Jot Pro by Adonit Is Perfect iPad Stylus for Attorneys – Once You Fix It

I love my iPad (3rd Generation). As an attorney, I frequently use its note taking capabilities. That way, my files can go anywhere I go. I use Evernote along with three apps: Penultimate, Notability and NoteShelf to take notes. I’m still trying to decide which I like best.

Note taking can be a bit of a pain with those rubber tipped styluses. IMG_3225They’re just not as precise as I’d like and I feel like I’m drawing with a crayon. Enter the Jot Pro by Adonit ($29.99 retail). It’s a work of modern art that works–eventually. It looks and feels like a regular pen except that it has a pivoting clear disc attached where the ink would normally hit the paper. The disc allows for a large enough surface area for the iPad to recognize the writing device while at the same time allowing the writer to see exactly where the line is being drawn. I love it–but I didn’t use to.

Although the Jot Pro is a great idea, out of the package it has a couple hangups–at least it did for me. From what I’ve read on the forums out there, I’m not the only one.

IMG_3226First, I have a Zagg Invisible Shield screen protector on my iPad. It’s a thick, practically indestructible film the covers the entire glass on the front of my iPad. It’s a necessity for me. The problem is that the surface of the Zagg is tacky and the surface of the disc on the Jot Pro is also tacky. Put them together, and the Jot Pro sticks to the screen when you want to write or draw. Kind of hard to write when your pen won’t move. This was incredibly frustrating for me until I found the easy solution: Scotch tape!

IMG_3227I simply cut a small piece of tape and placed it tacky side up on my desk. Then I touched the Jot Pro’s disc to the tape–stuck. Next I grabbed my trusty blunt-nosed safety scissors (I’m safety impaired) and trimmed off the excess tape. There you go! The Jot Pro now glides over the iPad screen like a dream.

Fixing the stick-to-the-screen problem uncovered the other little problem: skipping. Even though the stylus now glided along the glass, the lines it drew would suddenly stop and stop for no apparent reason. Instead of a solid line, you’d end up with a broken line. And it was getting worse. Again, the internet came to the rescue. I found a few posts that mentioned “thermal grease” from Radio Shack. Do you have any clue what that is? I didn’t either.

I went down to my local Radio Shack and of course the young woman behind the counter had no idea what I was talking about. Finally, after wandering around, I find a silicone-based, heat sink compound. It looked like it fit the description well enough so I bought it; one tube cost me about $3.50 plus a little aggravation. (Turns out there really is a heat sink grease. Moral of the story: Google it and print it before you go to the Shack.) I opted to give the heat sink compound a try.

IMG_3228First I carefully popped the disc off the ball joint on the tip of the Jot Pro and put just a tiny drop of the compound into the joint receptacle (the cup). Then I carefully clicked the disc back onto the Jot Pro and PRESTO! I now possess the best iPad writing instrument ever.

No complaints now. I just wish the folks at Adonit had addressed these two issues in the factory so I didn’t have to spend a couple hours solving what are really pretty simple problems to address. For lawyers looking for a note taking instrument, I recommend the Adonit Jot Pro.

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James Pixton

James Pixton is a bankruptcy attorney in Alameda, California. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Boston College Law School. He is an avid cyclist and rode the DeathRide in Markleeville, California, eight years in a row. When not cycling, he plays water polo and has the scars to prove it. James is the parent of four precocious children who keep things busy around the home with schoolwork and water polo. James and his youngest child Porter are cancer survivors. When he's not saving his bankruptcy clients from the evil designs of big banks or on his bike, he can be found reading, writing and reflecting on what makes a society run better.

15 thoughts on “Jot Pro by Adonit Is Perfect iPad Stylus for Attorneys – Once You Fix It”

  1. THANK YOU so much for these BRILLIANT tips! I tried the Adonit Jot Pro at my local licensed Apple retailer and I have been lusting over it every sinces! But I too have the ZAGG Invisishield on my iPad which is, hands down, the best and most protecting screen protection I have found. I am an outdoor writer and that Invisishield is imperative. I tried the product on the unprotected glass of a store display and took mine out of my bag and tried it and was so disappointed when it stuck like glue. The store associate said, “let me show you a screen protector that will work with that stylus.” I stood there for a minute debating if I wanted to give up my ZAGG Invisishield…but the the ZAGG Invisishield won out. So I left the store disappointed. I have been researching these every since that day. NOW, I am headed out the door to go purchase me one…with a roll of SCOTCH tape tucked away in my messenger bag.

    1. I agree. This is a brilliant tip. I have an iPad 2 with an anti-glare screen protector for reading but the Adonis JotPro just kept cutting out. I was on the verge of throwing it out when I found this post. THANK YOU James! Now I am a happy bunny again đŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for the usefull tips! I’m an architect from Florence (Italy), I bought a Jot Touch 4 a couple of month ago for drawimg with my iPad air.
    I had similar problems, and Looking for solutions in the sea of google, your answer was the best indeed!

    Later on, i tryed with graphite powder taken directly from a pencil sharpener and pulverized with a spoon on a glass plate: jus as you did, I put some powder between disc and the ball joint, and that’s it! it works fine! … and no extra expenses

  3. Awesome! Great fix and works like a charm! I contacted ZAGG to see what they would say and all they suggested was upgrading to a HD protector which I didn’t want to go through all the hassle and added cost. Your solution so far works great so I’m back in business! Thanks again!

  4. Absolutely Genius! Do post this idea on the Amazon Adonit selling page, so many people talk about bad connectivity, with a little grease (Arctic Silver 5) I’m flowing like no tomorrow! (I found your page by looking in the images of google for spare discs. i don’t have to get a spare disk anymore now XD XD đŸ™‚

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