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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Apple product.....the fryPad

Like any sailing story, this one starts out with "so there we were....."

So there we were aboard 'Bravo' last night, when we were surrounded by a major lightning event.  More than has become our typical evening squall.  Naturally we put all of the portable electronics into the oven for protection (does this makeshift "Faraday Cage" work???  Who knows??, but at least we feel that we're trying something).  Into the oven went 3 laptops, handheld vhf radio, cameras, you get the idea.  Oh yes, and also our iPad, which we've been using since El Salvador as a highly valued addition to our navigation gear.  (running iNavX software with Navionics charts)

This morning dawned as a perfect morning for a fresh banana bread breakfast.  Emptying the oven first, it was easy to miss one piece of black gear in the dark recess of the oven.....yup, the iPad.

Oven lit.  Heating up.......what's that SMELL???  EEEEEEEEK!!!!!  (actually other expletives were bantered about, but this is a family show!!!)

Now, our iPad lives in a heavy duty case, the "Survivor" model by Griffin.  Supposed to protect from dust, water, shock, etc.  Heat was not one of it's advertised barriers.  It looked ugly when we took it out.  A melted, burned hunk of plastic and silicone smoking on the table.  With the iPad still inside!!! 

We quickly peeled off the case, sure that the iPad was "toast".

 But amazingly, after hitting the "on" button, it started right up!!!!!     Displayed a never before seen message: "iPad is too hot to operate.  Allow to cool before using" !!!!!  Now how "cool" is that???!!!  We're out one case, to be sure, but this "fryPad" continues to help us navigate the Central American waters!!!
fryPad "fired" up after removing from the melted case
A new "Survivor" case will soon be on on order.  Thanks Griffin for a nice piece of gear!!!

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