We previously took a look at the best iPad mounts for the passengers in your car, outlining some of the best headrest mounts. This time we are here for you, the front seat traveler, to look at some of the best car mounts for iPad.
I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this, but please take the time to identify your local laws on mounts for your electronics in view of the driver. In addition to local laws, your safety is of concern as well, please take care not to be distracted while you drive.
There are many amazing, safe and useful driving aids available using your mobile devices, but it can be all too easy to get distracted by tasks unrelated to watching the road in front of you. Please drive carefully.
As with most of our lists, we are about to outline some of our favorite mounts in several different designs, if nothing else, let this article get you started on the road to finding the right mount for your needs. That said, here is our list of some of the best iPad car mounts.
Capable of holding all of your mobile devices in the 7-10-inch range, DealGadget’s suction cup mount is a basic suction cup mount with adjustable angle and clamping tablet holder. A 360 degree swivel ball mount adjusts tablet orientation to suite your needs. Don’t let the poor spelling in the listing turn you off, this is a solid mount with a strong suction cup.
For many, the suction cup idea is a terrible obstruction of their view of the road, especially if they are putting a full sized iPad up there, instead, mounting your iPad lower can be better. The Digitl seat bolt car mount looks to go quite low, bolting a goose neck stem with full 360 degree swivel to the floor of your vehicle. Designed for tablets in the 7-8-inch range, like your iPad Mini 3, this mount provides great flexibility and ensures an unobstructed view.
Another great alternative to putting your iPad up in your windshield is to mount it into your cup holder. That is, if you have a sturdy dash or console cup holder that you are not already using. The iKross cup mount holder will handle your phone or your iPad and has simple adjustments, including a 360 degree swivel to get the right orientation for your needs.
If your windshield, cup holder or floor are out of the question, perhaps you would consider mounting your iPad to your car stereo? Touted as “…the smartest car mount design you’ve ever seen…” the base slides into the CD slot of your stereo. To attach your iPad to the Kebelo Mcd2 magnetic CD slot car mount, a metal strip needs to attach to your iPad, which snaps to a matching magnetic strip on the mount itself.
Various vent mount iPad holders$12.99, $14.99 and more
We had a hard time deciding on just one vent holder for your iPad, there are plenty to choose from for phones, but the selection shrinks considerably for the tablet.
Buy on AmazonThe Motong air vent holder is designed for phones as well, but can support your iPad Mini. Simply slide this unit into the slots of your car vent, attach to the 360 degree swiveling clamp and hit the road. Grab yours for $12.99 from Amazon.
Buy on AmazonA little mote familiar name brand, ChargerCity also has an air vent holder that can handle 7-8-inch devices, including your iPad Mini. The same rules apply, simply slide the unit into the blades of your air vent and enjoy the 360 degree swivel of the clamp. ChargerCity’s air vent mount will run you $14.95 at Amazon.
Bonus: Ram Mounts
If you are looking for the ultimate in do-it-yourself mounts for your iPad, Ram Mounts has a vast selection of various parts available. The idea is that you choose exactly the pieces you need, from the base mount or suction cup, extensions, ball socket swivels, hinges, corners and more, all the way from the floor or suction cup out to the tablet clamp itself.
When the one-size-fits-all approach of most iPad car mounts is not good enough for your needs, Ram Mounts let’s you build the perfect contraption. But, as you guessed, there is no shortcut to installation here, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. Check out the various Ram Mounts parts on their website, or hit up Amazon to get started with purchasing, most pieces start at about $10 and you should expect to pay $60 or more for a complete iPad car mount.
There you have it, with hundreds of excellent mounts and designs to choose from, this has been our list of some of the best iPad car mounts.
What type of in-car mount do you prefer for your iPad?