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RAMMounts RAM-HOL-UN4U Phone Cradle
Old 02-11-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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RAMMounts RAM-HOL-UN4U Phone Cradle

RAMMounts RAM-HOL-UN4U Phone Cradle


Now that I've got a power outlet near my bars (see http://www.shadowriders.net/forums/s...d.php?t=26366), time to add a phone cradle so I can use my smartphone as a GPS. Finding a handlebar accessory mount was pretty easy. Seems to be plenty of sturdy, good-looking mounts available; I got the Kuryakyn 1683 Universal Accessory Mount. But finding a decent phone cradle was another story. Unless you've got an iPhone, most of the cradles I saw online were junk and guaranteed to shake apart and drop your phone. The one I thought showed promise was the RAMMounts "Adjustable Rugged Universal Finger Grip Holder Cradle for Cell Phone and Smartphone Mobile Devices", model RAM-HOL-UN4U, (http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResul.../Default.aspx). Long stupid name but looked tough and offered flexible configurations for holding most smartphones and not expensive at a slightly discounted $20.

What you get is a back plate that holds a variety of heavy flexible plastic fingers that can be selectively mounted to grip the phone most anywhere there isn't a button or socket of some kind. It comes with 4 each of 3 lengths of fingers (short = 0.75", medium=1.25", and long=1.6"), 2 inflexible supports that can be used at bottom and/or top, 4 vinyl end caps that slip over the fingers for additional grip and an assortment of screws and nylon lock nuts to hold it all together and to attach the back plate to your accessory mount.




First off, they don't give you enough hardware to attach all the fingers that can possibly fit on the back plate or enough vinyl sleeves to cover all the fingers. If you use top and bottom supports, you can still fit 6 fingers on the back plate but they only give you 4 vinyl sleeves and 8 locknuts, leaving you short 2 sleeves and no locknuts left for attaching the plate to your accessory mount.

For my Droid Bionic, I used 4 short fingers along the sides, a bottom support and a medium finger at the top, leaving me short 1 vinyl sleeve and only 2 screws and locknuts left to attach to the mount. In the photo below, I only have a sleeve on the top finger.




Pretty sure they're saving a few pennies by only supplying the fingers and screws they figured an average user would need and then sending more if you complain, which is what I did. I got a fast response from RamMounts offering to send me another hardware pack at no charge. Here's the phone in the cradle:



It takes a little adjusting to get the finger tension right and still be able to get the phone in and out. Once in, I tried unseating the phone by shaking the cradle violently upside-down (over a soft surface in case I was successful) and couldn't get the phone to budge. Even so, it was still not difficult to pry the phone out of the cradle or snap it back in. I'm pretty confident that the phone's staying put under normal riding conditions.




Of all the phone cradles I looked at, this one is definitely the toughest, simplest and offers the least interference with the phone screen. I have to wait for the second hardware pack to arrive to apply the 4 vinyl sleeves and then mount the back plate to the accessory mount. Looking forward to getting less lost this year.



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Old 02-11-2013, 05:36 AM   #2
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Been using one of these since last year to my Zune mp3 player and sometimes my Garmin Nuvi. Never had a problem with it. I have been using the RamMounts forbears with never any issues for a number of products.
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very nice guess thats better than the cup holder ive been using lol
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:20 PM   #4
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Been using one of these since last year to my Zune mp3 player and sometimes my Garmin Nuvi. Never had a problem with it. I have been using the RamMounts forbears with never any issues for a number of products.
That's good to hear. Saw a couple reviews from boneheads who complained that the fingers broke off (which were replaced for free by RAMMounts). It's not indestructable but I think you'd have to try really hard to break it.

BTW, extra hardware pack they promised to send came in only 4 days.
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