In my recent review of the Quad Lock Moto Mount Kit + the Quad Lock Wireless Charging Head I mentioned that my iPhone camera got damaged through the motorcycle vibrations. Meanwhile Quad Lock developed a vibration dampener, to address just that.
The quad lock vibration dampener costs 20 USD, but here’s a 10% discount code for all quad lock products if you’re interested (disclaimer: I will receive a small commissions when you use this code).
This review will cover the unboxing, the installation and a road test of the Quad Lock Vibration Dampener. If you prefer to watch video, here it is. Please note that this article contains a bit more information compared to the video, especially about the road test.
The Vibration Dampener comes in a small box which caries 3 things: the dampener itself, a small alan key and the installation instructions. Easy enough.
Installation is very easy. The Quad Lock Vibration Dampener has an integrated screw on the bottom and some thread at the top. Basically, you insert the dampener between the mount and the current Quad Lock Adapter (or, in my case, the motorcycle wireless charging head). So, you’ll have to unscrew the adapter using the included alan hex key, then screw the vibration dampener to where the adapter first was and then screw the adapter on top of the dampener. It’s as easy as that.
If you’re using the extension arm and the wireless charging head like me, you’ll have to make sure that the three ‘tentacles’ of the dampener are positioned in such a way between the extension arm and the charging head, that movement of the dampener is not obstructed.
For the road test, I mounted my phone the same way I always mount it. In portrait mode on my Yamaha FJ-09, which is exactly the same position that rendered my iPhone XR camera useless before. Then I went for a 2 hour ride, trying all kinds of speeds and road surfaces. The only thing different between this ride and the rides where my camera was damaged were two things: (1) The vibration dampener and (2) I was using my new iPhone 12 Pro in stead of my iPhone XR with already damaged camera. (I did get Apple Care on my iPhone 12 Pro, especially for this vibration dampener review).
This is where the above video does not give the complete story. At high speeds my Go Pro knockoff vibrated so hard in the wind that I couldn’t use that video. But…
The Quad Lock Vibration Dampener handled superb! Most importantly, my iPhone camera was still working after this ride. Goal achieved!!! I must admit, the dampener felt really flexible when wobbling it with my hand… flexible enough that I suspected the phone screen would be unreadable at higher speed. Fortunately I was wrong. The screen was readable at all times. In fact the phone seemed more stable than the bike around it.
I’m very impressed with the Quad Lock Vibration Dampener and, even now, after only this small test ride, I would recommend it to anyone using Quad Lock on their motorcycle.
I do want to stress that it’s still too early to say if the dampener will prevent camera damage in the long run and in all situations, but for now, I’m very happy with the result and will continue to use it.