Belkin car tech

Summer’s just about here and with many of us staying more local over the coming months, road trips are going to be the hot travel adventure of 2020. We reached out to Belkin after we discovered a couple of perfect tech gadgets to take along for the ride.

Belkin Premium Car Vent Mount

Even if your car is a bit dated (yet you’re on top of audio on-demand subscription services), there’s no reason not to enjoy stereo sound while driving!

We’re in this exact boat: We’re not sure if we’ll replace our car and go back to car sharing, or just plunk down savings for a new ride in the future when our VW Jetta finally gets a costly repair bill not worth addressing. Both Premium Car Vent Mount and BOOST↑UP™ 2-Port Dual USB-A Car Charger are good solutions to take on your adventures if your car hasn’t got the latest onboard screen tech.

Belkin Premium Car Vent Mount

Premium Car Vent Mount

Belkin’s Premium Car Vent Mount offers a way to use your smartphone safely while driving. It’ll fit most large smartphones (with screen sizes up to 5.5 inches including a protective case up to 3mm thick).

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The mount’s cradle attaches to your smartphone via your car’s own dashboard vent without the need for a suction cup or adhesives. And it rotates 180 degrees for optimal map viewing.

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Use portrait mode for charging, listening to music and hands-free calls; rotate it to landscape mode for using with navigation apps.

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Compatible with iPhone, Samsung, LG, Huawei and other smartphones, the Premium Car Vent Mount fits most car vents and has a built-in cable management to keep the phone’s cable out of the way, yet within reach when needed.

Road Test

We’ve got two things to mention after spending some time using the mount. If you pair Spotify with Google Maps, you won’t be able to access your iPhone’s home screen while the phone is in landscape (map viewing) mode. As well, the user guide warns against having the mount in place when using the car’s heating vent. Keep this in mind once winter rolls around.

Belkin Premium Car Vent Mount

This also makes it easy to charge your smartphone while mounted using your car’s power outlet (car charger sold separately). In black; CAD $19.98 on Amazon.ca/USD $29.95

Belkin 2-Port Car Charger + USB-A to Lightning Cable

BOOST↑UP™ 2-Port Car Charger + USB-A to Lightning Cable

Complementing the Premium Car Vent is Belkin’s BOOST↑UP™ 2-Port Car Charger + USB-A to Lightning Cable, compact and able to charge up to two devices at once. It’s easy to toss the charger into a backpack, purse or glovebox when not in use.

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The BOOST↑UP™ delivers a 24 watt/4.8 amp total output to power devices quickly and safely. The charger’s universal compatibility lets you charge phones, tablets, smartwatches and other devices. A built-in LED light lets you know when connected devices are charging.

Belkin 2-Port Car Charger + USB-A to Lightning Cable

The included four-foot Belkin MIXIT↑ USB-A to Lightning Cable offers considerable reach, so even backseat passengers can power up.

Belkin 2-Port Car Charger + USB-A to Lightning Cable

Key Features

– LED indicator shows charging progress
– Universal compatibility for Apple, LG, Samsung, Google, Huawei and more
– Plenty of charging power for charging two devices simultaneously
– Elegant black design
– Easily detach the cable from the charger to sync media between your devices and computer

Via their Connected Equipment Warranty, Belkin will repair or replace electronic devices damaged by an electrical charge while properly connected to this charger, up to $2,500. In black; CAD $43.08 on Amazon.ca/USD $39.99

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