Phone Mounts for a Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Phone MountsThe Tesla Model 3 is newly introduced as a lower priced entry point into the iconic brand of battery powered vehicles.  Let’s take a look at mounting options for this vehicle.

Finding good mounting locations in Tesla models has never been easy.  The Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X were similarly challenging.

A photo of the interior of the Tesla Model 3 accompanies this article.  It isn’t going to be easy to find many spots for a phone mount.  A tablet mount is out of the question as the interior is simply too small to easily accommodate a larger device than a phone so we won’t be recommending anything for a tablet.

Looking at the interior, we see an easily accessible windshield and a fairly large dash.  The vents are strangely shaped and it will be difficult to find a good mount for this location.  There is no CD player so can’t use that as a mount point.  A small pair of cup holders are set too far back to be of use.  The seat bolts are not going to work either.

That leaves us with two locations for mounting a phone in a Tesla Model 3.  The windshield and dash are the best locations to mount a phone in a Tesla Model 3.  We will recommend a few mounts that fit this criteria.

Windshield and Dash Mounts for the Tesla Model 3

First up is the windshield on this vehicle.  This is probably the best location for mounting a phone because it keeps the phone within easy view ans easy reach.  Be sure the mounting location doesn’t block your view of the road.

Consider the Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount for smartphones. The cradle expands to over seven-inches wide and that is large enough to hold a phone with or without a case (including a thick Otterbox Defender).  The expandable cradle includes support legs that can be moved from side to side to leave any port on your phone exposed for cables.  The mount can be adjusted at the base and cradle.  It rotates 360 degrees.

If you would like to use a Garmin GPS in this vehicle instead of the gigantic display, remove the cradle and adapter from this mount.  That uncovers a 17mm ball which is the exact size necessary to fit the socket on the back of a Garmin vehicle GPS cradle (such as the Nuvi or Drive).

This mount kit includes a dash disk for turning the suction mount into one that works on top of the dash.  It’s an adhesive variety.  When needing to remove it, read our advice on how to remove an adhesive dash mount from a car dashboard.

Another option to consider is the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones. This mount provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle.  This mount grips the phone from the sides.  Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature.  The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side.  This is large enough to hold most phones.

We wrote a detailed review of this mount awhile ago.  Take a read if you want to read more about it.

Turning the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 into a dash mount can happen by adding the iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad.  It’s a temporary non adhesive accessory.  The bottom has a sticky surface and the top is smooth like a windshield.