When would we see something similar for the motorcycle, a device that was easy to install, provided added safety for larger smart phone devices now on the market, took advantage of the current fast charge technology, and was weather resistant for riding in all conditions?
Cards on the table ... we at NYC Motorcyclist have been a fan of Quad Lock products ever since they arrived on the scene with a Kickstarter close to a decade ago. The steady upgrade of Samsung Galaxy phones over the years at NYC Moto HQ have always been protected by Quad Lock cases, as soon as they became available. Pre-ordering has become the norm.
And once a motorcycle mount was released, we were all over it. During subsequent years the Australian-based company has released a number of innovations for their product, allowing for a wider variety of mounting positions for most bikes — risers, knuckle adapters, extension arms — as well as mirror, handlebar, fork stem applications, and even a ball mount adapter which works with the popular RAM mount system.
So we watched with bated breath when a wireless mounting system was developed for automobiles ... when would we see something similar for the motorcycle, a device that was easy to install, provided added safety for larger smart phone devices now on the market, took advantage of the current fast charge technology, and was weather resistant for riding in all conditions?
Looking at the new head attachment, it has a much broader face, providing more surface contact with the back of your phone case, and the mounting mechanism is now sprung, requiring you to push the base down and turn the phone to release it.
Quad Lock's second generation Motorcycle Wireless Charging Head was released to market earlier this month ticking off all of the features on our checklist. Retailing for $99US (not including taxes and shipping), the charging head boasts, amongst its slew of features, an IP66 water resistant rating for riding in wet weather, fast charging capabilities — up to 10W; a dual-stage locking mechanism; and surge protection to protect your bike's battery. Featuring 5W, 7.5W and 10W charging, the new head now allows riders to use GPS navigation without fear of draining their smart phones batteries mid-trip.
When the small rectangular Quad Lock box arrived here in Brooklyn last week, inside we found the following:
Quad Lock Motorcycle Wireless Charging Head
12V/SAE to USB Adapter
50cm (20 inch) USB-A to USB-C cable
1.5m (59 inch) USB-A to USB-C cable
20cm (8 inch) SAE to M6 Ring Terminal cable
M5 x 35 SS304 CSK Screw
x5 Zip Ties
Installation — if you already have a mount (the kit does not include one) — is as simple as taking your seat off, hooking up the power wires to your battery and plugging into the 12VSAE to USB adapter, plugging in either the short or longer USB cable and routing it under your tank to the handlebar your mount is attached to (zip tying where necessary), bolting on the new head with the provided M5 screw, and plugging in the USB-C connector into the head. Couple of bullet points: make sure the USB port on the head isn't blocked when you position it ... and take note of the on/off button.
Looking at the new head attachment, it has a much broader face, providing more surface contact with the back of your phone case, and the mounting mechanism is now sprung, requiring you to push the base down and turn the phone to release it. The phone can still be mounted in portrait or landscape mode for optimal viewing.
The back of the head features aluminum heat sinks to dissipate heat, inevitable with longer charging sessions ... and, as mentioned before, there is an on/off button to completely turn off power when your bike is parked. Also, there is an LED status light to indicate when the power is on (blue), when the phone is charging (green) and when charging is complete (cyan), as well as error indicators (flashing blue), an overheating warning (flashing cyan) and low-input power mode (flashing green).
The new Quad Lock charging device is currently compatible with the following android and apple phones:
iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, SE (2nd Gen), X/Xs, Xs Max, XR, 8 Plus, 8
Quad Lock's new Motorcycle Wireless Charging Head is well worth the expense in our humble opinion, adding more security for your phone when mounted, and allowing you to just concentrate on the ride without worrying that your navigation device is going to run out of power before you get to your destination. We can't wait to see what else the company has up its sleeve this year and in the future.
Quad Lock sending out grommet for USB-C cable to keep water out of connection port — Quad Lock
You can find out more about Quad Lock products aimed at motorcycle riders online at: quadlockcase.com ... or follow them on social media: .
Developed in Australia, the Quad Lock® mounting system is a unique idea that was brought to market through the power of Crowd Funding, social media and ecommerce.
Cases are manufactured for a variety of smart phones, and numerous mounts and accessories are available on the Quad Lock web store, and through local motorcycle lifestyle brick and mortar locales in the US.