Review: iGrip Cigarette Lighter Mount for the 9650

iGrip Lighter Mount
By Jared DiPane on 26 Apr 2011 12:01 pm EDT
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When driving around in my car I don't always have one dedicated place that I place my BlackBerry and often times I find myself forgetting it in the car because it isn't where I thought it should be. The amount of trips I have had to make back to my car just to grab my phone started to bother me, so I began to look for a better solution to meet my needs. Personally I didn't need anything that charged the device, or did anything fancy, just something that held the device, something that would allow for use of speakerphone, and something that required no skills to install. The iGrip Custom Fit Cigarette Lighter Mount was the first that caught my eye, and the price was right so I decided to give it a go.

Upon arrival I was presented with two pieces, one was the back plate that the device snapped into, and the other was the piece that clipped into that and went into the cigarette lighter. Installation looked pretty simple to me, snap the two pieces together, stick it in the cigarette lighter, and snap the device in. Luckily, it was just that easy, so I put it in the car, and tweaked the angle of the bendable arm to allow me to see the screen while driving, and allow the microphone to be able to be used while driving. Immediately I noticed that trying to place the unit into the cigarette lighter was a rather snug fit, and required a bit of force to get it to sit securely, and it was twice as hard to remove which had me a bit scared.

The clip portion of the unit fit the device very snugly, holding all the sides very well and ensuring it was secure. I had no fears after snapping it in of the device flying out or falling due to hitting some bumps while driving which was very comforting. On the top right corner of the holster there is a little tab that allows for a quick easy release of the device, which was very easy to access and worked well, allowing the device to be removed easily when and only when you wanted.

Personally I would have wished for a longer arm for the device to allow for more play in angles, and positioning of the device to better meet the needs of everyone. The overall construction of the mount was very solid, but as stated above, the piece that goes in the cigarette lighter was a bit to snug for my own liking, but that could vary by car as well. If you are looking for a cheap, yet effective single location to store your device while on the go in your car, hit up the ShopCrackBerry store today and order one of these for yourself.

More information / purchase of iGrip Cigarette Lighter Mount

iGrip Custom Fit Cigarette Lighter Mount

Back OF Holster

Assembled

Top Corner

12 comments

MattBerry08

I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it charged the phone. Ideally via the contacts on the back/bottom like the cradle/charging pod.

vishalsheth83

definitely agree! if it could charge at the same time, this would be a killer accessory to have.

Devedander

Same... if this charged like the desktop dock did I would be all over it.

What would be awesome is something like that that also had a built in BT FM Modulator/speakerphone... no need to worry about it being not charged and it could BT your BB to your stereo...

Make it please!

artie

Now that we can have a timer for the camera, it would be nice to have something that we could mount anywhere or and a stand to place the device.

Just Me

A camera timer? Did the Torch get that update?

alphecca

For some reason, I thought the 2 knurled rings near the lighter end adjusted how snugly it fit in the socket...that turning one of them would cause the insert to expand/contract. Can you confirm that this isn't the case? I agree that charging would be nice. I plan to get one, but I have concerns about the length of the arm as well.

Bagums

I have this for my bold 9700 and yes you are correct the ring at the end rotates and increases/decreases how wide the insert is for inserting into the lighter. As far as I know the only difference between the 9700 version and the 9650 version is the part the phone snaps into so his should have the same ability to rotate.

miamimanu86

This is a dumb product for two reasons: 1) you can't charge your phone now unless you have another lighter output available, 2) if you like to smoke... well, now you cant unless you have a lighter, and thats a hazard.

Bismol

You plug it into the cigarette lighter but it doesn't charge the device??? Is this a joke?

Maybe these guys should sell a version that anchors itself to the ignition, instead...

yellowbaa

Oh, I thought it would charge the phone too.

imakeithail

These look very handy. I always have trouble with looking at my phone and the road.

Gamesdmc3

nice,all you need to do is cut your gps on on your phone,and now its magically a gps mount