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Old May 28th, 2013, 11:15 AM  
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I know it's probably a long shot but has anyone found a good dock for the galaxy s4 that works with an Otter Box Defender case?

The Samsung official one may or may not work from what I've gathered from Amazon and I haven't seen to many other docks for this phone.

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I've been looking but haven't found one yet. I'm using the Mountek universal mount which I've had for a couple of years and it works well. I don't think you will ever find one with an integral charging port due to the flap that covers the USB port on the phone.
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I know it's probably a long shot but has anyone found a good dock for the galaxy s4 that works with an Otter Box Defender case?

The Samsung official one may or may not work from what I've gathered from Amazon and I haven't seen to many other docks for this phone.
I modified a universal dock (that attaches to my air vent) and it works fantastic. I will take pictures and post it tomorrow.

Basically, I use the Otterbox belt clip holder to attach to my modified dock. I flip the phone to face outward. And it looks nice and works very easy.

The ports are not blocked either.
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I modified a universal dock (that attaches to my air vent) and it works fantastic. I will take pictures and post it tomorrow.

Basically, I use the Otterbox belt clip holder to attach to my modified dock. I flip the phone to face outward. And it looks nice and works very easy.

The ports are not blocked either.
Here are my photos (with my Otterbox Defender case/belt clip) that is attached to my modified dock that I have mounted on my Corvette vent:






I took a universal dock, cut off the lower legs that stuck out. I unscrewed the back, than took off the two side squeezing arms. Than, I took an old (firm) belt that I don't wear anymore, cut it shorter (5" or 6" long), drilled a couple holes in the belt and the back of the dock...added small nuts and bolts thru the belt and the back of the dock. Screwed it all back together and Shazam!

BTW, I cut off the lower flap of my Otterbox Defender case, the one that covered the charging port. I found it a pain every time I went to charge it or hook it up to my PC. Much better now, I my opinion.
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Nice solution. But with the clip holding onto the belt, there is slack there...doesn't the phone bounce/rattle around when you hit a bump? I wouldn't think Corvettes have very soft rides.
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Nice solution. But with the clip holding onto the belt, there is slack there...doesn't the phone bounce/rattle around when you hit a bump? I wouldn't think Corvettes have very soft rides.
Thanks...and you are right about Corvette rides being a little hard/tight. Makes it the perfect test case though.

I used a belt that was thick/firm/hard and it doesn't bounce/wiggle much at all. And it got even firmer when I bent it in an oval and screwed it in. If you look at my 4th pic (from the side), you will see there is not much bend in the belt leather.

It sort of matches my interior now too.
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Verizon has the iBolt listed in their accessories section that looks like it could accommodate the Otterbox Defender. I'm still looking for reviews or alternatives for iBolt.

I too am looking for a car dock that meets the same requirements, so I'll post back here if I find something...
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I was poking around on Amazon when I found this mount from iBolt. It claims to work with all cases including the Defender. I purchased one and I will report back as soon as I can try it out...
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I bought the iBolt xProDock from Amazon and received it yesterday. It works ok and will hold the s4 securely in place with the defender case on the phone. Overall I think it's a good dock with a few quirks but does work well.

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  • Works with Otterbox Defender
  • Holds the phone securely in place
  • Comes with extra long USB/Mini plug cable that is in two parts. Long USB/mini plug, and short adapter extension cable
  • Cable is removable
  • Cable (or short connector) puts phone in to dock mode on phone
  • Extra long cable allows for routing cable through car and out of site

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  • Clip covers volume controls. Not an issue if you control volume through bluetooth
  • Cable connection to the phone is very stiff and puts strain on phone connector

Overall I like the dock and it is filling a need for me. I'm on the lookout for a Samsung car charger that will put the phone in dock mode so that I can remove the small adapter cable from the equation.

Let me know if you have questions. If there is enough interest, I can do a small review and include pictures...
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Good Afternoon,

First time poster, please go easy on me.

I use the iOttie car mount and it fits just right with my otterbox defender s4

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iOttie Easy One Touch XL Car Mount Holder for Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2


I also mount this near the top of my shiftbox on rugged plastic, and it's extremely secure.
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Hey guys, check out Slip Grips: slipgripcarmounts.com (wasn't allowed to post the link here cuz I'm a newbie?) They make high quality holders for a lot of cell phones. I had one for a HTC One S with a Defender case that attached to a 17 mm ball mount. I just got the Galaxy S4 and bought a Defender Case for it as well. I ordered a new Slip Grip for it and it's here. they work great because each one is custom made for the phone/case. they are made like Kydex Pistol Holsters. The kydex sheet is cut out in a pattern, heated and then molded around the object for a perfect fit. Anyways, I've had great luck with them.
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I really like the Ram mounts, because they will work with almost anything. No need to buy a new dock every time you buy a new phone.

Amazon.com: RAM Mount Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder with 1-Inch Ball: Cell Phones & Accessories

If you go to their site they have all sorts of mounting options.
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