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#### BJC

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I started out with an iPad mini (non cell) with the stratus. Neither was hardwired so I always had to manage two batteries.
I use a plug-in charger with two USB ports to power / back up the iPad / Stratus. That adds two wires to the cockpit, but it makes 8 hour flying days trouble free.

I have a knee pad, but most of my long trips have been with two in the cockpit, and the passenger likes to play with / track our navigation with the iPad.

BJC

#### gtae07

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FYI, I think the original poster concern was that the wi-fi only version of the iPad mini does not have internal GPS, only the cellular model does. I find it completely bizarre that this is the case, but I'm not an Apple guy.
As do I. But it seems like the cell version might be worth it if you don't have a Stratus or some other external GPS it can connect to. You don't have to actually get data service for it.

Would be nice if there were some more Android-based EFB apps; Avare works and the price is right but the interface is clunky.

#### Toobuilder

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My recent panel upgrade added a bunch of USB charging ports front and back so I can keep the batteries up on longer missions. The cords are a bit messy, but can be stowed without too much distraction.

#### N804RV

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I use an iPad Air 2 in the Sonerai. It has cellular capability. But, I don't have it on a cell plan. It can provide GPS for Foreflight. But, because I have a Sentry ADS-B receiver, its not really necessary.

As far as room, I've also used the Air 2 in various Cessnas, no problem. I found I could mount the iPad Air 2 (which I believe is the same size as the 10.2) in landscape orientation over the yoke, using a RAM yoke mount, and a slightly longer (C size I think) double swing arm connector.

#### robertl

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As do I. But it seems like the cell version might be worth it if you don't have a Stratus or some other external GPS it can connect to. You don't have to actually get data service for it.

Would be nice if there were some more Android-based EFB apps; Avare works and the price is right but the interface is clunky.
My co-owner in the 150 also instructs in a Cub and said if the Stratux goes out, the ipad W/Cellular would be a good back up. So my wife ordered the Ipad mini W/Cellular and is having the same engraving put on it. Yep, she gets a good foot massage!
Bob

#### pfarber

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(even though I didn't get her anything for her birthday
Dude, seriously? lol how comfy was the dog house you were in?

I have an iPad 10 in and its honestly to big for a PA28. There is simply no where to put it other than your lap without covering half the panel.

IOdly, in a 172 the RAM suction mount on the side window was a perfect fit. No I always recommend going smaller on the iPad for EFBs, unless you know in advance how it will fit in your cockpit/mount.

#### robertl

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Dude, seriously? lol how comfy was the dog house you were in?

I have an iPad 10 in and its honestly to big for a PA28. There is simply no where to put it other than your lap without covering half the panel.

IOdly, in a 172 the RAM suction mount on the side window was a perfect fit. No I always recommend going smaller on the iPad for EFBs, unless you know in advance how it will fit in your cockpit/mount.
Well we don't have a dog so I dodged that, lol ! Maybe I get some cred 'cause I'm 15 years older than she is and for the most part, she gets her way because I'm like, whatever you think babe, it's ok with me.
Bob