If you look around the cycle paths these days, electromobility seems to have arrived there in the form of numerous e-bikes and pedelecs. But even those who brave the autumnal weather without a battery often like to have their own iPhone with them. For several years now, I have been relying very satisfactorily on the solutions from the Australian manufacturer QuadLock, which, in addition to robust protective cases for different iPhone generations, also offers suitable holders for bicycles, motorcycles, the windscreen in the car or the desk.
The modular system consists of a back case suitable for the respective iPhone model and an optional transparent cover as rain protection, which QuadLock calls a “poncho”. Using a corresponding holding mechanism on the back of the case, the same can be attached to the brackets that are also available by means of a small twist, and it is held securely there. Only pressing the release mechanism allows the case to be released from the holder with a small turn.
Very flexible and modular system
At this point, QuadLock offers various brackets that can be used for bicycles or pedelecs, for motorcycles and scooters, for navigation in the car on the windshield or the ventilation. Desk stands are also available. The practical thing about the QuadLock system is the already mentioned modularity: If you buy a new iPhone model, you don’t have to buy a new holder right away, you only have to replace the back cover and, if necessary, the optional poncho.
QuadLock has now come up with something new for the latest iPhone generations and is also offering a case version including a MagSafe magnet for the first time for Apple smartphones from the iPhone 12 and the iPhone SE of the 2nd and 3rd generation. I had the opportunity to try the QuadLock MagSafe case with my existing bike mounts from the manufacturer. You can find my first impressions below.
QuadLock MAG Case: Significantly slimmer than its predecessor
The new back cover version – available in the web shop as the “MAG Case” – will continue to be delivered in black and consists of a robust polycarbonate core and a shock-absorbing outer shell made of TPU material. Thanks to the material described by the manufacturer as “SoftTouch” and the rounded corners, the case is also a real pleasure to hold when not in use in the holder. All buttons and switches are still freely accessible, and there is a slightly raised bead on the back for the camera lenses, which protects the sensitive lenses from scratches.
Compared to the regular iPhone case, which can still be purchased in the QuadLock web shop, the MagSafe case has a slightly slimmer profile. The indentation for the holder no longer protrudes, but is flush and flat with the back of the case – and is much more comfortable in the hand or on the table.
Strong magnet and optional colored rings
Without this small design change, the MagSafe function of the QuadLock MAG Case would probably not have been available. The circular MagSafe magnet is now located around the indentation, which also cuts a really good figure in connection with other MagSafe accessories. I tried the QuadLock MAG case on my desk with my Satechi MagSafe charging station, among other things, and was very impressed by the strong magnetic force of the MagSafe ring. Nothing wobbles here, the magnet snaps perfectly into the holder. Even in combination with my MagSafe car holder for the ventilation grilles from Moment, there was nothing to complain about with the MAG Case: The magnet held tight and was not in danger of falling off even on bumpy roads.
To spice up the MagSafe feature, QuadLock also offers optional colorful magnetic rings for the back of the MAG case as accessories. If the plain black is just TOO plain, you can find the rings for 9.99 euros each in the colors red, pink, grey, blue, olive green and orange in the web shop. The change is quick and easy thanks to a small tool that is included and is reminiscent of the SIM needle in iPhones. With the needle, the ring is simply “punched out” from the inside at the appropriate points and then detaches from the MAG case. In a second step, you simply click the other ring on the back of the case and press it firmly until it snaps in everywhere.
Due to the MagSafe functionality, QuadLock has also expanded its own portfolio of mounts: There are two new MagSafe mounts for use in the car alone, which can either be attached to the dashboard with an adhesive pad or in the ventilation slots. QuadLock now offers a MAG Dual Desktop Wireless Charger for the desk, which can be used to charge an iPhone and the AirPods in the base via a Qi charging surface. At 139.99 euros, the desk mount is not exactly cheap either. The entire MagSafe range can be found at the MAG page be viewed by QuadLock.
Delivery within the EU from 50 euros free of charge
My conclusion: I am still very enthusiastic about the high-quality QuadLock system and the numerous possibilities that the accessories offer. With the new MagSafe feature, the iPhone case can also be used in everyday life and is compatible with all other accessories for Apple’s magnetic charging option. I also like that when you switch to a new iPhone model, you don’t have to buy a completely new system, only the back cover has to be replaced. There is no need for a cumbersome new installation of a bracket.
The QuadLock system can be used either as individual components or in kits including a case and bracket for the respective application QuadLock EU webshop acquire. The new MAG case for the iPhone 14 generation, for example, is available for EUR 39.99, and the matching poncho costs EUR 29.99. Bike mounts for the stem or the handlebars are available from EUR 29.99, a side mirror mount for motorcycles and scooters costs EUR 39.99. The new MAG fan holder for the car costs 42.99 euros, a clip holder for the belt or a backpack costs 24.99 euros. All deliveries over 50 euros via the EU shop are free of charge, shipping is usually within a few days by DHL or GLS via QuadLock’s EU warehouse in the Netherlands.
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