How to protect Lightning connector on devices in “rugged” environments?
I have a set of iPad Pros that need to attach an external device through the Lightning port, but need to function in a “rugged” environment. I believe I can at least initially get by with duct taping the external device to the back of the iPad case, but need a way to protect the Lightning connector itself (where it connects to the device) since that presents an easy breaking point. If it breaks it can create a potentially catastrophic situation due to the machinery in the environment.
Conceptually I’m looking for some kind of rubber/stiff foam that can go around the Lightning connector itself and help protect it from shocks/drops. I would prefer a product that has that integrated into it somehow.
Searching online isn’t really turning anything up, since the “rugged” Lightning cables focus on the strength of the cables themselves not the connection. Also some type of integrated case would be great but doesn’t really exist for this need.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this?
“Bubba ingenuity” (duct tape/etc solutions) is potentially acceptable as long as it doesn’t increase the risk of losing small parts. 🙂