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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 where you can always find a huge selection of Arkon Mounts and RAM Mounts.

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.

Mounts for the VSN Mobil V.360 HD Camera

The VSN Mobil V.360 HD Camera is amazing.  The camera has some unique features that I haven’t seen in any other camera.  The V.360 Camera allows recording of 360 degree videos at up to 30 frames per second with a 60 degree vertical field of view at an impressive 6480 x 1080 HD.  For still photos, the V.360 supports capture of high resolution 360 degree 8MP panoramic images, even while recording a video.

Have you ever watched a crime caught on video while viewing the evening news?  Most cameras are so poor that you can’t possible make out any useful features of the person committing the crime.  This is the absolute ultimate in surveillance cameras.  The V.360 has a feature called Activate Surveillance mode which is activated using built-in motion or audio detection sensors.

Unlike many premium cameras on the market today, VSN Mobil has incorporated support of industry standard mounting patterns for this camera.  A real nice feature of these cameras is the support of the industry standard 1/4″ – 20 threaded screw pattern on the bottom of the camera.  That’s the same mounting pattern as a common tripod.  The camera kit also comes with a GoPro adapter in the box in case you have one of their mounts.  The support of these two mounting patterns provides an endless array of mounting possibilities of which we will touch on in the remainder of this article.

Put some thought to where you want to put the camera.  In the car, the most common places are the dash and windshield.  For surveillance, the wall is the place to go.  And in certain action camera situations, a handlebar or flat surface might be appropriate.  Regardless of location, this is a substantial camera so use a heavy duty mount.

There are two different types of vehicle dash mounts.  The first, and most widely used, is a dashboard mount that uses an adhesive bottom.  Be sure the adhesive is a very high bond (VHB).  Prior to attaching your VHB adhesive mount, wipe the dash absolutely clean, apply the adhesive mount and let it sit for at least 24 hours.  Try to avoid applying in very cold weather.  The Arkon Adhesive Car Dash Camera Mount is a well made selection which I have used.  I like this because it is low in profile, uses VHB adhesive on the bottom and is very steady.

The second type of dash mount involves the use of a bean bag  with a non skid base.  Arkon again comes in with a very good Friction Car Dash Mount for Cameras which features their very good CM012 bean bag base which we have reviewed in an earlier article.  The benefits of the mount include easy portability because there isn’t any adhesive involved.  Simply remove the entire mount.  We suggest using their unique safety anchor which ensures your mount stays on the dash.  Another nice feature of this mount is that the mount can also double as a suction variety.

The windshield requires a steady mount that isn’t going to move when you hit a bump.  We recommend the RAM Twist Lock Suction Cup Camera Mount for it’s build and support abilities.  The mount comes with a 1/4″ – 20 threaded screw and 3″ extension arm.  The suction cup has a twist lock to ensure a good hold.  Always wash the windshield with an alcohol based cleaner before using to ensure the best hold.  This mount is made of mostly metal and comes with a lifetime warranty.  Yes, it cost more than the plastic varieties mentioned above, however the advantages make it a worthwhile purchase.  Your video will be extremely stable with this mount.  An optional accessory to this mount for dashboard use is the RAM Adhesive Base.  This permits adhesion of the suction cup portion of the mount to this base to turn it into a dashboard mount.

For the handlebar, the RAM Motorcycle Handlebar Mount with 1/4″ Stud is a solid choice.  The mount fits handlebar diameters up to 1.25 inches and the 3″ metal arm will pivot and swivel.  This is one of the most solid and steady motorcycle mounts out there due to the anti-vibration technology inherent to the ball and socket design of the mount.  

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonAdhesive car dashboard camera mountArkon Action Camera Car Mount Multi Angle Adhesive for Sony PowerShot Samsung NX1100 Smart Panasonic LUMIX

ArkonCar bean bag mount for dash camsArkon Action Camera Car Mount Dashboard for Sony PowerShot Samsung NX1100 Smart Panasonic LUMIX Nikon COOLPIX Cameras

RAMCar windshield camera mountRAM Mounting Systems RAM-B-166-237U RAM Mount Twist Lock Universal Suction Cup Mount with Camera Video Adaptor Ball with 1/4 x 20 stud

RAMMotorcycle camera mountRAM Mount Handlebar U-Bolt Base w/Round 1/4"-20 Threaded Stud

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPad Mini 4

Release September 9, 2015, the Apple iPad Mini 4 is Apple’s latest generation in their very successful mid-size tablet category.  The iPad Mini 4 has some nice performance improvements versus the Mini 3.  The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor is 30% faster than the prior model.  The graphics processor got a 60% performance boost.  The back camera is much better too at 8 MP versus prior versions at 5 MP.  The front camera, typically used for Facetime retains the same 1.2 MP still and at 720p on video.  The Wi-Fi supports some new protocols and now supports up to 860 Mbps which can potentially be more than your wireless router can push (let alone your internet provider).  Pricing varies depending upon memory and connectivity options.

Let’s jump to the mount discussion.  Although many might be led to believe that the Apple iPad Mini 4 is the same size as prior generations, it’s not.  The physical size of the Apple iPad iPad Mini 4 is 8 by 5.30 by 0.24 inches.  That’s a little longer than previous generations and a little less thick.  The iPad Mini 3 came in at 7.87 x 5.3 x .29 inches.  I offer these key metrics because the size and weight is important in choosing your mount.  This means that if you have a previous generation of iPad Mini and were using a universal cradle mount, it’s probably going to fit the iPad Mini 4.  If you have a custom mount, where the tablet snaps into a custom cradle, it might not fit.  The bit of added length might be enough to make a difference where it simply is too large for the custom cradle.

As always, I recommend buying a good protective case or skin for your new tablet.  You just paid a lot of money for your Apple iPad Mini 4.  Dropping this tablet is going to be a financial disaster so buy a good case.  The Otterbox line is excellent and I have a lot of experience with their top of the line Defender model.  I have dropped my iPhone on concrete and ceramic and never had a single issue.  Buy a good case.  It’s important that you don’t break the glass because that’s going to be expensive to fix.

So on with the mount discussion.

There are many locations that may prove suitable for your device.  You first need to figure out what you plan to use it for.  Many like to use their Mini for entertaining the kids.  If that’s the case, the best location for your Mini is the headrest as it puts your tablet far enough away so your kids can’t grab it yet close enough so that they can comfortably view it.  The Mini is great for playing cartoons and videos.  The Arkon Centered Headrest Mount fits the iPad Mini with or without a case or skin.  This mount is different from other headrest mounts because it attaches to two headrest posts then extends into the middle between your seats.  This means two or more passengers int he backseat can watch the action.

If wanting to use your iPad Mini for navigation and have the cellular feature, consider using Waze as your app.  Take a look at our Waze review article.  The iPad Mini 4 is small enough so that you can potentially attach it to your windshield using a suction mount and not block a substantial part of your view.  Attaching to your windshield is legal is most states, but there’s a few that don’t allow it so check your local laws before buying a windshield mount.  An article about those states not allowing it can be found here.

The Arkon Extension Suction Cup Mount is a good mount to use in your car or truck.  The metal arm extends up to 18 inches and is quite rigid while driving.  The included cradle opens to over 7 inches so a case or skin will fit well.  The cradle will swivel into landscape or portrait mode.  I tend to like landscape mode when using the tablet as a GPS but it works equally as well in portrait.

A more recent introduction to the mounting world is the CD Player mount.  Although they are standard in almost all cars these days, it’s seldom used because of the integration of smartphones with the audio system of most current vehicles.  So if your CD player is collecting dust like mine, why not use it as a mount point for your iPad Mini 4?   The Satechi Universal Tablet CD Slot Mount fits the Mini real well.  These mounts include a cradle that accommodates tablets up to 7.68 inch wide. Since the iPad Mini 4 is 5.3 inches wide, it will fit with or without a case or skin.

On the motorcycle, we often look to RAM Mounts for a good solution.  They offer a few universal cradles to consider.  Very popular is the RAM X-Grip series.  The RAM Motorcycle Mount with X’Grip IV Cradle features an expandable cradle that opens up to 5.75 inches.  The all metal mount will fit handlebars up to 1.25 inches diameter.  All components come with a lifetime warranty.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonCentered headrest mount for Apple iPad Mini 4Arkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Car Headrest Mount for iPad mini iPhone 6S 6 Plus 6S 6 5S Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 Note 5 4

ArkonExtension suction cup mount for Apple iPad Mini 4Arkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Windshield Mount for Apple iPad mini iPhone 6S 6 Plus 6 5S Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 Note 5 4

SatechiCD Player mount for Apple iPad Mini 4Satechi Universal Tablet Cd Slot Mount for Ipad/air/mini, Iphone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3

RAM MountMotorcycle handlebar mount fits Apple iPad Mini 4RAM MOUNTING SYSTEMS RAM-B-149Z-UN8U / RAM Mount U-Bolt Base Mount w/X-Grip II

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for Garmin Monterra

Garmin 010-11654-07 for Garmin Monterra and MontanaThe Garmin Monterra is a unique handheld GPS.  Garmin has taken the best of past generations of their highly successful eTrex and GPSMAP series and modernized it.  The Monterra is a Wi-Fi enabled GPS navigator that combines Garmin maps with the Android operating system. You can even get Android apps for Monterra on Google Play.  There is an 8 megapixel autofocus camera that can shoot 1080p HD video with automatic geotagging and an LED flash.  It’s a real feature rich handheld unit.

We’re MountGuys so let’s discuss available mounting options.  The Garmin Monterra does not come with any mounts in the box so if you have plans to anything other than hold it in your hand, you will need to shop for a mount.  Unlike some other handheld units on the market, good mounts for this device are fairly easy to find.

Many of Garmin’s mounts which are made for their Montana GPS line will fit the Monterra too.  These are good and well made mounts.  Garmin doesn’t typically offer suction cup mounts for their handheld GPS, but the Monterra is an exception.  The Garmin Suction Cup Mount with Speaker includes a cradle, suction cup and charger.  The suction cup is the standard Garmin variety which includes the lever for a vacuum seal on the windshield.  Be sure the windshield is clean before applying as that will get you the best hold.

Also for the car, combining their very popular dashboard 17mm ball mount with a custom powered cradle, the Garmin Friction Mount Kit is an excellent solution as well.  This mount is perfect for your dashboard and includes the mount, speaker cradle and charger.  The dashboard base mount has been sold for many years by Garmin and has been made popular with their expansive Nuvi lineup.  This is all you need to use the unit in your car or SUV.

Garmin offers three different mounts for the motorcycle and ATV.  The Garmin Handlebar Mount for Monerra and Montana is pictured alongside this article.  This is a complete mount which will hold your Montana and clip onto most circular handlebars up to 1.25 inches diameter.  For more rugged use, Garmin also provides the Garmin Rugged Mount with Power and Speaker Cable which includes a hardwire power cable but no mount (go figure).  This part can be coupled with the RAM handlebar mount which will attach to the Garmin cradles using the screws and nuts which are provided with the cradle.

This series can also be used for marine purposes too and the Garmin Marine Flat Surface Mount for Monterra and Montana is a good  choice.  This mount includes the powered speaker cradle, flat surface mount and hardwire cable for power.  The mounting base has a series of pre-drilled holes to allow mounting to a flat surface on your boat.  Be sure to pair the mount with a series on non-corrosive nuts and bolts especially in salt water.  Be sure to measure carefully as this is a mount that will require some drilling into your boat for mounting purposes.

RAM Mount fans will be pleased to know that a RAM Custom Cradle for Garmin Monterra is available.  This is the typical composite cradle that RAM offers for a large number of Garmin GPS devices.  It has the 2-hole diamond mounting pattern that fits the metal RAM Motorcycle Mount in wide use with many bikers.  Combining the RAM cradle with their motorcycle mount is an excellent choice as your GPS will snap right into the custom cradle for a very secure mounting solution.  All of these components come with a lifetime warranty that is administered by the manufacturer.

On a related note, I have seen some dealers offering screen protectors for the Garmin Monterra.  Please save your money and do not buy these.  Most GPS units made over the past five years use an anti-scratch lens and under most normal use will not show any scratches.  You will find a screen protector is unnecessary.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

GarminSuction mount for Garmin MonterraGarmin Auto Suction Cup Mount with Speaker

GarminFlat surface mount for Garmin MonterraGarmin Auto Friction Mount Kit with Speaker

GarminPowered motorcycle cradle for Garmin MonterraAmps Rugged Mount with aud.-power

RAMMotorcycle handlebar mount fits the Garmin powered cradle for MonterraAmps Rugged Mount with aud.-power

RAMRAM cradle for Garmin MonterraRAM Mounts (RAM-HOL-GA64U) Cradle Holder for the Garmin Monterra

Preparing your Smartphone or Tablet for a Hurricane

Anker BatteryWe live in New Jersey.  That means we get to worry about hurricanes in the fall and blizzards in the winter.  Losing power is no fun.  Especially when you are looking at days or potentially weeks without any electricity.  I never though weeks without power was a possibility until having lived through Super Storm Sandy.  I was lucky and never lost power but close relatives weren’t so lucky.  They were out from a few days to two weeks.  Amazingly, they all wanted to stay in their house even without power, which also meant no heat.  Most heat is provided via natural gas in New jersey but unfortunately your furnace is run by electricity so even though the gas lines were not effected, it didn’t matter.  Some tried to get a bit of heat from the stoves but for the most part their homes were as cold inside as outside.

This article is going to talk about how to prepare using your mobile electronics.  There is a lot of information about the other essentials out there like water, food and shelter.  We’re going to talk about the other essentials which are smartphones and tablets.

First thing to check is your apps.  Be sure that you have essential applications downloaded and that you are knowledgeable on how to use them.  Nothing worse than opening the app for the first time when it’s urgently needed only to take ten minutes to figure it out.  Remember that apps are going to need a network to communicate properly.  Although your power is out, there is a good likelihood that cellular service may be available as the transmitters typically have battery backup.  Here is a list of apps I found useful while sitting out weather events:

  • Power Utility Apps – We use a company called GPU also known as JCP&L here in New Jersey.  An application is available to report and monitor a power outage.  I have used the app top report an outage, it then gives you confirmation and time to restore as well as a status in terms of where they stand.  The app also has a map of nearby outages and the number of customers effected.  Naturally, the more people effected, the more priority it should get.  Most large public utilities have an app like this.  I have found it to be indispensable.
  • Weather and News Apps – This is an obvious one.  Stay on top of the weather and the local news.
  • Twitter – During Sandy, a major power outage means that gas stations can’t pump gas.  There were a few stations that had power either because they were located within one of the few areas that had power or had an onsite generator.  Lines were a mile long.  New Jersey instituted gas rationing.  Twitter allowed me to stay on top of where the gas was and the size of the line.
  • Flashlight – Some operating systems have this built in, others need an app to be downloaded and there are plenty that are free.  You will use this smartphone feature even if you have a conventional flashlight.
  • Cable TV app – We use Cablevision and they offer an app that let’s you watch TV over the internet.  Entertainment becomes important when cooped up for days.  Be aware of your data plan because it’s easy to exceed your plan’s minutes with video.  I know that Comcast has a similar app as do many other cable companies.

As an outage exceeds a few hours, your devices will begin to get real low on battery power.  During Sandy, I remember malls and stores setting up free power stations within their facility.  People would go to the mall to stay warm and charge their phones, tablets and laptops.  I now appreciate the alternative means to power your devices versus plugging into the wall.

The Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 External Battery holds a series of lithium batteries to deliver up to 13000mAh of power to your devices.  The battery has two ports with each delivering over 2AMPS which is what you need to charge any smartphone or tablet.  Be sure to charge the battery fully before the weather event hits.  Just add a USB cable and plug into your phone or tablet.  This battery holds a lot of power and will fully charge your devices several times.  This battery accompanies the article in the upper left corner.

For extended outages, the Anker 14W Dual-Port Solar Charger with PowerIQ Technology is a true solar-powered source.  No electricity is needed.  I have seen other batteries with a small solar panel molded onto the face.  They work poorly recharging because the panel is so small.  This one has a series of four large solar panels to make this one of the few usable portable solar solutions.  There are two USB ports built-in which will power most tablets and smartphones.  During the day, put it in the sun to fully charge the internal batteries of the power source and keep doing this until you get power back.  The panels will fold up when not in use to make this a truly portable accessory.

Keeping prepared and not waiting until the last minute makes a world of difference.  A lot of us in New Jersey found out about this the hard way.  I won’t do that again.

iKross Car Cup Holder Powered Mount Product Spotlight

The iKross Car Cup Holder Powered Mount is one of those products that we find so unique that we were compelled to write about it.  I have always liked cup holder mounts for keeping your phone off the passenger seat.  It’s also a nice mounting location for keeping it out of the view of thieves looking for common windshield mounts.

There are a lot of cup holder mounts on the market.  They have been around for years.  What makes this unique is that the mount integrates power connections along with it.  There are powered mounts for your car lighter but this is the first I have seen where you have a cup holder mount with power.  The mount doesn’t just have a power outlet, it has five.  There are three standard DC adapters to allow you to plug-in a GPS car charger and another device.  There are also two USB ports that can push 2.1 AMPS which is what you need to power most smartphones and tablets.  The mount includes a charger that connects the cup holder base to your car’s accessory port.  The cable itself has an additional DC port built into it so you have a total of three DC ports for chargers and two USB slots.  That’s likely more ports than you have devices.  Each of the ports on the base have a cap to protect them when not in use.

The bottom of the cup holder is expandable with a twist of the base.  These will fit cup holder diameters up to 3.75 inches.  That’s large enough for almost all standard cup holders with only those extremely large diameters not fitting (for example I remember some Chevy Tahoe SUV / boats made years ago having cup holders large enough fit a tire inside).  A flexible gooseneck stem connects the base to the cradle.  The stem is 5.5 inches high and can be bent to get the best angle for the driver or passenger.

An expandable cradle is included with the car mount.  When attached to the mount, the cradle can be swiveled 360 degrees.  There is a button on each side to expand the arms on the cradle.  The cradle expands from 1.6 to 4.1 inches.  That’s easily large enough for almost all phones, with or without a case or skin.  Using an Apple iPhone 6s Plus as an example, it measures 6.22 inches tall, 3.06 inches wide and .28 inches deep so even with an added case, this will fit fine.  A Samsung Galaxy S6 is 5.64 inches tall by 2.79 inches wide by .27 inches deep, so again, even with a case this is going to fit fine.

Insertion of your phone into the mounting cradle is a simple operation.  Push the buttons on the side of the cradle to expand it all the way.  Insert your phone and push the arms around the phone.  To remove your phone, push the buttons on the side while holding your phone.  The arms expand and your phone is released.

The addition of the charging aspect of the iKross Car Cup Holder Powered Mount makes this mount worth consideration.  It’s a feature unavailable in other cup holder mounts, let alone five different charging ports.

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Arkon SM423-G with iPhoneiPhone bigger and better.  At least that’s what Apple calls it.  Recently made available, this is the most popular release to date of a new Apple iPhone.  It’s understandable, especially for those not already owning a more current phone.  The performance and functionality improvements introduced with the new phone as well as the new operating system (IOS release 8) are significant.  This is a site that focuses on the stuff needed to make your devices mobile, so if you want to read about some of the enhancements, take a few minutes to view it at Apple.

We would be remiss without mentioning one very important sets of features on the new iPhone 6 which is called iSight and Auto Image Stabilization.  This combines some new hardware and software enhancements that will permit you to shoot photos and videos that aren’t as prone to a shaky hand nor as susceptible to a vibrating vehicle.  This expands the potential of using your iPhone 6 for use as a dash camera or possibly for use on a motorcycle.  If you choose to do this, make sure the mount that you purchase leave the rear camera lens uncovered.

When it comes to mounting this phone, it’s important to know the dimensions of these devices.  The iPhone 6 is larger than any model announced to date.  With a 4.7 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.44 inches tall by 2.64 inches wide by .27 inches deep.  The larger iPhone 6 Plus is even larger.  Sporting a 5.5 inch diagonal screen, this iPhone is 6.22 inches tall, 3.06 inches wide and .28 inches deep.  These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount.  For those with any custom iPhone mount which features a cradle specifically made for your iPhone, 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 iPhone 6 series without a problem.  Most universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one.  From experience, I suspect you will be able to reuse your existing universal mount for an iPhone 6, but not for the iPhone 6 Plus.  The iPhone 6 Plus is a really big phone.  It was made to compete with the larger models from Samsung such as the Mega and Galaxy Note.

Readers of our site already know that we favor the universal mounts because of the reasons just mentioned.  So for those that never had a phone mount before, avoid the custom solutions and purchase a solid universal mount.

There are a lot of companies that offer some excellent mounting solutions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Arkon, based in California, offers three inexpensive lines that fit all iPhone 6 models with or without a case.  The Mobile-Grip 2 cradles were recently introduced.  Mobile-Grip 2 features an expandable cradle that grips your phone from the sides.  The cradle opens to 3.6 inches wide so should be large enough for almost all cases although you might struggle a bit with a thick case on an iPhone 6 Plus.  Arkon also offers an older line called Slim-Grip Ultra which opens to over 7 inches.  The Slim-Grip Ultra will hold your phone from the top and bottom and features support legs that can move from side to side.  Lastly, the Megagrip cradle opens to 3.4 inches.  The Megagrip has been around for many years and is extremely reliable.  The Megagrip features one hand operation and opens with the push of a button.  Arkon does not offer a custom cradle for any of the iphone 6 models.

iOttie, based in New York, provides some inexpensive mounts that feature the Easy One Touch 2 universal cradle which opens to 3.2 inches and will fit the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus without a case or skin.  When adding a thick case, this line may not fit well.  This cradle is spring loaded and sold with a variety of mounts for the handlebar, windshield and dash.  iOttie is somewhat new to us and we plan to look closer at their offerings in the near future.

RAM Mount, out of Washington, features two custom cradles.  The RAM-HOL-AP18U is made to fit the iPhone 6 and the RAM-HOL-AP19U will fit the iPhone 6 Plus.  Since it’s a custom cradle, these will not fit your device with a case or skin.  You can couple these with one of RAM’s mounting pedestals for the windshield, cup holder, dash or motorcycle.  RAM also makes their ever popular X-Grip cradle, the RAM-HOL-UN7BU for the 6 and RAM-HOL-UN10BU for the 6 Plus.  These universal cradles will open to grip your phone from the sides with or without a case or skin in use.  Although the custom cradles are well made, we prefer the X-Grip universal cradles.  It’s likely you will have a case or skin on your phone so go with the universal cradles.  We do a deep dive on the X-Grip series which is worth reading here.

As for recommendations, I have used and really like the Arkon MegaGrip SM415 Mount for universal car use.  This line is inexpensive and proven.  You can use it reliably on your car dash or windshield and it fits your iPhone 6 with or without a case.   The mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The cradle opens and closes at a push of a button and expands up to 3.4 inches so it will git the iPhone 6 even with a case and an iPhone 6 Plus without a case or with a very thin skin.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  The suction assembly can adhere tot he adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  I have used these for a long time and can vouch for the ease of use and durability.  Might be the best phone mount you can get for the price.

If you are looking to use your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on a motorcycle, consider 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.  The mount that you would use for the iPhone 6 is the RAM-B-149Z-UN7U.  The iPhone 6 Plus needs a larger cradle so you would select the RAM-B-149Z-UN10U.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

iOttieSuction cup windshield mount with expandable cradle and telescoping armiOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder for iPhone 6 (4.7)/Plus (5.5) /5s/5c, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/Note 4/3, Google Nexus 5/4, LG G3 - Retail Packaging - Black

RAM MountCustom iPhone 6 holder for RAM mounting systemsRAM Mount Cradle f/Apple iPhone 6

RAM MountCustom iPhone 6 plus holder for RAM mounting systemsRAM Mount Cradle f/Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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 mount with X-Grip IV cradle to fit an iPhone 6 plusRAM Mounts (RAM-B-149Z-UN10U) Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip Iv Large Phone/Phablet Holder

RAM MountMotorcycle mount with X-Grip cradle for iPhone 6RAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder

SiriusXM Onyx Plus with Vehicle Kit Product Spotlight

The SiriusXM Onyx Plus with Vehicle Kit includes everything you need to get started with satellite radio in your car.  The kit includes the radio unit, antenna, car charger, stereo cable, docking station and a few car mounts.  It’s everything except the subscription.  Speaking of the subscription, be sure to review our article to Lower Your Sirius XM Subscription Price before signing up.  You can save a substantial amount off the subscription price if you know about all the discount programs before calling for activation.  Wish I wrote that article years ago, because I unfortunately paid full price for a real long time before discovering some of the better offers that were out there.

This is an excellent choice for music fans and also great for sports nuts.  Read on to learn more.

As of now, this is likely the most feature rich radio that is available.  Most other models for SiriusXM have 10 presets.  The Onyx Plus has 20.  That’s a lot of presets.  The Onyx Plus has pause and rewind so if you need to take a nature break or want to listen again to something you just hear, simply pause it or rewind.  This model also offer two features called TuneMix, TuneStart and TuneScan which are unique.  TuneMix allows the listener to create their own music channel by blending their Smart Favorite music channels.  SmartStart will start songs from the beginning on a Smart Favorite music channel.  TuneScan will scan and select songs that have already played on your Smart Favorite channels.  The other models on the market do not offer these features.

For sports nuts, this radio operates on the XM satellite.  This means that in addition to all of the music channels and features just described, you also get Major League baseball (MLB).  This is similar to having the MLB at Bat subscription on your phone in that you get to listen to all of the baseball games from across the US and Canada.  You also get all of the NHL games as well as the PGA channel.  For premium subscription level, the NFL games are also available.  Just sit in your garage with a case of beer and a bag of chips.  No reason to go anywhere with all the major league action.

Installing this kit can be a simple exercise.  The car kit includes a vent mount as well as one for the dash.  Use the vent mount if at all possible as it’s going to be at eye level, easier to interface with, plus out of plain view of potential thieves.  The back of the car cradle has a mounting pattern that will line right up with either of the mounts.  There is a car charger which plugs into your socket.  An antenna with a very long cable is included.  Now this is where your install could remain easy or you could make it complex.  I prefer easy so I keep the antenna cable coiled up and use a Car Windshield Antenna Mount for Sirius/XM Radio.  It’s a lot cleaner that running the antenna cable out your passenger windshield or to make it real challenging, running it though the car interior to the roof of your car.

I am sure you will want to hear the radio so I’ll tell you how that works.  If your installed Am/FM car radio has an auxiliary input port then the best option is to use the stereo cable that is included with the car kit.  It’s a direct connection and will provide the clearest reception.  If no auxiliary connection is present, use the included FM modulator option that’s within the radio itself.  Choose an unused FM frequency in your area and set your Onyx Plus to broadcast to that frequency.  Typically this works well but if located within a large metropolitan area such as where I live (Northern New Jersey), you might have an issue at times.  Read our article on Sirius XM and FM Radio Static for ways to combat any issues.

The SiriusXM Onyx Plus with Vehicle Kit is a great radio kit that will bring you a lot of pleasure especially on those long commutes home from work or, in the case of a sports fanatic, from the garage.