While using the iPod in my car, I really found it inconvenient to change tracks while driving. You can only skip songs after pressing the home button first, then swiping across the screen to unlock the player. First of all, I had to get the iPod from the passenger seat; I then have to fiddle with it until I have skipped to a song I like. And everything while not paying too much attention on the road, which actually is what Iím supposed to be doing while driving ;-).
So I thought about an iPod mount for my vent in the car.
I already had plans in my head on how I wanted the car mount to loo like and work when I stumbled over a (admittedly ugly not so pretty, picture 2) generic $10 car mount for electronic gadgets and thought Iíll give that a try.
Well, that didnít go too well.
As I use my iPod with a protective case, it didnít fit within the car mount. So I modified that one to make it fit. Then I wanted to attach it to my carís vent and found out that the attachment fixture didnít fit my vent. Well, here I go.
So I finally decided to put my car mount plan into action to get a car mount that fits my device perfectly while also being able to get the design I wanted (picture 1; I may have to update the car mount if I buy a Q-peel case or an armor-like case; I just love the look of the more bold cases).
Excuse me for not having image notes added so far, but I was working at a PC where I couldn't tinker with my internet browser's settings. So I couldn't save the notes and gave up.
I'll probably add the notes later, but if you have questions, you can also pm me. I'll try to help the best I can.
Step 1: Parts and tools needed
Step 2: Marking up 1, the base-plate
I later shortened the base plate to a length just around the position of the volume buttons as I found that length gives enough support for my iPod. This also made the car mount less obtrusive and bulky if I donít have my iPod with me.
Step 3: Marking up 2, the holding-brackets
Be careful: you either have to add the rubber bandís thickness to this measurement, or you may have to make grooves for the rubber band in the base-plate
Step 4: Cut out the base-plate and the holding-bracketsNo pictures here, but I assume the title of this step should be self explanatory.
Just try to get the edges as straight as possible to save yourself from too much sanding and filing later.
Like stated in step 2, I shortened the base-plate to about 3 3/4 inches.
Step 5: Marking up 3, the base-plate cuts
Step 6: Cut and sand the base-plate
Step 7: Test drive the base-plate
Hey, there are many uses for this sort of iPod mount. I can see it working on stage for bands, for bikers (if an adequate rubber band is used), etc.
Step 8: Assembling the holding-brackets
You can either finish off the brackets by filing and sanding them to the shape you like, or you can do this after the next step.
(The top plate of the 5th holding-bracket was glued on accidentially. I did this at a time when I wasn't sure if I need a top-plate for it.)
Step 9: Assembling the car mount
Step 10: Finished car mount
Step 11: Fixing the car mount onto your car's vent
Be careful, you won't be able to get the rubber band around the control knob. You can only insert it on the left or right side of the knob.
Be careful not to break any vent or control knob parts. You don't want a broken vent...
My car mount is held pretty firm to the vents adjustment knob and to the dashboard at the lower end of the car mount. So I didnít have to add additional supports. But to make the mount tighter, Iíll probably attach some self adhesive foam to the car mountís base-plate so it "squishes" in between the vent slots a little. This should further improve the fitting.
Step 12: Final pictures and test drive
It didnít twist around while driving and even while operating the iPod it didnít twist around much (I guess it didnít move more than any other "off the shelf" product that attaches to a vent).
If you happen to make a car mount like this for a player not being a touch-screen unit, some additional support for the base-plate may be needed (due to the harder button presses needed to operate the gadget). The easiest being some foam between the base-plate and the vent.
One final CAUTION:
Leave the vent closed at all times when using an electronic gadget with the car mount or the car mount only. You donít want any electronics or rubber bands being fried or frozen (depending on your AC-setting).