April 15, 2024

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Review: Features, Specs, Price

Pitaka’s MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 is an excellent evolution of its original car charger with the added benefit of shortcut automation with NFC technology.

Pitaka MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Review

Car chargers don’t seem like a place waiting for a disruption. MagSafe made them much better at presenting and charging the device, so there wasn’t much else to do from there.

Instead of accepting that, Pitaka tried to take the simple car charger concept further. He created a sleek plastic and aramid fiber construction that ensures a MagSafe-compatible iPhone with a strong grip.

As an added bonus, it has a physical switch that the user can toggle to change NFC functions. There are three positions, giving the user some variability beyond what is possible with a single shortcut.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 review – design

The MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 has a similar design to the original, adopting a modern car-like design. It has curves, shiny plastic sides and grooves, and looks like it belongs in most modern infotainment systems.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Review: Aramid Fiber and NFC

The flat front surface is covered with the same aramid fiber used in Pitaka’s iPhone cases. The switch in the middle toggles the NFC settings and an NFC icon is seen at the bottom.

The back of the charger has an adjustment knob to adjust the tension of the vent clip. The vent clip connects to the main charger via a 17mm universal swivel ball, meaning any compatible vent clip or dash mount can be swapped out.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Review: A Slim and Simple Vent Clip

The original MagEZ Car Mount Pro had an internal fan to cool the charging coils. Pitaka says the second-generation charger does not need fans thanks to improvements in the overall design.

The charger’s MagSafe magnets are strong enough to hold even the heavy iPhone 15 Pro Max up on bumpy roads. A MagSafe case will increase this grip strength even further.

The wireless charger is rated at 15W for Android devices, while iPhones are limited to 7.5W. This is because it is not MagSafe or Qi2 certified.

Using the MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2

The vent mount included with the MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 is one of the best we’ve used. Others are large and difficult to mount in the awkward vents of our Honda HR-V.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 review: Vent clip sits flush and stable on vent

Pitaka’s included vent clip slid right between the vents and attached effortlessly. After squeezing the ball joint, the iPhone stayed in the air and never sank.

The charger connects via USB-C to a power source connected to the cigarette lighter. Pitaka doesn’t include the power supply, but any 20W or better option should work just fine.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 review: USB-C connection and standard 17mm ball mount

Since the MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 is powered via USB-C, it can be disconnected and connected to our iPhone if necessary. The 7.5W charging keeps our iPhone topped up for long trips, but if we’re a little low and driving just 10 minutes down the road, the wired 20W can add a lot more juice.

Overall, the Pitaka car charger works great as a magnetic car charger and looks good. But that’s not all it can do.

NFC Automations

The switch at the base of the MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 allows the user to switch between three NFC functions. These don’t do anything out of the box except display a link to the Pitaka website, but they can be used to program automations into shortcuts that run when tapped.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 review: Tapping the NFC symbol triggers a scheduled automation

Three NFC tags mean three different automations. You can get creative with this by running shortcuts with complex if/and statements, but we kept it simple for the review.

Two of our automations were for media. Tapping one NFC chip would launch my Apple Music station, while another would resume any Podcasts that are active in the Apple Podcasts app.

A third shortcut we tried was to automatically get directions home and send an ETA to our partner. The good thing about starting simple is that we can easily add more steps as ideas occur to us.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Review: Set up an automation in Shortcuts

The automation settings are the same every time.

  1. Open the Apple Shortcuts app and navigate to the Automation tab.
  2. Tap the “+” in the upper right corner and select “NFC” as the activator.
  3. Configure settings as needed: We set the automation to run immediately without notification.
  4. Tap “Scan” and bring your iPhone closer to the NFC symbol on the charger.
  5. Tap “Next” and set up your shortcut actions.
  6. Tap “Done” and your automation is ready.

Repeat this with the switch in all three positions to set each automation. Tapping the NFC tag with the iPhone will now run the automation associated with that switch color.

We noticed that the website notification occurs every time the iPhone is touched. There doesn’t seem to be a way to erase this from the NFC chip, but it’s not a big hassle.

NFC in a simple and elegant car charger

Adding NFC to a MagSafe compatible car charger makes it much more useful. We’re happy to see shortcut automation executed in a different space, like inside a vehicle.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 review: Designed as part of a modern dashboard

The good design and unique feature set don’t come at a premium cost either. It’s identically priced to the Car and Driver half magnetic car mount we reviewed previously.

If you’re looking for a better car charging solution, we can’t recommend Pitaka’s MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 enough. It’s especially good if you’re an avid user of shortcuts and automation.

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 – Advantages

  • Well designed and disappears when the iPhone is connected.
  • USB-C power means fast wired iPhone charging is within reach
  • Easily connects to other mounts if the included vent mount isn’t enough
  • NFC is a plus in an otherwise complete charger

MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 – Cons

  • Does not include power adapter
  • NFC tags have a website attached that cannot be removed

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

It’s hard to consider how to improve something as simple as a vent-mounted magnetic car charger. NFC automations are novel enough to earn this product a 5 out of 5, but that annoying website notification isn’t ideal.

Also, including a simple power adapter would have been nice at this price.

Where to buy MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2

Get the MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 on the Pitaka website for $59.99. It can also be purchased on Amazon for $59.99.

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