Beam Electronics Universal Air Vent Mount Cellphone Holder

Last updated date: July 17, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

Beam Electronics Universal Air Vent Mount Cellphone Holder

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Overall Take

Just press this smartphone mount into the most convenient air vent in your front dashboard and you're ready to have your phone displayed in an easy-to-see manner. This simple mount won't have you frustrated with complicated instructions as it's a one-piece unit with minimal moving parts. In our analysis of 99 expert reviews, the Beam Electronics Beam Electronics Universal Cellphone Holder placed 8th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 17, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cellphone Holder for a detailed review of all the top cellphone holders.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
28,092 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has a strong grip on the phone, even when driving through a bumpy road.
- Reviewscon
The mount can be used without removing your phone case and there is a quick-release button so there’s no fumbling when you’re running late.
- Inverse
It’s easy to slide your phone in and out of the mount, thanks to the quick release button located on its back.
- Car Bibles
With its soft, padded interior, the holder cradles your phone to protect it from bumps and scratches you might put it through.
- Just Creative
The mount has flexible clamps with a bi-directional lever, so you can adjust the way it holds your phone to your liking.
- All True Stuff
The mount clips onto one of your car's air vents, but it has a full cradle to keep your phone in place rather than connecting to it using magnets.
- Business Insider
It has a quick-release button for simple operation and also to save time when using it.
- CTOP Reviews
This holder can be rotated in any direction or panned however you want.
- 10 Best Review
The clasp that secures your phone to the car’s air vent is designed to stay firmly in place, whether you’re going down a smooth or bumpy road.
- iDapt
Thanks to an innovative 360-degree rotation, it offers you the best viewing range.
- ReviewingPlus
You can use all kinds of iPhones, samsung devices and literally most of the smartphones in the market.
- Technary
It also features a soft interior that would help protect your phone from scratches and bumps.
- The Washington Note
What experts didn't like
Not compatible with big phones such as Google Pixel 5
- Reviewscon
The only thing to bear in mind with this option is that the mount isn’t compatible with Google’s Pixel 5 phone.
- Car Bibles
The only downside is that it isn’t compatible with the Pixel 5 phone from Google.
- Just Creative
It will block the air vent of your car and be a bit difficult to install as a result.
- 10 Best Review
Although this air vent mount is compatible with most phones, this phone holder won’t fit a Google Pixel 5.
- iDapt
Not ideal for landscape view
- ReviewingPlus
Though not compatible with Google Pixel 5.
- Technary
The only downside about this product is it wouldn’t work with a Google Pixel 5 phone.
- The Washington Note

From The Manufacturer

Quick release button: press button on back of unit to slide open and then take out mobile phone. Press the arms on both side to clamp mobile phone again, simple of operation, save time and power. 360 degree rotation: The fully 360-degree rotation provide you with the best viewing angle.The holder ensures safe driving whether you are talking, navigating, listening to music or charging. broad compatibility: passed a wide range of tests, fit for most cellphones, iPhone 7 7 Plus iPhone 6S Plus, 6S, 5S, 5C, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC, LG, Nexus, Nokia, GPS Device. Sturdy, cradle-less and attractive device holding system.Suitable for width size from 1.9 inch to 3.7inch smart phone or electronic devices.1 year warranty. Not compatible with the pixel 5 Smartphone.

An Overview On Cellphone Holders

We use our smartphones for pretty much everything these days. Smartphones are often our go-to GPS devices when we need driving directions, as many of us don’t have built-in navigation in our vehicles. The catch is that it’s very dangerous and even illegal in many places to have your phone in your hand while you’re driving.

If you need to see your phone’s screen while you’re driving, you want to make sure it’s in a position that is easily glanced-at while you’re still paying attention to what is happening on the road around you. Having your phone in your lap, showing you directions while you drive around heavily-trafficked highways and city blocks is a really easy way to have an accident, especially if someone in front of you brakes hard and you’re too busy looking at where your next turn is to see the impending collision.

Smartphone mounts were designed to perfectly satisfy this conundrum, and there are now many great styles and options for mounting your phone in front of you in the safest way possible. Your car’s dashboard is different from others, and your windshield is sloped differently, too. Variables like these made it challenging for companies to find the right blend of engineering and versatility to make the perfect smartphone mount. But there are now a variety of products so it actually can be a bit difficult to even know which one is best for you.

Cup-holder smartphone mounts are one creative way to get the job done when you want to mount your phone in your car, but you’ll want to consider when and where these are actually going to be good products. If your cup holders are set very low and nowhere near your windshield, you might still be looking down at your screen, which is quite a good distance from your field of view.

Even with extending arms, these cup holder models are best used in vehicles with cup holders set in places that are near the front of your view, up high and centrally located in your vehicle. Cup-holder mounts are handy because they don’t require any permanent mounting in your vehicle with an adhesive, which can leave a residue if you ever take it off.

For another style of phone mount that doesn’t require adhering anything to your dash or using a suction cup to your windshield, there are many types of smartphone holders that clip right into your existing air-vents. A pair of pinchers on the backside of the mount will simply squeeze around the slats on your vent, allowing you to then place your phone in the mechanism that holds it steady. These are great for times when you simply need to mount your phone for one trip here and there, not wanting a permanent set up in your car.

For something that’s really upfront and center, there are mounts that adhere directly to your dashboard and can pretty much be placed exactly where they will best suit you. Often times, there is a small piece that attaches to the dashboard and then another piece that attaches to that anchored point. This means you can remove the phone mount and leave only a small part stuck to your dash in the times when you don’t want your phone mount sitting up there.

Magnets are awesome and they have found a firm footing in smartphone mounts. Regardless of how your mount attaches to your vehicle, there are options that include magnets rather than a physical clamp. The magnet needs to have metal to work and that usually happens by placing a special phone case on your smartphone or simply inserting a metal plate behind your phone, sandwiched in place by your phone case of choice.

If you are leary of magnets or don’t want the hassle of having a phone case at all, there are really solid clamps that are attached to many of these mounts. The clamping mechanisms are designed to fit pretty much every smartphone in existence and sometimes they can even hold tablets.

Some cellphone mounts are not meant for vehicles at all and are meant to sit on your desk. These would be used to prop your smartphone or tablet up at a good angle where you can see it without moving your head too far from your primary working area. This saves your neck from unnecessary strain and also makes referencing your phone or tablet a much more natural motion.

DWYM Fun Fact

Using your phone while driving is extremely distracting and, therefore, dangerous for you and the other vehicles on the road. Because of this, 48 of the 50 states have a ban in place for texting while driving and, by using a phone mount, you can still have both hands on the wheel while using your phone’s voice-to-text feature. This product can make you a safer driver while also preventing you from being pulled over for texting-while-driving issues.

The Cellphone Holder Buying Guide

  • Verify that the mount will hold your exact model of smartphone. Most will be truly universal, but it’s best to always check.
  • See if you can plug your smartphone in while you use the mount. Having your screen on for navigation can drain your battery fast.
  • Try a simple option to see if you like having a mount at all. You can always upgrade down the road.
  • Always mount your phone before you start driving as it’s safer to have it in place before moving your vehicle.