The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

Summary: I've struggled to find a half-decent vehicle mounting solution for my iPhone in the past, but the iPhone 4 mount from ProClip USA changes all that and is definitely the mother of all car mounts.

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If you're like me, you probably have an iPhone (or two) and you live by it. Not only for making phone calls and texting, but for Internet access too. My iPhone is never far from me, in fact I get a sinking feeling if I've misplaced my iPhone for more than a few minutes.

Although it's illegal for the driver to use an iPhone (in most of the U.S. anyway) it's an extremely useful device in a car. Maps, GPS and navigation are the most obvious examples of practical uses of an iPhone in a car, but I also rely on audiobooks, podcasts and music to make my commute more manageable. In fact, I don't know what I'd do with without my iPhone in my car -- probably go completely mad listening to commercials.

That being said, I've struggled to find a half-decent mounting solution for my iPhone in my car. I usually plug it in and just prop it up somewhere on my dash. The problem here is obvious: as soon as I take a corner my iPhone goes flying onto the floor, usually out of reach.

I found the answer in a car mount from Pro Clip USA -- the mother of all car mounts. I've used several over the years and usually abandoned them because they didn't work well or because they simply fell off. ProClip USA's vehicle mounts are sturdy, well-constructed and are available for almost every vehicle on the market.

You can mount ProClips just about anywhere in your vehicle, as illustrated in this diagram:

You need two parts to mount your device on your dash. Together, these two parts create your mounting solution:

  1. a vehicle mount - specific to your vehicle
  2. a device holder - specific to your device

I opted for the following configuration for my Honda Pilot:

  • Honda Pilot - 2009-2012 - ProClip Center Mount (Item #: 854197) - $29.99
  • Apple iPhone 4 used with a Case - Adjustable Holder with Tilt Swivel and Pass-Through Connector for Cable Attachment (Item No. 516165) - $79.99

 

This configuration fits my iPhone 4 and 4S in Apple's bumper case flawlessly and can easily be rotated between landscape and portrait orientation depending on the application. I opted for the device holder with the pass-through connector so that I could easily connect my iPhone to power without having to fish around for a power cable.

The ProClip setup is high-quality and extremely solid. So much so that I'm probably going to get another one for my Droid Bionic, which I prefer over my iPhone for in-vehicle navigation. This thing is the mother of all vehicle mounts and well worth the price of admission, especially for commuters and people that otherwise spend a lot of time in their cars.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

    Pretty pricey.....but they look good.
    NTrain
    • An other idea...

      I searched the web for a long time for an iPhone car holder and finally I found this alternative to ProClip Usa

      http://www.shapeways.com/shops/Mr.Engineering.Design
      Trond80
  • RE: The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

    My parents have one for their TomTom, and I'm considering getting one for my iPhone.
    CobraA1
  • RE: The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

    Mercedes-Benz connects via Bluetooth so the IPhone is kept in my purse, no need for a ProClip.
    shoregrassnorm
  • RE: The mother of all iPhone car mounts: ProClip USA

    Used them for years and LOVE them!!
    matt@...
  • I use the TomTom mount...

    ... and find it to be very good. 3 things I don't like about it - it needs to have a disc stuck to your car, it doesn't allow for cases, and occassionally (about every 4 months) comes unstuck. But I like the fact that it can be removed for view quite easily. I'd also probably prefer a disc to the mount in the unit shown above, and the TomTom unit is much more compact than the one above also.
    mattmuir
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  • ProClip Disappointment

    I recently ordered ProClip mounts and holders to fit my iPhone 4 in two cars. Couldn't be more pleased with the mounts, but one of the holders was disappointing. The pass through was glued at an angle instead of lining up vertically with the base, so the phone wouldn't plug in. My solution was to loosen the side holders so the phone can be tilted to the right when inserting. This works, but is a nuisance and leaves the phone held in place by the pass through instead of by the sides of the holder. Not an ideal solution for such an expensive item!
    chplindave
    • Defective?

      Sounds like it was defective, try to contact ProClip to have it replaced..
      jakimo
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