Chris H

Cooling Solution for Tablet

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Hi All,

There have been a few posts here about tablets overheating when used with a DJI controller. I live in the Phoenix area and this has been a big problem for me. In temperatures above 85 degrees or so, my iPad would heat up after about 20 minutes and the video feed would get horrible - almost unworkable. I didn't know that the problem was my iPad overheating until my first one died. The battery expanded and popped the screen from the back. The folks at the Apple store told me it was from heat. They replaced my iPad (for $99) and a couple of days later I had another shoot. After 20 minutes I started having the problem with the video feed, then after about 40 minutes, the iPad showed an excessive heat warning and shut down. That's when I figured out that the video feed problem was from the heat. I switched out my iPad for my iPhone and kept filming, but my iPhone started to overheat too. I had already made all the recommended changes to settings to avoid overheating, so I needed another solution. What I came up with works great. I had a shoot a couple of days ago when it hit 120 degrees here in Phoenix (it was about 112 degrees at the time of my shoot), and the iPad stayed perfectly cool - no video feed problems whatsoever.

There's a quick video that shows how it works. Below that are links for all the individual pieces that went into making it. I cut the aluminum sheet using a grinder and some metal shears, and then smoothed the edges with a Dremel. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. I just wanted to share this with everyone here. I'll try to answer any questions. Hope this helpful to someone.

Video

 

Link  - https://vimeo.com/222775218/66e8436195

 

Pieces

Hood - http://amzn.to/2tvX4z8

Aluminum Plate - https://thd.co/2tvUOaW

Velcro - https://thd.co/2tvV9KZ

Ice Packs - http://amzn.to/2tvIveS

 

 

Chris

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Necessity is the mother of invention!  I have a brand new 9.7" iPad Pro (hasn't been "flown" as yet) and really don't want to burn it up so I will  tackle your invention. Simple yet effective.  Where I live it doesn't get that hot but 95 is typical this time of year.  BTW - I love the video and the music - very clever.

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6 hours ago, Chris H said:

Hi All,

There's a quick video that shows how it works. Below that are links for all the individual pieces that went into making it. I cut the aluminum sheet using a grinder and some metal shears, and then smoothed the edges with a Dremel. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. I just wanted to share this with everyone here. I'll try to answer any questions. Hope this helpful to someone.

Chris

Thank you for sharing that Chris. It is getting to that time of year that heat is going to be a big issue for us.

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15 hours ago, Steve Bennett said:

Thanks for sharing the idea, not bad! You should market that as a kit on Amazon...

Pre-made sizes for iPad mini or full would be great too...

All the materials runs a little over $40.00US. Sent the POs through yesterday. Hopefully I'll have a new project in a few days.

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Hi all,

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments.

One thing I should mention: Here in AZ, we don't have to worry too much about humidity so I don't have a problem with condensation. But if you live somewhere with humidity, my cooling solution could cause a problem with condensation collecting and dripping onto the controller. Probably solvable but Just wanted to mention that.

Thanks again everyone,

Chris

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Condensation AND heat are both major issues here (SE coastal Georgia).  At 10 am today, air temp was 86 and relative humidity was 80%.  At 10 am at KPHX today the air temp was 93 and the relative humidity was 10% - a very big difference! You live in a pizza oven - we live in a steam bath!

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