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January 27, 2012

Mounts for Vertical Vents

We must get a few questions weekly asking about mounts that will fit on vertical vents.  Most cars have vent slots that go across versus up and down and 99% of all vent mounts are made primarily for horizontal vents.

Finally, a solution is available for vertical vents from a company called Tetrax.  Based in Italy, they have developed a mount that combines a very small vice with a magnetic attachment for your smartphone, GPS or anything that weighs less than 300 grams (10.5 ounces).

So Tetrax has two kinds of mounts.  Some attach to your dash, others attach to the vent.  Since this post is titled “Mounts for Vertical Vents”, we’re going to take a bit more about the vent mounts.  These mounts are attached to your vent using a small vice with rubber grips.  They tighten and loosen using a small dial built into the mount.  Extremely easy to attach and detach.  We have found that the profile is so small that they aren’t even noticed when you remove your device, so we leave ours in the car after we remove our device.  But the neat part is that if you travel, it’s very easy to take with you.  Just don’t leave it in the rental!

The Tetrax XWAY and GEO lines are the vent mounts.  The XWAY is a heavier duty mount and recommended for GPS units and SmartPhones.  The GEO is best for SmartPhones and devices weighing 150 grams (5.25 ounces) or less.  The GEO works great with our iPhone 4 in a Tetrax XCASE.  We offer some picture below.

Tetrax Geo - See the Vice?

Tetrax Geo – See the Vice?

Tetrax XWAY with a TomTom

Tetrax XWAY with a TomTom

Tetrax XWAY

Tetrax XWAY

Tetrax Geo with an iPhone in an XCASE

Tetrax Geo with an iPhone in a case

Tetrax Geo

Tetrax Geo

January 17, 2012

Arkon’s New Camera Mount Line

Our friends at Arkon have introduced a new line of camera mounts for almost any location and they are available at a very reasonable price.  There are two keys to making a useful camera mount.  Almost every tripod has a 1/4″ – 20 threaded post that fits that little threaded hole on the bottom of the camera.  It also needs to be constructed to keep steady in a mobile environment.  Arkon has all that figured and has delivered with their new camera line.

The progression of video cameras over the past several years has spawned a need for a variety of mounts.  The Panasonics, Kodaks and Sonys have been replaced by Flip, GoPro and Contour.  Great quality, smaller footprint.  All of these cameras have a 1/4″ – 20 component, in a few cases you may need to buy a mounting cradle, but you will find most models are ready to mount.  Just look for that threaded hole on the bottom.

Arkon CMP227 Camera Handlebar Mount

Arkon CMP227 Camera Handlebar Mount

Arkon CMP220 Gooseneck Camera Mount

Arkon CMP220 Gooseneck Camera Mount

Arkon CMP212 Bean Bag Camera Mount

Arkon CMP212 Bean Bag Camera Mount

Arkon CMP214 Camera Suction Mount

Arkon CMP214 Camera Suction Mount

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