Living in a cardboard box

I’m now on my third case for my piPad, and it’s the best yet.

piPad cardboard case

piPad cardboard case

Inside the cardboard box

Inside the cardboard box

My first was from Pimoroni, which was lovely, but offered no protection for the electronic behind.  The support legs are rigidly fixed.  Together this meant my piPad was not protected for carrying to the Cotswold Jam (tickets selling fast, buy them while you can).

Pimorino Touchscreen cover

Pimorino Touchscreen cover

The second was this one from Farnell.

Do not buy this case

Do not buy this case

Frankly I’m now embarrassed to say I bought it.  Although it offered complete protection of the electronic, it is critically flawed in several ways:

  • the only place to power it was via the Raspberry Pi micro USB socket; that’s not one of the three recommended ways i.e. power the display and RPi boards seperately (as per my cardboard box) or power the Raspberry Pi from the display board either via GPIO leads or a USB A to micro USB cable.  I ended up doing much dremelling to open up the case to be able to access the display board micro USB socket  and power both boards separately
  • that done, I installed everything, but then I found that it was unstable – using the touch screen pushed the display over!
  • finally, I _think_ the case puts too much pressure on the cables to the display and touch screen and may have damage my touch screen cable.

It’s now ‘out of stock’, perhaps due to the several support issues I raised with Farnell about this case’ completely inept design.  I wouldn’t normally post about faulty designs on-line, but since I’ve had no response from them, I feel I must.

My advice, avoid like the plague!

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