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Monday, May 2, 2011

Otterbox Defender Car Kit–Constrution


I recently purchased an Otterbox Defender case for iPhone 4.   It does the job as intended, protecting  your phone from knocks and dust.  Great bit of kit, making you’re iPhone look a little like a mid 80’s Walkman Smile.

The biggest issue, is that Otterbox don’t make a car-phone holder for it.  Having broken my 5th universal in air-vent phone holder I wanted to get something decent for phone+Otterbox comibination.

Googling the issue of Otterbox and Car mounts didn’t prove to fruitful.   So I took matters into my own hand and made one.

So I purchased ‘yet another’ air vent holder,  but this one came at least with a windscreen mount bracket.

I opted for this one, from Tesco.

For £6.95,  link here - http://direct.tesco.com/product/images/?R=100-8959

The Otterbox comes with a belt clip.   I Intended to use this as it snaps tightly onto the phone, and didn’t mind breaking the clip in the process,  to be frank belt-clips for phones is not a good look.   Using pliers, I pulled out the metal spring.  Then levering the belt clip off, left me with just the phone holder bit.

This gave me the perfect base to just glue to the stem of the Tesco car holder.   Using super glue,  I managed to get a pretty tight connection with the advantage that the Tesco mount allows for rotation.

Final product -

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Back of the bracket.

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Fitted -

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I’ve just driven 400 miles with it,  it works great in both portrait or landscape.  The phone snaps in with a reassuring click.   On the road, their seems to be no vibration.   Given the build quality of the Otterbox, this seems a really robust solution.   Not bad for Otterbox case+£6.95 and about 20 minutes work.

 

 

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