Phone and GPS Mounts for Round Vents

I used to think that mounting stuff onto a vertical vent was the most difficult of locations.  I forgot about round vents.  You find these in a minority of cars.  Vents are a great place to mount a smartphone or GPS.  It’s right around your normal eye level yet below the spot where a bad guy could see it so the location helps to minimize device theft. So what’s the problem with round vents?  Take a look at the photo.  That’s a Mazda Miata.  They have round vents.  The vents are small and have a little knob in the middle … Read more…

EDOTech Hardwire Cable for Garmin GPS Devices Review

EDOTech offers a good option for those wanting to hardwire their GPS to their vehicle.  The EDO Tech Hardwire Cable for Garmin GPS Devices fits almost all car GPS devices made by Garmin including the Garmin Nuvi and Garmin Drive product lines.  Although these are marketed towards Garmin GPS owners, these also fit most TomTom and Magellan GPS models made over the past several years.  As long as they use a mini USB, this should provide power to your GPS device.  These are made to work on car GPS devices, not one that are made for motorcycles such as the Garmin Zumo … Read more…

How to Remove the TomTom EasyPort Ball Mount

The TomTom EasyPort Mount has been available for a few years.  It’s coupled with a lot of TomTom GPS models including the VIA 110, 115, 120 Live, 120, 125 Live, 125, 130, 180, 220, 1505, 1535, and 1605TM and START 20, 45M, 55M, and 60.  I’m sure I am missing some models but its most TomTom GPS models that have a ball and socket design molded into the back of the GPS or in some cases, molded into the powered cradle.  I have used these mounts with my TomTom and it wasn’t the most reliable as it fell off the windshield continuously. … Read more…

TomTom Rider 400 Car and Motorcycle Mounts

After many years, TomTom has refreshed their successful line of motorcycle GPS devices with the recent introduction of the TomTom Rider 400.  The GPS features lifetime map updates and traffic.  It features a 4.3 inch screen.  The battery life of 6 hours is very good as most are typically topped out at three hours.  The included cradle has a hardwire cable integrated within which means that you should be careful not to damage the cable.  The back of the cradle has the industry standard AMPS pattern which is a 4-hole pattern supported by a lot of mount manufacturers. We applaud … Read more…

TomTom Via 1505, Via 1515, Via 1535 Car and Motorcycle Mounts

Garmin gets all the personal navigation device attention here in North America.  They make good GPS units, has US-based support and updated current mapping.  They are premium priced as a result.  If you would like to save a little money, there are other GPS manufacturers with TomTom one of the most prominent.  TomTom makes some nice GPS units with features that are similar to Garmin.  Today we are going to discuss mounts for one of their most popular GPS series which is known as the Via series of devices. Let’s take a quick look at the series before diving into the … Read more…

Magnetic GPS Mounts

The mount industry has finally warmed up to magnetic mounts.  We first wrote about magnetic mounts a few years ago and we were puzzled why there weren’t a bunch available.  The only ones that we knew of back then were from a company in Italy who charged quite a bit for these versus where the prices were for the non magnetic models.  We were big fans of magnetic mounts because of the ease in installing and removing your device from your car.  There’s nothing easier.  Well since we first discovered our first magnetic mount, things have changed and the industry has … Read more…