What phones/cases does the Universal Adaptor adhere to?

The Quad Lock Universal Adaptor uses a 3M™ VHB™ (very high bond) adhesive which bonds to smooth, non textured, non-porous surfaces such as plastic and metal. It will NOT adhere to rubber, silicon, polypropylene (PP), Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU/TPE), soft touch paints or hydrophobic (water resistant) coated glass which unfortunately is found on the back of most glass backed  smartphones. We highly recommend using a case if your phone has a glass back.

For tape specification please refer to the 3M™ website: Grey Tape - 3M™ VHB™ 4926

Not all phones or cases are compatible with the 3M™ VHB™ tape. The table below should be used as a reference guide only. Please ensure a sufficient bond has been achieved by the 3M™ tape before use. Use at your own risk.

As a guide, cases manufactured from a hard plastic such as Polycarbonate (PC) or ABS with a smooth, non textured surface work well. If the case is overmolded or manufactured from two materials, make sure the rear of the case where you plan to stick the adaptor is made from a hard material.


Rubber, leather, TPU, silicon, PP, hydrophobic coated glass or heavily textured cases do NOT bond well to the 3M™ VHB™ tape. Always clean the application surface with alcohol and let dry before adhering the adaptor. 

Suitability Guide

Case Model Suitable  Notes
Lifeproof Fre Case Rear of the case is made from Polypropylene (PP) and does not bond.
Lifeproof Nuud Case Rear of the case is made from Poly-Carbonate and bonds well.
Otterbox Commuter Case Rear of the case is made from Poly-Carbonate and bonds well.
Otterbox Symmetry Series Rear of the case is made from Poly-Carbonate and bonds well.
Speck CandyShell/Presidio Rear of the case is made from Poly-Carbonate and bonds well.

Phone Model Suitable  Notes
LG G4 LG G4 has 'leather look' and textured finishes that the 3M™ tape does not bond to. 
Sony Experia  Glass has a non-stick coating which the 3M™ tape does not bond to.
Google Nexus 5 The rear of the phone is removable which can come loose during use. We highly recommend using a case.
Samsung Galaxy S5 The rear of the phone is removable which can come loose during use. We highly recommend using a case.
Samsung Galaxy S6 The rear of the phone is uncoated glass which bonds well to the 3M™ tape. 
Droid Turbo 2 3M™ Tape does not bond well to textured rear. We highly recommend using a case. 
Motorola Moto G (2nd gen) 3M™ Tape does not bond well to soft touch paint on rear. We highly recommend using a case. 
Apple iPad Although the 3M™ tape adheres to the Apple iPad we do not recommend using it due to the size and weight. 
iPhone 8/8 Plus 
Glass has a non-stick coating which the 3M™ tape does not bond to. 
iPhone X, Xs Xs Max
Glass has a non-stick coating which the 3M™ tape does not bond to.
Google Pixel 3
Glass has a non-stick coating which the 3M™ tape does not bond to.


Installation

Always ensure the application surface is thoroughly cleaned (with alcohol) and dry before applying the adaptor. The 3M™ VHB adhesive is a single use adhesive, it is NOT re-usable.

Wipe the surface down using an alcohol based cleaning agent. Make sure the residue has evaporate and surface is dry before applying the adaptor.
Peal the protective layer from the 3M adhesive. 
Position the Adaptor on the rear of your device/case using the center marking lines on the Adaptor.
Press down firmly on adaptor to achieve a good bond. The tape will achieve maximum adhesion after 24 hours. Always test that the tape has bonded securely before use.

If you are still unsure if your device is suitable for use with the Universal Adaptor please contact Quad Lock customer support.

 

If you know of any good cases which are suitable please let us know so we can add them to the list.

 

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