Re-purposing an old iPad

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Recently I found my wife's old iPad, I think it's iPad 2. Other than being old and a bit slow for normal usage, it's in perfect working condition, so I decided to make some use of it. I decided to mount it on the wall so that I can use it as a feed of my security cameras, but it can be used for playing music, even as an inside camera. The mount I bought can accommodate newer iPads, so if this one stops working I can always get something a bit newer. The most challenging part was getting the power outlet install inside the wall, as I wanted to keep the opening as small as possible. Here are some pics of the install and final outcome. [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]
 
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Thank you, great job! I have the same iPad in excellent condition just sitting around unused. Whether I get motivated to do it is one story but, wow, what a great idea.
 

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That's a great idea for a spare iPad. I've got a couple tablets sitting at work that I don't know what to do with so this is a good thought. We had the normal mount-it! wall-flat mount used for "time-keeping" so we can tell who's was in the office in case of an emergency but I took it down since nobody ever used it. Great, simple, cheap hardware.
 
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Very nice KrisZ! I hope the battery holds up. My experience with repurposing old phones reflects what Uphill_Both_Ways pointed out: That these devices overcharge their batteries at 100% so left plugged in for months and years the batteries swell to self destruction. If only the phones and pads had an option to stop charging at 80% (for example) like some laptops have.
 
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the batteries are dirt cheap for these things, you can probably get a new battery with a self install kit for ten bucks or so. I've done a bunch of them, if you can put this mount together, you can put a battery in it. Not sure about putting an ipad directly into a wall cavity though, safety wise.
 

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Originally Posted by John_Conrad
install an electrical timer on that outlet and have it only provide power every 3 hours or at the interval that you know your batter draws down to say 20%
That's not a bad idea. I will probably get one of those smart plugs so that I can adjust the schedule without removing the ipad from the mount. I was looking for a software based charge limit, as something like this is available for some Android devices, but I could not find anything for iOS devices.
 
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