Introduction: Car PDA Mount From Sugar Free Altoids Tin (inside Aluminum Case)
This is my first Instructable, so bare with me a little, the main idea was to use my Pocket PC in the car, and mount it in its Aluminum case without having to take out of the case
1- PDA- (mine -Dell Axim x50V)
2- Rhino.Skin Case, or any other with removable belt clip and screw
3- Small Computer Case Screw.
4- Flat Head Phillips bolt(no too big, not too long) Washer and nut
5- Small angle steel bracket, with one hole in one end for the bolt and two small holes on the other side to secure it to the car.
6- Sugar free Altoids tin SMALL. The reason for picking this one, the cover slides in and out so it brings the support needed to hold the PDA on is case.
Step 1: The Tin
Take apart the Sugar Free Altoids, give yourself the idea of were the holes need to be made. In my case I selected the small round white/blue ring with the square A to make the hole that will be secured.
Make Sure the bolt fits in properly, this piece needs to be attached to the bracket.
Step 2: The Car
Find the best place for the metal bracket, I saw this idea over the net, the result is a reversible mount, with no visible marks, so be careful, DON'T SCRATCH YOUR DASH!
Safety First, make sure you wont cut, pierce or damage any component from your car.
As you can see the small screws are hidden inside the cover once in place.
You can bent the bracket so it has the appropriate angle for the case to stay open.
Step 3: The Case Atachement
Carefully drill a hole on the tin so the screw fits, you can use the one that came with your belt clip if is long enough, or in my case a computer case screw that fits in the hole of the aluminum case on the back side.
I had to "shape/deform" the inside of the tin, my Rhino had a bump.
Be Careful not to break the inside "nut"?, Do not tight the screw to hard.
You can also use Double adhesive, remember the idea is to make it reversible, or use the clip when not in the car.
Step 4: Slide In
Now you are all set...review your configuration, check the screws and slide in your PDA on its case.
Make sure there is a small angle so the case stays open.