Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Universal Cell Phone Tripod Mount by Carlus. Last year we launched our new instagram (ItsAJackLife) and Dorothy has been managing it for me. We started to do some short videos there and decided being able to use our tripod would be a good idea. Issue was my old adapter made by DaVoice didn’t work for vertical, only horizontal.
Up till now that was not a problem because I hate VVS (vertical video syndrome) on sites like YouTube but for Instagram and some other sites, you have to do vertical and I get why. So I figured why not get a mount that does both. I almost passed on the Universal Cell Phone Tripod Mount by Carlus simply because it was so cheap. I mean how good could it be for under 10 bucks?
But it just looked like what I needed and with Amazon you can always return something if it is crap so I gave it a shot. 421 reviews and 4.5 stars. So with all that I gave it a shot.
When I got this thing I was impressed. It is plastic but well built, thick plastic and that is the right material for this little product. The thumbscrew holds firmly and has a rubber gasket to keep it clamped down. It mounts to a standard tripod or monopod shoe and it like everything I recommend just works and always works. I mean this is the kind of product that is plastic sure, but as soon as you pick it up you know that it is well made.
Some reviewers did note that on some larger phones the phone won’t fit with a case on it. I measured the max spread of the clamp at 3.75 inches so measure any larger device you might want to use it for.
You can also get the mount along with a small tripod and a bluetooth remote for your camera. I can’t speak for the tripod because I have enough tripods and didn’t need another one. The bluetooth remote is the same one DaVoice uses and many other vendors do as well. They work just fine, just if you use it make sure the phone is screen side to you so you can be sure it started when you pushed the button. If not you could finish a 10 minute video but have never started the camera, ask me how I know. Anyway for 2 extra bucks if you want a remote it is likely worth it, even if you don’t need the little tripod.
In any event the Universal Cell Phone Tripod Mount by Carlus is a great little tool for the money. So if you need something like this for your phone give it a try, at less then 8 bucks it can’t be beat. In fact I now recommend it over my prior recommendation from DaVoice.
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P.S. – I just wanted to add this update, I have now been using this tool for three years. I still have it and it still works. I did break on by knocking over a tripod on concrete it cracked the plastic. I glued it back together with super glue and it still functions. If you do video work with phones this thing is very hard to beat. Oh fortunately the phone was not in it when I knocked over the dang tripod!