Wireless Car Mount 

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Providing the means to position a smartphone in a vehicle is a device from Groov-e.

One particular area over which the mobile phone has taken residence and continues to hold sway is that of the family car.  I am not referring to the possible illegal use of the mobile phone, when driving, for various purposes although this next product might prove useful in avoiding such situations. 

The modern smartphone is capable of delivering a variety of entertainment, communication and navigational facility to those occupying the vehicle.  However, to do so, the smartphone could benefit from some assistance to deliver these services for the best, and obviously legal, results.  Depending upon the type of service being delivered by the smartphone, it will require to be positioned appropriately for hands-free access, so that it could be easily seen by those in the car and have access to appropriate power.  This next product could help.

Offering to provide a solution to both these issues is the Wireless Car Mount.  Developed by Groov-e, one of the UK's leading tech brands, this piece of kit, which provides mounting and charging capabilities, is being specifically aimed at those who spend plenty of time in their vehicle but that should not stop occasional drivers from making use of its facilities.  This particular piece of kit consists of the main wireless charging holder, air vent mount, window mount and a standard-to-type C USB lead.  You also get a small User Manual booklet which provides illustrated instructions regarding the set-up process required by this kit.

Depending upon your preference and the layout of the car, you can position this device to either a window, via the suction pad on the relevant mount, or an air vent using the clip-on mount.  In either case the main wireless charging holder unit can be attached to the mount and then linked to an appropriate power supply via the USB lead.

Ensuring the circular wireless holder can cope with a wide variety of handsets, the holder features a pair of extendable arms.  Making use of the Groov-e device's infrared technology, the arms detect the presence of a nearby smartphone and extend themselves to receive the mobile device into their embrace before closing and holding it firmly in place.  A small button on the side of the wireless holder can be pressed to release the smartphone from the holder's embrace when it is no longer required to provide the driver and passengers with the entertainment, route instructions and hands-free communication.

The construction and pairing with the supplied mount of the wireless holder unit is such that the smartphone can be positioned for either portrait or landscape orientation to deliver its output for the benefit of those watching.  Positioned nearby to the button is a LED light which glows different colours to indicate its status.  When showing a red glow, the wireless holder is in standby mode.  A blue glow indicates that charging of the smartphone is in progress.  A constant switching between a red and blue glow means that the wireless holder had detected a metallic foreign body rather than a smartphone with support for wireless charging.  In order for the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount to charge the smartphone, it must be Qi certified.  The smartphone also needs to have a width of between 3.5" and 6.7".

With the appropriate environment with USB port and suitable accessory, the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount can provide a useful service.  While you could get around the lack of a USB with an adapter, you will need a Qi certified smartphone such as models available from Apple, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Experia, LG, Nokia Sirocco and Huawei Mate to take advantage of the wireless charging facility.  The Groov-e Wireless Car Mount is priced at £29.99 and comes with a 12 month guarantee.

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