Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub
, Sundix 3FT Retractable Lightning to Micro USB Charging and Sync 2-in-1 Cable
, and Scosche Magic Mount
I can't stand cord clutter. My wife's vehicle is a wreck with all the cords for her devices, and she's ok with the mess...I'm not.
With the 2016 Compass Sport that I bought only having one 12V plug, I needed to upgrade the system, but without harming the warranty by splicing into the wiring. I noticed that there was a USB port in the glove box which seems to be for Apple products to be played through the stereo. Since I abhor Apple products, and use an Android phone, this port is not used for anything other than charging. It's the perfect spot for a 4 bay hub, too.
At first, I just tried using 3M double sided tape...the same tape used to hold emblems and body moulding on. However, the plastic on the back of the glove box felt a bit slick, due to the type of plastic it is, so I needed an alternative.
I cut a thin piece of aluminum to fit the back of the hub, drilled two 1/8" holes for pop rivets. I drilled two matching holes in the back of the glove box, then riveted the aluminum plate in place. The 3M double sided trim tape sticks to it instead of the plastic of the glove box. I then got the hub set in place, pressing firmly. When done, I put everything back together...(I had to remove the glove box to do the work)
I removed the lightning to micro adapter from the cords, tossing the adapters in the garbage. I plugged them in, and turned on the corresponding switch. I can now place my phone in the magnetic phone cradle that I have mounted to the dash, pull the cord from the glove box, plug the phone in and shut the glove box door. I still have 3 ports on the hub that can be used for charging phones and tablet computers. Since I stream my music from my phone to the radio using UConnect, this set up seemed best for my needs. The Scosche Magic Mount uses magnets in the mount, and a black steel plate that you stick to the back of your phone. I had to buy an additional plate to mount on the back of the phone case, since the magnet wasn't strong enough to keep it mounted through the case. It now holds strong enough to drive on the worst pot hole filled road in my town, which is the road I live on...without falling off.
Here's a few pictures of the hub, cords, and the phone cradle in place.
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What I find nice about this mod is that it's easy to do, inexpensive to purchase the parts, and keeps cord clutter at the minimum by using retractable cords that go neatly return to the glove box when not in use. This is a mod that anyone can do, and is especially suited to folks like me that can't stand being tangled up in cords while driving or riding in the vehicle.
I plan on doing this same mod to my trucks, too...as soon as I install the USB port into their glove boxes.