Phoneshield iPhone 5/5S/5C Mount Kit
So Far So Good
This product seemed to do exactly what it says. As appears obvious to me, it is a somewhat loose mount. It is all plastic and while the mount is secure and appears to work well on a variety of diameter tubes, it still has a bit of a wobbly feel to it, but plastic is plastic and it is going to be that way. It seems to me this slightly loose feel also helps to absorb some of the vibration from the bike, so perhaps that is a good thing. So far I have ridden in some light rain and no water penetration at all. The power cord port and headphone port both have rubber plugs to stop any leaking in those areas when not in use, and there are special grommets to put on your cables so even when a cable is used it remains watertight. Please note, the power cord and headphone cord opening are really only going to work with official apple cords. The openings are so small, only the original cords fit through them. Aftermarket cords all tend to have larger heads on them and will not fit through into the case. The only other small complaints I have are that some of the external rubber buttons designed to allow you to operate the on/off button and volume buttons are not super easy to operate, especially the on/off. It is very difficult to press and get the desired response, especially with gloves on. Lastly, it would be nice if there was a shade screen of some sort. Often I have had to shield the screen with my hand to really see it in bright sunlight. The swipe works well with the cover. Overall, I am pleased with the product. It holds the phone securely, so far is truly water tight, and mounts easily with what is included in the package.
April 22, 2015
Phone shield case to RAM mount-need to purchase RAM diamond mount seperatly
The case seems sturdy and well made. Since I am new to RAM mounts and the directions were virtually unreadable it took me some time to figure out that I had to remove the piece with the tiny ball attached and replace it with the flat mount provided. There is a rubber piece that goes between the flat mount and the RAM diamond shaped mount (B-238U) that you have to buy seperatly if you want to use with RAM mounting system. I tried the case out for a short ride on a very windy day and the case/screen did not shake or bounce around. My lightning cable passed though the hole with ease and was no problem at all. Other then poor directions and no help when I filled out the form to ask which RAM part to buy and never got a reply I am pleased with my purchase.
March 19, 2015
4500 miles, sun, rain, hot, cold this thing works!
I used this on a 4500 mile ride this summer and it works great. Comes with pieces to fit just about every kind of handle bar out there and when properly attached feels very secure. I left it solely on my bike and took my phone out when I stopped at night. Took it through extensive rain over a lot of miles and it never leaked. They do provide you a rubber plug that is supposed to seal up the hole for the charging cable. I tried to use it but it did not really fit very well. While I was riding I just made sure to tilt the case at enough of an angle so that the plug was not necessary. Just watch out if you splash gasoline it will discolor the plastic a bit.
December 15, 2014
Good product that has performed well (so far).
First I have to say that the reason I bought this case was for my iPhone 5 when the iPhone 5 was still new and at the time there wasn't much out there and it met my needs.
That being said, this product as not let me down, but I still haven’t had it out in any really heavy rain.
As I said, I have the iPhone 5 and it fits just fine and the iPhone 5s has the same casing.
The iPhone 5c’s Poly-carbonate case adds an extra 0.05 inch (1.37 mm) of thickness and there may be a problem getting a good seal, but because the cover presses the phone down into the silicone rubber liner a bit so it may be fine, but it might be tight. If it is too tight, there some ridges on the silicone rubber liner that are designed to help absorb shock like dropping your phone and you may be able to trim some of them to get the fit you want, but the more you trim the less protection you have.
As far as button functionality goes, with this cover you only access the home and standby buttons, there is nothing built in the case to allow you to use the side buttons.
Access to the plugs is fine, I can charge the phone while riding and can access the earphone jack.
But when you do open either charging or earphone ports, you will lose some water tightness because it doesn't completely seal around the cords.
However, I don’t plan to go scuba diving with the thing and it may be fine on the roads. I am an adventure rider so I have to worry about water crossings.
Also some of the aftermarket charging cords will not fit though the small hole provided, but I know Apple’s cord that comes with the phone will fit.
The earphone jack whole is also small and you can only use earphones with the “small” straight plug like the one that came with your phone, most earphones/buds come with plugs that are bent 90 degrees and they will not fit this case. Doesn't really bother me since I use Bluetooth anyway.
Hope this helps!
October 4, 2014
good but not excellent
when the sun hits the screen shines much and can not see clearly
September 17, 2014
Broken on first long ride
Installation was a breeze, seemed solid at first. HOWEVER, I took it on a quick ride and it looked like it was moving to much, so I took a look at it, and 3 of the 4 tabs that click it into place had broken - the secure lock kept it from falling off. That could have been partly my fault when I installed it? who knows. I super glued it to the base seemed again to be solid. Then the following weekend went on a 650 mile ride, about halfway through the entire base (where it pivots above the ball). if I wouldn't have had my iphone cord fastened down my phone would have been gone! I was passing a car, felt something hit my leg, looked down and the phone was just flapping in the wind. I am not happy at all about this product. Seriously disappointed it couldn't withstand a few hundred miles.
In the attached photo you can see my glue job :)
September 15, 2014
Solid mount, but has issues
I bought this mount for my iPhone 5s as it appeared to have all the features I needed, solid case, vibration reduction, handlebar mount. The mount itself is solid and protects the phone adequately, with a touch screen cover that works. Problems: the pass through port for a charging cable is too small to admit the Powerlet iPhone 5 charging cable which I had also purchased.
The instructions are hard to read and harder to understand, but fortunately for a standard installation, the instructions are not necessary. You need an allen wrench for the handlebar clamp, but the kit includes the wrong size wrench. I am looking for another solution for charging the phone while in the case.
March 22, 2014
Definitely a solid buy
I watch and read about several iphone 5 cases in the market and I ended up buying this one. Why? Well, it is weatherproof and most and absolutely important, IT LETS YOU CHARGE YOUR PHONE will inside the case. That last one was the main reason I bought it because I use my phone's GPS to navigate and of course that drains the battery very quickly, so being able to charge the phone will inside the case was crucial.
About what's in the box: The Phoneshield comes with several mounting hardware that gives you the option to choose the best way to mount the case on your bike (adjustable mount, fixed mount, ty-wrap mount, etc.) The only con about this is that it doesn't come with the 10mm Allen wrench that you need to mount it, how is that possible? So be prepared with a 10mm wrench to mount the handlebar part. Other than that, it comes with everything you need to mount the case the way you choose better. It also comes with a transparent plastic cover that you can put on your Iphone and fits in the case while installed on the phone. This is a great thing because I carry my phone with a cover on and I have to take it of to fit it in the case, so the Phoneshield cover lets my keep a cover on the phone while traveling.
Functionality: The case locks pretty tight. The home and lock screen button are available to use. The volume and silence buttons are not available while phone is in the case. At the bottom, there are two holes to plug your charger and your earphones. When not in use, these holes are covered by rubber plugs. Now, when charging and/or earphone cables are plugged in, you need to put another rubber plugs that come with the case to seal the holes. The best part is that the Phoneshield WORKS WITH GLOVES ON. It has a tactile screen and works flawlessly without gloves but you have to learn the trick and press a little hard to use it with gloves on. Phoneshield also lets you use the microphone and bottom speaker while phone is inside. But if you have a bluetooth set, you wouldn't be using those.
Instructions are not very clear, they could've done a better job with the instructions manual.
I started with the ball mount but hard vibrations kept sliding the case down so every time I had to pull it up, even after tightening the heck out of it. So now I'm going to change to the fixed mount.
Overall, this is the best motorcycle Iphone case that on the market, IMO. Mainly because it lets you use and charge the phone while inside the case and it's completely weatherproof. I would seriously recommend this product.
February 18, 2014