Review: Montar Air Qi Car Mount & Charger

I wrote about the Montar car mount a while back and I liked it a lot. Now that iPhones support Qi, my only concern is that the old model didn't support wireless charging. That's fixed now with the Montar Air Qi ($49.99). As with the previous model, it has a sleek racing car design, with glossy black and bold red accents. 

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The big selling point is the Qi-based wireless charging. You simply slip the phone in place, and squeeze the side adapters to keep it in place. You can rotate the phone 360 degrees, which should be helpful for navigation. It has a button for a quick release, hidden out of site. You may need a few practice attempts before releasing the iPhone becomes second nature. The Montar Air Qi mounts using the built-in suction mount and Montar even includes a 3M pad if your dashboard doesn't have a good surface. You could also keep the mount in a cupholder.

Pros

  • Qi-based wireless charging
  • 360-degree rotation
  • Quick insertion and release
  • Bold color design
  • Suction mount or keep in cupholder
  • Car charger and microUSB cable included

Cons

  • Insertion and release take some practice

Final Verdict

If you want a sporty car mount that also charges your iPhone wirelessly, check out the Montar Qi from Winner Gear. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.