iPad cooling in-flight
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Having a problem with iPad overheating inflight in a high wing (Cessna 182), iPad mounted on yoke. Partially due to protective case, but others without the case have similar issues. I see only two products that appear to address the cooling issue, one with a wide range of reviews the other without any reviews and a mega-price. Has anyone done a controlled test of iPad cooling systems? I'm currently using an iPadAir2, willing to consider an iPad without a protective case
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Sporty's did a test of the X-Naut cooling mount with positive results. Here is a link to their article: 

 

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I use an iPad Mini 5 with a Pivot case clamped to the yoke horn. Keep it out of direct sunlight, especially while it is connected to power and charging. I haven't had mine go into thermal shutdown since I got the new Pivot case, which has more air flow around the back of the iPad.

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Been using the iPad in flight for 10-years.  iPad 2 was my first iPad back in May 2011.  Never had one overheat in flight.  Have only seen iPad in cases overheat. The case does not allow for proper cooling.  Get rid of the case and you will get rid the over heat problem it causes.

 

 

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I've had mine overheat, and yes, I do have it in a case, but not in quite a while since I've learned to keep it out of direct sunlight in the cockpit.  My observation flying with a lot of clients who yoke-mount it is they have trouble keeping it out of the sunlight.  I keep mine loose, with a case with a fuzzy back so it won't slide from where I put in (usually my non-kneeboard thigh) so i can move it wherever necessary if the sun is shining on it).

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I fly an RV-6 low wing with sliding canopy.  IF the sun is out, I have sun in the cockpit.  It is almost impossible to not have some sun on the iPad in my airplane.  I was based in SoCAL (KCCB) up through 2013.  Was flying 200 hours a year up until 2013 when I retired.  A lot of flying in the Southwest USA with high ground temperatures and sun.  Have over 1,000 flying hours (based on aircraft logbook) with iPads in my RV-6.  My experience with Foreflight using cellular iPads (no cell service activated) has been they work flawlessly as long as they are NOT in a case.  MOST (not all) people that I know flying with iPad having over heating issues have had them in a case.