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November 30, 2010

iPads for Pilots

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 10:01 am

Each day, apps are developed for the iPad that make this device even more useful.  The iPad functions quite well as a big screen low cost navigator.  The typical car mounts available for iPads may not work well on a plane.  Not to worry because there are mounts that are made specifically for pilots.  Instead of suction cups, they deploy glare screen and yoke attachments.  While we cannot recommend iPad apps, we can recommend these very well constructed mounts by RAM.

iPad Glare Shield Mount

iPad Glare Shield Mount

iPad Yoke Mount

iPad Yoke Mount

November 24, 2010

A Little GPS Comedy from TomTom

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 10:09 pm

We recently uncovered some pretty funny videos released by TomTom.  Not sure who the intended audience was, but take a few minutes to watch these videos.  Then take a look at some cool mounts for your TomTom.

Mounting a Videocam or Camera in your Car

You would be surprised at the number of people that would like to use their camera in the car.  With the introduction of cheap easy to use video cameras like the Flip, everyone can shoot a video quickly and inexpensively.  Why use it in your car?  It’s especially popular for family trips.  Driving in the mountains or peeping leaves?  Shoot a video.  Driving next to the ocean?  Shoot a video.  Well you get the drift.

When selecting your camera mount the most important thing is to have a steady mount.  Match the weight of the camera with the sturdiness of the mount.  The heavier the cameras should use mounts made by RAM.  The lighter cameras like the Flip can use some less expensive brands like the ones from MFX2.  The second important question is location.  Most like to use a windshield and there are many suction mounts available for that purpose.  We prefer the dash mount though as it is somewhat safer and does not block your view the way a suction mount may.

And for those who just prefer a motorcycle, there are lots of those mounts too.

Heavy Duty RAM Camera Suction Mount

Heavy Duty RAM Camera Suction Mount

Lighter Duty Camera Mount from MFX2

Lighter Duty Camera Mount from MFX2

Heavy Duty Camera Dash Mount from RAM

Heavy Duty Camera Dash Mount from RAM

Lighter Duty Camera Suction Mount from MFX2

Lighter Duty Camera Suction Mount from MFX2

Using your Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad on an Airplane

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , , — mountguys @ 10:48 am

Sitting in cattle class?  Don’t like the movie they are showing (or don’t want to shell out $5 for the movie)?  Use your iPad or Tab!

Great idea.  The problem is after 15 minutes of holding the device your arm gets tired.  A stand would be nice.

Every time we think we have seen it all for the iPad and Tab, another new concept comes out.  We started our line with three different mounts.  Now we have over twenty.  This one is quite innovative in that it folds up to the size of a skinny stapler and then unfolds to hold your device.  This makes it very easy to carry and off the plane.

Try one.  They will make that long flight seem much shorter.

These will also work for the Blackberry Play Book.

This guy looks thoroughly entertained

This guy looks thoroughly entertained

Another view of the desktop stand

Another view of the desktop stand

November 7, 2010

Swinging a Golf Club with a GPS on Your Belt

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 3:10 pm

You are on the course with your new golf GPS from Callaway, SkyCaddie, Golflogix or any of the dozen manufacturers that make golf GPS devices.  Swing the club, come around for the perfect shot.  Your club just hit the darn GPS!

We couldn’t figure out why some of these manufacturers though the belt clip was a good idea.  In addition to difficulties swinging the club, it’s inconvenient to remove the GPS from your belt whenever you want to check your distance to the pin.  Fortunately many of the latest golf devices abandoned the rear belt clip and acknowledge that putting it elsewhere makes more sense (the Skycaddie SG3.5 for example does not have the rear button for your belt clip).

So where do you put it?  We present some popular options below.

Bushnell Neo Walking Cart Mount

Bushnell Neo Walking Cart Mount

Sun Mountain Cart Mount for devices with a Belt Clip Button

Sun Mountain Cart Mount for devices with a Belt Clip Button

Skycaddie Cup Holder Mount

Skycaddie Cup Holder Mount

Apple iPad Walking Cart Mount

Apple iPad Walking Cart Mount

Cup Holder Golf Cart Mount

Cup Holder Golf Cart Mount

Otterbox and Mounts in Harmony

Otterbox.  Best case you can buy.  I have dropped my iPhone on a cement floor with an Otterbox and not a scratch.  They are not cheap, but well worth the added expense in avoiding damage to your new $400 device.  Otterbox has been in business for a long time making custom cases for expensive devices.  The recommended model uses a plastic case covered with a rubber skin.  It comes with a screen protector and don’t worry, your iPhone or Droid will work with the screen protector.

Now the problem with Otterbox is that normal custom mounts will not work with the larger case surrounding your device.  A spring loaded cradle can be used to tightly (and we mean tightly) grasp your iPhone or Droid and keep it in place while riding.  As we all know, GPS capabilities are excellent on smartphones and somehow makes us feel so much better about plunking all that money down for that new expensive phone!

2-in-1 Mount for you and your passenger's Otterbox

2-in-1 Mount for you and your passenger’s Otterbox

Arkon's Cup Holder Mount with an iPhone and Otterbox

Arkon’s Cup Holder Mount with an iPhone and Otterbox

Arkon's Handlebar Mount with an Otterbox

Arkon’s Handlebar Mount with an Otterbox

RAM Motorcycle Mount with an iPhone and Otterbox

RAM Motorcycle Mount with an iPhone and Otterbox

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