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I have been looking for a phone mount that has a wireless charger built in. Anyone have one?

I have a Samsung S7. Wife bought me a wireless charger soon after I go the phone. I thought it was just a gimmick. But wow......... It is so awesome to just set the phone down to charge it. It has been months since I plugged the phone in.

Got me thinking. What if I could install a simi-permanent mount for the phone on the handlebars with no wires to plug in? Wireless charging and Bluetooth to the audio system. Just set the phone in the cradle and go. Then just remove the phone from the cradle when I get off the bike. No worries about wires or rain getting into connectors.
 

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I have no solutions currently but I would like to follow this discussion. Great idea though.

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I would think that someone out there can make a mount with a wireless charger built into it, if not I would get some patents going for that stuff cause I can see that taking off soon.
 

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I have been looking at eBay and Amazon... thinking about how to combine an available wireless charger with a low cost mount and make it all water proof. Would be nice to see a product already available, but might have to go the DIY route.
 

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Update, re iPhone8 and X

I'm on the mailing list for a company called Scosche, and got an email today announcing a wireless charging mount for the new iPhones (same day they were announced). See:

https://www.scosche.com/collections/magic-mount-charge?utm_campaign=54065_iPhone 8 Announcement (Consumer)

I don't see handlebar mounts, but I'd guess they can't be far behind, at least from some vendor. Or may already exist; I notice farther down the page that these wireless-charging mounts have been available already for a bunch of other phone brands.
 

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As an update...

I bought a RAM "X" mount ($30 Amazon) and a cheap wireless charging pad, the thinnest one I could find ($10 Amazon). Charger pad is sealed except where the USB cable plugs into it. Removed the sticker from the Ram mount, took some thin industrial grade double sided and stuck the charger to the mount with the USB hole facing down. Already had a 10" USB cable and a charger that fits the power port on the fairing.

Put it all together and... BAMMMM. Wireless charger mount. Wouldn't call it water proof, more like water resistant.

Then I added an el'cheapo Bluetooth adapter that attaches to the 30-pin iPod connector ($12 Amazon). Now I can use Waze, Pandora, or whatever and get the audio through my speakers and not kill my cellphone battery.
 

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It holds my Samsung S7 very well. Very secure, no movement without the tether. I have what you would call a thinner case on the phone. If you have like an OtterBox or other bulky case this may not work without modifying the Ram mount. But I think a little tweaking of the arms and this setup would accommodate any case.
 

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Picture of my contraption...
 

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Picture of my contraption...
Very nice.

Make sure that you superglue those four rubber boots onto their shafts, if the X-Grip is still shipping with boots that you can just pull off.
 

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Do guys put their phones on the bars to look like they have gps or want to be cool.
I have a galaxy S7 and I'll be damed if I can see the screen in the sunlight
 

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Do guys put their phones on the bars to look like they have gps or want to be cool.
I have a galaxy S7 and I'll be damed if I can see the screen in the sunlight
I've long since lost any possible ability to be cool, but I mount my phones -- formerly an iPhone 4, and currently an iPhone 6 -- on occasion to use as a GPS.

You have to turn up the brightness to max, and make sure you turn off any automatic crap on the phone that decides for itself on what brightness it thinks you should be using.

Couple that setting with something such as a RAM ball, a RAM 3" extension, and your mount of choice, and you have all sorts of swiveling-ball, up and down, left and right, angular positioning available. So it's usually possible to get the phone at an angle that: A) you can see, and; B) doesn't reflect a lot of sun.

Use your mind's eye, to envision how you can reposition a setup like this:



Now, with the brightness jacked up to max, and the phone's GPS chip in use, you'll probably also want to have the phone plugged in to a power source, if used for any length of time. Those are generally the two biggest power draws a phone can have in use.

And you probably don't want to use a phone in the rain, unless you have a setup that can deal with that.

If all this sounds a bit much, keep in mind that all but the expensive top-end "real" GPSs from Garmin, et al., also have problems with sunlight (which is why third-party sun visors are sold) and rain.

Also keep in mind that if you already have a smartphone, these GPS apps are free, from Google Maps, Apple, HereWeGo (which makes a nice no-phone-signal-available choice), and others. So, you're getting GPS-quality mapping for free, which is hard to pass up. (And while you may not know of Here, it provides the OEM mapping software for a lot of car manufacturers.)
 

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I have been looking for a phone mount that has a wireless charger built in. Anyone have one?

I have a Samsung S7. Wife bought me a wireless charger soon after I go the phone. I thought it was just a gimmick. But wow......... It is so awesome to just set the phone down to charge it. It has been months since I plugged the phone in.

Got me thinking. What if I could install a simi-permanent mount for the phone on the handlebars with no wires to plug in? Wireless charging and Bluetooth to the audio system. Just set the phone in the cradle and go. Then just remove the phone from the cradle when I get off the bike. No worries about wires or rain getting into connectors.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAlmqrgyHTw:devil
 

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If anyone is still interested in this two-year-old topic/thread, note that I received an email today (Nov. 26, 2019) from RAM (https://www.rammount.com/), as I'm on their mailing list. Here's a cut-and-paste from that email (which includes a pic of their Quick-Grip and X-Grip mounts (and that's all I know, just passing this along):


You Asked, We Answered: Wireless Charging Phone Holders

RAM® Quick-Grip™ Wireless

RAM® Tough-Charge™ with X-Grip® Technology
Qi wireless charging
Waterproof, spring-loaded cradles
Choose from motorcycle, marine, and in-vehicle kits
Available early 2020
Sign up to be the first to know when these wireless charging cradles become available for purchase
 

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If anyone is still interested in this two-year-old topic/thread, note that I received an email today (Nov. 26, 2019) from RAM (https://www.rammount.com/), as I'm on their mailing list. Here's a cut-and-paste from that email (which includes a pic of their Quick-Grip and X-Grip mounts (and that's all I know, just passing this along):


You Asked, We Answered: Wireless Charging Phone Holders

RAM® Quick-Grip™ Wireless

RAM® Tough-Charge™ with X-Grip® Technology
Qi wireless charging
Waterproof, spring-loaded cradles
Choose from motorcycle, marine, and in-vehicle kits
Available early 2020
Sign up to be the first to know when these wireless charging cradles become available for purchase
That’s interesting, but there is no picture in your post, and no link that can be clicked on to get further information. Should there be?
 

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That’s interesting, but there is no picture in your post, and no link that can be clicked on to get further information. Should there be?
Nope.

The picture that was included in the email is, I think, just a generic picture, i.e., it doesn't show the not-yet-available part of the holders. Here's that pic from the email:


And the link that the email included -- the "sign up" link -- is just a tracking link that redirects to a search link at RAM:


So I didn't bother to include either of those. I guess you really have to wait until next spring to see a real product listing at RAM.
 

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why not battery pack. You get off bike plug it in

Not as convenient.

Additionally, if you're using a phone as a GPS and have its brightness set on max, you're doing two of the top battery-draining things you can do with a phone. If you're riding for hours, or certainly all day, the phone is not likely to last in between stops long enough to recharge it (as opposed to powering it all along). Been there, done that.
 

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Wireless charging isn't perfect and support was dropped from a lot of phones.

It's not a bad idea though if you can use it. :)

I expect the new RAM mount to look like the existing phone mounts with a wire coming out.
 
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