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Old 06-08-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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iPad mount <$5

I used to be fixed on a car PC, but found I could get a lot more use out of a mounted iPad. So I worked many ideas, and found many to be too bulky, clunky and awkward. Others were extremely compromising and invasive. I wanted something simple, clean, cheap and minimally invasive. So I found a couple rack-mount L-brackets from an old ethernet switch and bent them into shape. The brackets are applied through existing gaps in the air vents and held on with friction:

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The application of the iPad is held in with gravity, and locked solid. I don't intend to roll my "convertible" any time soon, so I have no intention of locking it down any further than it is. Here's the application:

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Easily mounted and removed. Does not slide, and there is not enough horsepower to give enough g's to yank the iPad out of the friction mounts. Maybe if you have an M3, I don't know, but I have a 5-speed 330, and can chirp the tires in second without this iPad falling out. Matter of fact, I've had this application for 6 months now, and never had it fall out. To add a tad more friction, I used spray rubberized grip for added security. The brackets are low enough on the iPad to accomodate the dock adapter for charging.

Audio goes through a stereo bluetooth gateway, which uses no visible wires. I use the BlueTrek as it has built-in play/pause/FF/RW/Vol which is very small and works and sounds great. I don't really use my FM radio anymore, since the audio quality sounds much cleaner and stronger through 3G. I also don't have to worry about range as much since there are fewer dead zones with Verizon than with the radio station itself .

Also, Waze is fantastic for giving up to the minute traffic detail, including officer locations. Directions still need work, but if I need directions, I have plenty of other GPS options.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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thats pretty neat actually, would you be able to post the dimensions of the clips?
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:55 AM   #3
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Looks fantastic, yes could we have the dimensions on the brackets? Thanks
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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Simple solution and very neat. V nice.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:32 PM   #6
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Waze on the ipad must be freaking insane
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Looks fantastic, yes could we have the dimensions on the brackets? Thanks
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:33 AM   #8
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This is cool I think, but there's a small but, maybe big for someone?
What about AC???
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Is there a place I can get the brackets from?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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This is cool I think, but there's a small but, maybe big for someone?
What about AC???
You are right, small for me and you maybe, big for others. I've got a vert, and rarely use my AC. When I do, I put it on my feet and head and use the side vents. Seems to work well for me, but if you want to cool people in the back, better pull the iPad off . There's a secondary location you can put it (in front of the stereo), but you may get it bouncing off the buttons sometimes. The brackets actually work well in front of the stereo. My tertiary placement is in the center console until I want a drink, and and then I give up and put it away .
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:48 AM   #11
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Is there a place I can get the brackets from?
Yeah, talk to any sys-admin, they are usually looking to throw them away. Otherwise, these are pretty close to what I use...

http://www.techconfusion.com/1u-rack...ts-and-screws/

With some modification.
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Well I get SuperSleeper. Thanks and by the way great invention ;-)
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Right that why I have a IPad 2 with just WiFi and a IPad 3 with WiFi And 3g network with verizon. Di DiDi
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #17
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The link for the brackets look awesome but what would you recommend to bent them the way you have yours set up?
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The link for the brackets look awesome but what would you recommend to bent them the way you have yours set up?
I used a large C-clamp, and a hammer . A mallet may get you better results, but I just lightly tapped back and fourth along the seam to make it look as even as I could. I'm sure there are better ways, but I did it with the tools I had available.
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Another suggestion, if you don't have a back cover like my iPad to protect the edges from scraping the glass, you can get those nylon door edging strips and line the metal with it.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:51 AM   #20
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Just finished making my brackets! Worked a treat!!! Especially with my wireless Bluetooth receiver in the glovebox, music videos playing wirelessly through the speakers and subwoofer!!! Brilliant! Thankyou! Just have to paint the brackets and I'm done!
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