“Are we there yet?“, “Are we there yet?“… Yes, family trips are some of the most magical times you will get to spend with your kids. But getting to your holiday destination can often be a rather trying experience. Entertaining a family for the duration of a drive can be a challenge but with mobile devices and games at hand, it’s not quite as painful as it once was. And with the right iPad car mount you can transform your mobile device into a safe and secure in-car entertainment system.
Having recently bought the TechMatte MagGrip for mounting my own phone on the dash, I was blown away by all the innovative ways devices are being transplanted into vehicles. On forums and reviews, I’ve read of parents using bluetooth speakers to boost volume in the back, or buying headphones to quieten it down back there. There are folks who are really turning the back seat of their car into an interactive entertainment hub! Here’s seven ideas to get you started.
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Jarv Multi Passenger Universal Headrest Cradle Car Mount
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Best iPad Car Mount Kits
Simply constructed with a soft protective sleeve and fully adjustable strap, the TFY iPad Car Mount fixes securely to the back of just about any headrest. Generally fixed to the back of the driver or passenger seat, the solid iPad mount offers perfect viewing for children in the back of the vehicle, while keeping the device just high enough to prevent any knocks or bumps when getting in or out of the car. Fitting all iPad types and a number of other tablet devices, this iPad car mount can also be used just about anywhere you require. In reverse, for children in baby seats. Around the house affixed to furniture. It can even be attached to airplane tray tables for those long haul trips!
Best for: Back Seat, Kids, Device Protection, Portrait, Versatile, Airplanes
Suitable for: iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Fire HD, Google Nexus 7
The Jarv Cradle Car Mount is another iPad car mount that affixes to the back of your vehicle’s headrest. Gripping firmly to the passenger headrest rails, the mount allows your device to be maneuvered centrally for viewing by one or more passengers. This is perfect if you are travelling multiple children and want to put on a film or television show. The mount can even be rotated 360 degrees allowing viewing in both portrait and landscape mode. Designed with an adjustable grip, the mount can securely hold just about any device (7-12 inch tablets) both in a case or without.
Best for: Back Seat, Central, Multiple Passengers, Portrait and Landscape
Suitable for: All iPad and tablet devices (7-12 inch)
An innovative iPad car mount, the iKross 2-in-1 fits snuggly into your vehicle’s cup holder, positioning it front row center for those long car trips. Similar to the Jarv, the iKross uses an adjustable grip allowing it to secure just about any tablet device (7 to 10.2 inches). And as a bonus, the iKross also includes a second smaller attachment allowing it to grip your phone. While the holder is fixed in landscape mode, the mount does allow a 360 degree swivel for viewing from any angle as well as a tilt and lock mechanism to position your device in just the right spot.
Best for: Front Seat, Central, Tablet and Phone, Landscape
Suitable for: All iPad and tablet devices (7-10.2 inch) and phones
Designed specifically for kids, the TFY Headrest Mount is a colorful and fun way to travel with a tablet. The iPad car mount is designed in two separate parts; a soft colored silicone case for holding the device and a thick velcro band that wraps around the car headrest. This design allows the device to simply and securely attach to the headrest and velcro without the need to slide in or out of sleeves. It also means your device is well protected in a case built with bulged corners to help small hands grip the device.
Best for: Back Seat, Kids, Protection, Easy to Use, Portrait and Landscape
The Okra Tablet Car Mount uses a novel approach where the air vents on your car dashboard are used to secure an iPad or tablet in place. With this secure fitting and adjustable grips, the iPad car mount can accommodate nearly any tablet (7-11 inch) and allows pivoting for both portrait and landscape modes. This central positioning and free movement makes the Okra an excellent mount for navigation or when you are travelling with just one other passenger.
Best for: Front Seat, Dashboard, Central, Portrait and Landscape
Suitable for: All iPad and tablet devices (7-11 inch)
A very strong and robust iPad car mount, the Jarv Seat Bolt Mount fixes directly into the floor or seat of your vehicle using a flexible 18-inch arm. The arm is rigid enough to securely hold your device while allowing enough movement that it can be positioned and maneuvered to just the right spot. A little more effort to install, but infinitely more secure, this mount is best suited to a more permanent home for your iPad or tablet device. With similar grips to those mentioned above, any device size can be accommodated and rotation allows viewing in both portrait and landscape mode.
Best for: Front Seat, Permanent, Fixed, Portrait and Landscape
Suitable for: All iPad and tablet devices
7. DIY iPad Car Mount
There are a heap of different ways to create your own iPad car mount. A quick Google will give you examples using hairclips, suction cups, magnets and whole list of obscure items. Here is just one idea courtesy of Dan at dans-projects.com to get your creative juices flowing.
What have you found to be the best iPad or tablet car mount? What innovative ways are you attaching devices in your vehicle? Let us know your tips and recommendations in the comments below.
Feature image courtesy of Flickr, Delwin Steven Campbell.