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Old 04-15-2021, 03:01 PM
ALagonia ALagonia is offline
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I have the larger ipad and have it mounted with one of those Ram ball mounts in my 9 below the windscreen on the horizontal member on the pax side.
I have never had an overheating issue while flying. The only time I did have an issue was when I left it in the cockpit and left the airplane for a few hours. When I came back the ipad would not open.
Since that event I cover the ipad with a small towel if I am going to leave it in the airplane while on the ramp for any extended period of time. And for me that solved the problem.
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:13 PM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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I use a Guardian flush mount thatís installed in the panel. They sell a computer fan that fits on the back of the mount, I have it hard wired and itís always blowing air onto the back of the iPad. So far, so good.
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:33 PM
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FYI - I was flying RV7A, FL to TX during Feb Freeze. OAT in 30s, new iPad mini w FF on loosely snug kneeboard. After about an hour of direct sunlight FF complained that OVERHEAT was near. Surprised me, cabin heat on, but maybe 50F cabin. Shaded for a few minutes with a paper, then all ok. Definitely watch out for direct sun, even on cold day....


RV7A - purchased flying 05/2020
RV6A - sold 4/2021
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:40 PM
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Another Ram Xmount. I have it mounted to the panel on the passenger side in my Rv10.
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:42 PM
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My iPad is in a RAM mount on the panel. The black one sometimes overheats during flight, the white one doesnít - it only overheats when parked in direct sunlight.
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:04 PM
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I have two mini-iPads in my RV-12. One mounted on a custom aluminum angle and the other is mounted with 3M Body Side Molding foam tape. This second iPad is mounted where a Garmin 286 was removed at top of radio stack. Air comes through vacated mounted hole and cools the Mac.

Angled iPad runs on USB cord continuous and iPad at top of radio stack charges when plane is in hanger but runs on internal battery in flight. I can charge inflight if necessary.
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Old 04-15-2021, 09:21 PM
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Location: Appleton, WI
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I've used both RAM and Pivot mounts at work...big fan of Pivot cases and mounts as the lower profile gets iPas closer to instrument panel.

My overtimes have always been caused by direct sunlight.
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Old 04-15-2021, 11:26 PM
Finley Atherton Finley Atherton is offline
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I got this off eBay and re-engineered it to make a mount in my 9A. You could possibly do something similar with one of the Arkon mounts. The photo shows an iPad Air 2 which is larger than a mini. The photo seems to makes it look bigger and more intrusive than it actually is. The whole top part of the mount slides out of the silver tube so it’s not in the way getting in and out of the aircraft. The silver tube can be folded down out of the way if not using the iPad.

Has never overheated, very accessible, readable in sunlight under the Kroger sunshade and does not interfere with the control sticks. The smaller mini would be better here as I usually swing the Air 2 out of the way on takeoff and landing for better access to the engine controls.

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