Protecting your tech when out and about

Protecting your tech when out and about

Summary: If I don't go to great lengths to protect my gear then it's not going to last that long. And I'm not alone here. More and more people are taking delicate electronics in the form of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and cameras, out into the elements and expecting them to work, day in, day out. Here's the kit to help you do this safely.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobility

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    Vanguard Supreme 53F case

    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.

    The Vanguard Supreme 53F is huge – 24.75 x 20.5 x 9.5-inches – and is built to last.

    The Vanguard Supreme cases are O-ring sealed and waterproof up to a depth of 16.5 feet. They are also airtight, and built to withstand the most extreme conditions (-40°F/-40°C to 203°F/95°C), and are great for airline travel because they feature an automatic pressure equalization valve. And, to keep things civilized, it has wheels.

    These cases can support up to 265 lbs/120 kg of exterior weight and have anti-slip rubber feet and a solid carrying handle offer extra durability. Thick, quick-release latches lock in place and steel-reinforced lock holders are great for use with pad locks for added security.

    Inside is a dense, customizable hexagon-shaped foam for an extremely tailored, custom fit for gear. There's also an option to have dividers fitted.

    Source: Vanguard

    Price: $250

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    Camera: Lowepro Flipside 400 AW

    Keeping a camera safe and yet close to hand is not easy, especially if you're dealing with a big DSLR. I've searched high and low for the ideal case, and I think I've found it with the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW. Not only does it protect my camera from bumps, knocks, and scrapes, but it is also allows me to carry lots of additional gear, and it is all easy to access.

    Make no mistake, this is a big case, suited to a DSLR — such as the Canon 5D mark III — with a big lens. It's also got space for more two or three additional lenses, filters, spare batteries, cleaning cloth and memory cards.

    One of the things I really love about this is that the zips to get access to the camera are body-side, so people can't nab your camera while it's on your back.

    Link: Lowepro

    Price: $125

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    iPad: G-Form Extreme Portfolio Case

    Since I've had good success with the G-Form Xtreme case for my iPhone, I've popped my iPad into one, too.

    The G-Form Extreme Portfolio iPad case is a lightweight and water-resistant portfolio case that also has an internal layer of polycarbonate on one side in addition to an inside pocket for documents. The G-Form Extreme Portfolio can be opened and used in several configurations. For example, the front cover can be reverse-zipped behind your tablet device so it offers two levels of RPT protection. In this position, the front screen is still protected by RPT corners that also serve to hold it securely in place. 

    The Extreme Portfolio can also be used in an easel or A-frame configuration in either landscape or portrait mode.

    Link: G-Form

    Price: $89.99

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • No write-up about that armored luggage?

    Looks like a format glitch. I'd be interested in details about it.
  • be prepared

    don’t be surprised if you don’t get looked at funny or harassed, some of these look a little threatening to some people I’m sure. They don’t know its only camera lenses in that bag or laptop in that black case.“