Magnetic iPad 2 Car mount

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    Hi,

    I have the new iPad 2 with the smart cover and when I saw the fridge magnet demo my mind for thinking of how this could be utilised.

    I took a cheap magnetic whiteboard 99p from the local market, cut it up to suit the top box on my car dash, covered it with black felt (pressed thinner) and spray mounted the felt to the metal.

    Then using automotive tape fastened the unit to the top box and voila.

    Total cost £2.30

    Hope it inspires you.

    p.s. the install is for satnav only. Seems I can't add photos till I have 3 posts
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    Photos coming

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    You have a Ford Mondeo too - so I know this will work in my car!! Many thanks for sharing that great idea. Welcome to the Forum too!!!

    Tim
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    Tim,

    Its an S-Max but I guess there are many common parts. I need to test it on the move.

    Before this I had a bootlace solution which wasn't quite as elegant.
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    Wow - the dash looks identical!! Yes, I wondered about how much it would move around when the car is in motion....keep us updated, please.

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    Tim,

    Needs a little tweak to improve adhesion. Will post updates soon.
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    It looks a great solution, though. There's a market there for it. It has several advantages - the first being that it's easily removed when you need it. Some of the car mounts that I've seen require a considerable degree of fixing and unfixing, which would tend to dissuade you from using them for a short journey. This is so simple that you'd use it every time.

    I've also seen a couple of very sophisticated mounts that integrate the iPad into the dash - they look great of course, but would be difficult to sell the vehicle subsequently unless your buyer was an iPad enthusiast!

    Please - let us know how it turns out.

    Tim
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    Here is the update , a much more rigid frame which has a metal strip at the mack and two strong rare earth magnets at the front, all covered in funky foam craft material.

    Total cost £13

    Note the hole so that the locker can still be used.

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    Seriously - are you planning to market this? I think there'd be a great market in the UK!

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    Let us know how it holds up to bumps in the road, etc. I'm thinking something similar, but I will extend some cords or something from the front vents to a magnet I'll fabricate as you've done hear. Nothing gets affixed to the car.

    Keep up the good work.
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    It works exceptionally well and holds solid. I'm really pleased with it and it looks neat when not in use too. I have had a few people ask where I bought it from. They were surprised when I told them that I had made it.
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    Awesome DIY buddy, you should definitely try and market the product. You may be sorry to find out later someone's getting rich from your idea.

    Sent from my iPad 2 using Tapatalk
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    Is there any way you can repost the pictures of this project? I can't see the pictures. They are showing up as boxes with red Xs in them.
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    Yeah, they're not showing for me either.
    Sounds interesting though, I'd love to see it!
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    Yeah would love to see pics
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    Okay, so I have a car right now... and don't have my ipad 2 yet... (couple more days) but I read this thread before, saw the pics on another thread, love the idea of an easy car mount.

    I found this while looking for chalkboard spraypaint for my fridge.
    RustOleum.com

    It's a magnetic primer. It turns any surface into a magnet. The possibilities are endless to where we could stick our ipad with smart cover onto. I doubt many of you are willing to paint your dash with this stuff, but some cars have those "mats" or covers of some type of fabric over the dash and you could paint this under that. or paint over this primer to match the color of your dash.

    Maybe you guys could think of something better to use it for. Just throwing the idea out there.
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    That paint contains iron particles. With a strong magnet it can hold a few pieces of of paper. Given the weight of the iPad plus vibration in the car, something far more solid is needed.

    Rick
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    no pics ? :confused:
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    IKR?? I was really excited for like 5 seconds...
    if OP could repost please!
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    Please post pics thanks.

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