Adventuring outdoors with electronics can often lead to accidental mishaps that render electronic useless. Encasing them in some sort of protective shell can eliminate some of these unfortunate accidents. As active athletes and outdoor adventurers, we are always searching for good water-tight products to keep our phones and cameras safe, so when we received 2 iSeries E-Cases, we were excited to give them a go.
The iSeries E-Cases are specifically designed for Apple electronic devices to protect them from the elements of moisture, be it sweat, rain or water from a raging river. Currently there are 9 different models of iSeries E-Cases including cases for the iPod Nanos, iPhones, iPads and ones with and without waterproof jacks. Each model comes with a see through window, allowing you to both view and operate the device all while housed in its waterproof casing.
The E-Case comes with what is referred to as a waterproof SealLock closure system. It’s a dual-track zipper that’s self-energizing—meaning it seals tighter with increased pressure both from the air inside and from water pressure outside. Because the zipper tracks are built into material that hinges, increased pressure actually forces the teeth to seal tighter. It’s like a zip lock bag on steroids.
Here are the 2 E-Cases we received for our iPhones.
Below is the E-Case for the iPhone 5 or iPod with a waterproof jack so you can connect your headphones to it. It is basically the same as the one above with the added benefit of being able to use wired headphones.
There are a wide range of sizes for the E-Case and they will fit most of your Hi-Tec devices
I decided to really test the E-Case and put it to the waterproof test. Big risk, big reward and the verdict was zero water entry. The E-Case kept the water at bay, even when there was a pretty fast stream flow.
The E-Case has an IPX7 rating, which means it is able to withstand submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. This means that unless you plan on going diving with the E-Case, you can be certain, whatever is inside will stay completely dry.
The 2 iSeries E-Cases we received were for our iPhone 5 and 5s. Both our phones have a protective case to protect them from breakage, so we weren’t quite sure if they would fit with them on or not. Inserting the phones into their respective E-Cases was no problem, even with the bulkier protective cases on. We simply unzipped the SealLock closure, plop the phone in and zip them back up.
Once housed, the phones could be turned on or off and operated as normal. E-Case windows are made of an ultra-clear urethane that is electrically conductive, letting you use all the functions of your phone’s capacitive touchscreen like normal. One neat feature is you can even answer calls and talk on the phone without having to remove them. Sound was crystal clear.
Since the E-Case significantly increased the footprint of our phones, we had to be a little more creative as to where we wanted to carry them. For example, I could no longer carry mine in my front pants pocket. For cycling, our rear cycling pockets were the perfect size for the E-Case, so there was zero issue. Actually the E-Case made the phones feel more secure. It’s nice not to have to worry about our phones getting ruined by sweat or the occasional rain shower. We found the E-Case makes finding the phones much easier on camping trips and certainly harder to misplace.
Words of Wisdom
You must make sure the zipper is entirely sealed, otherwise you could have leakage. To do so, simply run your fingers along it, making sure it’s smooth all the way across.
E-Case cases are not designed to float, but if you puff air inside before sealing the zipper, there’s a possibility that it can float. Don’t assume that it will. Test it first! We recommend always tethering your device during activities that could result in your device taking a plunge.
Touchscreens typically don’t work well under water because heavy water pressure scatters the touch-points on the screen causing it to do strange things, like zoom or focus. But some users have had success capturing great shots beneath the surface with quick submersion within a depth of one meter. Here are some tips to do so:
- Blow air into the case so that the film does not cling to the screen.
- Make sure the zipper is fully sealed before dunking your case.
- Use the external buttons on your device to shoot the picture (e.g., the volume controls on an iPhone® device).
- If shooting a movie, start recording before placing your device under water.
Pros: We loved the colors (we received both a blue and red version), which make them stand out and super easy to find. The cases are made from solid material, yet you can still operate the devices through the touch-sensitive screens. The SealLock is easy to open and close. Having clip handles on each end makes it easy to secure the E-Cases to backpacks or other places you may want them tethered to.
Cons: The E-Case does significantly increase the footprint of the device, which may be a major drawback. Since it is questionable as to the float-ability, you may need to purchase some sort of float to attach to it.
If you don’t own an Apple device, E-Case offers an eSeries collection that is designed to work with most smart phones, smart tablets and other most other manufacturer’s devices.
Be sure to get all the lowdown by checking out E-Case.