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Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeve-Review

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Sometimes you find things in unexpected places. A few weeks ago I was watching a video podcast from the recently completed MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.I never expected it would have any tie-in to my cooking activities. To my surprise two of the products featured on the podcast were manufactured by the same company, Chef Sleeve, and were of great interest. The products were clear plastic sleeves for using the iPad in the Kitchen and a dishwasher safe stand for the iPad. The sleeves which were of great interest to me were called the Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves. The stand which initially looked interesting, but was not something I was going to buy is called the Chef Sleeve Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand. I will cover these products in two separate blog entries. This first entry will cover the sleeves and the second will discuss the stand which I did end up buying.

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The iPad is in the sleeve. The flap on the right gets folded over & ahered to the back by an adhesive strip. The adhesive strio is still covered by it’s white protective strip in this photo.


he sleeves, which also come in models sized for the iPhone and Kindle, are made of a thin plastic which according to the manufacturer accomplishes 3 goals. They are thin and highly transparent so they do not interfere with your ability to see the content on your iDevice. The plastic is said to be designed with touch sensitive devices in mind. Lastly they plastic is said to be 100 percent recyclable. The plastic is also FDA approved for food use. The sleeve is sized perfectly for the iPad or any other tablet of the same dimensions. It fits every generation of iPad from the original iPad to the iPad 4. I own the iPad 3 and the fit is tight but not too tight. The opening and flap are along one of the long sides of the iPad. It is a bit of an effort to get it in, you must insert it perfectly straight as there is little margin for error. Once in, it is a snug fit but the film can wrinkle a bit if you do not pull the flap tightly closed. Once the iPad is in you pull some tape off the overhanging rear flap which exposes a stick band of adhesive. You fold the flap over and seal the adhesive to the the back of the sleeve. It is like using a Fed-EX envelope. At this point all of the ports are covered over and the iPad is secure against splashes of water or food. The sealing strip is said to be resealable so you could potentially get more than one use out of the sleeve if you didn’t get any food on it.

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The iPad in the sleeve sitting in the Chef Sleeve Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand, which will be reviewed in the next blog entry.


So how does it work? Quite well actually. In the house I have a stand that looks a bit like a microphone stand with a flexible neck that holds the iPad at reading level. When I go outside I have a Sena leather folio case for taking the iPad out of the house. But this case is leather on the outside and suede on the inside, and really isn’t suited for the messy Kitchen environment. So I usually just lay the iPad naked on the table in our Kitchen a safe distance away from where I prep. But it is also away from where I am working and I need to turn around and walk over to it every time I need to glance at the recipe. In the past I had tried ziplock bags, but they were a less than ideal solution. First off they aren’t a precise fit and can slip around in the bag making them a bit precarious to pick up. Secondly the plastic was not designed for a touch sensitive device and gestures and taps aren’t always recognized the first time. As mentioned the Chef Sleeve is a snug fit and after several uses I have yet to have to have a problem with the iPad recognizing a gesture or a tap. After a while you almost forget the iPad is in a sleeve. The visibility is excellent too, unlike a zip-lock bag. It is also nice to not have to wash the food off your fingers every time you need to touch the iPad. I still wash my hands if I have handled meat, fish or poultry prior to touching the iPad. But if I am baking and have flour on my hands or some dough it is nice not having to sweat it.

So the sleeves work as advertised and far better than a zip-lock bag. This made me think of a second use for them: Outdoors in wet weather. I have and app on my iPad called iScore for scoring baseball games. I have tried using zip-lock bags when there has been drizzle or light rain and it is a less than ideal solution. The Chef Sleeve Disposable iPad Sleeves should work quite well for this use. Just remember they are water resistant, not water proof. The sleeves do not have a water tight seal, so I wouldn’t use them in heavy rain.

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The packaging for the sleeves (right) was smaller than I expected, since the sleeves are rolled up.


The sleeves are available in packs of 10 or 25 ($19.99) from the manufacturers web site (link below) and the 10 packs are available at Target stores for $8.99. Please note the sleeves come rolled up, so the packaging is not as big as the footprint of the iPad. When I was at Target I missed them the first time I looked because I was expecting the sleeve’s packaging to be bigger than it is. The next blog entry will cover the companion item: the Chef Sleeve Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand.

SOME RELATED LINKS:
Here is the link to the other blog entry about the Chef Sleeve products as well as some links to the manufacturer’ website.

  CHEF SLEEVE DISHWASHER SAFE IPAD STAND Blog Entry

  CHEF SLEEVE DISPOSABLE IPAD SLEEVES Product Page Link
  CHEF SLEEVE DISHWASHER SAFE IPAD STAND Product Page Link
  CHEF SLEEVE CUTTING BOARD WITH IPAD STAND Product Page Link


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