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Suction Cup Basics

Suction Cups are notoriously finicky — Don't let yours suck.

 Q: Why Do Suction Cups Fail?

A: The only reason a suction cup will EVER fail is because air got inside.

The 7 Rules Of Suction Cups


Never have a problem with your Tenikle's suction cups by following these 7 main rules:

1. ) Keep It Air-Tight  

2.) Only Non-Porous & Non-Textured Surfaces

3.) Clean Before Mounting

4.) Don't suction over logos, bevels, sticker edges, or seams

5.) Apply Good Pressure

6.) Only Use For Short-Term (Roughly 4 Hrs)

7.) Test Before Trustin'

So, how do these things work anyway?

A suction cup uses the negative pressure of air... stick to nonporous surfaces creating a partial vacuum. Tenikle has not made any changes to this technology other than improved surface materials and suction cup shape.

Using Suction Cups Properly

Even though ours are the literally best in the biz...

    Suction cups will always require a few things in order to work properly. Here are a few best practices when using your Tenikle to ensure you have a good experience and know what to expect. Remember, Tenikle is more versatile than just suction cups, so if you can’t find a suction solution then try wrapping, hanging, standing or clipping. Tenikle is made to be used however you see fit, so play around with it and try different uses!

Suction Compatible

Phone Cases

These cases ARE NOT suction compatible and will require a Dot Adapter to use Tenikle.

Otterbox Apple Leather Pela Patterned Plastic Leather Wallet

These cases ARE suction compatible.

Apple Silicone casetify Mophie Lumee Anything with our universal DOT ADAPTERS

Suction Surfaces

When it comes to suction, not all surfaces are created equal.

    Suction cups need a 100% sealed vacuum in order to work properly. This is because the inside of the suction cup has a low pressure (no air) while the atmospheric pressure around it (airy-air) will push against the suction cup pulling the suction cup closer to whatever it’s mounted to.


Compatible Surfaces:

  • Anything ‘Glass-Like’
  • Painted or Smooth Metal
  • Gloss Treated Wood
  • Porcelain
  • Gloss Fiberglass
  • Tile
  • Matte or Shiny Plastics


Incompatible Surfaces:

  • Anything Textured or Porous
  • Leather
  • Drywall
  • Untreated Wood
  • Rusty Metal
  • Paper
  • Most Dashboards (due to surface texture)
  • Cats (don’t worry, we’re working on this in the lab)

ONLY Suction If...

Flat with no changes in surface levels like logos, stickers, or seams.

Non-porous with no microscopic holes where air can get in.

Non-textured with no grooves, bumps, rough finishes or surface patterns.

Keep It Clean

Keep It Clean!

Dust, dirt, lint, & hair sucks for a suction cups (pun intended).

  This is true for both the suction cups and the mounting surface. Any microscopic object that gets between the suction cup and the mounting surface has the potential to allow even the tiniest amount of air to leak in and lose suction. We used to say to rinse under warm water to clean, which you can still do, but we found an even easier and more effective way to clean the suction cups: just wipe with your finger.

Wipe Suction Cups With Finger Before Use

    The natural oils on your hands will remove the dust imperfections while also providing a very thin oil coat on the suction cups which improves the vacuum.

Wipe Clean

More Oil = More Suction

  If you're okay with a little mess, you can get Tenikle to stick to things it normally wouldn't suction to such as painted drywall or wood. To do this, wipe a small amount of cooking oil on the suction cups. This creates an airtight membrane around the suction cup edge, preventing air to seep inside. You can greatly improve the suction performance on normally suction-able surfaces too.

Apply Cooking Oil

Airtight Membrane

Stuck to Drywall!

Securely Mount

Wrap Out From Center

2 legs for support, 1 for device.

    When wrapping Tenikle around an object, use two arms to wrap and one arm for your phone for a more secure mount.

The More The Merrier

The more suction cups secured at a time, the more secure the mounting position.