So after first use:
- It does indeed hold my 12 mini well (haven’t gone off-road yet though)
- It is actual MagSafe (unlike the ESR mentioned above) so it has all the magnets, including the bottom magnet bar, thereby ensuring the phone is always held at exactly the desired orientation.
- Considering the $25 price, I’d say this is a very solid product. It’s not flimsy, it’s compact, and it fastens well to the vent. It comes with a decent (yet compact) charger and ~3ft cable. I had two wrap up all the slack with a tie so I’ll be replacing it with a shorter cable.
- The charger has two USB-A ports that both support 15W simultaneously so you can charge a second device off the second port at full speed. The ports light up blue which is nice when you’re trying to attach a second cable to the charger at night in a dark car with a port located low and a bit obstructed.
- Note that the vent mount and the ball joint lock are both a bit bulky, so this can limit the vent itself (don’t insert it too far in or you won’t be able to move the vanes anymore) or the freedom to adjust the angle of the charger.
- It’s finicky. Most times when it’s attached it will not start charging even though the magnets firmly ‘snap’ the phone into the right position. Then you need to remove the phone and try again. Repeat that until it does charge. And be patient, because after snapping into the proper position it will take at least 2 sec until the iPhone shows it is actually charging.
- Wireless charging (despite 15W charger) is slow. Just to give you an idea: it charged my 12 mini from 81% to 93% in one hour (phone was being used for GPS so it was constantly on and certainly drawing power). Note also, this is above 80% so not where you’d expect the fastest charging speeds by design.
But, and this really pisses me off, the seller seems to lack confidence in their product so they have resorted to buying favorable reviews. Along with the device I received a fake “$15 Amazon gift card” instructing me to submit a 5-star review, take a screenshot of that, and then submit the screenshot along with my email address to the seller to then be mailed a real Amazon gift card. They actually even instruct people not to tell Amazon about it. Obviously, I reported it directly. Amazon said they will take care of it, but the product is still being sold, the seller is still online, and none of the recent 5-star reviews have been taken down. In fact, my review alerting to this fraud was actually taken down by Amazon. Anyway, you can notice that starting on a specific date, all reviews have been 5-star. A bit shameful people will whore themselves out for just $15. Anyway, reviews for this product cannot be trusted and IMHO neither can such a seller. Mine went back. Buyer beware.