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Rugged iPad Case Passes 8-Foot MIL-STD-810G Drop Test

MobileDemand recently introduced its first rugged case for iPad users, the xCase for the iPad Pro®  10.5” and iPad Air®  10.5". Now, even our engineering and marketing teams are impressed with the results as we fully test the rugged capabilities and have found it likely to be the most rugged case for the iPad ever made as it passed the rugged drop testing at an incredible height of eight feet. The single iPad Pro 10.5" and iPad Air 10.5" unit survived a total of 135 drop orientations from 4 feet to 8 feet. 

As experts in rugged tablets, MobileDemand has decades of experience and design knowledge to make rugged devices. We rigorously tests every rugged tablet and rugged case we offer. One important test we perform is a drop test done in accordance with military ruggedness standards, specifically the MIL-STD 810G standard, Method 516.6, Procedure IV - Transit Drop. The test consists of 26 drops targeting every one of the six surfaces (faces), each of the twelve edges, and each of the eight corners of the device. A device must still be operational at the end of 26 drops to pass.

The actual MIL-STD 810G allows for the use of up to 5 devices through the 26 drops. Each device can be dropped while turned off (shut down) and then turned on after the drop to ensure it works. As stated in the specification: "If desired, divide the 26 drops among no more than 5 test items."  That is, each drop must have 1 of the 5 devices pass each drop orientation with at least 1 device working at the end. For example:

  • Device #1 survives drop orientations 1 through 10, but fails/breaks on drop orientation 11
  • Device #2 may be brought in to drop orientation #11 without having to endure drop orientations 1-10
  • As the test proceeds, devices #2 and #3 also break and are replaced by the next device
  • Say device #4 passes some of the previous drops and fails on drop orientation 26
  • The last device, #5, can be brought in to only experience drop orientation 26
  • If device #5 passes that one single drop, the entire test can claim to have passed

At the end, if 1 device is left working, then it can pass the standard. 

Does that really reflect accurately how business and individuals perceive ruggedness? Is it acceptable to have four failures just to have one pass only a couple of drops? 

At MobileDemand, we hold ourselves to a higher standard – we demand more. One device must survive them all, and survice each fall while operating. 

Over the past few weeks we’ve been testing our rugged case for the iPad Pro 10.5” and iPad Air 10.5", and the results are impressive and unprecedented. Not only did our rugged case protect a single iPad Pro for 26 drops at the standard 4 feet, it also withstood testing 26 drop orientations from 5 feet, 6 feet, 7 feet, and even 8 feet! That’s right – we used the same MobileDemand xCase on the same iPad Pro unit for 135 drops, and it was fully operational while dropping. 

You read that right…135 drops! At the end of the day, the rugged case was intact, and the iPad Pro still worked flawlessly. 

MobileDemand - Rugged Case for iPad Pro - 135 Drops

MobileDemand continues to lead the way in the rugged tablet industry, continually innovating and developing new rugged tablets for increased mobile workforce productivity. Our extensive family of rugged tablets and rugged cases allow our customers to truly find that right tablet for the Job. The right tablet could be built-to-be-rugged tablets, but the right tablet could also be consumer-style devices that are made to be rugged via protective cases with rugged-tablet like features and extended functionality.

We Demand More. So should you.

We also advise to check out the great review by Rugged PC Review of the rugged iPad case

Interested in learning more? Contact one of our Mobility Experts at Sales@MobileDemand.com or 319.363.4121.

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