Protecting my gear when I'm out and about

Protecting my gear when I'm out and about

Summary: Mother Nature can be hard on electronic equipment, but with the right gear, you can take your tablet, smartphone, and camera into pretty much any environment and know it will live to fight another day.

TOPICS: Hardware

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    iPad: G-Form Xtreme

    Since I've had good success with the G-Form Xtreme case for my iPhone, I've popped my iPad into one, too. As long as I don't drop the iPad onto its screen, then it should service pretty much anything I throw at it.

    Link: G-Form

    Price: $79.99

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    Notebook: SKB 3I waterproof notebook case

    While for day to day usage I'm happy to throw my MacBook Pro into an old Targus case, if I'm taking it outdoors, I need something more robust. This is when I turn to my SKB 3I waterproof notebook case.

    SKB 3I is a mil-standard waterproof cases molded of ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin, and featuring a gasketed, water and dust tight, submersible design that is resistant to corrosion and impact damage.

    This case is designed to take notebooks up to 17-inch, and has space for other gear such as my iPhone, iPad, and my charger.

    Source: SKB

    Price: $199

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    Travel: Pelican IM2500 Storm

    Nothing is harder on tech than travel, especially when you have to hand over the care of your devices to people who don't care about them. This is why I like to pack my stuff inside a case that can take a significant beating, and in my experience, Pelican cases can take everything that airports, taxis, and hotels can throw at them.

    My case of choice is the Pelican IM2500 Storm. This is a lightweight, watertight case with rollers and a strong telescoping handle. The case is not only robust, but it also meets carry-on requirements, which means less hassle at airports.

    This case is super-robust. I've seen one after a bear attack, and apart from a few bite marks, it was still in excellent condition. I recently used this case to protect my photo equipment while doing a course on a windswept island with the great folks at Welshot Imaging. Despite the rain, salt-spray, and high winds, all my gear survived

    Link: Pelican

    Price: $175

Topic: Hardware

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  • Sure is a good thing all your idevices are so light and thin

    I guess if you ever wanted to show off how light and thin your idevices are, you just have to take them out of the thick, heavy cases that they live in.

    Too funny.
    • It would have been nice to see some cases

      For popular (Samsung, nexus, etc) devices as well.

      I was reading on here that sapphire screens may be coming to smartphones around Christmas time this year. Battery life was the biggest factor choosing my current phone/tablet. Sapphire screen may be next.
      • me too

        If the sapphire screens are as good as they say it will be worth paying extra
        richard in norway
  • How about nexus 7?

    Heard you got Nexus 7, any recomend for it?
  • Easiest kit ever

    Want to waterproof/scratchproof your smartphone or tablet for the short term? Go purchase ziplock-type freezer bags in a size that'll fit your gadget. A typical sandwich-size bag is great for phones and larger ones work for tablets. Double-seal bags are basically waterproof. I've done this when I wanted to have my phone at hand during painting, at the pool, or in the snow, and the bag plastic doesn't interrupt the touchscreen functions or restrict access to the buttons at all. You can even hear the audio just fine...might have to turn the volume up a tick from normal, but not much.

    Best of all, you don't have to pay much money at all and you can pop the devices in and out of the bags in seconds.
  • Rugged laptop case too

    Looks as though you like the really rugged cases. You might like this one for your laptops:
    and tablets:
    Let me know if you'd like one for review.