Monday, May 7, 2012

Apparatus Tablet Mounts

Where are you going to put a tablet on a fire truck?  Firefighters are great at breaking things, so mounting the tablet is a good idea.  There are not a lot of choices at the time of this post, but here are a couple.  We will likely be testing one of these at my department soon.  If you have used one of these, or know of others, please comment below.

Ram Universal Tab lock holder for 10 tablets

This mount offers an adjustable mount to fit most android based 10" tablets including the Samsung Galaxy 10.1".  Also fits iPad 1,2, and the newest iPad.  The holder has a locking mechanism with key to keep the tablet secure.  I know most fire departments leave vehicles unlocked and unmanned, this is a big plus.  I could foresee tablets growing legs if they are not secured.  The holder can be mounted to the console, floor, or just about anywhere.  Unfortunately does More info is available at Ram Mount's site.

Update 04/17/13:  We went with this mount and have been using it for several months with a Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Overall the mount has done its job and held the tablet in place and protected it.  Installation is easy and can be adjusted to different angles.  This mount DOES NOT work well with the Galaxy tab 10.1 as is.  The mount is slightly larger than the tablet and the tablet will slide down and the power button will be pressed by the mount.  We worked around this by using a rubberized case on the tablet itself.  This works quite well together. If your using this without a case on the tablet you will need to do some rigging...

Ram X-GRIP Universal Clamping Cradle

This is another cradle from Ram Mount.  It is adjustable to fit most 10" tablets.  This does not offer locking.  The upside is the tablet can be quickly removed.  Also tablets with protective cases can fit inside this cradle, where as they may not in other cradles.  More info is available at Ram Mount's site.