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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.
Suction cup mounts aren’t perfect and with time, they can fail. However, sometimes, you don’t need to buy a new mount. Following our simple tips might save you a little bit of money.
- The most common problem we find is a dirty windshield. Over time, a haze or film builds on the interior of the windshield. Clean your windshield thoroughly with Windex or any good cleaner that contains alcohol (no not beer, that is not a cleaner). While you’re at it, also clean the bottom of the suction cup. This is by far, the number one tip for getting your suction cup mount back into working condition.
- Apply a little water to the bottom of the suction cup. We find, on some mounts, that helps the adhesion enormously.
- Make sure you are pressing the suction lever in the right direction. Usually the direction is down, but we see a few deviants that require it to be pushed up. Most suction mounts have a vacuum base and it is operated with a lever.
It’s worth noting that suction cups aren’t going to work in these cases so look at a different solution if any of these situations apply:
- Applying window tinting kits means you cannot use a suction cup. While suction cups will apply to most factory tinting, they will not apply to the film that can be found in most after market kits. In addition, the weight of the device you are attaching has a good chance of completely loosening the film from your windshield in the rare event you got the suction cup to work. Obviously, we don’t recommend using the suction even if you did get it to stick the film.
- Textured dashboards. Suction cups are made to create a vacuum fit. If your dash is textured, avoid suction cups. While there are some sticky suction cups made to work on textured dashboards, our experience has been less than perfect. You can use a dash plate with 3M adhesive pads available for a few dollars then stick your suction to that but be prepared to use Goo-Gone when it’s time to sell the car.
- High vibration environments like motorcycles and suction cups are bad ideas. Over the years we were even asked if suction cups can attach to the outside of a car for use with a camera. We steered them towards keeping the camera on the dash using a bean bag.
- When you need to mount something upside down, suction cups, especially inexpensive ones, are not the right solution. The weight of your device is likely to pull it down, potentially on your head.
Most suction cup mounts have the suction pad glued or molded onto the mounting stem and cannot be replaced as a component. Most suction cups don’t have an infinite lifespan so if the tips we provided do not help, we recommend purchasing a new mount. We find that suction cups used in extreme environments don’t last long. In extreme temperatures, we suggest removing the suction cup and bringing inside to extend the life of the mount but also avoid having your expensive electronics wind up on the floor of your car.
Most of our posts are about mounting stuff but after using Waze for the past month, thought it was worthwhile to pass a quick review of this incredible app on to our readers. Waze is a GPS application available on IOS and Android. What sets Waze apart from the hundreds of other GPS apps is the integration of maps, technology and community based feedback to provide a driving experience that will save you time and tickets. I remember a company ten years ago that tried to do this using cell phone transmissions. Needless to say, they didn’t last long as the GPS units cost around $500 so usage was minimal.
Take a look at the screen shot that accompanies this post. It highlights a part of the Route 80 corridor in Northern New Jersey. The little policeman head indicates there is a police presence. Waze received this information from an alert driver (or hopefully passenger) that saw the issue and notified Waze. The cat with the crown is a fellow Waze user a mile away. This is tracked by Waze’s computers using your GPS coordinates passed to Waze by your phone. If you need gas, there’s a BP nearby as seen in the upper left. This is a screen shot taken on a Saturday night so you don’t see a lot of activity on the screen. If it were during the day on a weekday, you would see far more activity as Route 80 is a parking lot during rush hour. You will also see some rather interesting activity as Waze permits Map Chat where drivers who don’t know each other can strike up chats. You see a lot of that going on at around 6PM on Route 80 West here in Northwest New Jersey.
Set your destination into Waze and it will provide the most optimal route using current traffic patterns. Garmin, TomTom and others can do this too however what sets Waze apart is the extreme granularity of incident reports and the integration into the route calculation. Wazers report everything from a car in the shoulder to a traffic jam to a police officer giving a ticket to someone. You can verify the presence back to Waze by clicking the thumbs up or by clicking ‘not there’ as you drive by. As traffic conditions worsen or improve, Waze will change your route to get you to your destination faster.
As an incentive for using Waze, they award points based upon your miles driven and for reporting incidents or providing map corrections. You are then ranked versus other Waze users. You can also provide Waze with access to your Facebook friends and it will rank you against them as well. Accumulate enough points and get to wear a crown on your cartoon car. I guess this is a way to provide incentive to their users without costing Waze (now Google) any money.
Similar to Gas Buddy and a few other similar services, Waze provides gas prices in your vicinity. Click the station of choice and Waze automatically routes you there.
Did I mention Waze was free? I was trying to figure out how Waze could be profitable as ads are very seldom. Then I read that Google purchased them for about $1 billion. Makes sense if they integrate it into Google Maps which I suspect is their plan.
While I wholeheartedly recommend Waze, I do have concern about the allure of interacting with the application while driving. It can be as dangerous as texting while you drive so leave the incident reporting to your passengers or use the integrated voice function.
We have been selling mounts from RAM for many years. They make great mounts which carry a manufacturer lifetime warranty. They make a lot of mounts. We mean a LOT of mounts. Sometimes the selection can be daunting and we thought a blog posting on the various handlebar models would help to highlight the different types and purposes. Their products range from simply handlebar mounts for bicycles to metal mounts for motorcycles and ATVs.
First up are the mounts most suitable for bicycles. The RAP-274U is a simple plastic mount that fits bars up to an inch. It will fit RAM’s cradles that use the two hole diamond adapter on the back. To attach to your handlebar, simply remove the screw and nut on the bottom, slip over your handlebar and reattach the screw and nut. The RAP-274U is an excellent choice for your bicycle. However for your motorcycle, we would suggest a different mount as this one is not rugged enough for the vibrations of your motorcycle. The RAP-274-1U also fits the holders with diamond adapter. These use included 7″ long cable ties to attach to your handlebar. The cable ties are industry standard and you can easily replace them with the same ones that you can buy in any hardware store.
RAM offers many mounting options for motorcycle handlebars. We find most motorcycle handlebars fall into the 1-1.25″ diameter range and the mounts that we will discuss all fit this range of diameters. The most popular motorcycle handlebar mount is the RAM metal u-bolt mount, part RAM-B-149ZU and is available in 1.75, 3 and 6 inch arm lengths. A variation to the RAM-B-149ZU is the RAM-B-149Z-2U which adds a metal strap option for handlebar diameters up to 3.15″. A major heavy duty mounting base called the RAM-B-235U uses a double u-bolt which I always thought was overkill except for super heavy devices. Lastly, RAM makes a handy economical model called the RAP-SB-187U. This one is constructed of plastic and will use a strap to attach to your handlebar. It fits handlebars to 2.58 inches. All of these motorcycle mounts have a diamond adapter to fit RAM cradles. Some can also be fitted with square or round adapters for other cradles or special situations.
Don’t have a handlebar? No problem. RAM makes an excellent mount known as the RAM-B-174U which uses the RAM-B-309-1U motorcycle clutch fitting. These are most popular for use on a Honda Goldwing where there aren’t traditional handlebars present. Also check out the popular RAM-B-176U option which uses the RAM-B-342U for stem base.
Want to mount it on your clutch reservoir cover? RAM supports a few different manufacturers with their mounts. These adapters will screw onto the cover (they do not replace the cover). RAM even supplies screws to attach to the cover. The parts needed are RAM-B-345U (centered ball) or RAM-B-346U (offset ball). These come bundles with arms and adapters using part numbers RAM-B-182U and RAM-B-183U. All parts are metal.
Always remember, these are base mounts. All accommodate RAM custom cradles which you will need to add to complete your setup. You can write us if you need help selecting a cradle.
If you have a big giant phone from Samsung like the Mega, Note, Note 2, Note 3 and S4, you have probably found that mounts are hard to come by. These phones are a little smaller than tablets and much larger than a typical smartphone.
Fortunately, manufacturers have recently introduced their line of phablet mounts and these fit the extra large Samsung Galaxy models quite securely. Most include a spring loaded cradle which works well with or without a case or skin deployed (a little advice: use a case or skin to protect your phone as these break easily with even the slightest drop).
These mounts are made by our partners at Arkon Resources. We like this line a lot because of the variety of base mounts and the flexibility of their expandable cradle.
Flexible Gooseneck Phablet Mount
Heavy Duty Metal Clamp for Phablets
The Mother of all Sports Armbands
Suction Cup Mount for Extra Large SmartPhones
Telescoping Suction Cup Mount for Extra Large Phones
We discussed the availability of spring loaded cradle mounts for the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in a prior MountGuys Blog article. Today, we are taking a look at custom options for the iPhone 5s. These include a custom cradle for your iPhone 5s to snap into. These custom options are available for your Apple iPhone 5s without any case or skin in use.
Custom cradles are only available from a few manufacturers. Most notable is RAM Mounts where the RAM-HOL-AP11U can be used together with many of their mounts. There are several other brands that offer custom cradles as well.
We offer some photos of these mounts in use with the device.
RAM Clamp Mount for the Apple iPhone 5s
RAM Flat Surface Metal Mount for Apple iPhone 5s
RAM Suction Cup Mount for Apple iPhone 5s
RAM Motorcycle Clutch Mount for the Apple iPhone 5s
RAM Motorcycle Handlebar Mount for the Apple iPhone 5s
Apple has announced their fifth generation of Apple iPad and called it the iPad Air. For the first time, Apple has dramatically changed the dimensions of the device. Somewhat smaller and if you have really large hands you can actually hold it in one hand without a problem. Still larger than an iPad Mini, is there enough additional screen real estate to justify the additional $100 over the Mini Retina? I guess it depends upon personal taste, but based upon Apple’s sales, a lot of people are paying up and purchasing a new Air.
Today, we’ll cover some basic mounting options. A future blog post will cover custom cradles as soon as they are available in early 2014.
Want to use your Air in the car, we have you covered!
Well Made Suction Cup Car Mount for Apple iPad Air
Arkon’s IPM-TAB1 for Using the Apple iPad Air on your Table
Cup Holder Mount with Expandable Cradle
Arkon’s Extra Long Telescoping Suction Cup Mount
RAM’s X-Grip IV Cradle with Seat Bolt Mount
Shopping with your significant other can now turn into entertainment time with your mobile device. Imagine it’s Sunday, the football game is on TV and you’re stuck in the detergent aisle standing watch over your groceries. Look to your left and right. Waive to the other guys guarding their grocery carts. Get the picture?
I thought of this when I was standing watch in the cereal aisle. Big Captain Crunch fan. But the Mets were playing and I was missing the game. Remembering I had the MLB app, I quickly tuned in but then was told to get moving so I could watch over the groceries in the canned veggie aisle. I needed to get out of the app and restart it in the next aisle. There had to be a better way. Remembering my trusty background as a guy that specializes in mounting accessories, I quickly got to work.
You need a mount that will fit the small handlebar of a shopping cart and it turns out that the diameter is somewhat close to that of a bicycle. You also want a mount that is easy to install and remove. I like using the strap mounts that are available for handlebars. Easy to install and then adjust for various diameter bars. Also, the ability to swivel into portrait or landscape is also a handy feature. Get one that features an expandable cradle so that you can easily insert your phone with or without a case or skin. An expandable cradle also means you don’t have to buy a new mount when you upgrade your phone or tablet.
There are a lot of choices out there that should work well for you. We like Arkon’s SM634 but you can find suitable options from RAM or Bracketron.
Check your email, scan your shopping list, or – that’s right – watch the baseball game.
Today, we’re talking about mounts for the newly announced iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. The form factors for the phones are roughly the same as the iPhone 5. In fact, the iPhone 5s dimensions are exactly the same as the iPhone 5 where is iPhone 5c is a little larger.
A variety of mounts that are spring loaded will fit all three varieties of the iPhone 5. Your personal requirements regarding location, ease of installation/removal and if your iPhone has a case or skin will determine the mount purchased.
The dimensions of the iPhone 5c:
- Height: 4.90 inches (124.4 mm)
- Width: 2.33 inches (59.2 mm)
- Depth: 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)
- Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)
The dimensions of the iPhone 5s:
- Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
- Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
- Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
- Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
As always, we present some great options for your consideration. All of these options will fit the three current models of iPhone 5 (fits the 5c and 5s). In a future blog article, we will talk about custom mounts for the new iPhones.
Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount for Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Car Headrest Mount for Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Motorcycle Handlebar Mount for Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Cup Holder Car Mount for Apple iPhone 5, 5s, 5c
Car Mount Kit for Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Handlebar Mount for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s
Alert reader Charles H recently inquired into the availability of mounts for hunters. Off to the MountGuys Labs we went and came up with a new series that will expand over the Fall. Turns out there’s a limited market for these mounts but we were able to discover some well priced options for mounting your camera on bows, trees, and other places that are important to hunters. The camera mounts have the 1/4″ – 20 threaded screw common to tripod and available on almost all cameras.
We have also read some interesting articles on hunters using their action cams such as the GoPro line for this purpose. Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be more places to mount your stuff!
Swivel Tree Bracket for Hunting Cameras
Tree Mount for GoPro Hero
Universal Camera Tree Mount
Bow Mount for Cameras