While plenty of people use a case for their iPhone, the number of people who bother installing a car mount (or other type of mount, for that matter) is substantially smaller. Now, with the MagBak Case, which has already been successfully funded on Kickstarter, your case is your car mount.
A few years ago, we mentioned another MagBak product, which the company claimed to be world’s thinnest mount for the iPad. The company is now making the same claims about its product for the iPhone. Described as a “minimalist protective case and mounting solution for your iPhone,” the MagBak looks similar to other cases, and it is, until you stick it to your refrigerator.
The case uses industrial strength, rare-earth magnets to stick to any metallic surface, which is a neat idea on its own, but MagBak doesn’t stop there. The case also includes a small piece of aluminum that can be affixed to any surface from wood to glass, creating an instant mount point for the case. Your phone can then be mounted in either portrait or landscape orientation.
For those worried about carrying a powerful magnet next to your credit cards, that has already been addressed. “To be able to affect the magnetic strip on a credit card, a much stronger magnet concentrated in a smaller surface area would be needed. The magnets embedded in the MagBak Case are spread out and isolated by a layer of silicone,” MagBak founder Alex Baca said to TechCrunch. “This layer of silicone is designed to keep the magnets isolated/distant when in contact with non-metal objects, but to compress when in contact with metal surfaces or other magnets for more secure mounting.”
Underneath the silicone is a polycarbonate body providing the main structure of the case, while a microfiber liner prevents scratches on the phone and adds a slight amount of shock absorption.
The case costs $39 and is available for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A version of the case for the iPhone 5 and 5s is also in the works.
While at the time of this writing the campaign has already raised $140,000 — well past its goal of $15,000 — there are still a few days left to back the project.