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    Question Ram-Mount load limits?

    I'm looking to buy a ram-mount to support a datalux 10.4 inch screen. The screen weighs about 4.5 lbs, and I'm looking to buy an arm that's as short as possible. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these and would know if the 1inch ball mounts would be strong enough to support a screen? If I go up to the 1.5 inch balls, they are longer and much more expensive. I heard the smaller ram mounts are very strong, but are they strong enough to keep a heavy screen from moving around in the car?
    Here's the ram-mount website: www.ram-mount.com/
    Cheapest place to buy that I found: http://www.gpscity.com/accram/ram/ramparts.html
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    Have you considered using a microphone style flex mount? All my experience with ball mounted products shows that the balls wear out in a few years and start to sag. Mic mounts don't seem to have this problem, but probably can't support the weight. Perhaps use two?
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    Did you use ram-mount brand ball mounts?

    I've looked into the flex mounts, but I think the monitor is too heavy for that. Would prolly be ok in a static environment, but in the car it would likely move around with braking and cornering, etc.
    That's what I was worried with the ram mounts... if I choose to small a size, will it wear out quicker? 1inch ball seems big enough to me. 1.5 is huge, but they are used to support laptops.
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    SS,

    We use ram mounts to mount pen tablet comps in police cruisers all the way up to armoured vehicles, these things are the dogs dangleys.

    I have one here holding my 20" ruggedised LCD to the wall, it wieghs around 7Kg(15lbs) and it is rock solid!!!

    go for the ones with a screw adjustment on the side and you display will never move!!!
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    Thanks.... sounds like the perfect solution!
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    Originally posted by TwinII
    .... these things are the dogs dangleys. ....
    I assume this is a good thing?
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    Wink

    sorry, british colloquialism like, The bee's knees, mutts nuts, giraffes tongue......... I could go on........

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