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Purchasing a Mobile Mount: What do I have to consider?

Updated on December 6, 2016

So you finally decided to buy a mobile mount but have no idea what to choose and what to consider? Well, worry less because this article will help you out!

Deciding on what mobile mount or phone holder to buy can be a lot more confusing than it seems. Aside from the fact that there are tons of options from the market, you’ll have to consider where to get great deals and watch out for road rules and regulation in the area too. Also you might want to know what brand to consider. Most importantly you have to know the different types available for this device first.

Mount your phones with the best mobile mount
Mount your phones with the best mobile mount

Different Types of Car Mount Cell Phone Holders

Let us keep in mind that cell phone mounts are classified depending on how they are installed in a vehicle. Here are some of the wide range of mounts and holders you can find on the market:

TYPE
DESCRIPTION
Dashboard Mount
-normally composed of two major components: 1.) A mounting disc with a glass-like surface at the top and non-skid material at the bottom. 2.) A cell phone holder with a suction cup that attaches to the mounting disc. Dashboard mounts with suction cups often double as windshield mounts and can be used either way. Most designs help the user maneuver the phone to a desirable position. This kind of designs usually has an adjustable arm. However, other designs have a separate mounting disc and attach the suction cup straight to the dashboard. While the rest of the variations also do not use suction cups but adhesive tape to attach the mount on the dashboard.
Vent Mount
-Vent mounts are attached to the air conditioning vent on one’s car dash with no suction cup or adhesive tape required. Generally, most of these mounts have a swivel ball that allows the cell phone to switch between portrait or landscape mode depending on how you want it to be positioned.
Windshield Mount
- Windshield mounts is a type of cell phone holder that has a vacuum lever to affix itself firmly to the glass. Like a dashboard mount, windshield mount also has a suction cup that is attached to the car's windshield and mobile cradle or holder can be adjusted to the direction of choice through a long neck, flexible gooseneck or another kind of bendable tube depending on the model.
Cigarette Lighter Mount
-Cigarette lighter mounts are plugged into the cigarette lighter receptacle (cigarette lighter port) on an automobile, equipped with a flexible long neck features allowing the user to bend it to a chosen position. This type of car mounts is great for those who have small air vents or if one wishes to have nothing obstructing the windshield.
Universal Mount
• Universal mount acts like most of the mobile cradles or phone holders mentioned above. It caters not only to a specific model of cell phone (or gadget for that matter), but most of its design doubles as a mobile charger and a GPS stand.
 
 
Choose a mount that is universal.
Choose a mount that is universal.

Road Rules and Regulations regarding mounts and holders:

Next thing to do upon buying a car mount is to check rules or regulation on your place- if it’s legal to mount the device in the location where you’re at. For instance, suctioned- cup windshield mounts are illegal in over half of The United States of America as shown on the list below:

States in Which Windshield Mounts Are Illegal

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Some mounts can be installed on the windshield.
Some mounts can be installed on the windshield.

However, there are also a few states in which one can use this device legally, although the law states specific requirements on where the GPS unit or cellphones can be mounted on the windshield. Below is the list of those states.

States with Laws that Restrict Windshield Mounting Location

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Ohio
  • Nevada
  • Utah

Best Deals On Mobile Mounts

While it’s true that a lot of mounts and holders can be found in departments or big stores, we can also take advantage of a wider selection of these equipments online with bargains and best deals offered!

What Brand to Consider

Even though there are tons of quality and affordable brands you can find on the market, always make sure that whatever brand you choose must not only be competitive but can surely accommodate all kinds of mounting solution that you need. For example, UniqueX mounting products offer features like no any other brand, creating a trendy yet useful vibe to that car mount you are looking for.

These are only a few tips you can regard as when purchasing the mount or holder that is most appropriate for your vehicle. I hope this article help you decide better on the kind of mount you will buy.

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