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I've been using the Ram Mounts 30" no-drill aluminum rod [RAM-316-1-30-202U] for maybe a year now. Best smartphone mount ever combined with their X-Grip universal smartphone mount [RAM-HOL-UN7BU].


Do note that this aluminum rod can be adapted to many Ram Mount products, so it doesn't have to be limited to a mobile device such as a smartphone.



I wanted a mount that:
  • would be removable and not leave unsightly residue or mess
  • did not interfere with the driver's view of the road
  • did not interfere with airbag deployment areas
  • did not interfere with existing controls
  • located desired device to be within immediate view
  • located desired device to be easily handled and controlled without changing driving position
  • could easily accommodate a majority of smartphones to adapt smartphones for someone else in circumstances I need someone else to drive my vehicle
The aluminum rod can be bent to be shaped perfectly for your application. The X-Grip mount can accommodate a wide variety of devices.

http://i.imgur.com/oMuaA0e.jpg


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The X-Grip is sprung well and fits a wide variety of devices. An appropriate sized X-Grip is available for damn near any application, from smartphones to tablets. I got their smallest model since it barely but manages to fit my smartphone with its case on.

The small rubber net thing behind it is to keep your device held assuming the X-Grips spring force is insufficient for your application to remain mounted, usually used on motorcycle applications.

http://i.imgur.com/NEJKGP9.jpg

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It mounts directly to the seat mount bolt, no drilling required

http://i.imgur.com/0EhelHK.jpg


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There are no worries of messy removal or residue if I choose to return the vehicle to stock.

I can still see everything I normally do on the road, no obstruction of peripheral vision means reduction of visibility is not a problem.

Unlike most mounts that people mount, my mount does not interfere with the operation of the SRS airbags.

It does not obstruct any of the factory controls to the point of becoming a major problem.

The placement I have makes it easy and safe to look at the device in a quick manner as well as not having my focus stray too far away from my view through the windshield.

I do not have to change my driving position to access my mobile device, I can maintain my driving position and maintain situational awareness and control while I operate a mobile device mounted on the X-Grip.

It isn't a super-solid mount (the rod mount is a little flimsy), but this is the absolute best mount for my application.

And best of all, it is made in America, the USA. They also make mounting devices for the U.S. military and emergency services. My military experience is actually how I discovered Ram Mounts products.


Yes, this combination is rather pricey at a total price of just under $100. But for the convenience and especially the safety benefits it provides as well as contributing to local jobs and economy, makes this one of the finest options available.
 

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If they had a quick disconnect of the rod itself, I'd be all over it. But if I put one more thing in my wife's way in my car, she's going to make me drive her Kia anywhere we go. It's just not worth the risk man! Lol.

I do really like this though, for me it would be used for a tablet mount to run larger scale, higher detail off line maps. It gets a little old zooming in on my phone to see enough detail, then zooming out to see the upcoming directional changes, and then back in and back out, so on and so forth.


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...for me it would be used for a tablet mount ...
Speaking if tablets, I once tried connecting my iPad to the same USB power outlet in the center hub—where I normally connect the phone—but though it ran it did not seem sufficient to put the tablet into charging mode. It played audio for me, but not with enough juice to charge. Has anyone else tried a tablet here? Does it not provide enough current for a tablet?
 

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Speaking if tablets, I once tried connecting my iPad to the same USB power outlet in the center hub—where I normally connect the phone—but though it ran it did not seem sufficient to put the tablet into charging mode. It played audio for me, but not with enough juice to charge. Has anyone else tried a tablet here? Does it not provide enough current for a tablet?


The USB port is only 1 amp, most tablets charge at 2.1 amps. Which is why most little cigarettes lighter USB adapters for cars have two USB slots, one 1amp and one 2.1amp.


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Very cool, thanks for posting. I've added a link to RAM's web site for this particular mount as I was on their site not finding it....ended up needing to do a search for this particular model number, it wasn't under their product list, etc. So, here it is.

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-316-1-30-202U

I have been looking for a good universal mount, never liked the window suction cup thingies. My old car, I had a awesome mount from "ProClip", but always disliked that was mostly occluded the passenger's vent opening. ProClip's mount for Crosstrek 2013-2017 is either a vent mount or over the hazard button.
 

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Very cool, thanks for posting. I've added a link to RAM's web site for this particular mount as I was on their site not finding it....ended up needing to do a search for this particular model number, it wasn't under their product list, etc. So, here it is.

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-316-1-30-202U

I have been looking for a good universal mount, never liked the window suction cup thingies. My old car, I had a awesome mount from "ProClip", but always disliked that was mostly occluded the passenger's vent opening. ProClip's mount for Crosstrek 2013-2017 is either a vent mount or over the hazard button.
It's inconveniences like that that made me shy away from almost every smartphone mount. I refuse to reduce functionality and wish to maintain the safety of my vehicle.

Thanks for sharing the link, it will save people a lot of time from searching for it (it took me a while to find it on Ram Mounts website).
 
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