RAM Mounts Wireless Phone Charging for Any Vehicle
Waterproof, high-speed, and with an ultra-secure modular mount.
If there's one company that all outdoor enthusiasts should know, it's RAM Mounts. Whether you are into off-roading, hiking, biking, motorcycling, boating, fishing, hunting, or racing, RAM has innovative products for nearly everyone. Not familiar with RAM Mounts? The company was founded in 1995 and is a leader in the world of rugged and versatile device and gear mounting solutions. What can be mounted? Darn near anything. The company has mounts for GPS devices, tablets, cell phones, cameras, laptops, and even printers. Mounts include clamps, suction cups, screw-down mounts, wedge-fit mounts, and many more. If you have something that needs mounting in or on a vehicle, or even in your home, it's likely RAM has you covered.
We've been using RAM Mounts products in our off-road trucks and Jeeps for years, so when we discovered that the company was releasing a new line of wireless phone charging mounts, we jumped at the opportunity to be among the first to test them out. These new mounts are a no-brainer for anyone who uses a RAM (or similar) mount to hold a cell phone in the vehicle (or motorcycle).
RAM is offering the new wireless charging mounts in two different styles with two different ways of holding the device in place. The first is the RAM Tough-Charge With X-Grip; the other is the RAM Quick-Grip. Both styles are waterproof and offer the ability to quickly charge at up to 10 watts. Both have the ability to feed either 5, 7.5, or 10 watts to the device, depending on its ability to receive the charge. These chargers utilize the widely accepted Qi standard for wireless charging, and as such the list of compatible devices is quite long. Really, the only limitation is whether or not the device physically fits in the mount. Fret not, though, as RAM lists phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Galaxy S10+, and Pixel 4XL among the compatible devices.
Since RAM mounts are known for their modularity, it's only natural that the new wireless phone chargers don't come with a mounting solution. While this may seem contradictory, in fact it's by design so that each end user can customize their own mounting solution. For our testing we ordered up both a suction cup base and a round plate mount. The charging mounts come with RAM's size B 1-inch balls, which, when combined with a double-socket arm, opens up a plethora of mounting solutions.
While both types of mounts, the X-Grip and Quick-Grip, have held up to their names and securely held our devices in place, we have noticed a thing or two about each. First, the Quick-Grip is better suited for large devices; our small iPhone X swims in the mount. We also really enjoy the one-handed approach to securing a phone with the Quick-Grip. The X-Grip provides a better aesthetic look and feel with the smaller device in its grasp. However, if not positioned just right, the X-Grip arms can push and hold the iPhone's power button.
Installing the RAM Mounts wireless charging mounts is easy. After choosing your preferred mounting method, the chargers plug into a power source via the provided USB connector. Things can get a bit tricky if your vehicle doesn't have a USB port available, but RAM offers a model that taps into any 12-volt power source as a solution to this issue.
Overall, we dig the ingenuity of the wireless charging mounts from RAM. These solve the issue of needing to both hold a device securely and charge at the same time, without having cords dangling all over the vehicle. RAM Mounts offers a lifetime warranty on all hard parts and a 1-year warranty on electronics. At about $200 all-in, these chargers are definitely a luxury, but if you depend on having a fully charged and visible phone in your vehicle, these are genuine lifesavers.