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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

September 12, 2011

Lots of New TomTom GPS Models, Not a Lot of Mounting Options

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , , , , , — mountguys @ 2:57 pm

Where do we start?  TomTom has introduced so many new GPS units over the past six months.  We have difficulty keeping up with customer inquiries on new models.  As usual, TomTom makes a nice GPS. Roughly 10 models of the TomTom Via series, another ten for the TomTom GO.  And to add some additional confusion, the model numbers seem to overlap the TomTom XXL series (prompting a few customers to buy the wrong model accessories)

TomTom continues to be a prominent player in the GPS market.  Features are market leading and keep track fairly well with Garmin (the other market leader).

First let’s discuss the TomTom GO series.  New models introduced over the past year include:  Go 950, Go 940, Go 750, Go 740, Go 550, Go 540.  Wait we’re not done.  There is also the 2405, 2435 2505, 2535, and 1005.  By the way there are traffic and lifetime map versions of many of these.  What do they all have in common.  They use a powered cradle that can be removed from the mount.  The cradle can be inserted into many other mounts.  Some will use the vacated socket on the back of the cradle.  Some provide a bracket with a recess for the TomTom cradle.

Cup Holder Bendy Mount fits many TomTom GO models

Cup Holder Bendy Mount fits many TomTom GO models

Motorcycle Mount for many TomTom GO models

Motorcycle Mount for many TomTom GO models

TomTom car suction mount

TomTom car suction mount

Vent Mount for the TomTom GO Series

Vent Mount for the TomTom GO Series

Next let’s discuss the TomTom VIA series.  The big difference between the VIA and GO series – no cradle.  There is a socket on the upper portion of the GPS and the mount provided fits in there.  We have some personal experience with the VIA and the mount.  You need to have hands the size of 6-year old to use it effectively so considering a different mount might be a good exercise.  By the way, the VIA units use a micro-USB charger versus the typical mini-USB.  The VIA models include:  1535, 1535T, 1535M, 1535TM, 1505, 1505T, 1505M, 1505TM, 1435, 1435T, 1435M, 1435TM, 1405, 1405T, 1405M, 1405TM, 220, 180, 160, 125, 120, 110.  The T indicates a traffic enabled model and M means lifetime maps.  TM means you get both features.

Car Visor Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Car Visor Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Seat Bolt Floor Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Seat Bolt Floor Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Dash and Suction Combo Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Dash and Suction Combo Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Powered Lighter Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

Powered Lighter Mount for TomTom VIA GPS

The back of the TomTom Via

The back of the TomTom Via

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