Ram Mounts may not be a household name like Coke or Sears, but if you’re an outdoorsman, motorcyclist, pilot, or fisherman, you’ve likely seen their products in your favorite hobby magazine. RAM Mounts is an American company that manufactures a staggering array of products designed to fasten your phone, GPS, or avionics equipment wherever you want them, and do it securely!
Having been looking for a convenient way to use my iPad in the kitchen without dropping it into my Ramen noodles I was elated to see that an iPad specific mount was available from RAM. The mount comes in a two piece kit,
a case for the iPad or iPad 2, and the wall mount itself. The two are joined via a standard ball and socket mount which also allows near limitless angle adjustments. The case has two hooks to hold the bottom of the iPad in place, while the top has a unique rolling clasp that snaps the top of the iPad in place, yet allows it to roll out of the case with ease.
I used four 6 inch long 1/4″ hex head wood screws to mount the unit above the counter and alongside the oven. A longer than expected kitchen renovation allowed me to gain access to the back of the mount behind the wall to attach nuts for an even more secure fixture, but this was likely unnecessary. Folks, when I say this product makes for a secure mounting solution, I mean BOMBPROOF! The combined unit feels like it weighs close to ten pounds, and its got more metal than Flava Flave’s mouth! This thing is comparable to a flatscreen TV mount. It’s a marvel of American overkill.
You’ll have to play with the setup to decide how best to mount it on your wall. In my case, I needed it to swivel side to side, but also drop out of the way of the cabinet door when necessary. Once installed and secure I placed my iPad in the cradle and arranged it how I wanted, then tightened the swivel arm and rotation screws. Once hand tight the iPad doesn’t budge no matter how I tried to wiggle it.
RAM thought of everything when they designed this product including a genius way to save money and make it work for both iPad and iPad 2 customers. Instead of redesigning two separate products, they simply include two rubber coated stickers in the package. This allows you to take up the space in the case to accommodate the thinner iPad 2.
I can’t brag enough on the strength and function of this product. RAM really goes all out to create a mount that is of exceptional quality with materials not commonly found in an iPad accessory. If you can think of a place you’d like your iPad then I can guarantee that RAM Mounts has you covered!