About three years ago the New York Times reported that “Nearly half of all iPads are now bought by corporations and governments.” iPads and iPhones are now the “preferred mobile computing devices for corporations.” Many workers, from quick-service restaurant employees to airline pilots to AgTech now rely on iPads to get their jobs done and keep management informed. Much better than paper.
But … there’s a catch. They overheat in hot weather. This isn't likely to change anytime soon.
Overheating iPads: Engineering Talent Overcomes Productivity Challenges
According to Apple, iPads are designed to function between 32º to 95º F. iPads were also designed to shut down when they overheat in order to protect the internal lithium-polymer battery. When you get an overheating warning you can pause -- for between 5 and 15 minutes -- to let it cool down. The cooling process can be accelerated by moving the device to a cooler area. I’ve been occasionally known to hang my iPhone out the window in the dead of winter to expedite the process. This is NOT considered a Best Practice and if you are a company manager you probably don’t wish to risk expensive equipment by encouraging your staff to undertake similarly risky stunts! Having multiple iPads for each employee is another cumbersome and expensive solution. It also doesn't solve downtime created by the swapping of iPads, which is especially difficult (and costly) during peak traffic periods.
Above: IceCase keeps iPads cool in the cockpit for pilots/aviation users.
But what if there were a way to keep your team’s iPad cool and functional while they work?
(Ding! Ding! Ding! We are getting, um, warmer!)
The IceCase In Action
Our company began working with Quick Serve Restaurants (QSRs) two summers ago. An Arizona QSR reached out to us about effective ways to keep their outside employees cool. They had discovered our flagship product, the IcePlate®, and desired to adapt it to enhance server productivity. With their input we created what are now the IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) and the IcePlate® Hydration Backpack with Cooling/Heating. Both the cooling vest and the hydration backpack enhances productivity and safety by allowing employees to work outdoors for much longer stretches -- hours instead of minutes -- in perfect comfort. IceVest is now being used by roughly 2000 QSRs locations nationwide, including Dutch Bros Coffee. The pace of its adoption is growing dramatically as word gets around.
People aren’t the only thing that our QSR partners needed to keep cool. iPads are a crucial component of the drive thru ordering system. In the Arizona summer heat the servers’ iPads were overheating, and shutting down, about two or three times per hour (or even more frequently). The solution of having multiple iPads that employees could swap out? Too costly and cumbersome.
IceCase: Active Conductive Cooling Case for iPad (Drive Thru, QSR)
IceCase to the rescue! Our team designed a Active Conductive Cooling Case for iPads. We recognized that we could save our customers time and money with an elegantly simple device. Our design is not only simple, but affordable and effective. It works like a charm.
A foam inner chassis provides a soft chamber to cushion the iPad. A durable outer shell protects the iPad. IceBloq (an easily replaceable, condensation-free, phase-change cooling pack) fits between the iPad and the chassis, conductively cooling the iPad and preventing overheating. Each IceCase comes with two IceBloqs, one to be swapped every 1-2 hours to keep the iPad cool and functioning uninterrupted.
Our QSR partners in the hot Arizona sun have put our product to work. Check out this video of an overheated iPad turning on in just 15 seconds after sliding into the IceCase:
Does your business rely on iPads in hot environments? Tired of your iPad shutting down? IceCase to the rescue! (Cue Ride of the Valkyries!)
Email or call us 703.755.0724. Learn how you, too, can adopt this simple, practical, productivity-enhancing solution for your company!