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  • All components constructed from high grade Aluminium or Composite materials
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandRAM Mounting Systems
Item Weight227 g
Product Dimensions25.4 x 17.8 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberRAM-B-166-AP8U
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 83,924 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight476 g
Date First Available6 Aug 2012
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Parts
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Product Description

RAM Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount for the Apple iPad & iPad 2

The RAM-B-166-AP8U consists of a 3.25" twist lock suction cup base, socket system and non-locking cradle for the Apple iPad & iPad 2. The mount is designed with a RAM 1" diameter patented rubber ball and socket system that has adjustment points at both ends of the double socket arm; this allowing for almost infinite adjustment and perfect viewing angles. Simply attach the suction cup base to the windshield of your vehicle for an easy and safe way to view your handheld device in your vehicle. High quality materials ensure your electronic device is safe, secure, and within easy reach. RAM's patented design also dampens shock and vibration helping to extend the life of your mobile device.

This mount is designed to hold the following devices:
  • Apple iPad (1st Generation)
  • Apple iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

High Strength Composite & Powder Coated Marine Grade Aluminum

Ball Size:
1" Rubber Ball "B" Size

The "U" in the part number reflects product packaged in poly bag. The RAM-B-166-AP8U will NOT hold Apple iPad's in cases/sleeves/bumpers. RAM recommends the RAM-B-166-TAB3U for iPad's in cases/sleeves/bumpers.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  100 reviews
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably sturdy and works shockingly well 9 May 2011
By E. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I've been using my iPhone 4 with a mount to an air vent, but wanted to finally use the iPad (1st gen) in the car but could not find any iPad mounts on Amazon with decent reviews. I finally did a generalized internet search and then discovered that the brand RAM was reviewed favorably by an outside review website.

Luckily, Amazon does sell the RAM iPad mount and it has exceeded my expectations.

1. Very strong suction mechanism - The base of the suction is a rather strong, and large cylinder with a lever that one rotates to create a very powerful suction
2. Wide range of positioning possible in the 2 ball joints - There is a ball joint at the suction and another one attached to the iPad cradle which allow a very wide range of positions.
3. Extremely strong locking mechanism for both ball joints - There is a lock that one twists on the arm which will simultaneously lock the positions of both ball joints. The arm is made out of metal.
4. High quality plastic is used for the cradle/holster for the iPad which is very strong.
5. Fits iPad (1st generation) perfectly - If you have an iPad 2, there are two small rubber bumpers which you apply to the cradle/holster to allow for the thinner iPad 2 to fit.

1. You have to attach the cradle/holster to the arm with 4 screws and locking nuts (which are supplied) which took a little more effort than I expected. 1 of the locking nuts had a defect.
2. The arm is not long, which is reasonable considering the weight of an iPad, but it results in having your iPad close to your windshield. This may not sound like a significant problem, but it results in having a large percentage of your needed visibility obscured by the iPad, which looks gigantic when attached to your windshield.

This iPad mount is pure quality and awesome in its strength of suction. The construction uses joints made out of some sturdy material and a metal arm with a great locking mechanism. I have used it without it falling and even attached it to the moonroof so that it displays near the car ceiling so that backseat passengers can use it.

The greatest negative, is that the arm is probably necessarily short, causing the iPad to block what seems like a shockingly large part of your visibility. I never realized how large the iPad is until I saw it blocking my vision. Think carefully about how large the iPad is and try positioning it in your car behind some part of the front windshield and ask yourself if you can really tolerate this before purchasing this mount.

Otherwise, this is an excellent, high quality mount that actually works in holding up a large and relatively heavy iPad.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great, safe & secure mount 7 April 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this mount to use my iPad2 in my RV as both a digital road map and a GPS. This mount works great, my iPad2 fits perfect, safe and secure but still easy to remove if my wife needs it on her lap. As my windshield is high I also purchased a 3" RAM base mount to attach to my center console to place the iPad2 lower (and out of sight) and away from direct sunlight. This mount holds the iPad or iPad2 very securely with NO chance of it falling out in the event of speed bumps or a rough road. It allows me to swivel it from driver to passenger with no effort. If you have room for an iPad then you need this mount.
PS. Remember to REMOVE your iPad and place it out of sight EVERY time you exit your vehicle less you have a broken window and a missing iPad when you return. It only takes 30 seconds for a smash & grab and a $800 item is a very tempting target.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product 24 Jan 2011
By DBriggs - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Besides wishing the extension arm was a little bit longer, this product is great. It securely holds my ipad, and makes it perfect for navigation and checking emails at red lights. MUST buy for anyone using their iPad in the car. I love it!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mounting for your iPad 21 Mar 2011
By Dapipes2 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I bought this product so that I could watch videos on my iPad when running on my treadmill. For my use, it works perfectly.

However, keep this in mind: You need to mount the suction cup to a very smooth surface if you expect it to hold solidly. As an experiment, I tried to mount it on my car's dashboard, which has a slightly textured surface. It had no chance of staying put.

Two other items you should be aware of before buying:

1. Plan to take off any type of iPad skin/case before using. The design tolerances of this product are extremely tight, which is why your iPad is held so solidly once it's in the mount. I have a Belkin skin for the iPad, which is really minimal in thickness. Even that needs to be peeled off before mounting.

2. Because of these tolerances, I would do my homework before buying this to use with an iPad 2. Don't assume it will fit. Find out for sure.

For the right application, this is probably the best mounting system your money can buy!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for PILOTS! 22 July 2013
By Alex Batista - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I researched this product in different PILOT stores and it was about $20 more expensive to buy. Found it here at Amazon, not really advertised for flying, and of course it cost me much less. The product is EXCELLENT. It sticks to the cockpit canopy VERY WELL! It feels as if I could hang from it and that thing would not come off. I definitively recommend. If you're a pilot and you're looking to get one of this to use with your navigation app just be aware that by sticking it to the canopy, it will block some of your view.
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