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March 15, 2013

What’s a Phablet?

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 5:57 pm

Is your latest phone just a little smaller than a tablet but a little larger than a cell phone?  If so, congratulations, you an owner of a phablet (we didn’t make this up, it’s now a category of device).

The functionality of phablets approach and in some cases surpass tablets.  Personally I feel a little strange using mine, feels a little like holding a paperback book up to your ear.  I’ll get used to it.

This is the MountGuys Blog so naturally we’re going to discuss mounting options.  The problem with a phablet is it’s a little too large for a standard phone cradle and little too small for a tablet cradle.  Our buddies at Arkon Resources have recently come out with their Slim Grip Ultra cradle.  It opens from 4.4 – 7.5 inches and grips your phablet tightly.  Easy to install and remove too.

The Phablet Cradle

The Phablet Cradle

Car Dash Sticky Phablet Mount

Car Dash Sticky Phablet Mount

Powered Phablet Car Mount

Powered Phablet Car Mount

Phablet Car Suction Mount

Phablet Car Suction Mount

Phablet Car Floor Mount

Phablet Car Floor Mount

Car Cup Holder Phablet Mount

Car Cup Holder Phablet Mount

Phablet Handlebar Mount

Phablet Handlebar Mount

Telescoping Phablet Mount

Telescoping Phablet Mount

February 17, 2013

Locking Mounts for the Apple iPad, iPad Mini, Other Tablets

For those looking to leave their expensive tablet in the car, a locking cradle is a necessity.  The folks at RAM have developed a series of locking cradles that we’ll be discussing in this post.  All are either keyed or have a combination lock.  When coupled with a RAM Mount, we suggest adding the RAM-KNOB3LU for 1″ ball mounts.  This added lock will ensure the mount is secure as well.  The locked cradle is good, but with a locked mounting arm, it’s even better.

RAM has introduced a few different cradles.  All full size iPads can benefit from the RAM-HOL-AP8LU locking cradle with combination lock.  These custom cradles are for Apple iPad, iPad 2, new iPad 3, iPad 4.  These fit iPads without a case or skin.  An iPad with a case or skin will fit the RAM Tab-Lock expandable cradle.  These fit almost every case out there except for the big giant Griffin cases.  These do fit the popular Otterbox Defender case.

RAM also designed TAB-Lock cradles for the Apple iPad Mini.  Got a case?  Use RAM-HOL-TABL12U.  No case?  RAM-HOL-TABL11U.

These cradles are typically coupled with RAM base mounts such as the RAM-B-149Z-202U, RAM-B-101U and RAM-B-316-1-202U.

Here are some pictures of the locking cradles.

RAM-HOL-TABL12U for Apple iPad Mini with a case or skin

RAM-HOL-TABL12U for Apple iPad Mini with a case or skin

RAM-HOL-TABL11U for Apple iPad Mini without a case or skin

RAM-HOL-TABL11U for Apple iPad Mini without a case or skin

RAM-HOL-TAB8LU for Apple iPad with a case or skin

RAM-HOL-TAB8LU for Apple iPad with a case or skin

RAM RAM-HOL-AP8LU for Apple iPad without a case or skin

RAM RAM-HOL-AP8LU for Apple iPad without a case or skin

February 13, 2013

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina Part III

Here is our final installment on mounts for the iPad Mini.  First came the universal mounts that worked with the Apple iPad Mini with or without a case or skin.  Now here comes the custom cradle.  We have worked with RAM for a number of years and they typically release a custom cradle for the more popular devices a few months after they are released.  Right on time comes the RAM-HOL-AP14U custom cradle for Apple iPad Mini or iPad Mini Retina.  These will only fit your device without a case or skin.  This is a very well made cradle.  Constructed of a heavy composite with custom ports to accommodate all buttons and cables.  There is also a nice roller feature which isn’t available in other cradles.  This makes inserting and removing your iPad Mini an easy task.  These cradles, like almost all RAM parts come with a manufacturer lifetime warranty.  They are manufactured in the Unites States.

These are nice, well made mounts that will last as long as your iPad Mini.  Check out the pictures.

RAM-HOL-AP14U

RAM Custom Cradle for Apple iPad Mini

RAM-B-138-AP14U

Flat Surface Mount for Apple iPad Mini

RAM-B-166-AP14U

Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Seat Bolt Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Seat Bolt Mount for Apple iPad Mini

RAM-B-149Z-AP14U

Handlebar Mount for Apple iPad Mini

RAM-B-121-AP14U

Clamp Mount for Apple iPad Mini

January 23, 2013

Castiv’s Musician Mounts for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPad 2, New iPad, iPad 4

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 10:01 am

We recently discovered a company from Canada named Castiv.  Did you know there are now over 500 apps for guitar players?

Castiv makes some very innovative mounts that make use of your apps while playing a guitar or singing at microphone stand much easier.  Ever try to play a guitar with an iPhone on your lap?  Not easy!

The current Castiv lineup includes the Guitar Sidekick which can hold an Apple iPhone or any smartphone.  Use the guitar grip with your favorite guitar apps such as video lessons, tuners or metronomes.  The grip can be used with acoustic, electric or classical guitars.  Compatible with most a guitars, it does not affect playing or tuning.  Works with practically any smartphone or portable media player.  The grip opens to 85mm (3.35 inches) and can even accommodate many phones with a case or skin.

The Castiv Tab Station is used on microphone stands with all models of iPad as well as similarly sized tablets.  Unlike many other microphone adapters and mounts being sold, this is an adapter for the top of the microphone.  These adapters come equipped with a 3/8″ and 5/8″ screw thread and will screw onto the top of any standard microphone stand.  Features an innovative holder that adjusts from 7 to 7.8 inches  (an iPad is 7.31 inches).  The cradle will rotate into landscape or portrait plus has an adjustable angle.

The Castiv Stand Sidekick is for using your iPhone and most smartphones on a microphone stand.  It comes with options to clip on top of the stand or anywhere to the stand itself.  The cradle opens from 2.3 to 3.3 inches so it will fit phones with or without cases.  Landscape or portrait are supported.

Castiv Stand Sidekick in action.

Castiv Stand Sidekick in action.

Guitar Sidekick Mount for Apple iPhone & Most Smartphones

Guitar Sidekick Mount for Apple iPhone & Most Smartphones

Castiv Tab Station Microphone Stand Adapter for Apple iPad, iPad 2, new iPad 3, iPad 4 w/wo Case

Castiv Tab Station Microphone Stand Adapter for Apple iPad, iPad 2, new iPad 3, iPad 4 w/wo Case

Arkon’s GoPro Camera Mounts for Almost Anywhere

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , , , — mountguys @ 9:43 am

The good folks at Arkon have recently released their custom GoPro mounting lineup and we are one of the first to talk about it.  Their lineup includes mounts for almost anywhere and includes the adapter with screw to fit the grooves ont he bottom of the plastic case that comes with the GoPro.  These mounts work well on all GoPro Hero models including the HERO, HERO2, HERO3.

As always, we present a lot of pictures to demonstrate the many options available.

Telescoping 14" - 18" Extra Long Car Suction Cup Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3

Telescoping 14″ – 18″ Extra Long Car Suction Cup Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3

Motorcycle Bicycle ATV Handlebar Strap Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Motorcycle Bicycle ATV Handlebar Strap Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Suction Cup & Bean Bag Dash Car Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Suction Cup & Bean Bag Dash Car Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Suction Cup & Dash Car Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Suction Cup & Dash Car Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Motorcycle Bicycle Handlebar Custom Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Motorcycle Bicycle Handlebar Custom Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

 Removable No Glue Sticky Car Dash & Desk Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

Removable No Glue Sticky Car Dash & Desk Mount for GoPro HERO HERO2 HERO3 Camera

The RAM Roto-View Adapter Plate Makes Swiveling Simple

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories, Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 9:20 am

Ever try to swivel your device into a different orientation while driving?  Not easy and can be dangerous.  Adding the RAM Roto-View to your existing RAM Mount configuration has solved this problem.

The RAM-HOL-ROTO1U goes between your device and the round or diamond ball.  The Roto-View utilizes multiple detents to adjust the tablet to the most popular viewing angles, including landscape and portrait mode. No need to loosen the knob of your double socket arm to reposition your tablet.  Instead simply rotate your device into the desired orientation.  These work great with tablets and phones, but can be used with any standard RAM Mount that has the RAM-B-238U, RAM-B202U adapter.  The RAM-HOL-ROTO1U comes with a set of longer replacement screws as well as the new adapter plate.

Details of how the RAM Roto-View attaches to your current RAM Mount.

Details of how the RAM Roto-View attaches to your current RAM Mount.

December 24, 2012

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPhone 5 Part II

Part II of our Apple iPhone 5 blog series covers the second generation of mounts for this very popular device.  Our first blog post covered expandable cradle mounts that work well for an iPhone 5 with or without a case or skin.  Today’s final installment of the series discusses custom mounts.  These use cradles that are specifically made for the Apple iPhone 5 without a case.  Snap your iPhone 5 in the custom cradle and take it out when you are done.  But remember no cases or skins on these custom mounts.

Lots of pictures follow.  These mounts are manufactured by our partners at RAM Mounts.

Motorcycle Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Motorcycle Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Handlebar Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Handlebar Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Light Duty Suction Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Light Duty Suction Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Heavy Duty Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Heavy Duty Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Adhesive Dash Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Adhesive Dash Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Motorcycle Clutch Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Motorcycle Clutch Mount for Apple iPhone 5

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina Part II

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: — mountguys @ 11:56 am

As time progresses, additional variety is available for mounting your Apple iPad Mini.  We have one more part to our iPad Mini series that features custom cradles.  The mounts discussed in this blog post use expandable cradles and fit your Apple iPad Mini or Mini Retina with or without a case or skin.

Included are some mounts for purposes you wouldn’t normally think of when using your tablet.  As always we show lots of pictures.

No GLue Dash Mount for Apple iPad Mini

No GLue Dash Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Car Cup Holder Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Car Cup Holder Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Car Vent Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Car Vent Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Microphone Stand Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Microphone Stand Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Tripod Top for Apple iPad Mini

Tripod Top for Apple iPad Mini

Extra Long Telescoping Car Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Extra Long Telescoping Car Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPad Mini

Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPad Mini

October 23, 2012

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPad Mini Part I

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 5:38 pm

Apple’s announcement of the new iPad Mini brings a smaller tablet to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire and others in the 7″ diagonal space.  Measuring 7.87 inches x 5.3 inches and only .28 inches deep, this tablet features a larger 7.9″ screen versus the competition.  Ever try to hold the iPad in one hand for a long time?  Not easy to do.  This weighs only 11 ounces and fits nicely in one hand.  The iPad Mini will feature Apple’s new lightening adapter.

This is Part I of a series on mounting what will be a very popular device.  It always takes the manufacturers a few months to make custom cradles, so until then there are some excellent universal cradle mounts which will hold your Apple iPad Mini quite securely.  Some prefer a universal mount as it can be used a few years from now when Apple announces their new Apple iPad Mini 2 – and you know they will!

As always, we present some nice options for consideration.  Look for our follow up with custom mounting solutions when they are available.

Arkon's tablet clamp mount

Arkon’s tablet clamp mount

RAM's X-Grip II Handlebar Mount

RAM’s X-Grip II Handlebar Mount

Bracketron's tablet car headrest mount

Bracketron’s tablet car headrest mount

Arkon TAB-FSM seat bolt mount

Arkon TAB-FSM seat bolt mount

RAM's X-Grip II Suction Cup Mount

RAM’s X-Grip II Suction Cup Mount

October 10, 2012

RAM Aviation Mounts

RAM makes mounts for almost any purpose.  The mounts are rugged and come with a lifetime warranty.  There are a plethora or location for mounting devices in a plane.  RAM has most of those locations covered.

The most popular location for mounting on a plane is the yoke.  RAM manufactures the RAM-B-121 (metal) and RAP-B-121 (heavy composite plastic) lines for use on a yoke.  The clamp mount opens up to 1.25 inches.  Both arewell made.  We like the RAP-B-121 as it’s rugged and you can save a few dollars over the RAM-B-121 variety.

Another popular mounting location is the glare shield.  This is the location that is located just above the controls and blocks the sun glare.  RAM’s RAM-B-177 line clasps to the glare shield.  These fit up to 1.25 inches wide.

The suction cup line is popular as well.  We recommend RAM’s RAM-B-166 line.  This includes RAM’s best suction cup as you do not want the suction failing while in the air.  With a pivot point at the base and cradle, you can angle this very easily.

Here are some examples of the mounts we just reviewed.

RAM RAM-B-177-BC1 Radio Mount

RAM RAM-B-177-BC1 Radio Mount

RAM RAM-B-166-AP8U Apple iPad Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAM-B-166-AP8U Apple iPad Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-UN9 Universal large Tablet Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-UN9 Universal large Tablet Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-GA38U Garmin GPSMAP 695 Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-GA38U Garmin GPSMAP 695 Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-177 Aera Mount in Use

RAM RAM-B-177 Aera Mount in Use

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