X-Naut Cooling Case for iPad (Air 1-2 and Pro 9.7”)

$199.99
Mitigate overheating with this self-contained mount

iPads are amazing devices for pilots, but they can easily overheat – especially in direct sunlight. This ingenious new mounting system solves this persistent problem, with built-in fans to circulate cool air, specifically targeted at the iPad’s main hot spots. Leave your iPad mounted on the yoke or window and never worry about a sudden shutdown again.



Features:

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Mitigate overheating with this self-contained mount
iPads are amazing devices for pilots, but they can easily overheat – especially in direct sunlight. This ingenious new mounting system solves this persistent problem, with built-in fans to circulate cool air, specifically targeted at the iPad’s main hot spots. Leave your iPad mounted on the yoke or window and never worry about a sudden shutdown again.

Features:
Powered by 8AA batteries or micro USB cable
Battery test button shows status of batteries
Spring loaded latch makes loading your iPad mini easy and secure
Avionics grade fans make little noise and move plenty of air
Weighs only 9.7 oz. without batteries
Compatible with RAM mounting systems
Electronics are dust and moisture resistant

Eight AA batteries provide over 10 hours of use, and the handy battery test button shows the status with a single click. USB power cable also available (standard Micro USB cable sold separately - see accessories link above). Compatible with RAM Mounts (requires circle base, product 1085A). The X-Naut can even be converted to a kneeboard. Measures 9.2” x 7” x 1.5”.

Compatible with iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro 9.7”.
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Defective out of box

Recommended

The unit arrived fine. Put in the batteries, switched on, fans started.... lots of noise.... fans hitting housings. Noticed the entire S-Naut has a warp twist to it. Mounted my iPad in it... fits fine... this forced most of the twist out, and 2 of the fans locked up due to housing fit twist. Am returning today for a replacement. I really like the idea. The product looks well made but the twist / warp in the longitudinal axis is a fatal flaw for this unit. Because other reviewers have not had this experience my return has a request to replace this unit to give it another chance at success!

MANUFACTURER'S RESPONSE
Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that you received a unit with this issue, we have identified the problem and are making updates immediately. Please send your contact information to info@xnaut. Our goal is to ensure that you have an amazing experience with our product line.
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Rodney | GLEN ALLEN, Virginia, US | 1/6/2017
Avoiding the Black Screen of Death

Recommended

If you're reading this you've probably experienced it, "The Black Screen of Death". If you haven't, consider yourself lucky and be proactive in avoiding it. I'm talking about IPad battery overheat and the subsequent "Black Screen of Death". If you're a VFR pilot who carries paper backup, it might not be a big deal, but if you're on an approach, in the soup, it's frightening to have your only source of data go "bye-bye". I first had this happen with the IPad 2 when this product didn't exist. I then bought an additional IPad (Air) and a second yoke mount so I'd have a backup for Foreflight if one IPad went down. Since I started using the X-Naut for the IPad Air I've had no overheating problems, even while flying westbound in the Southwest with the sun beating down directly on it. I highly recommend this product; I consider it a mandatory piece of safety equipment for any pilot using an IPad as they're sole source inflight information. I'm looking forward to testing it in even more challenging conditions flying low altitude in the desert Southwest this coming summer. Will update.
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William Harness | 12/14/2016
Works great required for hot areas

Recommended

I was one of the first to test the prototype and this has worked for me perfectly every time. I teach in Arizona, California and Texas a lot and need the x-naut to keep my ipad safe and working during the summer. Especially critical for the greenhouse planes like diamond star, cirrus, grumman etc. This makes the difference in having a working ipad when you need it which is critical for safety.
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Gary Reeves | 12/7/2016
Works perfectly and adds tremendous value to iPad

Recommended

I’m surprised that X-Naut didn’t work for the prior reviewer. My experience has been the exact opposite.

My iPad used to overheat when I flew low-wing planes. I like to use ForeFlight while I'm flying, so I really didn’t like it when my iPad shut down. I hoped that X-Naut might be the cure, and I bought one.

The X-Naut arrived several days before my next scheduled flight, and I was anxious to test it. I did so by placing my iPad in direct sunlight in my backyard. I put the iPad in the X-Naut, but I kept the X-Naut turned off, until the iPad overheated and shut down. I then turned the X-Naut on, without letting the iPad cool off first, and I left it in the sun in exactly the same position that resulted in its overheating. After I turned the X-Naut on, the iPad came back to "life" in just a few minutes, even though it was still in direct sunlight and had been the whole time.

Several days later, I flew with a friend from Torrance (KTOA) to San Bernardino (KSBD) and back, in a low-wing plane with a clear “green house” canopy. The sun was shining brightly and it was a hot day. I used my X-Naut with my iPad Pro 9.7, and it worked perfectly for the entire 2-hour flight. My friend used his iPad mini, without an X-Naut, and his iPad overheated and shut down about mid-way through the outbound leg. 

My friend then bought an X-Naut too, and since then, we have taken many flights together, each of us using an X-Naut, and neither of us has had our iPads shut down.

I have tried to imagine why the X-Naut did not work for the prior reviewer, and two possibilities occur to me. The X-Naut is very quiet, and I once forgot to turn it on! It’s possible the prior reviewer did too. Also, in order for the X-Naut’s fans to work properly, the iPad must be inserted into the X-Naut in the correct direction. An iPad can be inserted, physically, into the X-Naut in two different directions, without harming the iPad or the X-Naut. But in order for the X-Naut’s fans to keep the iPad cool, the iPad has to be inserted with its “home” button on the bottom and the X-Naut’s logo on the top and its fans on the left.

I hope the prior reviewer asked for a replacement X-Naut (and not just a refund), because like him, I really wanted it to work, and it does, for me.
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Lon Sobel | 12/7/2016
IT DOES NOT WORK

Not Recommended

I have used this now the for 6th flight and about an hour into the flight the message still keeps coming across my iPad Air 2 that the unit is overheating. I am returning it and I was really wanting it to work.

MANUFACTURER'S RESPONSE
Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that you had an issue with our product. Please send your contact information to info@xnaut. Our goal is to ensure that you have an amazing experience with our product line.
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Kenny G Adams | 9/6/2016

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Can this be mounted directly into the instrument panel?
Ron B on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It has the standard 4 hole amps pattern on the back. This matches up with many RAM attachments. Flush mounting will probably not work well and make it pretty hard to access everything. It was really intended to be a portable unit.
When can we see this product for the Ipad Mini?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2016
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Have other users had issues with this product not working as in the only review here?
twbpilot on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I suspect they have, because Sporty's conducted a lab environment test under lab conditions where they placed an ipad on an X-Naut under a glass dome and turned up the heat and the X-Naut worked for them. Why would they conduct the test and specifically email out to Sporty customers if they didn't already have other complaints. Mine sets on the yolk and the back of the unit seems to always face into the sun. The back ipad (metal plate) gets so hot I can't even touch it. I have even tried putting in on my lap to take it out of the sun/window and it still got hot after an hour. My flights are generally 2-hour flights and I have been turning off the ipad to save it for the end of the flight. I double-checked batteries, placement and I really wish this problem can be resolved and I was excited when this came out, because they obviously are aware of the problem. I use Foreflight and I love this program and I really wish everything would work. I can't quite understand it, because I have had my Foreflight running for 3 hours at home without the X-Naut and my iPad Air 2 does not heat up. They need to improve the technology somehow. Good luck!
Will an iPad With otter box case, 7.75"x 9.875"x.75" fit the x-naut?
Joe R on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it won't work with much of a case on it. It's fairly form-fitting.
When will the MyGoFlight adapter be available?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hopefully within the next few weeks. We are working on it.
Will the larger model fit a 4th generation iPad?
Keith H on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. It will not. This fits iPad Air 1 and 2 as well as the 9.7" iPad Pro.
Although I've never had an iPad over heat it looks neat (little expensive). What stats exist of actual iPads that have shut down in flight?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We're not aware of any stats on it. The rate seems to vary by iPad model (the older iPad 3 and 4 are notoriously hot), type of airplane (bubble canopy low wing is the worst) and where you fly (Arizona is obviously worse than North Dakota).
Will you be coming out with a cooling unit for the iPad Pro 12.9" ?
A J D on Jul 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We haven't heard of any plans for this, but stay tuned.
Can this connect to a kneeboard from Sporty's or can it connect to a yoke mount? I use the ipad now on a kneeboard and the ipad heats up and turns off after about an hour on my knee. I need a solution quick or i can't rely on using Foreflight software.
Kenny A on Jul 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is a little large to work on a kneeboard - you could do it, but we wouldn't recommend it. It does fit RAM mounts, so you can mount it on a yoke. Use this to connect the X-Naut to a RAM arm: http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/ram-circle-base-with-hardware-ram-b-202u-g1u.html
Is the leg mounting unit included in the price? If not how much is it?
Is the USB cable and charger included? If not how much extra is it?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Both of those are extra, but we expect to add them to our site shortly.
Will the iPad cooling case fit into a Ram mount ?
Bill P on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has the standard RAM 4-hole pattern on the back.
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