Handheld scanner car mounts are an excellent addition for your scanning activities. I don’t know about you, but I hate leaving it on my passenger seat. It won’t fit in a cup holder and forget about putting it on your lap. The addition of handheld scanner car mounts are a big help in keeping your car less cluttered and most importantly, keeping your scanner at a handy location in case you need to view it quickly.
Let’s discuss handheld scanner car mounts. First measure the dimension of your handheld scanner. You need to make sure that the mount will fit the device. Then, decide where you want to mount it. If it’s a car, take a look around to figure out where it would fit best (and remember to add the antenna if applicable). We don’t recommend turning the knobs or pushing the buttons while driving, but you will likely want it in a location where it’s somewhat easy to see the display for the scanner action. There aren’t any custom handheld scanner car mount that we know of. You might be inclined to use a phone mount but it’s unlikely to fit well because of the increased depth and weight of a scanner. A cradle is needed that is at least an inch deep, potentially more than an inch.
The RAM Finger-Grip Holder is probably the best solution out there for handheld scanners as these are deep cradles. This is one of RAM’s specialty cradles. It gets the job done. There are three sets of fingers with this universal cradle kit. The longest fingers which are 1.6″ deep and this is about as deep as I have seen a cradle. They will handle radios that are from 2.25″ – 3.5″ wide – so most scanners will fit fine. The top of the Finger Grip Holder can be removed to accommodate the height of the radio.
You can couple the Finger Grip Holder with a RAM 18″ Seat Bolt Mount to attach the radio to your car’s passenger seat. This is one of my favorite locations for a radio because the height of the mount places the radio right around the same area that your car radio would be. I have used these mounts in an SUV and they fit fine and they will also fit a car real well. When the mount isn’t in use, simply bend it out of the way. Attachment is a 5-minute exercise, assuming the seat bolt is easily accessed. Just be sure to use a wrench or pliers because the key to making this mount work is to wrench tighten the seat bolt after tucking the mounting claw underneath.
The RAM Finger Grip Suction Cup Mount is a well made accessory but you need to ensure that sufficient clearance exists when you have the radio with antenna within the mount. The mount has a 3-inch metal arm in the middle with adjustment points at the base and tip. The suction cup has a vacuum lock to ensure it’s a good attachment but always make sure to clean the windshield thoroughly before attaching the mount. This mount is going to allow full swivel of the device so it can be used in portrait or landscape, and that’s a way to get around the height limitation of a windshield mount if needed.
The last mount that I’ll suggest is the RAM Finger Grip Clamp Mount. The clamp opens to 1.25″ and there are adjustment points at the clamp and the cradle. Like the windshield mount, there is a metal 3″ arm in the middle. These are good for attachment to the lip of a dashboard or, if you are mounting at home, the lip of a table. This mount, as well as the others mentioned within this article come with a lifetime warranty which is administered by the manufacturer.