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How are Military Spec iPad Cases Tested?

All iPad cases claim to be protective – otherwise, what is the point of using them? What is the difference between a protective iPad case and a military-grade one? However, what is the difference between a military spec case and one that offers major drop protection? Which is more effective at safeguarding your iPad Mini? Let's find out.

What is a Military Grade iPad Case?

So, what makes an iPad case military-grade? It's not as though the military tests out iPhone or iPad cases. Instead, the term shows the company met military standard tests set by the U. S. Department of Defence. These 29 standard tests range from vibration, humidity, extreme temperatures, shock, sand, and shock exposure.

You will know whether the case meets military-grade standards if you see the label MIL-STD or MIL-SPEC. A military-grade case will have the code MIL-STD-810G. An iPad either has it or doesn’t.

A MIL-STD-810G has eight procedures:

  • Procedure I-Functional Shock
  • Procedure II-Materiel to be packaged
  • Procedure III-Fragility
  • Procedure IV-Transit Drop
  • Procedure V-Crash Hazard Shock Test
  • Procedure VI-Bench Handling
  • Procedure VI-Pendulum Impact
  • Procedure VIII-Catapult Launch/ Arrested Landing

iPad manufacturers can choose a single, combination, or sequence of guidelines for their products.

What is Major Drop Protection?

Major drop protection is a safety feature commonly used in the highest-quality iPad cases. This standard usually entails the company offering a guarantee for your iPad’s safety in case it  falls from a certain height. This means the company would have tested the iPad case's efficacy in falls at various heights onto hard surfaces. Although it is easy to claim that an iPad has major drop protection, you'll know who is genuine by looking at their warranty. Zugu cases, for example, offer major drop protection against a five-foot fall on concrete. The iPad Mini, the 6th generation case, is made from TPU plastic, an extremely robust material, and includes reinforced corners. The company also promises to pay all AppleCare+ repair costs for damage caused to the device when in the case.

What is a Rugged Hard Shell iPad Case?

A rugged hard shell iPad cover is made from a highly durable material that can absorb the impact of drops and falls. It also protects your iPad from abrasions, scratches, and dents. TPU plastic is one of the most common materials used in rugged cases due to its high level of resistance and protection. It is also lightweight and long-lasting, combining peace of mind and comfort. This case often includes additional reinforcement in the corners; silicone or rubber is usually used.

Do I Need A Heavy Duty iPad Case?

Everyone uses their iPads differently. Some devices do not leave the family home, while others are taken out and used in extreme or dangerous conditions. However, even a slight distraction where the iPad slips off a table or the bed can cause damage. There is an entire spectrum of high-protection iPad cases, ranging from military-grade to rugged, major drop protection, and solid. The price ranges vary according to your needs.

What To Look For in an iPad Case?

A high-quality iPad case has to work around your needs. Whether out in accident-prone environments such as a construction site or working in an office, the iPad case needs to adapt accordingly.

1. Kickstand Case

Almost all the best iPad cases offer a kickstand case, which elevates how you can use the device. The Zugu iPad Mini 6th generation case is a great example. The front flap flips back and transforms into a kickstand case thanks to a leg embedded in the back. The kickstand leg attaches itself firmly to the front flap with powerful magnets embedded in the case. You can adjust it in eight angles, ranging from almost flat to upright, allowing you to read, write, chat, browse or watch a movie.

2. Sleep/Wake Function

Although a basic function, the sleep/wake function is vital. An iPad cover that does not activate this feature on your device can lead to a drained battery, overheating, and potentially long-term damage. Closing the cover should turn off the iPad's display, locking it for security and saving power. Opening it reactivates the iPad’s screen, allowing you to unlock it and use your device.

3. Water Resistant

Not all iPad cases are water-resistant. You might not think of it when choosing a case, but you will be grateful for it if there is a spill on your device. Although most iPads are water resistant, this does not mean that you should be careless. If liquid seeps through the ports, buttons, or speakers, it is tough to clean and might cause long-term damage. A good iPad case will provide additional protection against drops or liquid spills.

4. Accessibility

There is nothing more frustrating than buying a rugged or military-grade iPad case only to find that you can't access the ports or find it hard to press the buttons. Check that the iPad's cover is highly finished by testing the buttons and ports. Is it easy to fit the lightning cable to charge the iPad? Or does it hold at an awkward angle? Can you adjust the volume buttons with a light touch, or do you need to add extra pressure?