The ManHandle: A He-Man's alternative to the Man Purse, for your iPad!

I am always on the lookout for the perfect case, and the iPad presents a particular challenge.  I want something that can protect the iPad, while it is in use, so a slipcase doesn't cut it for me.  I also want to be able to grip my iPad with a handle.  And I would prefer to not carry a "Man Purse".  Yes, I'm superficial.

With that in mind, and nothing on the market that seemed to meet my needs, I went ahead and created just such a tool.  I call it the "ManHandle".  It is created completely with parts you could get at a hardware store.  It looks tough, because it is.  And it only cost me around $20.

Basically, I bought 2 drawer pulls from Lowe's for $5 each.  You could get cheaper ones, but I wanted this style and finish.  For about $6, I had them cut a piece of 1" wood to be 8"x10".  I purchased two 12" heavy duty jumper cords, 4 L-shaped 3/4" connectors, 4 3/4" 8/32 machine screws (because the ones that came with the drawer pulls were too long), and used some wood screws I already had.  I might add some protective bumpers to the bottom.  Another option is to add some chain link as a strap!  If you end up creating your own or improve on my design, please let me know!

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.