Accessories $3 DIY car mount (works with case!)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by trale, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. trale

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    Hey all, thought I might share this setup I have for my Droid X. I actually had the real Motorola car dock, and returned it because my setup was more elegant and superior!

    Note, this setup only works if you have the Verizon shell/holster combo that I got. The basic idea is that I'm using the holster itself as a dock, which I have hanging off a twist tie, which are tied across two stick-on hooks from any hardware store. That's it! Without further ado, pictures!


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    Here's what the holster combo looks like. Note the DX with shell is normally inserted with the LCD facing inwards (to protect it during normal use).



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    And here's the "docking station" (more like a docking belt/wire). The clip is used to push against the right side of the phone so the LCD is angled towards the driver.



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    Here's what the setup looks like after I clip on the holster to the wire.



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    Finally, here's the whole setup in action. Note I do need to remove the phone from the shell (which is easy), and now it slides snugly right into the holster with LCD facing forward.

    I have full access to everything on the phone. I can even set a Homescreen shortcut to the Car Dock mode if I want.

    Note that I'm also powering it with a 3rd party USB charger with a retractable cable, thus decreasing the mess. And when I'm done with a trip, I just take the holster and go.

    My dashboard is completely uncluttered with any base stations (for using the dash mount) or any cables flying about. There's no tell-tale signs that I even use a GPS or a smart phone that would attract thieves.

    Feel free to comment or copy!
     

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  2. BLOWNCO

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    citrus heights
  3. JubbaTheHutt

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    Pretty innovative, I'll give you that...however, I think I'll keep my cardock :p

    I wish Verizon would sell both the parts of the shell/holster combo separately
     
  4. AJ_EVO

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    Sorry to steal your thunder but my car mount only cost 47 cents. DIY below.

    Materials:
    3M Blue Painter's Tape
    Duct tape
    Ziploc
     
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  5. mahers

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    Rotflmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Piercing Heavens

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    Bravo that is ghetto
     
  7. NOVAdroid2151

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  9. JubbaTheHutt

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    It's awesome, no question, but is there really need to quote the whole set of photos twice in a row?
     
  10. kwest12

    kwest12 Well-Known Member
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    ^This. Try using "@username" in the future guys. lol
     
  11. BuTbKa

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    lmaof, A+
     
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  13. jbhumph

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    Sweet! This would do wonders with the ladies :D
     
  14. chrlswltrs

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    This reminds me of my Bedside dock:

    1 cup from the coffee stand, a hole for the phone to sit in, another hole at the bottom (top of cup) for the cord, and some duct tape for stability.
     
  15. t4ckleb0x

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    You can get rid of the duct tape and painters tape if you use good gaff tape (Shurtape or Progaffer). Cheaper if you already have some laying around.
     
  16. ctxx24

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    thought i seen it all...prolly the best part of my day just now
     
  17. edgeman4

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    Yikes, couldn't live with blocked air conditioning vents in the desert, but well done on the original, and LMFAO on the 47 cent one.
     
  18. 2horses

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    ROFLMAO!!!! You might be a redneck......
     
  19. trale

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    Not really an issue. The holster swivels so I can turn it landscape and unblock the vent. This flexibility is another advantage of this build over the dock. I just prefer portrait as it allows a longer view of what's ahead of me.
     
  20. x0x

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    rofl - awesome :D I can't decide which install is more ghetto though.
     
  21. AJ_EVO

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I will incorporate that into my next design.
     
  22. SonicBoom

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    oh he forgot to mention that the air vent actually keeps the droid cool while charging and normal use....lol
     
  23. effin_eric

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    MacGyver styyle niiiicee lolz
     
  24. AJ_EVO

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    UPDATE: 47 cent car mount is working even better than expected! For some reason drivers around me seem to point and laugh when they see it - maybe they're jealous? :thinking: To make it blend better with my interior I used a sharpee to make the tape black. Now it's like a stealth mount, almost looks like the Droid X is just floating there!! Highly recommend.
     

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