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So I just added a 5 Person Hot Tub, and Gazebo in my new house, and I want to have music, movies, and of course Internet access (as well as home automation, nothing gets a geek girl hotter, then being able to control things from a iPad in a Hot tub!)

There are some Great Products available to waterproof a iPad like:

http://www.over-board.co.uk/waterproof-ipad-case.html
($40 U$)

http://www.amazon.com/Overboard-iPad-Waterproof-Protective-Case/dp/B004TG67YY

But the one issue is, I need to remove the iPad from the protective casing to charge it, and sooner or later
that would compromise the protective shell, and destroy the iPad with water.

The solution?

INDUCTIVE CHARGING!

Using parts from a Old Powermat inductive charger
http://www.powermat.com/ (you can get them really cheap on eBay)

I removed all the plastic housing from a 3gs case I had (I have the 4s now)
and attached it to my ipad. and housed it in the Overboard case,
Added a bit of hot glue for insulation and WALA!

A rechargeable, waterproof Floating iPad!

(Adding in a few waterproof speakers, a Airport express and a 12v Amplifier all mounted safely away from the spa)
 
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Step 1: Gutting the Powermat

Picture of Gutting the Powermat
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I only took pictures of the 'guts' of the powermat, I didn't photograph the taking it apart, part, Sorry

In pulling apart a powermat, you need to be careful of a thin cable that goes from the iPad port to the electronics.
I used a tin snips to cut around the edges, and separate the two layers of plastic.

The whole thing is put together with a kinda of double stick tape, so a gentle pry will separate all parts

You must remove all the plastic from the components, or it will be too far from the powermat to activate the inductive charge
trailleadr3 years ago
I can't seem to reply to your comment about the heat management, so I'll just post here.
I have to disagree with your comparison of the water proof jacket to a wet suit. The water proof jacket is not a thermal barrier. The ipad will reach ambient temp which if left in the water will be the temp of the water. It will just take a little longer to get there due to the jacket surrounding it.

The reason a wet suit insulates is because it allows a certain amount of water to remain between your body and the exterior of the suit. This allows your body to warm the water trapped within the wetsuit. With a wetsuit we're also talking about a temp far colder than your body's temp. Not the other way around where the temp would be higher than your body's temp.  In that situation where you are in waters warmer than your core temp you would eventually overheat as the outside water radiated heat into the trapped water of the wetsuit.
Hope this helps you find a better heat management solution.  Awesome work though, and thanks for sharing.
macgeek (author)  trailleadr3 years ago
your bringing up some great points, I am not a diving expert, and the deepest I ever swam was my bathtub :)

I am just going to 'throw the ipad in the deep end' and see what happens

I have a tee shirt that says "I void warranties"

Nyxius3 years ago
What are you doing about heat management? As hot as a hot tube gets, it isn't very good for high end electronics.
macgeek (author)  Nyxius3 years ago
That's a really good point, Here are the specs on the iPad

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)

Since the hottest the water gets is about 100° - 102° the iPad is floating
slightly above that, but usually won't be submerged longer then a few seconds.
the waterproof jacket also adds a touch of insulation from the elements
and drops the temp down a few degrees (like a wetsuit shields the diver from extreme temperature)

Mostly the iPad will be sitting on the side of the Spa, or being held, I plan on testing it as thoroughly as I can (and will update the 'able' with details)


Nice! But unless you are trying to cook your man-parts into oblivion I would suggest you turn the temp down. Would help keep you from cooking the iPad too :)
Jakwiebus2 years ago
That's so nerdy, clever and awesome! :D
nice project
macgeek (author)  Jakwiebus2 years ago
THANKS!! (Blush)

Jonathan
andymic2 years ago
lol, asses of slain ice dwarves! :D cool instructable, might try it with my ipad!
lross32 years ago
Macgeek is totally right about the insulating properties of the protective case, especially if there is air between the iPad and the case. Heat from the hot tub will have to travel from the water to the case, then heat up a layer of air, which then heats the iPad.
That means the case probably works as a weak insulator, because it helps make the transfer of heat a little more inefficient and take a little longer.
Compare that to a wet suit, where your body produces the heat. You don't want that heat to be used to heat all the cold water around you, just the layer of water closest to your skin.
Once you've heated that layer, the neoprene suit acts as an insulator between the warm water on one side and the cool water on the other. More specifically, it's the air that is trapped inside the neoprene that makes the transfer of heat inefficient. In fact, the best insulation for diving is found in dry suits. Those are filled with a little bit of air and the diver's body stays dry. They work because, compared to water, air is not very good at transferring heat.
So assuming there is a pocket of air between the iPad and the protective case, what you probably have is an OK insulator, probably good enough to keep the iPad from heating up right away when it is submerged in hot water. But you wouldn't want it to be great insulator. As it operates, the iPad will generate heat and if that heat has nowhere to go, you'll have problems.
It sounds like Macgeek has the situation well in hand.
Osquar3 years ago
I was thinking about one thing to set the mood lighting. How about using the iSpa for controlling the lights in the room? Through bluetooth or wifi maybe?

Wonder if it would be easy programming an app for that if there isn't one already. Thanks for a great i'ble!
macgeek (author)  Osquar3 years ago
Hi Osquar,
Both my house and Spa are wired with Insteon (x10) remote controlled lights and controls, there are a great many Apps to control Insteon using wiFi.

I also can control it via a web interface.

No only can I turn on / dim the lights, I can remotely unlock the gate,
open the garage door, and (As my next 'i'ble will show)
Answer the front door.. All from my iPad

Jonathan
imanseau3 years ago
I thought the iPads require a a more powerfull charging source. Or is that just the iPad 2? Great post gave me an idea for a different project with the 4s. Need something to do with it untill it is Jailbroken.
macgeek (author)  imanseau3 years ago
I charged it and used it, till it was empty then charged it again.
Works like a champ!

Jonathan
Kiteman3 years ago
Does the touch-screen work through the plastic?
macgeek (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Yes, Very well!

Jonathan