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Brodit 520/720/920 Active Mount Reviewed
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:15 pm    Post subject: Satnav mounts Reply with quote

I read with interest reports on the various mounts and adapters I can buy to mount my satnav, but am obviously missing the point.

I currently have my third Tom Tom (a 520) all three have been mounted successfully in a variety of cars simply by sticking a circle of self adhesive velcro to the base of the standard sucker and another piece to dash. No sucker marks on the windscreen and so far never an instance of it falling off. When I park up all that is left is a small unobtrusive circle of black velcro on a black dash.

Satnav saves me time, going to work to earn cash to buy fancy mounts doesn't - just a personal view of course!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just looked at the Brodit site and they are showing that their mount / adapter works for the TT Go 710 as well as the x20 generation. The picture is however of the new generation...

...Does anyone know if the mount does work with a 710 or if that is just a mistake?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a mistake as the Part #'s are the same yet the x10's and x20's are very very different.

I'll let Brodit know.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Darren,
Have 2 questions if can help with..

Darren wrote:

Even if they don't it's simple to have a concealed install, just have a cigarette socket wired behind the dash and plug into that. That is what I have always done.

1)do you mean i should turn around backwards the actuall lighter socket i have in my car and connect to that, so no socket left in front?

2)how do you connect the hard wired version, does that go to car battery, sorry am not very good at these things.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jamie5 wrote:
1)do you mean i should turn around backwards the actuall lighter socket i have in my car and connect to that, so no socket left in front?

No, no. Just buy a cigarette lighter extension cable, cut the plug off and wire it into an accessory fused supply.
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2)how do you connect the hard wired version, does that go to car battery, sorry am not very good at these things.

As above, it should be wired into a switched 12v feed, normally at the fuse-box. If you're not confident in these things then it is best not attempted but an auto electrician can do this for very little cost.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
No, no. Just buy a cigarette lighter extension cable, cut the plug off and wire it into an accessory fused supply.

Darren wrote:

As above, it should be wired into a switched 12v feed, normally at the fuse-box. If you're not confident in these things then it is best not attempted but an auto electrician can do this for very little cost.


thank Darren, My fuse box is inside under the drivers side, so do i connect to one of the fuse connections where something is already connected to, lights.hazards,horn etc?
& wont that effect the other accessory connected at the same points?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can connect to an existing connection but you would need to ensure that the draw was not too much, the fuse was of the correct rating and that the connection used was ignition controlled.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both of mine wired into the back of the 12v Power socket which is permanently live. They are each connected in via a 2amp in-line fuse to a single double pole switch then to the back of the power socket.
The switch allows me to switch of power to both active mounts when not required.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the easiest ways to do this is to tap into the wiring to the normal Cigarette lighter socket using a clip-together splice connector (assuming the power to the cigarette lighter goes on and off with the ignition as you want).
Usually there is only one wire (the +12V feed) so you need to connect the negative/earth wire to a suitable bolt on the chassis.

As has beensaid though, if you are at all unsure, get a garage or auto electrician to do it for you.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, might try find auto electrician Confused ...

i have an astra 99reg & as you can see in pic not sure if pro clip will be too close to steering to view sat-nav properly..


& what do you guys think of this vent bracket instead?
http://shop.dashmount.co.uk/Nav/74015/74015.htm

thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the Brodit mounts. Also why not mount the ProClip to the left of the radio?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do like the spot right in centre but it dont look good with vent missing & being so metaly/bulky, Brodit mount does look neat & discreat...
i suppose i could place it on other side of radio, as long it dont feel to
far away, will try get an idea in car...

thanks everyone, much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys,

I'm looking to buy an active cradle for my 920 and wondered if anyone with the T version could tell me how stable the cable is when it is in the U. It look a bit flimsy in the photos and I wondered if anyone had had problems when docking or undocking the x20 because there was some give in the cable.

Hope this makes sense.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's perfectly stable, on odd occasions it takes a little wiggling to dock but most times it's fine.

Since testing Carcomm's x20 cradle I do however find I prefer that to Brodit's. It's not much more expensive but is bulkier and in my opinion the better for it, see here.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Darren. I prefer the look of the Carcomm, but I wondered if it would rule out using line out audio. There doesn't seem to be a 3.5cm jack. Is there a hole so I could plug it in or will I have to use the FM transmitter Confused

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