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What Happened to the MountGuys Site?

Our site looks a lot different, doesn’t it?  After spending 70 hours a week on running our online business, we realized we needed to change things.  Working these long hours once in a while is ok, but after doing it steadily for over ten years, it began to affect our health and quality of life.  We decided to shift our focus.  We have retained a subset of our business to serve our prior customers and continue to offer our most popular products on Amazon.  Mounts we have sold in the past can be purchased on Amazon and may be accessed here or you may use the banner at the top of the page.

For several years, we had a blog attached to our site that many of you found useful.  We added articles as time allowed.  We decided to expand our blog and write with far more frequency.  We will continue to explain how to mount new stuff and use what you already have in ways you may not have thought about before.

Tablet Floor Stands and Table Mounts

Arkon TAB-STAND2 with iPadI was recently doing a Facetime conversation with a relative on my Apple iPad which went on for almost an hour.  Holding your tablet for an hour in a position where the other person can see you during a video conversation isn’t as easy as you may think.  Your arm gets tired.  Real tired.  Using a tablet stand for this purpose accomplishes two feats.  First, the arm fatigue is eliminated.  Secondly, by placing the tablet further away, you have more freedom to move around without leaving the visibility of the camera and person you are speaking with.  Most tablet stands are easy to store in a corner of the room or a closet when not in use although you may wind up leaving it where it is once you get it in a good position.

There is a wide variety of floor stands for tablets.  Some have custom cradles which, as readers of our site are already aware, we do not favor.  Most tablet owners will use a case or skin for protection which means that your device will not fit inside a custom cradle.  Using a universal cradle will get you around that issue plus the next time you purchase a new tablet to replace the one you have, you have use the same mount and not have to buy another.

I have used a few different floor stands.  Prices of these mounts vary from $20 and up.  Speaking from personal experience, the less expensive floor stands are poorly made and will break quickly.  I tried the $20 model and the cradle broke within a week.  Additionally the mount was so light that it tilted over from the weight of my tablet.  Buying a stand with a metal rod accompanied by stable support legs or feet is recommended to avoid tipping over.

The first mount that we will discuss is one that I use regularly.  It’s made by a company called Arkon out of California and called the TAB-STAND2.  It is what I would refer to as a table stand.  This is a real well made mount.  The arm is made of metal and the cradle is expandable to hold tablets that range up to 12 inches.  This would include all of the Apple iPad models including the Mini.  It also holds all of the Samsung Galaxy tablet models.  The ten inch mount has a nice swivel feature that permits moving your tablet from portrait to landscape.  You can remove your tablet by pushing a button on the side which will expand the arms.  It’s lightweight, less than two pounds and it’s easy to store when not in use.

Arkon also makes a larger version of the previously mentioned mount called the TAB-STAND1.  It uses the same cradle but this one is made for floor use.  The arm is also made of metal and extends from 24 to 48 inches.  The support feet are large and the stand is not going to easily tip over.  I have used this stand in an office environment and it worked real well as it allowed me to use the tablet without taking up any desk real estate.  My desk is like a bomb hit it.  I need all the space I can get.  This mount allowed me to use my tablet and never lose it in the mess.

A recent discovery is the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand.  This stand has a unique gooseneck feature that means that the top half can be bent to any angle.  This one is made of metal and plastic and stands 4 feet high but that’s dependent upon the angle of the gooseneck top.  It’s a bit lighter than the Arkon TAB-STAND1 and comes with a universal cradle that will fit the iPad line as well as the majority of tablets available.

These stands will allow you to use your tablet hands-free in almost any environment.  If you are a constant Facetime user as we are, you will appreciate having a stand available for your tablet.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonTable stand for tabletsArkon Countertop or Desktop Tablet Stand for Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Air iPad 4 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

ArkonFloor stand for tabletsArkon TAB-STAND1 Tablet Floor Stand for Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Air iPad 4 3 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

CTA DigitalFloor stand for tablets with gooseneck featureCTA Digital Universal Height-Adjustable Gooseneck Floor Stand for Tablets (PAD-UAFS)

Car Mounts for Garmin NuviCam LMTHD

The Garmin NuviCam LMTHD seems like a great idea.  Combining a high quality high definition display GPS with a high resolution camera provides a lot of feature potential.  Garmin claims this device will be able to provide you with advanced features which cost thousands of dollars in many car models.  The camera paired with the 6″ GPS provides collision avoidance alerts if following too close to the car in front of you.  It also will provide lane departure alerts if you drift off the road or onto oncoming traffic.  The device also provides a high definition camera which continually records your drive.  The camera is mounted on the back of the GPS so our mount discussion will take this position into account so that you can use the GPS and camera most effectively.

The Garmin NuviCam LMTHD comes with a standard Garmin mount which features a suction cup attached to a stem with a 17mm ball.  There is a powered cradle that attaches to the 17mm ball via a socket on the back of the cradle.  Like the recently announced 3597LMTHD which we wrote about here, the cradle uses a magnetic attachment to the GPS which appears to be a new direction which we really like.  This cradle is necessary to power your NuviCam and can be easily removed from the Garmin stock mount by simply pulling it off.

Like previous GPS models, the Garmin suction cup mount is nothing to write home about and we like to recommend the Arkon suction mount which has been proven to be very reliable.  This is a really nice mount that also features an adhesive dash disk in case you would like to mount the NuviCam on your dash.  The placement of the camera on the back means the Arkon mount can be used in either configuration.  The windshield or dash will work real nicely with this GPS / camera combination.

We have written about suction cup mounts on the windshield being illegal in some states which can be read here.  A great alternative which is easy to transport is the Garmin bean bag mount.  We wrote a detailed review on this which can be read here.  This mount weighs almost two pounds and features the 17mm ball which is needed to fit the back of the cradle.  The mount features a non skid bottom and installation involved placing it on a flat dashboard.  The NuviCam is perfectly positioned with unobstructed view for the camera on the back of the GPS.

If the bean bag mount is a bit too heavy for your liking, Garmin offers a lighter weight dash mount.  This mount weighs less than 8 ounces.  Like the bean bag version, the mount features a 17mm ball that will fit the cradle that came with your NuviCam.  It has a non skid bottom as well.  The next attached to the 17mm ball can fold down for storage.  Both Garmin mounts are well made.  I prefer the bean bag as I think it’s a heavier duty mount than the lightweight version.

For trucks and large SUVs, the Arkon Suction Cup Extension Mount is a nice choice.  It extends from 14 – 18 inches, the arm is made if metal and it includes adapters for the latest Garmin and TomTom models.  This includes the 17mm ball that is common to the back of all Garmin Nuvi cradles.  Just remove the cradle from the current car mount and snap onto this mount.

We concentrated on mounts that will permit use of the camera and GPS concurrently.  There are lots of other GPS mounts that will work with a NuviCam and are appropriate if there are no plans to use the camera.  You can read about some of them here.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonSuction and dash GPS replacement mountArkon Replacement Upgrade or Additional Windshield Dashboard Suction Mounting Pedestal for Garmin nuvi 40 50 1450 1200 GPS

GarminBean bag mount for Garmin Nuvi and NuviCam.Garmin Portable Friction Mount - Frustration Free Packaging

GarminDashboard mount for Garmin Nuvi and NuviCam.Garmin Friction Mount

ArkonExtra long extension mount for Garmin Nuvi and NuviCam.Arkon GPSCM117 14.5 to 18.5-Inch Extension Windshield Mount for Garmin Nuvi and TomTom GPS Trucks and Rigs


Cobb Tuning Accessport V3 Mounting Options

Dual T adhesive mount fits the Cobb Tuning AccessportThe Cobb Tuning Accessport is one of the most popular monitoring and tuning solutions available.  Cobb Tuning has their headquarters in Texas.  They started out tuning Subarus and have turned their Accessport line into one that can be used for multiple brands.  Since this site concentrates on mounting solutions, we aren’t going into the technical details of the Accessport line, but will leave that for other review sites that have that level of expertise.

So onto the mount discussion which fortunately, we do have a lot of expertise with.  The current and most widely used is the Cobb Tuning Accessport V3.  The device comes with a cradle or holster that the Accessport will fit into.  The back of the holster has two slots.  The Accessport V3 comes with an adhesive mount that isn’t too bad.  The bottom of the the mount features a 3M Very High Bond (VHB) adhesive strip.  The secret to getting these to work is to only apply it when the weather is not extreme (too cold or hot) and apply to a clean smooth flat area.  After you apply the mount, leave it alone for 24 hours.  After a day, attach your Accessport and you should be fine.

But what if you do not wish to use the adhesive mount?  There are situations where you may not want to stick anything to your car.  Perhaps there aren’t any smooth flat surfaces to place the adhesive mount to.  The adhesive mount is short and as a result the Accessport will be almost flush to the flat surface which might be an issue.

Fortunately there are alternative mounts available for the Accessport.  A very popular option is to mount your Accessport to the windshield of your vehicle.  A suction cup mount is available that includes the dual T pattern that will fit the two slots on the back of the cradle that came with your device.  Attachment to the windshield is simply a matter of putting it in place then pressing down on the vacuum lever.  Very easy to install and remove.  Lost your cradle?  No problem as there is a suction cup mount with cradle available which includes a cradle that will grip your Accessport by the sides.  Work the same way as the first mount except it includes a cradle.

Another great option for mounting your Accessport is the car air vent.  These air vent mounts work on most vents that have horizontal slats.  The mount features two arms that clip onto the vent slats.  Like the windshield mount, these mounts include the dual T pattern that fits the two slots on the back of your cradle.  The mount pivots and swivels for placement at an ideal location for the driver to see it.

Seems like every cars have more cup holders in them than you could possibly have drinks to fill them.  Consider a cup holder mount for your Cobb Accessport.  Just be sure your cup holder isn’t the size of a giant Big Gulp and these mounts will fit quite well.  Like the other mounts described, these also feature a dual T pattern.

Lastly, a good location to mount your Accessport is using a car seat bolt mount.  We covered car seat bolt mount use in general on this site and you can view the article here.  A seat bolt mount with the dual T slot pattern needed is available to fit your cradle.

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung’s recent introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a very formidable answer to the Apple iPhone 6.  It’s roughly the same physical size as the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well as the Apple iPhone 6.  There are two models of the S6 which include the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge.  The S6 Edge has a slightly curved rounded sides to the display versus the S6 which resembles a traditional smartphone’s display.  Both feature a display using the new Gorilla Glass 4 which is extremely scratch resistant (and hopefully less resistant to breaking with an accidental drop).

The size of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 is very similar to the previous generation.  With a 5.1 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.64 inches tall by 2.79 inches wide by .27 inches deep.  The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a little different.  Also sporting a 5.1 inch diagonal screen, the S6 Edge is 5.60 inches tall, 2.80 inches wide and .28 inches deep.  These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount.  For those with any custom mount which features a cradle specifically made for a previous generation, they aren’t going to fit and you will need to purchase a new mount, or at least a new cradle.  For those that have purchased a universal mount to hold your older phone, hopefully it opens wide enough to hold your new device without a problem.  Most universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one.

I was looking at the prices of these phones, especially the Edge and they aren’t cheap.  Buy a case for it.  I have always liked the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here, but there are lots of others.  Invest about $25 or so.  A single drop on ceramic tile that results in a broken lens will cost way more than the case.  If you think insurance will cover you, think again.  Insurance policies purchased from your carrier have a deductible and for newer more expensive phones that can be $169 on up.  So to add insult to injury, you will not only be paying the monthly insurance premium, but you will then pay the deductible.  I need to write an article on this topic in the near future.  Bottom line is buy a case.

OK, let’s talk about some mounts.  Readers of our site know that we favor well made mounts with expandable cradles to sit protective cases.  With expandable cradles, you also have the opportunity to reuse your mount when you upgrade your phone.

For the car, give the location of your mount some thought.  There are lots of places to mount your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.  The windshield is the most popular location to mount especially if you plan to use it as a GPS with my favorite application which is Waze.  An excellent entry level selection is Arkon’s Megagrip Travel Mount.  This mount features an expandable cradle which expands to 3.4 inches by pressing the button at the lower left corner of the cradle.  This will fit your phone with or without a thick case.  The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield.

Another interesting location for your phone is the car air vent.  The iOttie Magnetic Vent Mount is an excellent well made choice.  This mount features grippers that can be used on horizontal and vertical vents.  Right around eye level and out of the way of potential thieves, the vent is a good location for mounting a lightweight device.  Check your vent to make sure it’s well made enough to hang a lightweight device.  A recent innovation is mounts is the use of a small magnet coupled with a very think adhesive metal disk which sticks to the back of your phone.  The great thing about magnetic mounts is the simple process for install and removal.  It’s a simple matter of simply matching up where the metal strip is to the magnet.

For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your Galaxy S6 very tightly so that it stays put through the vibration of a ride.  We continue to be big fans of the RAM X-Grip line.  These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal.  The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle.  We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here.  Most motorcycles can use the X-Grip handlebar mount or the X-Grip clutch mount.  Both of these mounts feature the expandable X-Grip cradle which can open to 3.25 inches which is large enough for most cases.  We always recommend tethering your device for added security.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

iOttieMagnetic car air vent mountCar Mount, iOttie iTap Magnetic Air Vent Mount for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5s/5c, Galaxy Note 4/3, Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge/5/4

ArkonWindshield suction cup mount with universal cradleArkon Windshield and Dashboard Smartphone Car Mount Holder for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6 5 5S 5C Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3 S5 S4 S3

RAM MountMotorcycle handlebar mount with X-Grip cradle.RAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder

RAM MountMotorcycle clutch mount with X-Grip cradle.RAM Brake/Clutch Reservoir U-Bolt Motorcycle Mount with Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder


Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD Motorcycle and Car Mounts

If you are looking for the best vehicle GPS currently available, the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is probably it.  The five-inch 800×480 pixel display is among the best I have seen on a GPS and the ability to do pinch and zoom is a smartphone quality not available on most other personal navigation devices.  This GPS includes all of the features found in a premium GPS including lifetime traffic, bluetooth and voice recognition.  The GPS also includes high definition traffic which is found in most heavily populated areas.

We’ll review mounting options in a bit.  Like other Garmin traffic enabled GPS devices, guard the cable with your life.  Your traffic subscription is tied to the actual cable.  If you lose your cable, you will need to replace with a very expensive (about $60) traffic charger.  A plain car charger will not provide you with traffic, you need to buy the HD traffic cable with traffic incorporated into it.

Now for the mounts.  The Nuvi 3597LMTHD is no different from the other Nuvi models before it using a ball and socket design.  This cradle fits over a 17mm ball which is part of the mount.  The 3597LMTHD is the first Nuvi model to use a magnetic cradle.  I really like this cradle as it’s much faster to align the magnetic mount with the GPS.  Easy and fast to insert and remove.

The default mount that is provided with the GPS is of the suction cup variety.  This is the same mounting base that Garmin has used for roughly the past ten years (they changed the cradle, not the base mount).  Garmin also includes an adhesive disk for those that wish to use it on the dashboard.  If your suction cup has failed, read our article on reviving it here.  If after reading the article, it’s still failing but the cradle is still good, replace it with an Arkon suction mount.  These come with a 2-year warranty and these stick real well.

If you would rather not put adhesive on your dash, you could use this cradle with Garmin’s highly regarded bean bag mount which we discussed in a prior article.

How about some alternative locations and mounts?  Vent mounts have been available for many years but Garmin completely missed the parade on these until 2013.  Finally coming out with a vent mount of their own, this Garmin mount is very well made.  Unlike many of their competitors, Garmin saw the need for a vent mount with a clamp on the back if it.  This means these mounts will fit horizontal and vertical vents.

For motorcycle use, we always like to use a custom cradle when available however, I do not believe any exist.  You will want to consider using a well made universal cradle made for smartphones.  The Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD measures 3.1 x 5.4 inches and you will want to power it without the cradle.  For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your GPS very tightly so that it stays put through the vibration of a ride.  We are big fans of the RAM X-Grip line.  These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal.  The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle.  We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here.  Most motorcycles can use the X-Grip handlebar mount or the X-Grip clutch mount.  Both of these mounts feature the expandable X-Grip cradle which can open to 3.25 inches which is large enough for most cases.  We always recommend tethering your device for added security.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonSuction and dash GPS replacement mountArkon Replacement Upgrade or Additional Windshield Dashboard Suction Mounting Pedestal for Garmin nuvi 40 50 1450 1200 GPS

GarminGarmin vent mount with 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleGarmin Vent Mount

RAM MountRAM X-Grip handlebar mountRAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder

RAM MountRAM X-Grip clutch mountRAM Brake/Clutch Reservoir U-Bolt Motorcycle Mount with Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder

Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth the Cost?

Is cell phone insurance worth the cost?  Maybe not.

First a story.  The winter of 2014/2015 was a brutal one here in New Jersey.  It stuck with us until mid April.  Seemed like it wouldn’t end.  My driveway was a sheet of ice most of the winter.  Here in the northeast, we all are familiar with a term called black ice.  This is a condition where a thin transparent layer of ice covers your driveway or the roadway.  You aren’t aware of it since its invisible.  You only become aware of it when you walk or drive over it.  A clear weekday morning in New Jersey reminded me of why i hate black ice.  Walking out to my car in the middle of the winter resulted in a cartoon like fall where I went in mid-air and landed right smack on my iPhone.  This resulted in two unfortunate events.  First my back had a bruise that covered the entire lower part of my back and crippled me pretty good for two days.  The second, and more costly result, was that my trusty Apple iPhone now had a curve in it.  Turns out I landed right on my iPhone.

My iPhone was broken.  Couldn’t turn it on.  Took it to the carrier that explained to me that I likely bent the motherboard and I needed to replace it.  I didn’t have insurance at the time and learned the hard way that a new one wasn’t $99 but closer to $599.  I needed a phone so paid up and now go out of the way to avoid black ice at all costs.  I wished I had insurance and promised myself to look into it.  I asked the guy at the store what the cost would be if I had insurance.  The answer was the policy was $6.99 month.  What he didn’t bother to tell me is that there’s a $199 deductible that I would have to pay towards a new phone.

An acquaintance recently dropped their iPhone 6 Plus and cracked their lens.  No problem, they told me they had insurance and this was covered.  It turns out they were right but it didn’t go down the way they thought.  Turns out there’s a deductible of $169 plus a long wait for them to send the phone out to be fixed.  This means that you will pay the first $169 of the expense to repair your phone with insurance picking up the rest.  This person was surprised to hear about the deductible and she shopped around a little to find the Apple Store would repair her phone for $109 and will do it while she waited.  So the Apple Store was cheaper than the deductible of her insurance.  So she was out $109 plus the cost of her insurance which it turned out she couldn’t use because of the high deductible.

So is insurance worth it?  On lower priced phones, it’s not as it would be more cost-effective to simply buy a replacement on a site such as eBay.  If your phone is one of the pre-paid models, I would also avoid the insurance because when you factor the deductible in, it will likely cost you more than buying  a new phone.

For more expensive phones, it might make some sense during the first year or two.  Most carriers subsidize a new phone every 12-24 months which is going to be less than the cost of the deductible.  So if you are prone to losing or breaking your phone, and it’s expensive, you might consider the insurance then drop it after the carrier time period for a new subsidized phone arrives.

Keep in mind the policy may not be worth invoking if the phone has suffered from broken glass or a broke button.  The cost to repair it from a third policy will often be less than the pricey deductible.

Waze Newly Introduced Features

Waze Traffic JamFaithful readers of this site are familiar with my affection for Waze.  This is the third article I have written on the application.  You can read the other two here and here.  I am still a huge fan and the recent new release makes me an even bigger one.  The features of Waze coupled with a high resolution large screen smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Apple iPhone 6 makes this the best GPS available.  I’m including the latest GPS models from the large manufacturers in this statement.  The inclusion of live traffic updates and road hazards is something that can’t found in many GPS models.  And best of all, it’s all free.

Waze recently rolled out release 3.9.4 which included some great features that I always wanted in a GPS.

The best feature is what Waze is calling the Traffic Bar.  I live in New Jersey.  We have a lot of traffic.  Ever sit in a traffic jam wondering how much longer you have to go?  Worse yet, have you ever taken the next exit only to look ahead and see the traffic clearing up a few hundred feet up the road as you are leaving the highway?  The traffic bar is what you need to avoid this.  The traffic bar will let you know how far you made it through the traffic jam and (best of all) how much longer you have to go.  This can help you to gauge whether or not you need to take some evasive action because if you’re like me, you hate sitting in a traffic jam.

Another important feature of this release is speed.  I have read that the improvement is up to 85% versus the older release.  I have noticed what I perceive what I believe to be some improvements especially in the area of identifying the place where you want to navigate to.  A recent search for Five Guys Burgers, the best hamburger place around here in my opinion, took less than a second to identify several locations nearby.  It normally took a few seconds before.  Faster is always good.

The next improvement is in the area of notifications.  You can let your friends know when you plan to arrive at a destination so they can follow your drive.  Waze now supports an acknowledgement of your notification.  This is a nice feature as it now clears up why my wife gives me slack for not calling ahead as I can now state that she didn’t acknowledge my notification.  I suspect this won’t help me in the long run it’s a nice feature.

The next improvement is in the area of improved u-turns.  This is the one feature that I’m having a little difficulty with.  Since upgrading Waze, it tells me to make a u-turn whenever I start a new route.  The problem is that my car is sitting in my driveway at the time.  Not sure the Waze developers thought this one out all the way and would expect some changes in future releases.

Lastly, Waze now tells you the main route it is taking whenever it goes into navigation mode.  For example, my recent 60 mile trip down to central New Jersey was via I-95 (the New Jersey Turnpike).  Waze let me know that it is taking me to the destination via I-95.  It takes some of the mystery out of the route I’ll be taking.  Waze is very sensitive to current traffic so you never know which way it will take you.  It might have me on the Parkway one day, then the Turnpike the next.  All based upon live traffic.

I continue to enjoy this application and it’s become an application I use a few times daily.

Arkon MAG179 Magnetic Windshield and Dash Mount Product Review

Arkon MAG179Today, we take a detailed look at the Arkon MAG179 Magnetic Windshield and Dash Mount.  I’m a big fan of magnetic mounts because of the ease in attaching the device to the mount.  It’s a simply matter of just placing the device against the mount and you’re done.  I was always puzzled by the lack of magnetic mounts available.  My earliest exposure to the magnetic line was a company out of Italy called Tetrax.  They made a low profile adhesive and vent mount with small disks that would attach to the back.  For whatever reason, they are difficult to find and the pricing seems a bit high for what is provided versus alternatives.

Introduced in early 2015, Arkon will be rolling out a complete line of mounts that feature a rare earth magnet for attaching your device to the mount.  They plan to introduce mounts for the vent, dash, windshield and car lighter.  The mounts used are the standard Arkon bases and the magnetic adapter has the 17mm socket on the back that will attach to many other Arkon mounting bases as well.

The way these work is pretty simple.  You receive a round and rectangular metal plate within the bundle and these have a 3M backing which will attach to the back of your phone.  The metal plate is very think and you will get used to it pretty quickly.  If you have a case or skin on the phone, this provides a challenge which you can get around.  If the skin is a thin membrane, you can still place the metal plate on your phone then put the skin over it.  A case / skin combination like the Otterbox Defender would require you to remove the skin, place the rectangular plate on the plastic case then place the skin back on.  The magnets are extremely strong and in my opinion much stronger than the Tetrax variety.  While I didn’t open up the adapter to check, I suspect it has a larger magnet in there versus the Tetrax which I am familiar with.  I have not found any interference or issues resulting from the magnet being attached to the metal plate on the back of the device.

The mount that is included with the MAG179 is a solid one that includes several options.  As a simple windshield mount, it can be attached to the window then kept in place by pressing down on the lever to create an air lock with extremely firm hold.  The suction cup is interesting as it has a feature that permits attachment to a textured dash without any adhesive.  The suction cup has a sticky surface which attaches to your dash directly and can be easily recharged by washing in warm soapy water if the stickiness ever disappears.  Arkon also provides a round adhesive dash disk in case there are issues in attaching the suction to the dash.  You can attach the suction cup directly to the dash disk.  Be sure to clean any area with the included alcohol wipe prior to attaching the mount.  A clean surface is going to give you the best hold as any oil or residue will compromise the hold of any suction cup or adhesive mount.

I used the Arkon MAG179 with my iPhone 5S on my recent 60 mile jaunt down the New Jersey Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike and it held up real well without a single problem.  It didn’t budge from where I put it and I appreciated being able to simply take it off the mount without having to open a cradle or snap it out of a bracket.  This is a good mount and I’m a fan.

Mounts for the Garmin Approach Golf GPS

The Garmin Approach GPS line for golf enthusiasts have been out for a number of years and have been through at least five generations of handheld devices plus several generations of models worn on the wrist.  Today we will concentrate on the handheld models of mounts for the Garmin Approach Golf GPS lineup.  The most popular locations to mount a golf GPS has always been the cup holder or windshield of an electric golf cart or the handlebar of a pull cart or the golf bag itself.  We will discuss all of these options in detail.

Most of the models that comprise the Approach line are actually modifications to Garmin’s mainstream handheld line.  For example, the Approach G5 was a map modification to the Garmin Oregon handheld GPS.  As Garmin announced new hardware refreshes to the handheld line, they came up with a new generation of Approach by simply altering the maps from trails or roads to golf courses.  So if you know which model your Approach is modeled from, you can select an equivalent Garmin or other custom mount.  In many cases, you can select a universal golf mount as well.

We always like universal mounts when possible.  The first advantage is ease in inserting your GPS and removing it regardless of if you use a protective case or not.  The second and probably most important advantage is the ability to use the mount for future GPS upgrades so if you buy another new GPS several years from now, there is a possibility you may not need to purchase another mount.

The most popular location for mounting a Garmin Approach is the cup holder of your golf cart.  The Bracketron Golf Cart Cup Holder Mount offers an expandable cradle that opens to approximately four inches wide so it will grab the Garmin Approach from the sides.  The cradle has movable side grips so that you can move them up or down and avoid pressing of any side controls.  The bottom has an expandable base that can be made wider to contour to the size of the cup holder by twisting the top of the base.

For pull carts, the best place to mount your Garmin Approach is the handlebar.  Most handlebars on a pull cart are an inch in diameter.  Bracketron also make an excellent pull cart handlebar mount.  This mount shares the same cradle as the cup holder variety.  It also includes an adjustable strap mount that is easy to install and remove.  It fits diameters much larger than an inch and is tightened by pulling on the strap and removed by pulling up on the tab and loosening the strap.

You can also attach your Garmin Approach to the golf bag itself.  This is accomplished by borrowing on the design that is normally used to mount a GPS or cell phone to a sun visor of a car.  The Bracketron golf bag mount is what you need.  It also borrows the same cradle from the previously mentioned mounts and slips over the top of your golf bag.

You can also take a look at custom mounts that are made by Garmin with the understanding that you may need to purchase a new mount when you upgrade your GPS as the cradle that is included is specific to that GPS model.  The G6/G7/G8 models share a mount kit from Garmin that will mount to most pull cart handlebars.  The Approach G3 model can use the flat surface mount that is normally sold for the Oregon and Colorado line.

My personal take on this topic is to stick with the universal mounts made by Bracketron.  The ability to reuse it when you upgrade will save you some money plus the options available with this lineup are ones that are not available from Garmin.  I never could figure out why Garmin does not offer a cup holder mount especially for the golf line but fortunately it’s available from Bracketron.  I prefer the cup holder to other locations as it’s out of the way and in a safe location within the golf cart.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

BracketronCup holder mount for electric cartsBracketron RWA-202-BL Golf Cart Cup Holder Mount with Grip-iT for GPS

BracketronPull cart mount for ApproachBracketron RWA-201-BL Golf Cart Mount with Grip-iT for GPS

BracketronGolf bag mountUniversal Golf GPS Bag Mount

GarminCustom mount for Garmin Approach G6, G7 and G8 modelsGarmin 010-12093-02 Universal Mount

GPS and Cell Phone Mounts for Trucks and Rigs

MFX117-IPMToday we will discuss GPS and Cell Phone mounts for trucks and rigs.  Mounting a device in a truck has unique requirements that differ from placing it in a car.  A truck has a much deeper reach to the windshield so a basic suction cup mount will prove to be inconvenient.  Thinking about the suction cup mount furnished with most GPS units, these are a few inches long at best.  It’s difficult for a truck driver to reach forward that far so a suction mount that’s really long is what’s needed.  I have also found that truckers are more receptive to bolting a mount to their dash versus your everyday car owner.  Another unique requirement of a truck mount is it must withstand more vibration than a car mount.

First we will discuss the suction cup route.  As already mentioned, we need a suction cup mount that is somewhat longer than a typical windshield mount.  Ideally we want a metal support to minimize the shake and need it to fit our GPS or phone model.  We also want it to be easy to install and remove and durable enough to do this continually.  The Arkon extended GPS mount fits the requirements outlined.  It extends from 14 – 18 inches, the arm is made if metal and it includes adapters for the latest Garmin and TomTom models.  This includes the 17mm ball that is common to the back of all Garmin Nuvi cradles.  Just remove the cradle from the current car mount and snap onto this mount.  For your phone, the same company makes an extended phone mount.  This is a nicely made mount that also extends from 14 – 18 inches and includes a universal expandable cradle that fits phones from 4.4 to 7.5 inches high.  This means it fits not only the most popular larger size phones but even tablets up to the size of an iPad Mini.  This expandable cradle also will fit most protective cases such as LifeProof and Otterbox (my favorite).  I have personally used this mount in my SUV and it holds very steady.

I mentioned that truck owners are a bit more receptive to bolting their mounts to a flat surface such as the dash.  There are a wide variety of mounts available to do this.  The criteria for a flat surface phone mount in a rig is a steady hold with a universal cradle.  The cradle needs to hold your phone tightly but be easy to remove and install it.  Unlike a suction cup mount, you probably will not remove the mount but will retain it within the vehicle and since it’s bolted on, you will not need to worry as much about theft of the mount.  We wrote a detailed article on RAM’s X-Grip line and continue to recommend this line for phones.  RAM’s X-Grip Flat Surface Mount is a good choice for use in a truck.  The base has pre-drilled holes for mounting.  You just supply the bolts and a screwdriver.

Another good location for a cell phone mount in a rig is the floor or seat bolt.  This location is good when not needing to consistently look down at your phone.  It keeps it off your passenger seat and you don’t need to worry about it slipping between the seats.  Unlike a mount for a car, you will need to select a mount that is taller, made of metal and includes an expandable cradle.  The Arkon 22″ seat bolt mount fits all of the criteria.  The 22″ stalk is made of a flexible gooseneck so that you can bend it to the best angle for your viewing pleasure.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonExtra long suction cup mount for dezl and NuviArkon GPSCM117 14.5 to 18.5-Inch Extension Windshield Mount for Garmin Nuvi and TomTom GPS Trucks and Rigs

ArkonExtra long suction cup mount for cell phonesArkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Windshield Mount for Apple iPad mini iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note 4 3

RAM MountFlat surface phone mountRam Mount 1-Inch Diameter Ball Mount with Diamond Base and Universal X-Grip Cell/iPhone Holder - Non-Retail Packaging - Black

Arkon22" cell phone seat bolt mountArkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Car Seat Rail Mount for iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 5 5S 5C Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3 S6 S5 S4