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EZOPower Portable Solar External Backup Battery Charger

Ezo Solar BatteryI recently picked up an EZOPower Portable Solar External Backup Battery Charger.  I think I finally found a solar-powered battery that has acceptable performance.

Readers of our site might remember my quest to find a solar solution.  That was in the wake of a potentially large hurricane coming to New Jersey.  Fortunately it blew out to sea and the need for a solar battery didn’t materialize.  As mentioned before, we 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 thought 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.  I invited several to stay over at our place but 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.

So when the latest hurricane was gunning for our state, I wanted to prepare for the worst, at least as far as my phones and tablets were concerned.  I took a look at some portable solar panels which you can read about here.  That wasn’t quite what I wanted.  I was looking for a battery with solar capability built-in when the power was out but could be charged via a traditional outlet when all was normal.

The EZOPower Portable Solar Battery does the trick.  The battery holds 10000mAH.  That’s more than enough for several full charges of a smartphone.  The battery comes with several cables for charging the battery including a micro USB as well as a traditional USB cable.  Both cords are a bit on the short side versus other cables I have used.  If charging it outdoors you don’t care but if charging indoors using an AC outlet, it stretches less than a foot.

There are two ports, each pushing 2.1 Amps and that means you can charge two devices at the same time.  A clip that can be used to attach to a backpack or belt is also included which is useful for hiking.

The best part about the battery is the ability to charge it in sunlight.  The solar panel is embedded into the top of the battery.  Obviously, it’s not that large ( I would say around 2 x 5 inches).  When you want to charge the battery, keep it outside, at least that’s what works best for me.  Keeping it inside it only going to give partial sunlight and it’s not enough to make a big difference in the power – you need full sunlight.  Because of the small size, it takes some time to completely charge the battery, even in the sun.  The fact that your phone can charge while the battery is outside charging itself is a nice feature.

The EZOPower Portable Solar External Backup Battery Charger is a good choice.  I’m glad that I picked one up and have it on my emergency list of stuff needed in case of a power outage.

Arkon Truck Windshield Mount for Garmin and TomTom GPS

When it comes to trucks and rigs, there aren’t a lot of windshield mounts that work well.  A truck has an extremely long reach to the windshield and I find it surprising that Garmin and TomTom does not provide an extra long mount, especially for the GPS devices made specifically for trucks.  .  The Arkon Truck and Rig Windshield Mount for Garmin Nuvi and TomTom GPS Devices is one that’s made for trucks.  The mount requires no tools, adhesive or special solvents.  It’s a good suction cup mount.

The challenge of mounting anything in a truck or rig is the distance from the windshield to the driver is often much greater than what one would find in a passenger car.  The typical windshield suction cup mount provided in the box by most GPS manufacturers is going to be too short for a truck as it’s only a few inches from the windshield to the end of that mount.  The second challenge is vibration.  Trucks vibrate more than cars.  You need a mount that will withstand vibration.  A flimsy mount doesn’t withstand vibration well.  Metal works best for minimizing vibration.

The Arkon Truck and Rig GPS Mount is a great solution for large vehicles.  The suction cup features a push down locking mechanism to create a vacuum seal and extra firm attachment.  The mounting arm is made of metal to minimize vibration.  The arm itself has an extension feature so that you can extend the mount from 14.5 to 18.5 inches.  The mount is extended by pulling or pushing on the lever that is attached to the arm of the mount.  Used with a GPS, the arm is firm and you can easily push the buttons on the GPS without it moving all over.

A very nice feature of this mount is the included adapters.  You get five adapter patterns to choose from.  The mount comes with the dual T adapter pattern which fits many older Magellan GPS models as well as the majority of Arkon cradles for tablets and phones.  There is a 17mm ball that is common to the back of all Garmin dezl and Nuvi cradles.  Just remove the cradle from the current mount and snap onto this mount.  If confused on how to do that, read our article on removing the Garmin cradle from the ball mount.

Also included are three additional adapters for the majority of TomTom devices including TomTom Easyport, TomTom Start, TomTom Ease and TomTom Via.  The most commonly used TomTom Adapter will be the ball which is common to the TomTom Easyport mounting pattern found on newer TomTom One and XL models and this Arkon mount is way easier and more reliable than the Easyport.  If you would like to read more about how to remove the Easyport mount, read our article on that topic.

As always, be sure to use your GPS responsibly.  Set it up before driving and if you need to interact with the device, do so when stopped.

The Arkon Truck and Rig Windshield Mount for Garmin Nuvi and TomTom GPS Devices is a great mount for your GPS and answers a vital need for truckers that would like to see their GPS easily in their vehicles.  I have used this mount in my SUV and can attest to the ruggedness of the build for a Garmin Nuvi GPS.

Techmount Phone Mounts for Motorcycles

We have written about the Techmount motorcycle line in several past articles.  Techmount makes good durable mounts for electronics.  Today, we are concentrating on their products made for mounting a smartphone.

Techmount offers a few different smartphone cradles.  In my opinion, the best for motorcycle use is the Techmount TechGripper which features a spring-loaded cradle that opens to four-inches.  Four inches is large enough for most smartphones with or without a case or skin.  It’s even large enough for some GPS units and can provide a grip that’s more secure than the mounts that come with some GPS models.  When closed, this cradle provides a very strong hold on your device.  The back of this cradle has a socket which snaps onto the 17mm ball that is part of most Techmount mounting kits.  The 17mm ball design is a common mounting pattern used by several manufacturers including Garmin for their Nuvi GPS line.

The TechGripper Handlebar Mount Kit combines a mount with the cradle.  The mount is metal and coated in black.  It fits handlebar diameters from 7/8 to 1.25 inches so it covers the majority of motorcycle models that can accommodate a handlebar mount.  The mount takes up .75 inches of handlebar real estate and the phone sits somewhat close to the handlebar.  Installation of the mount is completed with a small hex wrench which is provided.  This is a nice feature that helps prevent theft of the mount since most thieves aren’t walking around with a set of hex wrenches.  Installation is easy and you should be able to do this yourself.

For those preferring a mount to the clutch, the Techmount TechGripper Harley-Davidson and Metric Control Mount Kit combines the mount and cradle.  The mount attaches to the handlebar control clamps (clutch or brake).  The mounting kit includes a set of bolts and spacers to replace the ones from the factory.  In terms of difficulty, it’s a moderate amount of effort so if you don’t feel comfortable working on your motorcycle, take it to a mechanic and be sure to follow the installation instructions provided by Techmount.

The Techmount Stem Mount Kit with TechGripper pairs the cradle with a series of different attachments to fit the stem hole on your motorcycle.  The universal stem mount system comes equipped with six stem shafts with varying diameters, each being a different diameter to fit virtually all-steering stem holes.  Select the right size for your stem and slide it down into the top of the fork steering stem. The stem adapter includes an O-ring, which progressively gets tighter as you slide it slides it into the stem shaft, keeping your device attached securely to your motorcycle.  The difficulty of this install is moderate so be sure to engage a mechanic if uncomfortable working on your motorcycle yourself.

We always recommend that your smartphone use a good case to prevent any residual damage from small stones popping up off the roadway.  It’s a small investment to protect your expensive phone.  We also recommend that you tether your device whenever possible for added safety.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

TechMountPhone cradle with 17mm ballTechGripper Cell Phone, GPS and MP3 Holder - the TechGripper - 18 Pound Per Inch Gripping Power with 4.3" Gripping Range Will Securely Hold All Smartphones While Even In Its Case and Many Other Personal Devices Such as GPS Navigation Systems and MP3 Players to Your Motorcycle. Lifetime Warranty

TechMountTechGripper cradle with handlebar mountTechmount 4-30912-B-TECHGRIPPER - Universal Motorcycle Handlebar Mount Kit - Black - Techgripper - Universal Smartphone and GPS Gripper

TechMountTechGripper cradle with clutch mountTechmount 4-31001-B-TECHGRIPPER - Harley-Davidson and Metric Control Mount Kit - Black - Techgripper - Universal Smartphone and GPS Gripper

TechMountStem mount with TechGripper cradleTechmount 4-10105-TECHGRIPPER - Universal Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount Kit - Techgripper - Universal Smartphone and GPS Gripper

Car and Home Mounts for the Apple iPad Pro

Today we are talking about the Apple iPad Pro.  This is the mother of all iPads.  This is the iPad that serious tablet users have been waiting for.  The display is Apple’s best to date.  We’re talking about up to 5.6 million pixels on the screen (compared with 3.1 million on the iPad Air 2).  For sound, we have four speakers on the top and bottom versus the one or two on the bottom of the other iPad models.  The iPad Pro features a new chip that is the fastest yet.  Apple also announced some nice accessories that will work with the iPad Pro like the Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard to give the iPad Pro some capabilities for artists and professional power users they can’t get on the iPad Air or iPad 2.

Let’s jump to the mount discussion.  The iPad Pro – it’s big.  Real big.  So big that there aren’t too many mounts to fit it.  Many universal tablet mounts are too small.  The tablet sports a 12.9 inch screen size versus the iPad 2’s 9.7 inches.  The physical size of the Apple iPad Pro is 12 by 8.68 by 0.27 inches.  That’s a lot larger than an iPad 2 which is 9.4 by 6.6 by 0.24 inches.  The iPad Pro isn’t light either.  It weighs in at a little more than 1.5 pounds.  I offer these key metrics because the size and weight is important in choosing your mount.

Before we dig into mounts, a word of advice.  You just paid around $800 for this tablet.  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.  Buy a good case.  It’s important that you don’t break the glass because that’s going to be expensive to fix.

Step one in determining the proper mount is deciding how you wish to use it your car and where you wish to mount it.  As already mentioned, the iPad Pro is a large tablet and it’s heavier than most so for that reason, I’m not recommending use of a suction cup mount.  It’s simply going to block too of the driver’s view for me to recommend that mounting location.  If it’s for entertainment for backseat passengers, a headrest mount is going to work best.  If you are using it as a GPS, the seat bolt may work best, perhaps a cup holder mount.  If you just want to keep it off the seat, the seat bolt or cup holder is good for this too.  I wouldn’t recommend the air vent as this is too heavy and large for an air vent.  If using the tablet at home, a clamp or flat surface mount is going to work best.  We will cover each option in this article.

As already mentioned, iPads are great for entertaining backseat passengers.  If that’s the case, the best location for your tablet 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 iPad Pro is going to be great for playing cartoons and videos.  The Arkon Centered Headrest Mount fits the iPad Pro.  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.  The cradle is going to fit the short ends of the tablet and the mount can swivel into any orientation although cartoons call for landscape.

The Arkon 22″ Seat Bolt and Floor Mount for Large Tablets is a perfect choice for the Apple iPad Pro.  This is the extra long version of Arkon’s popular seat bolt mount and because of the large size of the iPad Pro, the longest size mount is going to work best.  It’s a flexible gooseneck and can be bent out-of-the-way when not in use.  Attaching to the seat bolt is simple, but check to make sure the bolt can be easily accessed before looking at any seat bolt mounts because some model cars cover the bolt.  If your seat bolt is easily accessible, attachment is real simple.  Just use a wrench or some pliers to loosen and tighten.  The number one reason for problems with a seat bolt mount is using your hand to tighten and not using a wrench or pliers.  The seat bolt needs to be tight.

On many occasions, I have mentioned amazement at the number of cup holders that are placed into vehicles these days.  You can’t possible need that many drinks for your drive, so go ahead and use one for a car mount.  The Arkon Car Cup Holder Mount for Tablets is a nice choice for an Apple iPad Pro.  Like the seat bolt mount just discussed, the cup holder mount features a flexible gooseneck to allow adjustment and it swivels into any orientation.  The cup holder mount fits up to 3.25 inches diameter, so be sure to measure prior to looking at cup holder mounts.

A mount for home use of Apple iPad Pro means using your tablet without using your hands.  Works great for video, cooking or watching videos.  The Arkon Clamp Mount for Large Tablets is another entry that features a cradle large enough for the iPad Pro.  The clamp opens up to 2.25 inches.  There is a 12 gooseneck that can be bent to position.  This is an ideal mount for attaching the iPad Pro to a counter top, tripod or desk.

If you are looking for a serious heavy-duty tablet mount, the RAM Mount Universal X-Grip Cradle for 12 Inch Tablets is a good start. Couple this any of dozens of RAM flat surface or clamp mounts that will attach to the back of these cradles using the round adapter. I would recommend the 1.5 inch ball mounts since this is a heavier tablet and would go with one that has a longer arm. The size of this tablet dictates a longer arm versus the standard size. This combination would be best in commercial environments. An example which I have seen with other tablets would be a restaurant environment.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonCentered headrest mount for large tabletsArkon Center Extension Car Headrest Tablet Mount for Apple iPad Pro iPad Air 2 iPad 4 3 2 Galaxy Note 10.1 Tab Pro 12.2

ArkonSeat bolt mount for large tabletsArkon Car or Truck Seat Rail or Floor Tablet Mount with 22 inch Arm for iPad Pro iPad Air 2 iPad 4 3 2 Galaxy Note 10.1

ArkonClamp mount for large tabletsArkon Heavy Duty Table Desk or Wheelchair Tablet Clamp Mount with 12 inch Neck for iPad Pro iPad Air Galaxy Note 10.1

ArkonCup holder mount for large tabletsArkon Cup Holder Tablet Mount for iPad Pro iPad Air iPad Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

RAM MountRAM X-Grip cradle for large tabletsRAM Mount Universal X-Grip Cradle for 12 Inch Tablets (RAM-HOL-UN11U)

Arkon SM410 Car Smartphone Mount Kit Product Overview

The Arkon SM410 Car Smartphone Mount Kit has been around for a long time.  The kit was introduced before everyone had a smartphone in their pocket.  It’s still as useful today as it was when I first starting using it.

The car mount kit is one of the more diverse offered on the market for smartphones.  The primary advantage of this kit is the ability to mount it on the windshield, dashboard or air vent of your car.  This kit has everything needed to attach your phone to all these locations.

There are four parts contained within the kit:  Mega Grip cradle, suction cup mount, adhesive dash disk and air vent mount.  All mounts allow your phone to swivel into landscape or portrait and can be pivoted towards the driver or passenger.

Your smartphone will be held by the Mega Grip cradle.  This cradle fits smartphones 2.25 inches to 3.25 inches wide.  The cradle opens by pressing the button on the side of the cradle.  It closes by simply pressing the arms tightly against the phone.  There are two support legs which can be moved from side to side to accommodate any ports on the bottom of the phone, or can be removed altogether (which I don’t recommend as it’s additional support for your phone).  The back of the Mega Grip cradle has two slots which are used to attach to the mounts that are included.

The Mega Grip cradle opens large enough for most phones with or without a case or skin.  As a point of reference, this is large enough to fit an Apple iPhone 6 which is 2.64″ wide or Samsung Galaxy S6 which comes in at 2.79″.  Adding a case or skin shouldn’t be an issue.  The Mega Grip is going to be large enough for almost all smartphones.

The suction cup mount is a well made adjustable mount.  There is an adjustment point in the middle and the tip where the cradle attaches swivels 360 degrees.  The suction cup has a vacuum lock which is engaged by pressing the lever near the suction cup down.  Always start with a clean windshield.  An alcohol wipe is included within the mounting kit.  Use it on the windshield before you apply the mount because a dirty windshield can effect any suction cup.  The suction cup mount can attach to any smooth and flat surface.  The windshield is a real popular place to mount a smartphone because it keeps it at eye level.  Windshield mounting may not be legal in your state so be sure to read our article on this topic if not sure.

This mounting kit includes an adhesive dash disk.  This dash disk is smooth like your windshield.  The suction cup can attach directly to the dash disk the same way it would on your windshield.  The dash disk has an adhesive pad attached to the bottom.  Be sure to wipe your dash clean of any oil or residue before attaching the adhesive.  Let the adhesive disk sit unused for 24 hours after attaching it to your dashboard.  This allows the adhesive to cure for the best hold.  This is a great accessory for those states that do not allow attachment to your windshield.

The mounting kit also includes a vent mount.  We have been big proponents of vent mounts for a long time.  The vent keeps the phone near eye level yet it’s out of plain site so bad guys can’t easily tell you have a car mount.  Attachment of the vent mount is fairly easy and works best on vents where the slats are horizontal.  The vent mount has two arms which slide over the slats and has a lower stabilizer bar to keep the mount stable allow the cradle to sit upwards more readily.

The Arkon SM410 Car Smartphone Mount Kit should turn out to be a good long-term investment.  Universal cradles are the way to go and the Mega Grip size should fit your future phone upgrades in addition to today’s phone.  This means that when you upgrade your phone, a new mount may not need to be purchased.

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

Arkon Sirius XM Satellite Radio Lighter Socket Car Mount

Arkon Lighter Mount with Delphi RoadyThe Arkon Sirius XM Satellite Radio Lighter Socket Car Mount was one of the first mounts that I ever used for my old Delphi Roady Radio.  In fact there’s a photo of the mount in my Hyundai Santa Fe.  I think that photo is over ten years ago.  It’s a good mount that lasted a long time and was reused when I moved over to Sirius and used a Sportster in my car.  I then used it again when I upgraded to a Stratus.  The Hyundai was traded in a long while ago and the newer cars had Sirius XM built into them so I retired the mount.  Although on a side note, the newer Sirius XM Radios have more functionality built into them than the ones that come with new cars and we wrote about that here.  If you are a big Sirius XM fan and like a lot of presets as well as the ability to rewind and display album art, consider a swap.

This mount has been out for a long time and is still popular with satellite radio owners because it’s a pretty clever idea.  Arkon even improved the mount over the years by adding a swivel feature to the tip.  Using your car lighter or power socket as a the mount point, you can place your satellite radio near the current FM radio installed in your car.  The mount has a power dongle where you plug the satellite radio into so you don’t lose the power capability of the power outlet.  The radio is then mounted real close to the car’s factory installed radio.

Being close to the car’s currently installed FM radio has some nice advantages.  First of all, it’s near where you would instinctively reach to change the station.  Secondly, the proximity near the car’s radio allows you to run a short cable into your car’s audio in outlet to get a clear transmission to your vehicle’s speakers.  It’s also close by so that you can transmit a clear FM signal using the modulator that’s built into the satellite radio.

The mount itself comes with two parts:  the mount and a back plate.  The mount itself has two 3″ sections with an adjustable joint in the middle.  There is a swivel ball at the end with a single T adapter to permit angling towards the driver or passenger.  I have found that power sockets within vehicles come in varying depths.  The deeper the socket, the better the holding ability of the mount.

The mount attaches to the back of the cradle that comes with your Sirius XM car kit.  Older XM cradles like those from the Delphi Skyfi or Roadmate have a slot on the back that will fit directly onto the single T adapter on the mount.  Most Sirius cradles have a cradle that has four holes on the back.  The Arkon mount includes a 4-hole mounting plate with screws that will fit the four holes on the back of the cradle.  That mounting plate has a single slot that fits over the single T on the adapter.

The Arkon Sirius XM Satellite Radio Lighter Socket Car Mount is an excellent addition to your car if using an aftermarket satellite radio.  As an added bonus the mount can also be used to hold a Garmin Nuvi when not used for a satellite radio.  Just remove the single T adapter and you have the same ball size as a Garmin Nuvi mount.