iPad Car kit?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by chibamac, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. chibamac macrumors 6502

    chibamac

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    Hey guys,

    I'm loving the iPad so far and so is my little daughter. I have it loaded up with her favorite shows and would like to somehow get it attached to the back of the front passenger car seat. Has anyone done this successfully or does anyone know of an accessory that would work?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chiba
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  2. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    Visit www.ram-mount.com.

    They have this one that mounts to the car seat rails. It may work for your needs.

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  3. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

    chibamac

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    Thats cool but I would need it to be visible to her sitting in the back seat.

    Chiba
     
  4. jtara macrumors 65816

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    I just ordered this. Should look sick in my Mini Cooper. ;)
     
  5. bjobes macrumors regular

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    I'd be interested to see how sturdy the stalk is going to be. Are you going to be protecting the iPad with a case too? I was thinking of the Belkin Clear Vue to protect the back and those feet from vibrating on the front of the case.
     
  6. animatedude macrumors 65816

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    thanks a lot for sharing this i have been looking for a car mount for a while..

    but i still how don't get how this will be installed on the seat rail without any drilling...any pix?
     
  7. jhawk31 macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered from these guys http://www.mountguys.com/category_s/3160.htm

    I will provide some feedback after I receive. Product description says it uses a suction to mount iPad. I just purchased a cheap pastic case for the iPad and will use the suction on the case instead of the iPad itself. Hope it works out.
     
  8. bjobes macrumors regular

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    I take it you went with the Windshield Suction Mount and not the seat rail?

     
  9. jhawk31 macrumors newbie

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    I actually went with the A/C vent mount (I'm really skeptical on whether or not it will work). My dad and I are driving a U-Haul next weekend and I'm going to try to mount it on the A/C vent. I have DVD/Nav in my car but unfortunately we will be pulling that behind the U-Haul on a trailer. I'll post reviews as soon as possible.
     
  10. Sdevante macrumors 6502

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    I would be concerned that a suction based mount would come lose and the iPad would break in the ensuing fall.
     
  11. jhawk31 macrumors newbie

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    i'm also a little concerned about that as well... we'll see...
     
  12. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I would asume since it attached to the seat rail, you could attach it to the seat mount behind the front seat. That way it would be in the back with your daughter.

    As per the web site:

    RAM Mount Description:
    RAM POD I, universal No-Drill™ vehicle mount, for the Apple iPad. The base of the mount clamps to your seat rail without any drilling necessary. Connected to the base is a 18" rigid flexible rod that can be bent to position your device to it's optimum viewing location. The RAM POD I will hold everything you need safely and securely.

    Material:
    High Strength Composite and Powder Coated Marine Grade Aluminum

    Product Numbers:
    RAM-B-316-1-234-6U

    Retail:

    $78.20
     
  13. Fullduplex macrumors newbie

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    iPad car mount

    I bought a 2006 Chrysler last week and built a mount for the iPad this weekend. The idea was that it had to be inexpensive; no bolting (all velcro), no blocking of vents or center console items; adjustable, works with the apple case without being removed or using fasteners or suction cups.

    I used a modified telescoping, collapsable music stand ($14) I bought it locally, purchased a modified document presentation holder ($5.99) and velcro from office max. The whole thing works great.

    First, the music stand is light, strong and small. The legs are on a 120 degree angle from each other so I cut and bent two of them to 180 degrees leaving the third leg to set on the floor in front of the passenger side seat. The base sits right on the floor and is velcroed to the plastic on the slider rail. The bottom of the stand has velcro wrapped around the base and then to pieces over the lower half attached to the side of the console. This allows it to be removed quickly and holds it in place great.

    The portion that would normally hold sheet music is cut and re-pop rivited to fit the 8" wide document holder. The key is to retaing the slide in metal slot so it will slip on the stand rod. The document holder is cut at the top to fit a landscape fit for the iPad, allowing the case to flip over. I haven't "capped" it yet, so it isn't smooth, but works great.

    The holder works great without fasteners becuase the case rubber surface grabs the document holder and it pivits easily to the passenger and doesn't interfer.

    All in all it took me 45 minutes, total cost $25.

    I currently have a retractable audio cable going into my aux jack, but will be adding a parrot blue tooth stereo setup. I am using verizon myfi for data.
     

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  14. Fullduplex macrumors newbie

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    a couple more pictures

    here are a couple more pictures
     

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  15. Full of Win macrumors 68030

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    I've been thinking of this as well. However I keep coming back to the same issue; do we really want a pound chunk of glass and metal flying around the interior of a car in the event of an accident?
     
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  17. bsewell47 macrumors newbie

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    iPad mount on dash with Apple case + vent mounts

    I found a nice simple approach for my car - place the Apple iPad with case on the dash and secure the edges with parts from an older vent mounting iphone holder. I already had the parts, so this mod cost nothing. For photos, click through the link...

    http://bsewell.posterous.com/my-new-ipad-car-navigation-system
     
  18. AndreMan macrumors newbie

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    Try this

    If you can wait a few more weeks, this should be out and looks like the cleanest option so far.

    http://modulrcase.com/accessories.php

    Sorry, just realized it may be too high for her on the back of the headrest. Depending on the way it mounts, maybe it can be placed upside down to lower it.
     

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