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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.

Since we needed a charging solution and a great phone mount that could hold up the abuse of our 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor, these new products from RAM Mounts were just what we needed.

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.

RAM Mounts offers its new wireless charging mounts in two configurations; Quick-Grip (left) and X-Grip (right).
The X-Grip wireless charging mount features an X-design cradle that expands and contracts to hold nearly any size phone.
Each mount comes with a 1-inch type B ball attached to the back, and from there it's up to the end user to design a mounting system that works for their individual vehicle.
The Quick-Grip mount expands vertically to enable one-handed operation. However, this limits the width of device that can fit, though RAM notes that an iPhone 11 Pro Max will fit comfortably.
Everything that's needed to physically operate the RAM Mounts charger in a vehicle is included. In the box are zip ties, an extension cable, cable connection seal, and an optional tether. What's not included are the mounts from the charger to the vehicle.
Because everything RAM Mounts makes is modular, all of the vehicle mounting accessories are sold separately. We went with a medium double-socket arm and twist-lock suction cup base. We also ordered a round plate mount in case we choose to add one of the chargers to our BuiltRight Industries dash mount.
The X-Grip mount works quite well, and we love that it is adjustable for different size devices. Seen here is an iPhone XR in an Otterbox case. Our one suggestion would be for iPhone users to pay close attention to where the grip arms land, as they can easily press and hold the home button, which powers off the device (or calls for help, depending on your settings).
Each of the charging mounts features a power switch on the USB lead. This is great for situations where the feed power stays on all the time, allowing users to select when the charger is active.
An LED light on the side of the charge pad indicates whether or not the pad is charging. A red light indicates that the charger is powered on, green that it's charging, and flashing red indicates a fault.
Our choice between the two types of mount is the Quick-Grip. We find it holds the phone snuggly and is easy to manipulate one-handed.

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