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PDA Cradle Comparison

Overview
Cumulus Soaring, Inc. offers several different PDA mounting solutions.  Each have distinct advantages and disadvantages.  Below is a summary of each cradle type.

PDA Cradle Selection Guide
The PDA Cradle Selection Guide below is an excellent resource for finding the best cradle for your PDA.

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PDA Cradle Mounting Suggestions
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PDA Cradle with 0.3 m (11.8") Cable, Panel Mounted DB-9f Connector, and Panel Mounted Gooseneck - My Favorite Option
This is my favorite option because it does not require the use of a 57 mm instrument hole and the panel mounted DB-9f connector and GnBase2 gooseneck base make it possible to remove the gooseneck and PDA very quickly and easily.  That is not possible when a 1 m cradle cable is run through the instrument panel.  Also, the panel mounted connector can be connected to either the PDA, or a PC without the need to get behind the instrument panel. 

The panel mounted DB-9f connector is the panel end of either a CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5 cable. The CAI-Pnl-0.5 cable runs from the back of a Cambridge 302 or Goddard PS-5a power converter or Borgelt PDA-PS power converter to a panel mounted DB-9f connector.  The LX7007-Pnl-0.5 runs from the back of an LX7007 to a panel mounted DB-9f connector.  The panel end of either of those cables mounts to the back of the instrument panel and is accessible through a small rectangular hole in the panel.  The short cable from the PDA cradle is connected to the panel mounted CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5.  The panel end of the CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5 can be mounted anywhere on the instrument panel - near where the gooseneck is attached to the panel. 

The gooseneck can be mounted directly through a 0.39" (10 mm) hole the panel and secured with the supplied nut and lock washer on the back side of the panel.   However, many pilots prefer the optional GnBase2 gooseneck mounting base which provides a more stable mounting point for the gooseneck and also makes it easy to remove the gooseneck at any time.  When the gooseneck is mounted through the panel it is tough to remove because it is secured with a nut an washer on the back side of the panel.  The GnBase2 mounts on the front (pilot side) of the instrument panel and the gooseneck screws into it. 

Parts List

  • PDA Cradle with short 0.3 m (11.8") power data cable to a DB-9m connector
  • GNeck2-Assy-Panel-DB-9 - Includes the items below:
    • RAM-GN3-238 adapter plate for mounting the cradle to the gooseneck
    • GNeck2 gooseneck in 3, 6 or 9 inch (7.6, 15.2 or 22.9 cm) lengths
    • GnBase2 Round gooseneck mounting base
    • CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5 extension cable with panel mounted connector

 

PDA Cradle with 0.3 m (11.8") Cable, Gooseneck, and Gn57mmPlateDB-9 Mounting Plate - Great Option
This is a great option if you have a spare 57 mm instrument hole.  The panel mounted DB-9f connector makes it possible to remove the PDA cradle (but not the gooseneck) very quickly and easily.  That is not possible when a 1 m cradle cable is run through the instrument panel.  Also, the panel mounted connector can be connected to either the PDA, or a PC without the need to get behind the instrument panel. 

The Gn57mmPlateDB-9 fits in a 57 mm instrument hole and includes a mounting hole for the gooseneck and mounting holes for either a CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5 cable.  The CAI-Pnl-0.5 cable runs from the back of a Cambridge 302 or Goddard PS-5a power converter or Borgelt PDA-PS power converter to a panel mounted DB-9f connector.  The LX7007-Pnl-0.5 runs from the back of an LX7007 to a panel mounted DB-9f connector.  The Gn57mmPlateDB-9 is designed specifically as a mounting point for the DB-9f connector.  The short cable from the PDA cradle is connected to the panel mounted CAI-Pnl-0.5 or LX7007-Pnl-0.5.  

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PDA Cradle with Gooseneck and 1 m Cable Run Through a Slot at the Side of an Instrument Hole - Popular Option
The images above show a neat trick for running a 1 m long power/data cable through the instrument panel without the need to remove the DB-9 connector.  Simply remove the nearest instrument and file a slot for the cable on the side or top or bottom of the instrument hole.  Then put the cable in the slot and re-install the instrument.  Alternatively, the slot can be at the edge of the panel where the panel meets the instrument panel cover.  This technique works great with a PDA cradle with a 1 m long power/data cable.

The gooseneck can be mounted directly through a 0.39" (10 mm) hole the panel and secured with the supplied nut and lock washer on the back side of the panel.   However, many pilots prefer the optional GnBase2 gooseneck mounting base which provides a more stable mounting point for the gooseneck and also makes it easy to remove the gooseneck at any time.  When the gooseneck is mounted through the panel it is tough to remove because it is secured with a nut an washer on the back side of the panel. The GnBase2 mounts on the front (pilot side) of the instrument panel and the gooseneck screws into it.  The power/data cable plugs directly into the flight computer or GPS flight recorder or Goddard PS-5a power converter or Borgelt PDA-PS power converter.  The downside of this installation is that the cradle cannot be removed from the glider without removing the instrument that the cable runs by.

Note: The gooseneck adapter plates are designed so that it is possible to route the power/data cable through the gooseneck.  However, the cradle is shipped with the DB-9m connector already attached.  You would need to remove and reattach the DB-9m connector if you decided to route the cable through the gooseneck.  I don't recommend that because it is difficult to do well and will probably reduce the reliability of the system (don't mess with a well soldered connector).

Parts List

  • PDA Cradle with 1 m (39.4") power data cable to a DB-9m connector
  • GNeck2-Assy-Panel - Includes the items below:
    • RAM-GN3-238 adapter plate for mounting the cradle to the gooseneck
    • GNeck2 gooseneck in 3, 6 or 9 inch (7.6, 15.2 or 22.9 cm) lengths
    • GnBase2 Round gooseneck mounting base

 

PDA Cradle with 1 m Cable, Gooseneck, and Gn57mmPlate2 Mounting Plate
The Gn57mmPlate2 fits in a 57 mm instrument hole and includes a mounting hole for the gooseneck and a slot for the power/data cable.  It would be used with a PDA cradle with a 1 m long power/data cable.  The cable is inserted into the slot in the plate before it is mounted in the panel so the DB-9 connector does not need to be removed from the end of the cable.  The power/data cable plugs directly into the flight computer or GPS flight recorder or Goddard PS-5a power converter or Borgelt PDA-PS power converter.  The downside of this installation is that the cradle cannot be removed from the glider without removing the Gn57mmPlate2 from the panel.

Note: The gooseneck adapter plates are designed so that it is possible to route the power/data cable through the gooseneck.  However, the cradle is shipped with the DB-9m connector already attached.  You would need to remove and reattach the DB-9m connector if you decided to route the cable through the gooseneck.  I don't recommend that because it is difficult to do well and will probably reduce the reliability of the system (don't mess with a well soldered connector).

Parts List

  • PDA Cradle with 1 m (39.4") power data cable to a DB-9m connector
  • GNeck2-Assy-Plate - Includes the items below:
    • RAM-GN3-238 adapter plate for mounting the cradle to the gooseneck
    • GNeck2 gooseneck in 3, 6 or 9 inch (7.6, 15.2 or 22.9 cm) lengths
    • Gn57mmPlate2 Mounting plate for 57 mm instrument hole

 

 

PDA Cradle Selection Guide
The highlighted cradles can be ordered with an integral power/data cable that exits the back of the cradle.
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PDA Best   Lowest
Cost

Bendix King
AV8OR
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Compaq Aero 1500

Cambridge
CAA-128
       
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Compaq Aero 2100
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Dell Axim X5
(standard battery)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
 
RAM-HOL-DE1

Dell Axim X5
(Large battery)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Dell Axim X3
         
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

Dell Axim X30
         
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

Dell Axim X50
         
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

Dell Axim X50v
         
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ 210, 211 and 214

Nimbus
       
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ 310, 312, 314, 316 and 318

 
       
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ rx1955
 
RAM-HOL-CO4P

RAM-HOL-CO5P
   
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3

RAM-HOL-CO4

iPAQ h2210 or h2215
(standard battery, no CF Card GPS)

Nimbus

RAM-HOL-CO3P

RAM-HOL-CO5P
   
RAM-HOL-PD2
 
RAM-HOL-CO3

iPAQ h2210 or h2215
(standard battery, CF Card GPS)

Nimbus

RAM-HOL-CO3P
     
RAM-HOL-PD2
 
RAM-HOL-CO3

iPAQ h2210 or h2215
(large battery)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ hx2110, hx2190, hx2410,
hx2415, hx2490, hx2750, hx2755,
or hx2790
(standard battery, no CF Card GPS)

Nimbus
 
RAM-HOL-CO5P
   
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 


iPAQ hx2110, hx2410,
hx2415, hx2750 or hx2755
(large battery or CF Card GPS)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ h3100, h3600, h3700
(no expansion pack)
 
RAM-HOL-CO2P
 
RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ h3100, h3600, h3700
(expansion pack)
 
RAM-HOL-CO2P
 
RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ h3850, h3950, h3955, h3970
(no expansion pack)

Nimbus

RAM-HOL-CO2P

RAM-HOL-CO5P

RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ h3850, h3950, h3955, h3970
(expansion pack and/or CF Card GPS)
 
RAM-HOL-CO2P
 
RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ h4150 or h4155
 
RAM-HOL-CO4P

RAM-HOL-CO5P
   
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3

RAM-HOL-CO4

iPAQ hx4700 and hx4705
(standard battery, no CF Card GPS)

Nimbus
 
RAM-HOL-CO5P
   
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

iPAQ hx4700 and hx4705
(large battery and/or CF Card GPS)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ h5150, h5155, h5450, h5550, h5555
(no expansion pack)

Nimbus

RAM-HOL-CO2P

RAM-HOL-CO5P

RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2
   

iPAQ h5150, h5155, h5450, h5550, h5555
(expansion pack and/or CF Card GPS)
 
RAM-HOL-CO2P
 
RAM-HOL-CO2

RAM-HOL-CO1

RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Naviter Oudie

Oudie Cradle
       
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Palm Universal
Connector Interface
PalmT m125 ,m130,
m500, m505, m515, i705
TungstenT T, T2, T3, C, W
Zire 71
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
(check
dimensions)

RAM-HOL-PD3
(check
dimensions)
 

Palm V
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
(check
dimensions)

RAM-HOL-PD3
(check
dimensions)
 

Sony Clie
PEG-SJ22
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
(check
dimensions)

RAM-HOL-PD3
(check
dimensions)
 

Toshiba e800
(standard battery, no CF Card GPS)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2

RAM-HOL-PD3
 

Toshiba e800
(large battery and/ or CF Card GPS)
         
RAM-HOL-PD2
   

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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