The Kenu Airframe is one of our favourite smartphone car mounts, but the team behind it just unveiled a new car kit that includes an Airframe+, capable of securing large phones like the Nexus 6P, and their new DualTrip fast phone charger, which can charge your phone and a passenger's while you drive. Kenu sent me the Airframe Car Kit before it launched to try out, and it includes two parts: the Airframe+, and the brand new DualTrip USB car charger. Together they will set you back $47.
The Airframe+ itself is the car mount you may already know: It mounts to your air vent using a set of rubberised "legs" on the back of the mount, and the spring-loaded slider holds any size device, and keeps your phone firm and snug. It works in portrait or landscape mode, your choice. As long as you're OK losing an air vent, the Airframe can keep your phone mounted and secure. After hours of driving, sometimes on bumpy roads, the Airframe kept my phone in place without moving, which was nice, and I could use my phone's side buttons if I needed to. The fact that it's so small also means it's easy to slip in a pocket, or inconspicuous if you leave it in the car.
The DualTrip on the other hand is a quick charger with two USB ports (you'll have to bring your own USB cables, we should note) capable of 2.4A from each port, which means it will charge tablets and other big batteries quickly, even if you're using both ports -- you don't take a hit to current by using both simultaneously.Its long shape sticks out from your car's power outlet a bit, and you should make sure there's room for your cables when you plug it in. In one car I drove, the outlet is in a semi-narrow spot, so my USB cables were a little awkward and snug and could only fit one way, but it was a minor quibble.
Bottom line, the Airframe Car Kit doesn't do anything drastically different from existing USB car chargers and phone mounts, but it puts both pieces of the puzzle into one package, which is great if you only have one or the other, or if yours could use an upgrade. Also, if the sound of those dual 2.4A ports is good to you, or you wonder why current car charger is so slow, this is worth a look. Even if you have a charger you like but no reliable mount, the Airframe+ makes it worth a look. The kit comes with the Airframe+, which supports phones up to 6". If you have a smaller phone (5" or less,) you'll want the original Airframe, and the DualTrip separately. Hit the link below to check it all out.
Airframe+ Car Kit ($47) [Kenu]