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November 23, 2011

Making your Garmin Montana GPS Mobile

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 5:47 pm

Garmin recently released their long awaited refresh to their handheld GPS line.  The Garmin Montana offers three different models and is a truly diverse line.  Depending upon model, the functionality ranges from using it to find a geocache all the way to use on the water or in your car.  New models introduce a 5 megapixel camera, customizable homepage and a waterproof casing.  Add in old time favorites like an electronic compass, ability to create waypoints, and satellite imagery and you will see that Garmin has introduced a major overhaul that might prove worthy of parting with some of your hard earned money.

Once you get the GPS, you might wish to truly make it portable with mounts, cabling and cases.  We’re here for you!

Garmin Montana Marine Mount

Garmin Montana Marine Mount

Garmin Montana Dash Mount

Garmin Montana Dash Mount

Garmin Car Charger for the Montana

Garmin Car Charger for the Montana

Garmin Carry Case for the Montana

Garmin Carry Case for the Montana

Handlebar Mount for Garmin Montana

Handlebar Mount for Garmin Montana

 

November 20, 2011

RAM’s New X-Grip Universal Cradle Line

RAM is known for manufacturing some of the most innovative mounts.  They recently announced a series of universal cradles called X-Grip.  After playing with these for a bit, we see why they are so excited about these.  Most universal cradles are spring loaded and open / close with a button on the side.  The cradles have supports at the side and bottom.  Works for most devices, but sometimes blocks ports.

The X-Grip is different.  The cradles deploy a 4-leg design that will grasp your device at the sides quite firmly.  In fact, it is firm enough so that you do not need lower supports.  This permits free access to power and buttons at the top and bottom of your device.

Currently, the X-Grip supports smartphones up to a maximum width of 3.25″ and that is wide enough for just about all phones with or without a case or skin.  In December, a larger version of the X-Grip will be available for 7″ tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Blackberry Playbook.

The X-Grip cradles come in two flavors, with or without a RAM 1″ ball attached.  Use the RAM-HOL-UN7U for attaching to RAM’s Snap-Link mounting line.  Use the RAM-HOL-UN7BU for attaching to any of the RAM-B 1″ ball mounts such as the RAM-B-149Z-QU1U.

The X-Grip is also available as part of a complete mounting solution and we’ll add a few pictures below to depict that.

RAM-HOL-UN7BU for RAM's Standard 1" Ball Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7BU for RAM's Standard 1" Ball Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7U for Snap Link Mounts

RAM-HOL-UN7U for Snap Link Mounts

X-Grip Marine Mount

X-Grip Marine Mount

RAM Microphone Stand Mount with X-Grip

RAM Microphone Stand Mount with X-Grip

RAM Handlebar Mount with X-Grip Cradle

RAM Handlebar Mount with X-Grip Cradle

RAM Snap Link X-Grip Dash Mount

RAM Snap Link X-Grip Dash Mount

 

 

November 12, 2011

Tetrax Mounts: A Little Magnet Goes a Long Way

Tetrax introduces a new concept in car mounts.  Pairing strong small magnets with corresponding adhesive chips, these mounts provide a strong grasp of your device and the magnets are completely shielded by the metal chips.  We were impressed with the holding capability of the XWAY mount as it held our TomTom XXL in place with no problem.  The mounting kits include the mount and adhesive chip for the back of your device.  We like the simple approach to attaching the device then removing it.  Much less effort than practically anything else on the market.  Manufactured in Italy, these are nice quality mounts.

There are a few different lines from Tetrax:

  • XWAY – for heavier items such as GPS devices up 300 grams (10.5 ounces).  This would include most units that have a 3.5, 4.3 and 5 inch screen size.  These also make excellent smartphone mounts.  This fits on your car air vent
  • FIXWAY – also for heavier devices up to 300 grams.  These use 3M adhesive disks for your car dash.
  • FIX – a lighter weight version for devices up to 150 grams (5.25 ounces).  These are for smartphones, iPhones, iPod, Nano, etc.  This is the dash version.
  • EGO – also for lighter devices.  This is the vent version of the FIX.
  • XCASE – a nice idea.  Incorporates the metal chip into a custom case.  These are available for the iPhone only.

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