iPad Case & External GPS

  • 21 Jul 2019 11:09
    Reply # 7789360 on 7782224

    I use Garmin GLO external gps with ipad/iphone. Works fluently and connects with bluetooth. More accurate and reliable than the internal gps - although no option for external antenna.

    Last modified: 21 Jul 2019 11:09 | Anonymous member
  • 18 Jul 2019 13:15
    Reply # 7785511 on 7782224

    I use an "Otter box" at the recommendation of a Captain who uses it sailing offshore a lot.  As the iPad has GPS built in, there is no need for a separate antennae.

  • 16 Jul 2019 20:17
    Reply # 7782857 on 7782224
    Anonymous wrote:

    I have just ordered a new iPad (£211 for eBay).

    Now I need to equip it for the boat. Hopefully the old Navionics app will still load up. It will be interesting to compare with the yearly subscription version now on my Android phone. 

    I will need a waterproof case and an External GPS.  Any recommendations appreciated.


     

    There seem to be a large variety of waterproof cases available these days. I had a Lifeproof case on an iPhone, these cases are supposed to have a lifetime warranty. After about a year parts of the case began to fail, and I did not treat it hard. I had always imagined a 'Lifetime Warranty' would be for my lifetime, but it must obviously be for the lifetime of the product, which may not necessarily be that long!

    The problem with the famous brand cases such as 'Lifeproof' is that they can be very expensive. A couple of years ago I bought a rugged case for my wife's iPad Mini through our local version of eBay. It is a 'Gumdrop Droptech' series case, which I had never heard of before I bought it, and it cost only a third the price of the Lifeproof case. That iPad and case has been everywhere - sailing, horseriding, horse shows, tramping, and after two years the case is still holding together extremely well and keeps on protecting the iPad. So you do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get a good case. I am also very impressed so far with the Griffin Survivor case on my Samsung phone. It is not a waterproof case because the phone itself is waterproof, but is a drop protection case. It seems well built and is showing no signs of deterioration after almost a year.

    Does the iPad not have a builtin GPS? In NZ one can get a GPS receiver for very little money but they all seem to have USB connectors so you would need to ensure you get something compatible with the iPad lightning connector.

    Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 22:08 | Anonymous member
  • 16 Jul 2019 14:36
    Reply # 7782270 on 7782224

    I have a Temdan waterproof case for my iPad mini, and this has been entirely satisfactory.

    Onto the back of the case, I have put strips of 50mm self adhesive Velcro, the loop component. I have a mount on the after face of the hatch slide equipped with the hook component, so that the iPad can act as chartplotter when under way. I also have further pieces of the hook component, inside the boat for mounting my phone and iPad; this works well.

    Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 14:39 | Anonymous member
  • 16 Jul 2019 13:40
    Message # 7782224

    I have just ordered a new iPad (£211 for eBay).

    Now I need to equip it for the boat. Hopefully the old Navionics app will still load up. It will be interesting to compare with the yearly subscription version now on my Android phone. 

    I will need a waterproof case and an External GPS.  Any recommendations appreciated.


     

    Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 13:43 | Anonymous member
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