|12-08-2013 12:17 AM|
I looked around for cell phone mounts and had almost settled on the Pro Clip, but because I'm an extremely picky person, I couldn't bare the thought of anything lingering in front of any vents.
I didn't want some big plastic thing sticking out anywhere, either.
So I made a custom mount for about $12. It fits snugly in the gap between the climate controls and the panel next to it. It is snug enough and the mount/phone are lightweight enough that it will not move without some force. It holds the phone at an angle toward me, to the right of the gear shifter, not blocking obscuring anything and definitely not in the way of anything.
Here are some instructions in case anyone likes the idea and would like to do it too.
What was used:
1 Piece of galvanized Step Flashing from Home Depot - $0.69
2 packages of 4 Neodymium button craft magnets from Walmart - $3.47 each (these would have been less expensive at Michaels, but every Michaels in the city was out of stock)
1 package of Presto adhesive felt sheets from the next aisle over at Walmart - $4.53
A very small amount of electrical tape (already had this but you can get some at Walmart for $0.99)
Using the hacksaw I cut a 2" x 4" section from the step flashing making sure not to bend it.
Then filed all of the edges of the 2"x4" to make them dull.
Then filed the corners to make them round.
Then bent it straight down the middle of the 4" length using the straight edge of the table I was using, to make an angle that I believed would be just right for my viewing angle. (I just so happened to be exactly correct at this time -- love it when that kinda' thing happens)
This is the mounting bracket.
Then I superglued the magnets in a pattern to the bracket like this:
If the polarity of either magnet of a pair caused them to resist each other, I flipped one of them over.
The superglue is optional as the magnets stick to the bracket on their own, but I did not want them shifting around.
Used a single strip of electrical tape to cover roughly 1/3" of the end of the bracket on both sides -- the end that will be inserted into the gap in the dash. This is to prevent the metal from scratching anything, and give a little bit of grip for the panels of the dash to hold it in place while keeping it thin enough to fit in. More than one layer of electrical tape on either side would likely be too thick for the gap. I just centered the tape on the edge of the mount and folded it over, and made sure to rub it so that it would stay stuck.
Then I cut a 3" by 5" section of the black felt sheet in the package.
Removed the film on the back of the felt section, lied the sheet sticky side up on the table, and then stuck the mount, magnets down, onto the felt section -- leaving the taped edge uncovered.
Then folded the felt over the edges to the opposite side, trimming away the corners of the felt so that there were no kinks, wrinkles, or overlaps.
I then cut a 2"x2" section from the step flashing, making sure not to bend it at all.
Again filed all edges and rounded the corners.
Removed my Samsung S4 from the protective case, taped the 2"x2" section into the inside of the protective case using electrical tape. I covered the whole piece of metal with electrical tape to keep it from scratching the battery cover.
Put the phone back in its case.
Gently wedge the taped edge of the bracket into the gap between the climate controls panel and the dashboard center console panel. Sorry the pic is blurry but I was using a really old crappy phone to take the photo.
The felt protects the dash, the e-tape protects the plastic panels in the gap and gives it some grip.
Then I just place the phone onto it, straighten it, and let go. And then it's just there...not in the way, easily accessible for things like Navigation, Sigalert (Traffic), and Weather Radar. It's not too much to glance down at it for navigation or Sigalert...no more than glancing down to turn on the A/C or change vent position.
It stays on there in position and doesn't move around. For heavier phones or phones with thicker protective covers, though, you may need a few more magnets and there is plenty of space for them on the mount. Use only the button sized neodymium craft magnets.
|11-13-2013 03:16 PM|
|tburns6||Iphone 5 mount|
|11-11-2013 09:48 PM|
|mikeyboy.com||wow Farwar that's the minimal-est one i've seen. you can always turn the vent off right?|
|11-11-2013 03:23 PM|
Here's my setup. This is the best mount I've found that works for me. Simple and clean. Only downside is the phone gets hot/cold from the vent.
|11-08-2013 07:41 PM|
Just wanted to follow up on my posts recommending the Ram-Mounts seat mount. I have now removed mine, and am looking for other solutions.
I really liked the location of the phone in the mount, however every time someone rode in the front seat they would "bonk" the mount with their knee, and it quickly loosened up at the base. After "re-installing" it several times, I have finally given up.
I like the X-Grip portion of the mount, as well as the ball mount portion. I'm hoping I can figure out another mounting method that uses the hardware I already have. I'll keep you guys posted.
|11-08-2013 05:36 PM|
To make sure it NEVER moves, yes... Like, generally, if you use epoxy, to then remove it, you'll have the replace the dash...
If you have having trouble getting it to stay in place (suction cup won't hold) try one of those gps suction cup mounting discs first. They generally feature some version of automotive double-stick tape.
*facepalm* sorry, just realized, NOT a suction cup mount.... SO, go to a hardware store, pick up a roll of grey exterior mounting tape from 3M... If that doesnt hold it in place, you might just have to switch to glue.
Just an idea for you.
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|11-08-2013 12:24 PM|
|redzone||so i have a mount that im useing on the right side like alot of people. I am finding the adhesive sitckies just dont stay on the soft rubber material that surrounds the center console. Would an expoy be the best route to make sure it doesnt move/ come off?|
|10-31-2013 07:44 PM|
|10-22-2013 01:24 PM|
not a phone but
|10-21-2013 10:10 PM|
|ScooterCT70||There are some sweet cell phone mounts in this thread. I have been using this http://www.sportys.com/ToolShop/product/19389 for a couple of months now. The back has bendable ties so you can mount it anywhere that has something you can wrap around. Works great with my iPhone 5. I'll get a pic of mine in the vent next time I go out.|
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