Add magnetic strip to iPad 2 cover that doesn't support sleep/wake?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rawan, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. rawan macrumors member

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    Hello Guys,

    So I have the Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap for the iPad 2. It's a great cover, but it doesn't support the sleep/wake function.

    I was just wondering, would adding a magnet (or a magnetic tape, for example, something like this) do the job?

    From my understanding, the Apple Smart Cover uses 'regular' magnets.

    But I'm not sure if this would work, or would risk damaging anything in the iPad.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    The regular magnets they use are just typical neodymium magnets.. I think if you use the search function you can find posts of people already doing this mod.
     
  3. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    At Office Depot there is a kit for securing photos to your refrigerator. Basically it is a very thin magnetic strip with adhesive on one side. Very easy to cut or even care. Stick to the inside of your cover and it becomes a smart cover.
     
  4. gquiring macrumors regular

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  5. rawan thread starter macrumors member

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    That's exactly was I was thinking of getting. Is it not similar to the tape I linked to in my previous page? (http://www.amazon.com/MagnaCard-Magnet-Tape-inches-MT10510P/dp/B0030GF2M2/ref=pd_sim_ac_3)

    Nice! Though why didn't you try sticking a small piece of adhesive magnetic strip to the cover, instead of a cutting a flap and all?
     
  6. Lagranger macrumors member

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    Yes. Did this with a cheap portfolio case I ordered about a month ago. (Used one of those flat neodymium magnets scrounged from an old hard drive) I lucked out because the folio case had a flap on the inner cover (for keeping business cards, notes,etc) that I was able to glue the magnet beneath. This kept the magnet concealed both for aesthetic reasons as well as eliminating the need to come up with some way of preventing it from scratching the screen when closed.

    I also found that I didn't have to be as precise with the positioning of the magnet as I'd expected.
     
  7. MJedi macrumors 6502a

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    I tried the magnetic strip and it works. I stuck it to the inside of my Scosche Folio Case. I just need to cover the magnetic side to prevent scratches. Take that, over-priced Smart Cover! :D
     

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