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The PERFECT car mount

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10th September 2010, 03:12 AM   |  #1  
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I just had a tinkering revelation and ended up making something in 30 seconds that i have been looking for for weeks.

Originally inspired by the car dock epoplive made as well as khaaan on Overclockers UK forums, I cut out the intermediary step of finding a case that the phone can snap in and out of easily. I ordered a suction cup mount for a Garmin Nuvi 205 off ebay for $4:

cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270626403250&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_2572wt_1137

When I got it this afternoon, I took a look at the clip that is meant to hold the Garmin unit and thought that it looked quite close to the dimensions of the Captivate. Holding the phone in it, it was about 1/2" - 3/4" too wide. So I simply took a lighter, slowly and gently heated up the corners of the clip, and bent them slightly inwards. Out of luck, my guesswork bending resulted in a perfect fit. I added some thin sticky-back foam strips to make the fit more secure, and that's it!

The phone snaps in with purpose and is held in place even as I flail about testing it. It looks super clean, works well, was easy to make and cost a total of $4.

(The pictures were taken with my old E71x; when I find the charger for my point-and-shoot, I can get some better quality pictures up.)
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10th September 2010, 03:28 AM   |  #2  
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For a little more detail and viewing angles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcB3DQ8JKM0]

and my flail test, if any of you doubt how secure this is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igZ9sPxPG2k

Enjoy! I am happy to hear any criticism, answer and questions, etc.!
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10th September 2010, 03:38 AM   |  #3  
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Nice! I'm doing one too!
10th September 2010, 03:52 AM   |  #4  
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Great mount.
I think you did a great job. I've been looking for one for a while. What if you have a silicon case? Would it still lock?

If so, you wouldn't need the foam.
10th September 2010, 03:57 AM   |  #5  
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I think you did a great job. I've been looking for one for a while. What if you have a silicon case? Would it still lock?

If so, you wouldn't need the foam.

That was one of my first thoughts. I just returned my bodyglove case, but it seems like it would work just as well, you will just need to bend the clip just a little bit less to compensate. One thing I should tell you, you may need to modify the clip in such a way that the ridges that hold the device are further *out* to compensate for the added depth of a silicon case too.
10th September 2010, 04:33 AM   |  #6  
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Nice! Good job.
11th September 2010, 06:08 PM   |  #7  
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Nice! I may have to go get a new car clip to try this. It's kind of funny, because the first thing I thought about the clip was 'Boy, this sure is close to the size of the phone, if only it was just a bit smaller'.

Does the phone stay in when you rotate it?
11th September 2010, 06:28 PM   |  #8  
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Yes! I just drive for about a half hour on back roads with the phone in portrait and it didn't move one bit. Did you see my "flail test" video?
11th September 2010, 06:42 PM   |  #9  
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awesome!
Exactly what I was looking for.
12th September 2010, 04:48 AM   |  #10  
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I'm interested to see if someone gets this working with the bodyglove silicone case...

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