iPhone Universal Tripod Mount Project

July 30, 2009

I was thinking about a mounting solution for the iPhone 3GS, now that it has a better camera, and video functionality. I have several universal tripods which I use with my Nikon D60, and started thinking of a way to use any of these tripods if I wanted to. As far as I know, there is no universal mount like this. Of course, there very well may be, and I just haven’t seen one yet.

I started going through my left over and unused gadget box, and came across a couple different Bracketron mounts I don’t use. One had a long flexible arm, with a suction cup mount, and the other was a much shorter arm, connected to a cup holder type mount.

I thought the suction cup mounts arm was too long, and would be a bit unstable for what I wanted, but the other seemed just right.

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I disassembled the cup hold section, leaving just the arm, and bracket mount. I used a dremel to remove the gear, and inside unneeded plastic inside the section that connected to the cup holder base.

I found an old video camera from 10 years ago that no longer worked, and I removed the universal tripod mount from it, and used the dremel again to shave away the plastic around it, creating a circle just around the actual mounting nut.

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Next, I used a 2 part epoxy putty, they when it cures in 24 hours, it’s as hard as plastic, and can be sanded, drilled, or used in any way you would a solid material. It also bonds plastics and metals. It’s something no modifier should be without.

I filled the opening of the flexible arm with the epoxy putty, and pushed in the mounting nut center in the opening, pushing it flush with the base. I removed the excess epoxy, and let cure for 24 hours. The end result, is a perfect solution to my mounting issue. This will work with any universal tripod mount, and is actually quite stable.

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The Bracketron mount rotates 360 degrees, so it’s perfect for portrait or landscape, with photos, or video. It’s a pretty simple mod, and basically made, not out necessity, but wanting to see if I could come up with the simplest solution possible.

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