The Clingo Hands-Free Car Mount is a product that allows you to use virtually any cell phone in your car without using your hands.  It promises to fit any size phone using a revolutionary adhesive pad that forms a solid bond with the back of your phone without leaving behind a sticky residue. 

The frustration that many people have with the current crop of car mounts that are out there is that they usually are made to fit one type of phone.  The few universal car mounts that are available are usually big and clunky with an awkward vice mechanism that holds the phone in place.  These mounts are prone to breaking or just giving you a hard time depending on the type of phone you have.  This is the problem that the Clingo is trying to resolve.  Is the Clingo all it's cracked up to be?  Let's find out.

The Story

I had purchased a new phone recently and along with it I bought a car mount that was built specifically to fit my phone.  I was excited about using my new phone's GPS directions while driving.  I also purchased a case for my phone.  When I went to put my phone, which was in its protective case, into the car wouldn't fit.  The mount was only built for the phone did not have leeway to accommodate the bulk of the case.  This was a bit frustrating because I either had to carry around the phone unprotected in order to use it in the mount, or I had to take it out of the case every time I mounted it, which was a big pain.  

I immediately began looking for a universal mount to replace the customized one I had originally purchased.  There were a few universal mounts on the market, but they all looked ugly and big.  I also noticed they had less than stellar reviews from people who were using them.  Then I stumbled across the Clingo.  The Clingo claimed to require no clamps, braces, or clips to hold your phone in place.  Instead, it used some sticky pad that supposedly would hold tightly to your phone, but allow you to remove it without leaving behind any residue.  I thought this was too good to be true, but the reviews seemed pretty decent.  I decided to give it a shot and ordered my car mount from Clingo.


After receiving the mount in the mail, I noticed immediately that it was simple to install.  Just by snapping a few pieces together, attaching the suction cup to my windshield, and removing the protective film over the sticky pad, it was ready to go!

The true test came when I stuck my phone, IN its case, onto the sticky pad.  I was surprised at how well it held the phone firmly in place.  Removing the phone from the pad took some getting used to, but eventually I figured out how to remove it with one hand, it's just a matter of twisting the phone like a hinge at an angle.

The phone in fact had no stickiness left on the back where it had stuck to the pad...I was pretty amazed!  I was most amazed, however, by how easy the cleaning instructions for the sticky pad were.  You simply run water over it to remove any dust or debris that will inevitably get stuck on it.  You can also use a lint-free cloth to wipe it down.  That's it!  I retained its stickiness even after I cleaned it!


There are a few downsides to this car mount.  First, it seems as though it may not be able to handle a heavier phone.  My phone is a medium-sized smart phone, but I know there are some phones, like older blackberrys, that are thick and heavy.  The ball socket that holds the sticky pad allows you to rotate the phone around to face whatever way you want, but it also moved a bit when the car went over something jarring like a speed bump.  I feel if the phone were a bit heavier, this would be a common problem.

Secondly, you need to make sure you put the phone firmly in place on the sticky pad.  My cell phone fell from the mount halfway into a drive once because I must not have placed it well enough.  This can be problematic and a real distraction while driving.

Finally, the manufacturer warns that the adhesive cannot bond with silicon, leather, or cloth phone cases.  This may be a problem for some who use these types of cell phone cases.

Final Word

Overall, the Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount is the ideal solution for those who are looking for a sleek and easy to use alternative to the universal mounts that are available today.  The adhesive they use really does live up to the company's claims.  I'm not sure how it works, but it does work.  There are a few things, as with all products, that you'll need to be aware of before making your purchase, but rest assured you will have a great experience using Clingo!