15 Best Smartphone Tripods for Travel

Smartphones have become a staple in the household, workplace, and society in general not only for their primary purpose, which is to make and receive calls, but also to take selfies, which has become a ubiquitous trend in the recent past. With the advances in smartphone design, you now have a camera at the ready whenever the opportunity for awesome shots arises wherever you go.

If you are a budding photographer, getting a smartphone tripod can help you effectively harness your potential. But this begs the question-- which one fits your smartphone best? To help, we've compiled a list of the 10 best smartphone tripods on the market. For the most part, they're lightweight, which makes them very convenient to carry around. To see which one will suit you best, check out our recommendations below.

1) Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Total equipment payload: maximum 2.2lbs
  • Push-button lock mechanism
  • Technopolymer and aluminum material
  • Universal 1/4″ screw thread
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 8.2 oz

This compact tripod has the professional quality you’d expect from Manfrotto. It comes with rubber feet that provide superior traction on any kind of surface and a small adaptor that slides onto the case’s beveled edge. Engineered with technopolymer and aluminium material, the PIXI is great for achieving hard-to-take video shots while keeping your camera steady. Its new push-button mechanism enables you to position and lock the ball head in one rapid, intuitive movement. With this solid construction, it provides a secure base in every situation.

PROS:

  • Solid construction
  • Strong grip
  • Convenient push-button mechanism
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use

CONS:

  •  Adjustments are a bit awkward and finicky

VERDICT:

Anyone who knows the reputation Manfrotto has established over the years would expect a lot from its products. While this mini tripod is designed to exceed the expectations of anyone looking for an easy to use, portable, lightweight product, it is not devoid of drawbacks. For its price, it does its intended job but nothing much more to look forward to than that.

2) CamKix Universal Wireless Selfie Kit with Bluetooth Remote Control and Premium Tripod

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Non-skid tripod feet
  • Can hold phones with widths between 2.4 inches and 3.8 inches
  • Universal Bluetooth remote control
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Weight: 9.9 oz

Constructed with premium, high quality material and equipped with non-skid rubber feet for extra solid grip, the CamKix is sturdy and always ready to capture the action. The smartphone grip has 90-degree flexibility and can be moved to grab images or photos in both landscape and portrait modes. With superb stability allowing movie-like video capture, a very competitive price, and an easy-to-use Bluetooth wireless remote, the CamKix is no wonder an easy recommendation.

PROS:

  • Small, lightweight, and no-fuss remote control
  • Tripod feet provides extra strong grip even in a tilted position
  • Very easy to use
  • Easy to pair

CONS:

  • Battery is not of standard type (replacement would be quite difficult)
  • Remote times out after four to five minutes

VERDICT:

This product does what it’s supposed to do quite efficiently, but if you bought this for the purpose of recording videos through your smartphone, you wouldn’t find this very convenient to use, given its disadvantage mentioned above. This tripod would perhaps benefit from a longer duration and/or battery saver mode.

 

3)  JOBY MPod Mini Stand for Smartphones

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Universal fit
  • Expandable head mount
  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 0.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 0.64 oz

When you need a tripod that is equally portable as your smartphone, don’t look any further than the MPod Mini Stand. Its secure clamp holds  your device perfectly within its expandable rubber jaws. The Joby MPod Mini Stand is designed with an ingenious grip system and stable leg joints, which efficiently assist you in taking professional-quality photos regardless of what kind of surface you put it on. Lightweight, compact and portable, this tripod can be effortlessly stowed away for when you need it most.

PROS:

  • Versatile
  • Compact and ultra lightweight
  • Ingenious grip system
  • Flexible, stable leg joints
  • Secure clamp
  • Affordable

CONS:

  •  Not reliable for holding bigger phones

VERDICT:

If you’re looking for a highly versatile, stable tripod for your smartphone, this nifty little thing will give you the most bang for your buck. You can tuck it in your bag with no muss and fuss, only that you cannot over-rely on it to hold larger phones, as it tends to get wobbly and tip over.

4) Acuvar  50″ Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod and Universal Smartphone Mount

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Three-section aluminum alloy legs
  • Three-way panhead with tilt motion
  • Wireless Bluetooth remote control
  • Bubble level indicator
  • Comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Maximum stretch of 3.4” inches for smartphones
  • Minimum Height: 15.5 inches
  • Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 15.5 oz

Despite its aluminium build, the Acuvar is a lightweight tripod that will easily adjust to your needs. Built for both Android and iOS devices, its tripod mount extends to hold any device with a maximum width of 3.4 inches. Its bubble level indicator will help alert you that you’re on solid footing and the three-way pan lets you capture photography or video in just about any direction you’ll require. The smartphone clip is capable of rotating, so you can use your smartphone in both landscape or portrait position.

PROS:

  • Easy to use and setup
  • Mount is fully rotatable
  • Legs can be stretched out to over 3 ft in height
  • Very flexible

CONS:

  • Flimsy aluminium material
  • Not very durable

VERDICT:

The Acuvar 50″ flaunts flexibility and the perfect size, making it a great tool that you can just slip in your overnight bag, backpack, or suitcase. There have been complaints about its overall quality and leg durability. It’s merely a smartphone tripod. It decently delivers its purpose, and with that, you cannot expect it to defiantly hold anything other than a smartphone.

5) Kobratech Triflex Mini Phone Tripod

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • QuikPic Bluetooth remote shutter
  • High-grade metal ball joints
  • Universal compatibility
  • Spring-loaded phone mount
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Expands up to 3.75 inches
  • Dimensions: 10 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

The TriFlex Mini Tripod provides a great way to capture awesome photos and videos like you never could have done before, using your GoPro, point and shoot camera, smartphone, and even tablet. The TriFlex Mini Tripod looks to lead the pack with its robust build and high-grade construction. This includes a superior-quality metal ball joint and 1/4″ screw, more flexible and stronger legs, along with an upgraded phone mount, so you can be confident about the safety of your device.

PROS:

  • Easy to store
  • Fast start-up
  • Just the moderate size– not too small, not too big
  • Flexible, rigid tentacles
  • Superior grip on any kind of surface
  • Sturdy build

CONS:

  • Gripes about ball joint unable to hold phone upright
  • Limited mobility for ball and socket

VERDICT:

This Amazon bestseller easily exceeds consumers’ expectations on flexibility, construction quality, and size. As with anything else, what may be appealing for some, may not work for you. This product is not without limitations. Its ball joint is unable to reliably hold your phone in an upright position, so it may not be safe to use this outdoors.

6) DIGIANT Universal Smartphone Tripod

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:e

  • Extend to 50” inch
  • Three-section aluminum alloy legs
  • Bubble level indicator
  • Three-way panhead with tilt motion / Plate with 1/4” screw
  • Mount stretches between 2 to 4 inches
  • Universal fit
  • Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.6 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 11.2 oz

If you rely on your smartphone for your selfie exploits, then you’re going to love this tripod by Digiant. It is built with an excellent three-way panhead, which you can use to adjust your phone to your desired position. Its lift-up center column allows you to easily lift up your phone to a maximum height of 8 inches. Its non-slip rubber leg bases ensure stability on any kind of surface.

PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Easy to assemble and store
  • Comes with a carrying case
  • Folds up compact
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • Flimsy phone holder
  • Unreliable aluminum legs

VERDICT:

This tripod is intended for people seeking a portable tripod they can use to take their own pictures/videos using a timer. Its versatility allows you to use it for not just a smartphone, but for point-and-shoot camera as well. If you are getting this for purposes of taking casual pictures or amateur videos using your phone, this is sure to meet your expectations, especially for its price point. On the other hand, if you wish to use it for a DSLR, you are better off upgrading to higher-quality, professional tripod.

7) JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand for Small Smartphones

 

 

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rubber foot grips and wrappable legs
  • Universal smartphone compatibility
  • ABS plastic, TPE, and stainless steel materials
  • ¼”-20 thread standard tripod mount
  • Dimensions:12 x 6.8 x 3.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

Unleash your selfie creativity with the JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand. It is built with flexible, wrappable joints that secure phone to objects and allow for adaptable camera positioning, ensuring precise control during photo or video composition. Its rubber foot grips stabilize smartphone for taking crisp, high-quality photos. Its rubber pads secure phone in place, even when turned sideways.

PROS:

  • Easy to travel with (compact and lightweight design)
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Latches on very well

CONS:

  • This product has plenty of knockoff versions, so be very careful.

VERDICT:

Apart from the quibbles about the emergence of knockoff versions of this product, the JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand boasts a competitive price and unmatched performance. It works best even for holding larger phones and point-and-shoot cameras especially in situations when you do not want to bring a full-sized tripod. If you’re the beyond-the-pale type of smartphone photographer, you can trust this to assist you in capturing great-quality photos, even when it’s hung on a tree branch.

 

8) IYOOVI Mini Universal Portable Octopus Flexible Cell Phone Tripod

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cellphone holder fits most models
  • Bluetooth wireless remote
  • Two-dozen leg joints
  • Rubber material
  • Wireless range up to 30 ft
  • Universal 1/4-20 screw
  • Dimensions:  10 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 oz

If you want a tripod that’s as rugged and mobile as you are, but still excellently helps you in taking professional-grade photos, then the Iyoovi is one great option. It comes with dense foam-padded legs that ensure durability and ultra stability and flexible bases that can stand or wrap around most surfaces. It boasts JAWS technology, ensuring your phone will never slip from its grasp. The rubber material on its feet allow it to conform to any kind of surface.

PROS:

  • Strong grip (doesn’t topple over)
  • Bendy and easy to maneuver
  • Lightweight
  • Adheres to any surface

CONS:

  •  Remote control button tends to unpair when held down
  • “Chintzy” plastic material
  • Too short (not extendable)

VERDICT:

This tripod is primarily designed to hold smartphones; thus, it might be unreasonable to expect of it to hold a DSLR camera. It’s not extendable either. However, its light weight, portability, strong grip, and flexibility significantly neutralize its non-negligible disadvantages, making it still a savvy tool for the traveling smartphone photographer.

9) ChargerCity 360°Adjust Periscope Flexible Tripod

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Industry-standard 1/4 20 threaded camera pattern
  • Comes with a silicone case ring
  • Universal smartphone mount
  • Bluetooth remote control
  • Dimensions:  11.5 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 oz

If you are in the market for a travel tripod that gets things done in a pinch, this flexible tripod by ChargerCity leaves no room for disenchantment. It comes with a highly versatile and widely compatible phone holder. Its 360º swivel-adjust ball joint is designed with ease of use and simplicity in mind. Its Bluetooth remote control is a perfect addition– incredibly easy to pair and works flawlessly.

PROS:

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy to adjust and highly rotatable holder
  • Versatile
  • Very sturdy mount

CONS:

  • Clamp is too tough to pull apart
  • Cannot hold so much weight

VERDICT:

If you are not a smartphone-photography fanatic but looking for a tripod not just to play your phone with (especially with a screen smaller than 6 inches diagonal) but to hold it for a variety of other purposes, ChargerCity’s MegaGrab2 Selfie Kit is a fine option. While it isn’t as stable and reliable as our top picks, its ease of use, versatility, and flexible holder make it a fairly useful tool to achieve crisper photos especially in the outdoors.

 

10) ChargerCity Multi-Use Handheld Stabilizer Pistol Grip 1/4-20 Tripod

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Handheld stabilizer
  • Fits up to iPhone 6s Plus and other wide smartphones
  • Manufacturer direct placement warranty
  • Micro SD memory card included
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.9 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 oz

A tripod’s purpose is to stabilize your shot so that your hand’s jerky movements don’t make the picture blurry. ChargerCity’s Pistol is both a tripod and also a handheld stabilizer pistol, so you can carry it around while keeping your shot steady. Its pistol-like design makes it easy to hold and move, especially when you are recording videos.

PROS:

  • Flexible, very sturdy tripod legs
  • Rubberized soles provide superior grip
  • Easy transition between tripod and pistol modes
  • Easy to install and use
  • Excellent ergonomics

CONS:

  •  Flimsy pistol grip

VERDICT:

 This ChargerCity Multi-use Tripod is a neat little product that can surprisingly handle bulkier gadgets apart from a smartphone. Its exceptional ergonomics lets you take great-quality pictures while walking around. It may not be made out of high-grade material, but for what it can do for its price, you can’t argue.

11) Bontend Flexible Tripod

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2-inch to 4-inch wide universal phone mount
  • 1/4-inch screw mount for SLR and DSLR cameras
  • Free GoPro mount
  • Modifiable phone mount for smartphones
  • Quick release plate with bubble level
  • Maximum Load: 2 kg/5 lbs
  • Minimum Height: 5 inches
  • Maximum Height: 12 inches
  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 11.4 inches
  • Weight: 11 oz

Confused which gadget you’re going to bring with you on your trip? Then the Bontend Flexible Tripod is the perfect match for you. This versatile tripod comes with both a phone holder and a camera mount, allowing you to take photos with the device of your choice. High-quality materials have been used to create this product, ensuring optimum stability and durability. Bendable and lightweight, this tripod can be mounted just about anywhere so that you can take that perfect shot.

PROS:

  • Versatile/multi-purpose
  • Rubberized tripod legs provide superior stability and security
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Easy to read level bubble
  • Durable

CONS:

  • Not sturdy enough to hold DSLR cameras
  • Legs may snap easily from excessive bending

VERDICT:

If you’re a multiple-gadget user, then we would recommend this tripod for you. Aside from its ability to hold a number of camera devices, this tripod can also be used as a monopod. Sturdy, yet lightweight, the Bontend Flexible Tripod is a great buy for many traveling mobile photographers.

12) LOHA Flexible iPhone Tripod and Mount

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Flexible legs that can secure the tripod on any object
  • Adjustable mount compatible with any smartphone
  • Rugged rubber foot holds
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Universal head plate that can support compact cameras and GoPros
  • Quick release head plate with secure bolt
  • Head bolt to make sure your phone is securely fastened
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 oz

Enhance your mobile photography experience with the LOHA Flexible iPhone Tripod and Mount. With this tripod, you can snap away without having to worry about those blurry images. Also, you can capture cinematic videos and create stunning time-lapse or stop-motion clips with ease. This tripod comes with adjustable and flexible legs that can latch on to nearly any surface, allowing you to shoot nearly anywhere you want.

PROS:

  • Very flexible legs
  • Layered rubber grips provide strong grip
  • Versatile
  • Solid build

CONS:

  • Legs snap off easily according to some reviews
  • Quite pricey

VERDICT:

The LOHA Flexible iPhone Tripod and Mount is a stable option for many mobile photographers. Its universal phone holder allows you to attach nearly any kind of smartphone on it, so you don’t have to worry about buying a new tripod if you buy a new phone. Proper handling could mean the difference between a functional tripod and a broken one. All in all, this is worth looking into.

13) Manfrotto PIXI Smart Tripod

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black
  • Universal phone clamp
  • Standard 1/4 inch screw mount
  • Maximum Height: 8.3 inches
  • Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 7.8 oz

Travel in style with the versatile, lightweight, and portable PIXI Smart Tripod. Elegant, functional, and sturdy, this is  best option for sports enthusiasts, traveler photographers, and videographers who want to capture action and adventure moments. It boasts a universal smartphone clamp, enabling its users to use it with any smartphone available on the market. Featuring double functionality, this tripod can also be used as a stable holder. Its ergonomic grip lets you effortlessly take selfies and capture videos that really stand out from the rest.

PROS:

  • Sleek design
  • Versatile, multi-purpose design
  • Can be used as a tripod or grip
  • Compatible with most devices

CONS:

  • Unable to handle heavier camera/lens setups

VERDICT:

The Manfrotto PIXI Smart Tripod features a double attachment clamp which, with the help of the self-standing bracket on its back, you can use as a stable base. The tripod can also be used as a grip, perfect for capturing adventure shots. This is a reasonable choice for those who are looking for durability and stability in the midst of spontaneity.

14) KobraTech Mini Phone Tripod Stand

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • High grade metal ball joint
  • 1/4-inch screw mount
  • Universal phone mount
  • QuikPic bluetooth remote shutter
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Dimensions: 10 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

Take this lightweight tripod anywhere with you and mount it on any surface or object thanks to its design. The phone mount that comes with the KobraTEch Mini Phone Tripod Stand automatically adjusts to hold smartphones of virtually any size. What’s more is that it can also double as a stand for your iPad or tablet. Talk about versatility.

PROS:

  • Universal compatibility
  • Flexible legs
  • Lightweight design
  • Great value for the money
  • Steady and firm grip on phone

CONS:

  • Complaints about the item falling apart within first use
  • Bluetooth remote does not pair quickly with phone according to some reviews

VERDICT:

The KobraTech Mini Phone Tripod Stand saves you the trouble of having to ask a stranger to take your picture or using your phone’s self-timer. With the QuikPic bluetooth remote shutter, you can create fantastic shots and clips from a distance of up to 30 feet away. The only thing you might have to worry about is whether the Bluetooth remote can pair with your phone or not.

15) CamKix Adjustable Tripod Kit

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Universal phone holder
  • Velvet phone bag
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 3.4 oz

Take photos with your smartphone the simple and steady way with the CamKix Adjustable Tripod Kit. Sporting a phone holder that expands up to 3.4 inches wide, this tripod is compatible with nearly any smartphone on the market. Create great shots from any angle without having to worry about your phone falling from its perch thanks the holder’s effective design.

PROS:

  • Simple design
  • Extendable legs
  • Compatible with most smartphones
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Affordable price

CONS:

  • Complaints about the item being too lightweight, making it unstable

VERDICT:

If you’re looking for a tripod that’s straight and simple, then purchasing the CamKix Adjustable Tripod Kit is the way to go. Easy to setup and use, this classic model features extendable legs that allow you to tilt and adjust the phone to the desired angle and height. The price is also one of its main selling points.

Marv Perez

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