Alternative GPS Mounts

The Best GPS Holders

If you've ever wished for a better way to mount your in-car portable GPS, consider mounts that can be placed in a cup holder, on a dash or in a vent. Nobody makes more alternative mounts for GPS devices than Arkon Resources, and I recently road-tested a selection of the company's latest designs.

Most of these mounts can be ordered with adapters for popular car GPS brands, including Garmin, TomTom, and Magellan. Check the specs on compatibility and adapters, and make sure you have the right adapter before you order.

1
Macally Adjustable Car / Truck Mount with Extra Long Neck

Arkon GPS Car Mount for Garmin nuvi
Arkon GPS Car Mount for Garmin nuvi. Photo from Amazon

If you want to get your GPS down and out of the windshield line of sight, consider a cup holder mount. This mount features an extra long neck to give you a safer viewing angle.  It has a plastic base that fits into a cup holder, and the base is expanded by twisting to secure the mount firmly in place. The base can be made as small as 2.7 inches or expanded to 3.7 inches, fitting most cup holders.  The mount can fit devices from 1.7 to 4.1 inches in width, making it one of the most versatile on the market.

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Air Vent GPS Mount

Arkon Removable Swivel Air Vent GPS Car Mount Holder for Garmin nuvi
Arkon Removable Swivel Air Vent GPS Car Mount Holder for Garmin nuvi. Photo from Amazon

The Arkon removable air vent pedestal is one of my favorite ways to get my GPS off the windshield. This mount places your GPS in a prime location for visibility and within easy reach of the touchscreen. The removable vent clips are widely adjustable, as is the base support of the unit, so it's adaptable to a wide range of vent types and sizes. I was easily able to adapt it to my car's vent, and it's easily removable. Some models have swiveling bases that let you change the orientation of the GPS, too. 

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Weighted Dash GPS Mount

Arkon Removable Swivel Air Vent GPS Car Mount Holder for Garmin nuvi
Arkon Removable Swivel Air Vent GPS Car Mount Holder for Garmin nuvi. Photo from Amazon

If you want to keep your GPS above the dash but don't like the standard suction cup windshield mounts, consider a weighted dash mount. It's a good alternative in states that restrict the use of standard windshield suction cup mounts, and this one is also compatible with cell phones and MP3 players. 

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Steel Gooseneck GPS Mount

Arkon GPS gooseneck mount
Arkon GPS gooseneck mount. Photo © Arkon

If you're really serious about alternative GPS mounts, consider the flexible steel gooseneck mount. This unit comes with adapters that affix it to a front passenger seat bolt, and a plate that can be custom-mounted with a set of three screws anywhere you can find a place to safely and securely drill. You choose which way you want to mount it. Securing it to the front left passenger seat bolt puts the GPS at your fingertips above the center console.

The gooseneck is 18 inches long from floor to mount and it can be bent and flexed to your position. It holds its position very firmly once it's adjusted. You can also order the gooseneck mount with a windshield suction cup base.

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TomTom EasyPort GPS Mount

Arkon mount for TomTom EasyPort.
Arkon mount for TomTom EasyPort. Photo © Arkon

Arkon's TomTom EasyPort mount can take your XL or ONE model TomTom off the windshield and onto a friction dashboard mount. It also works with a removable air vent mount, a cup holder mount or a lighter socket mount. 

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Powered Lighter Socket GPS Mount

Arkon GPS power port mount
Arkon GPS power port mount. Photo © Arkon

I'll wrap up this alternative mount roundup with a unit that can be plugged into your car's power port. This is an okay option if you have a power port in the right spot. My Honda Accord didn't have a good location for it, and it's a bit wobbly due to the limitations of the press-fit into the power port. This mount includes a secondary power port attached by wire that lets you keep the functionality of the power port when the mount is in place.

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