Tablet / IPad Removeable Car Mount for $1 in 5 Minutes




Introduction: Tablet / IPad Removeable Car Mount for $1 in 5 Minutes

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I was looking for a tablet car mount that is easily removable and doesnt leave any traces on the interior. It's quite nice to use a tablet on longer trips, especially the navigation app, however i dont want to use it every day. Any commercial mount i had found took too long to remove or disturbed the design of the interior.

So heres a simple solution that anyone should be able to make in 5 minutes, and it removes itsself in 1 second completely. I have done over 600 miles with this on highways and European country roads with some agressive turns. It was holding the tablet perfectly secure and even dampned the road bumps a little - which wasnt originally intended but works really well.

Step 1: The Case

For this to work, you should already have a standard leather or plastic case for your tablet as most reasonable people do. If you don't have a case you are screwed - you will break your tablet soon so don't bother doing a mount for it. I use a case similar to this one.

Step 2: Bend It Like Banana

Next, you get a thin copper strip from your local scrapyard. If you ask for the price they will just laugh at you, which tells you its free. Then you buy some insulation tape in your colour of choice. This is where you spend your hard earned $1. Then you measure the lenght of the copper strip to the height of your tablet plus extra room for the bends. You can cut it with regular kitchen scissors or some other tools like a wire cutter.

Next you bend it somewhat as shown in this picture. The copper strip should fit around your tablet and the bottom should hold it in place. Then you add tape to the top and bottom bends. You may also tape the whole thing but you won't see the middle piece anyhow, as it goes to the back of your tablet between the case and the case cover when folded back.

Step 3: Cut Corners Like Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney cuts corners to avoid tax. You cut corners to avoid cracks. On the top end of the copper strip cut the corners as shown by the red circles ( i did this before bending but you can also cut corners after bending). This avoids damage to your car when inserting the copper strip into the gaps of your dashboard. You may want to re-tape so the edges are covered.

Step 4: Test It

The top bend is 90 degrees and should clip in the gaps of your dashboard. It should take a little force so it won't fall out easily. You can add more tape or bend the copper if it falls out too quickly. The tape protects your dashboard from scratches really well. I haven't had a single scratch yet.

Step 5: Assemble

Now you need to flip back your case cover and fiddle the copper strip through the gap that is usually left in the cover for charging the tablet. The top bend now clips into a gap on your instrument panel. As the copper strip goes through the back hole of your cover, it holds the tablet ABSOLUTELY IN PLACE, even when accelerating or doing sharp turns. The bottom bend holds the tablets weight.

Step 6: Done!

To remove it, simply pull your tablet and the copper comes strip comes with it. It is completely removed in 1 second and leaves no traces. As you can see in the video, it takes great force to remove it with one hand, however some hand had to hold the camera.



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    NICE! Have been looking for something simple and straight to the point for car mounting, and this looks like it. Thx for sharing.

    If not permanent, safety issue is a big concern.

    I have similiat project, simpler project and low cost. No need to modify the current stock dashboard.
    The next step of the project is to communicate with ODB Bluetooth to android to read the torque, RPM etc from the engine.
    Also read the tire pressure via bluetooth pin on the wheel.

    I really like what you did, thank you for sharing this. However, I've got a Nissan Versa 2012 and it doesn't have a deep enough pocket for this to hang on to. Instead, can I slip the copper strip end to the cd player instead? will this ruin the cd player if i do so?

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    i think you should cover the end in electrical tape to prevent the copper from triggering the CD mechanism and/or short circuiting something(copper conducts remember).

    ummmmm, love the solution. I tend to ignore political comments, keeps me blood pressure level. :)

    I love this! Now my Porsche with the Byzantine electronics can have Google navigation on a screen large enough to read! Thank you for an elegant solution! Hats off to you. I can appreciate your Romney jokes with the intended humor. Take no offense from my uber defensive "across the ponders."

    "They tend to forget that the euro-zone has a GDP as large as China and the US combined."

    That is because this isn't true. According to all three of the major lists of nominal GDP (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, CIA World Factbook) the GDP of the EU is not greater than China and US combined.

    "has less deficit and less dept per GDP than the US"

    But the US still has much higher GDP per capita than the EU.

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    True, i looked into a corrected GDP excluding natural resources like oil, metals etc ( of which EU got close to zero to be fair ). But essentially you are right, nominal GPD is different from what i said, sorry for that :)


    5 years ago

    got a question for ya ftree. Would this idea work with a Google nexus 7 housed in an otter box duel case? the type with the plastic screen cover and built-in stand?

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    Hey Psynn

    hmm this is a hardcase so you would have to attach the copper somehow to the case.
    You could try using some removeable M3 or a rubber band. Otherwise it would need some custom solution.

    Worry about your European union. Don't take cheep shots at the US and Romney

    Nicely done. With innovations like this, who needs to watch the road anymore? I hope this is only viewable to the passengers. I've had to go in the ditch twice because of distracted drivers. Thankfully my wife and kids weren't with me, but it did cost us over $600 in suspension damage, plus lost time from work, towing, etc. (no Christmas presents for the kids that year). But I wasn't killed or confined to a wheelchair right?

    Actually, Mitt utilizes existing tax codes to pay all the tax he owes...and not a penny more, common

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    Speaking of pennies...seems the author left one on the seat. :-)

    Nicely done. I do object to your snide remark about Mitt Romney cutting corners. It is an uncalled for comment regardless it it was meant for. I'm doing my best to "be nice" following the rules but if you read between the lines you'll know my thoughts. I would suggest to the Moderator to delete the "cutting corner" comment.

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    A little humor is good, so long as it doesn't turn into a political polemic. Please ease up.

    Learn to take a joke buddy. No need to put on your pouty face for every little comment on the internet. if you object to it, shrug and move on.

    I didn't know you were the Joke Police. Why don't you move on.