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Koomus Aero Air Vent Car Mount

This is yet another smartphone car mount I’m reviewing ūüôā The folks at Koomus was kind enough to send me a few of their mount options after seeing my first review. ¬†I’ve already reviewed the CD-Air and Magnetos before, both of which are cd slot based mounts. This review is for the Koomus¬†Aero Air Vent Car Mount, designed to attach your phone to your car’s¬†air vent.

Koomus Aero Air Vent Car Mount

There are currently many different air vent mounts available on the market and although very similar, they all differ in their clip and grip design. Unfortunately I don’t have competitors¬†to compare against, so I will simply review the Aero against its CD slot mounted siblings and personal preference.

Aero with iPhone 6+ mounted on spring loaded grip.
Aero with iPhone 6+ mounted on spring loaded grip.

Weighing in at only 1oz. the Koomus Aero is a clip based mount which attaches¬†to your vehicle’s air vent grill. The clip is plastic and is protected by a rubberized tip¬†to create a strong grip and prevent¬†damage to your air vent’s grill. The design ¬†is very simple and attaching the mount is as easy as pushing the clip against the grill. The clip is strong and will require¬†moderate force to attach or¬†detach. Once secure, you’ll have the confidence that it will never fall off. The clip will fit most grill designs, vertical / horizontal, although there are some limitations as indicated by the manufacturer. Your air vent’s grill needs to be a minimum of 3/4″ in¬†length and each slat can’t exceed 1/8″ in thickness for best compatibility.

Aero with iPhone 6+ mounted.
Aero with iPhone 6+ mounted.

Koomus Aero Air Vent Car Mount

The grip, like the Koomus CD-Air, is a spring loaded system¬†with a rubberized lining to securely hold your phone in place. The photo shows the Aero holding an iPhone 6+ with case, but it will hold a phone, with or without a case, up to 3.27″ wide. The grip is connected to the mounting clip by a ball joint that gives you the ability to rotate, swivel, and tilt to your liking.

Koomus Aero mounted portrait mode on air vent.
Koomus Aero mounted portrait mode on air vent.

In portrait mode, the Aero is best positioned as it provides a greater degree of tilt towards or away from the driver. In landscape mode, depending on the length of the phone, the possible tilt angle is reduced due to the distance between the phone and air vent.

Koomus Aero mounted lanscape on air vent.
Koomus Aero mounted lanscape on air vent.

The Koomus Aero is one of many mounting options available out there and only you can determine which will work best for¬†your situation. I personally like forced air blowing onto my face and hands while driving,¬†so¬†¬†covering up one of my vents is not ideal. ¬†The one advantage I see is when you prefer having your phone to the left of the steering wheel, where mounting options are limited unless you like attaching suction based mounting systems to your glass. I personally can’t stand suction cup marks or having mounts which attract too much attention for prying eyes. A vent based system is very discreet and easy to detach and hide inside your car if needed.

Every situation, like the layout of your car’s functions and relative position of controls, will determine the best mounting option for you. I hope that my reviews of the CD-Air, Magnetos, and Aero will make the research and discovery process simpler.

The Koomus Aero Air Vent Car Mount is inexpensive and can be purchased for $14.99 from Amazon in either (black) or (white) in color.

Koomus CD-Air – Universal Smartphone Mount

Koomus CD-Air CD Slot MountA few weeks ago I posted a detailed and glowing review of the Koomus Magnetos universal cd slot smartphone mount. This week Koomus was kind enough to send me one of their other cd slot options, the Koomus CD-Air РUniversal Smartphone Mount, to review.

Koomus CD Air – Spring loaded grip holding an iPhone 6 plus.

Like the Magnetos, the CD-Air is a cd slot based smartphone mount. The difference between the two is how the phone is attached to the mount. In the Magnetos, the phone is mounted via a magnet whereby the CD-Air uses a spring loaded grip to securely hold he phone in place. Another difference between the two is the base unit and how it attaches to your cd slot. It is a newer and sleeker design. In the Magnetos, the slot mount is tightened by an adjustable screw and the CD-Air by a one-touch locking lever.

Koomus CD-Air mounted in the cd slot of a BMW 5 series.

The fit of the CD-Air inside the cd slot is snug and with the one-touch locking mechanism, installation is a snap. If for some reason your cd slot is too big the packaging also includes three different sized pads, that you can clip on the blades, for the perfect fit. As you can see from the image below, once installed, the mount is low profile and is easily adjustable. It has a long neck that can be adjusted up and down relative to the base, and a ball joint with a wide range of motion.

Note: The ball joint will seem stiff at first, but after frequent adjustments, it will loosen up for smoother operation.

Koomus CD-Air with iPhone 6 plus mounted and tilted towards the passenger.

The advantages of the CD-air‘s design is that it can hold most phones up to 3.54 inches wide. This will fit most phones, even with¬†a case installed. It also holds your phone securely in place, without needing¬†to worry about accidental physical contact, that can knock the phone off the mount; something you have to worry about with magnetic mounts. The grip is lined with soft rubber on the inside and will not leave a mark on your phone.

The adjustability is almost limitless as you can fully rotate between portrait and landscape and tilt with a wide range of motion.

Koomus CD-Air with iPhone 6 plus – landscape mode.

In summary, the Koomus CD-Air is a great accessory to own if you need a secure and convenient way to mount your smartphone in your vehicle. The secure grip, snug cd slot fit, and its full range of adjustability makes it a good buy. I also forgot to mention that the build quality is fairly nice. The black plastic matches that of most dark plastic in vehicles today.

Koomus CD-Air with iPhone 6 plus.

Having both the CD-Air and the Magnetos mount, I prefer the base of the CD-Air and the magnetic mount of the Magnetos. The only advantage of the CD-Air is its secure attachment and knowing that a hard jolt or accidental contact will not knock your phone off the mount.

Koomus Magnetos Universal CD Slot Car Mount

Customer review for the Koomus Magnetos Universal CD Slot Magnetic Cradle-less Smartphone Car Mount Holder.  

Since purchasing the new iPhone 6 plus, the phone no longer fits inside my cup holder or in crevices where my old iPhone 5 would easily fit. This is a huge problem for me and the search for the perfect car mount holder begins. Upon reading many reviews online and on Amazon, I narrowed it down to a few with the criteria that it is unobtrusive, easy on and off, non-suction based, and ease of manipulation for the perfect viewing angle.

Magnetos CD Slot Smartphone Magnetic Car Mount
Magnetos CD Slot Smartphone Magnetic Car Mount

Based on its simple design and brilliant mounting option, I decided to order the Koomus Magnetos Universal CD Slot Magnetic Cradle-less Smartphone Car Mount Holder from Amazon for $16.00.

Installation was straightforward and simple. The small box contains the CD mount, magnetic ball joint, and two thin¬†pieces of metal. One with¬†adhesive and the other without. I don’t recommend using the

Place the thin piece of metal in between your phone and case

adhesive version just because it looks ugly to stick that to the back of your phone or case. It was included for devices like a GPS unit where a case is not available. Use the loose piece of metal and put it inside, between your phone and case. See illustration. You can use either the one with adhesive or not, but the one without seems thinner and will not affect the fitment of your case.

Tip: I recommend that you cover the metal sheet with tape or alternatively, a post-it note so that the bare metal does not come in contact and scratch your phone.

Attaching the Magnetos car mount to your CD slot.

Now that you have the metal installed, practice attaching it to the magnetic ball joint and play with the adjustments. Now attach the CD mount to your car’s slotted CD player. It will seem loose at first, but by turning the adjustment screw, the insert will expand and hold the unit in place. On the BMW 5 series, it fits perfectly without completely obstructing the air-vents or¬†other critical controls.

At night, the mount is dark and small, keeping it discreet from prying eyes.

As you can see, the installation is straightforward and the look is discreet, not attracting attention like other popular windshield or dash mounts. You can adjust the ball joint to suit your viewing angle and easily change the orientation of your phone from portrait to landscape just by lifting and rotating your phone.

Also good for watching YouTube and movies.
iPhone 6 Plus mounted magnetically

The surface with which it comes in contact with your phone is made out of grippy rubber and once magnetically attached, the rubber has enough grip to let it not slide around during bumpy runs.

Note: The magnet is strong enough to securely hold your phone in place, but it is not strong enough for when you press the home button. Since the iPhone home button is at the bottom edge, the leverage point will easily pop your phone off the magnet. When you need to operate the phone, be gentle and support the tapping pressure with your hands behind for support.

iPhone 6 Plus mounted and tilted towards the driver.

Tilting the phone towards the driver, makes it really easy to operate apps like Waze, to tag police speed traps and traffic cams.

In summary, the Koomus Magnetos CD car mount holder is something I highly recommend if you have the same criteria as I do. In my opinion, this is the best accessory for all smartphones, large or small.