can be easily applied and removed frequently?  Ultimately, I wanted a hidden mechanism to not take away from the 50/60's feel of the car.  Maybe I can convince myself to settle for the mechanism being mounted only those times when need be.

Michael, interesting point about heat's effects on magnetism.  This is such a bizarre universe.  I *believe* that's why all those heavy duty magnets used in particle accelerators are kept cold, to go in the other direction and strengthen their magnetic fields...  Don't ask me more on the topic because it'll accelerate how particle-rly little I know

@IaM-Ray I'm not sure if I understood your first question, but I *think* magnets don't affect the phone.  Meanwhile, I've never tried having a magnet near it for a long duration.  I was surprised to find that it didn't affect its compass/direction reading, it seems it doesn't rely on earth's magnetic field like a classic compass, perhaps it pulls this from the GPS functionality somehow??  Either way, that's good news because you can go airplane mode (or reception-poor area) and still rely on a downloaded map + GPS which functions based on satellites regardless of cellular tower reception.

This is kind of what I meant earlier, where there's a magnet on the back.  But I also remembered I have one of these Perchmounts, although it's not angled quite right.  Could ignore its own built in magnet and attach one to the back of the curved bracket part.

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One method I used involved a suction cup mount that had an arm that pivoted and extended.  I zip-tied to the underside of the 2" tube behind the dash.  Then I could rotate it out when I wanted to mount the phone and fold it back, mostly out of sight when I didn't want to see the phone.  It was also easy to plug into 12 volts in that location.

I changed to what I have now to  put the phone more in my line of sight.

@Sean Seena posted:

@Eric (McGruff) @Lane Anderson @Michael McKelvey Actually, that would work assuming the suction cup can be easily applied and removed frequently?  Ultimately, I wanted a hidden mechanism to not take away from the 50/60's feel of the car.  

Sean,

This eBay listing is similar to the mount I have. It can be removed when desired, but I got used to it being there and quit doing so. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Magne...3:g:5~QAAOSwoMhfN2Ce 

I use magnet mounts in every vehicle I own. They work great and don't interfere in any way with the compass, which works off GPS, not the earth's magnetic field.  

Eric

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