iPad Use in Cold/Damp Environments

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    Good Afternoon to Everyone On the Board -

    I am considering using an iPad for an upcoming business project. This will entail use in cold and damp environments (essentially, I will be in a giant refrigerator) - ~35 to 40F, plus humidity. I will be needing to write and type while in this environment.

    Does anyone know if the iPad will function in this environment? I'm told for writing, I'll need something called a Pogo Stick - will that still work in the cold?

    For that matter, what are the operating parameters (temp, humidity)?

    Thank you for your help.
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    (from 1991-C4's link)

    Environmental requirements

    • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
    • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
    Looks like you'll be ok to go. I'd be careful about taking it out of the freezer back into a more normal temperature. Condensation will not be your friend...
    Btw, I and many others on this forum would recommend the Targus (aka Griffin) or Boxwave stylus over the Pogo.

    Happy chilblains!
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    There are some waterproof cases available that might be a good idea. TrendyDigital is the only provider I can think of off the top of my head, but I believe there are one or two others.

    If you slip a little desiccant inside the case it should help prevent condensate from getting to the iPad when you move it in and out of the fridge.

    Also, there are gloves with special finger tip pads that should work if you don't want a stylus.
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    You could also look at an iLoc case too. iLocstore.com
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    I have a similar issue. I work with the cold storage warehouse industry, and am curious about the prospects of using an iPad inside an industrial freezer. Those go as low as -10 f.

    I've read about iPads having an overheat problem under some circumstances. I've also read that their operating range, temperature wise, is strictly above freezing.

    Does anyone know of insulation or perhaps a heater accessory available that would let one work in sub-freezing temperatures?

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