We love clever solutions, and sometimes we need clever solutions.
“Cellphone mounts” is just one of the product categories desperately in need of one. Traditionally the world of suction cups and clumsy vice grip devices, cellphone mounts haven’t moved forward in the way the other accessory categories have. Overall quality improved, but it seemed to be the same product over and over again. The challenges of aesthetics, variable car designs, and phone compatibility weren’t being addressed.
All this changed with the Nite Ize Steelie mount system.
The Nite Ize Steelie is a favorite here at Hitfar, and it’s popular because it exceeds expectations. Upon inspection, all you see is a surface-mountable metal ball the size of a jawbreaker, and a dime sized metal disk with a red spot in the middle. To use it, you mount the ball on the dash of your vehicle, and the small disk on the back of your phone or case.
The disk is a powerful magnet which firmly attaches your phone to the ball at the angle of your choosing, and the red dot in the middle is grippable silicon that keeps the disk from sliding out of position. The result is a reliable mount that looks small and attractive, a system that is exceptionally easy to use , and a durable solution applicable to any phone in any vehicle.
That came when we discovered all the other places we could mount our phones with the Steelie mount disk on the back. Refrigerators when you are tracking a recipe, overhead fans if that’s too far away, toolboxes, exercise machines, workbenches, and so on. We used it to take selfies, track our Twitter feed while we were cooking, make impromptu videos, and yes, to mount our phone in the car.
In the car we need “easy”, and nothing could be easier than the Steelie. Need to remove it to update GPS directions? Is your passenger sharing the navigation duties? No problem. Mounting, removal and orientation are easy and intuitive with this system.
After the success of the original Steelie, Nite Ize brought out a few options that only served to make everything better.
Steelie Vent Mount Kit – This option mounts your Steelie ball with an air vent mount apparatus. It’s a terrific option because it requires no sticking, mounts to the fins safely, and the magnet attachment means no downward pressure is applied.
Steelie Connect Case System, (iPhone 6) – This bundles the vent mount with a lightweight and protective case. The case can be converted to a belt clip case or a Steelie mount case in a flash.
Steelie Pedestal Kit – Bundled with two Steelie disks, this counter-top pedestal supports both smartphones and tablets and looks terrific in your home or on your desk. Use it as a desk mount or a tablet viewing stand at home.
Clever is rarely associated with complexity, and the Nite Ize Steelie is the perfect example. A simple design with no moving parts turns the whole category on it’s head.
Take it to the world, people.