Bracketron has been in the vehicle mount business for a long time. They make quality products that truly stand the test of time. I speak from first hand experience as I am still rocking my Bracketron Grip-It Windshield Mount I bought years ago. When I was contacted about their new Power Dock Pro Flex mount, I had to check it out. The Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex (say that three times fast) plugs into your 12v charger in your car and has a USB plug that charges your smartphone. The universal mount can be adjusted to fit most normal sized devices, sorry Galaxy Note owners, and a neck that can be twisted around to suit your visibility needs. It’s a really good idea that excels in some areas but leaves a lot to be desired in others. Hit the jump to check out the full review.
The Power Dock Pro relies on a 12v socket to mount in your vehicle. Depending on your vehicle’s placement of the 12v jack, this could be really nice or really terrible. In my Honda Fit the plug is tucked back pretty far which makes the neck only reach to my shift knob level, not exactly ideal for keeping my eyes on the road. When I have my phone mounted on the windshield I have no issues keeping my eyes on the road and being able to quickly glance over at the screen. The neck is about 3″ long so your positioning is going to really depend on your vehicle’s plug location.
The mount itself is made of a soft touch material and adjusts to fit most phones. It works great with my Galaxy Nexus and I also tested it with a HTC Thunderbolt with a case on it with no issues. I really like the material it’s made out of because it never feels like it will scratch my device or leave marks. There is a swivel pivot on the back that makes it very easy to rotate the mount. The neck on the other hand is less maneuverable, but does have some bend to it. Depending on the weight of your phone, it may be more difficult to keep the mount in the exact spot you want due to it “sagging” a little.
A larger issue I have with the Power Dock Pro is that the USB charger doesn’t seem to charge fast enough. What I mean by that is if I have GPS running and music streaming at the same time, the battery depletes faster than the Power Dock Pro can charge my phone. I have tested this using a traditional car charger and it has no issues keeping up. To be fair I also tested this in a Honda Civic and did not have the same issue. Again, I guess it just depends on the car but I am fairly certain both vehicles use the same 12v plug.
So the Power Dock Pro could be a really great product, but the largest variable is your vehicle. If you are not looking for a windshield mount, this is a great alternative especially if the location of your 12v jack enables you to easily see your device.