Car Lighter Mounts for Cars and Trucks

When I was a kid, you used your car lighter to, well, light your cigarette.  No clue to the dangers of second-hand smoke, my parents would light up with the windows closed.  The interior of the car was cloudier than being next to the Hudson River on a foggy day.  From the back seat, I could barely see the road.  I developed smoker’s cough at the age of 6 and could hear fog horns from the back seat.  I thought this was normal, didn’t even crack the window.  Times have changed.  Not only are lighters now called power outlets (or … Read more

Using your Apple iPhone or iPad on the Golf Course

A device called a SkyCaddie was introduced roughly ten years ago.  It was the first electronic device to combine a GPS with maps of golf courses.  Over the ten years, roughly ten models were introduced that would alter the size and functionality, eventually integrating voice and color maps.  It was a simple concept.  Based upon your location on the globe and the pin, the SkyCaddie would tell you how far you were from the hole.  Personally, I had no use for these since I was such a bad golfer that the distance to the pin was meaningless.  However based upon … Read more

Marine Electronics Mounting Accessories for Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird

Ahoy.  Have a Fishfinder, Chartplotter or GPS and the stock mounting bracket isn’t cutting it?  Common problem. Most marine electronics are larger than your typical GPS unit and coupled with the unique requirements of using your device on a boat, a need for something larger and more flexible than a flush mount might be required.  You want that mount to be rugged and resistant to the elements.  Many aftermarket mounts couple with your current bracket to add a more secure grasp to your device while allowing it to be moved to a more convenient location, often closer to the user or even … Read more

Extending your AT&T Cisco 3G MicroCell

Have lousy AT&T reception in your home or office?  Get an AT&T Microcell Wireless Cell Signal Booster Tower Antenna.  Want even better reception?  Add an external antenna. These work real well in that they act as a repeater taking in the cell signal then re-transmitting within your building.  The issue is that the deeper within your building you place this extender, the further it is from your window and less likely it is to receive a GPS signal.  In order to receive a GPS signal, the GPS antenna must be able to see the sky where the satellites are present.  No sky, … Read more

Mount a Sirius XM Radio on your Motorcycle

Want to listen to Sirius XM Radio on your motorcycle?  There are three things to take care of.  Where to put it, how to power it, how to hear it.  This overview is applicable to most SiriusXM radios made over the past ten years so there is a good chance that what you have will apply. For power, a universal hardwire kit such as the Eklipse Charging System is what you need.  These universal adapters have an ending that is a receptacle shaped like your car accessory lighter.  It has an end cap that can be closed when not in use and will attach … Read more

How to Hardwire your GPS to a Motorcycle or Car

Many GPS owners, especially motorcycle owners, would like to power their GPS while in use.  For most car owners, it’s an easy task to simply use the included charger and simply plug into the accessory port.  Not so for a motorcycle.  If not one of the lucky few to have an accessory port on your motorcycle, the likely solution is to either wire up an accessory port or hardwire your GPS to your motorcycle battery.  I always like to steer this task towards a motorcycle dealer but many motorcycle owners have the confidence and sometimes the ability to do it … Read more