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Need More Protection for Your Cell Phone? Review: Pelican Marine Waterproof Cell Phone Case

The Pelican Marine Waterproof Cell Phone Case worked wonders after we gave it a thorough test.

Pelican cases and coolers are well known in our space for their gun protection, ice-keeping capabilities, and

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Pelican Marine Waterproof Phone Case, a really promising protection system that stood up well to its claims.

First and foremost the case is waterproof, and in fact has IP68 protection for complete and continuous submersion under water. Drops? This case takes care of them to military-grade specs.


The unique materials combine for a sturdy, grippy, and all around quality feel. It’s made of an elastomer inside a rigid polycarbonate shell, which allows it to withstand mud, grime, dirt, and just about anything else you can get yourself mixed up in.

Our guinea pig for the phone case was Sarah Rose, Wide Open Spaces social media manager. Here’s what she had to say:

I decided that the perfect time to test out the Pelican Marine Waterproof Case was on our family trip to Montana. We were going to be doing some hiking and whitewater rafting so I packed it along in my bag.

I put it on my iPhone 6 the morning before we went to Yellowstone National Park. There was a chance of rain and I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to take pictures no matter what.

The first thing I thought when I put it on was, “Wow, waterproof protection for my iPhone that isn’t bulky?! Cool!” The case felt sturdy and good in my hands. However, the volume switch was hard to switch to vibrate. I didn’t go to the wilderness after all to hear my phone ring.

It did rain while we were out at Grand Prismatic Spring though, so I was super glad I had the case on! Waterproof functionality, check!

We went whitewater rafting a couple of days later, and I wanted to take my phone to get pictures of our family. I wasn’t worried about the waterproof functionality, but there was no cutouts on the case that allowed me to tether the phone to me. As a result, my phone (/camera) stayed in the car.

As the week went on, I noticed that there was a sizable gap between my screen and the screen protector, which meant having to push the screen protector down before I hit the screen. It also made the phone a bit less responsive when I was trying use the unlock button.

I never did have an issue hearing the phone ring, but it does buffer the volume setting. With the volume setting on 100% it sounds like 65%. Phone and speakerphone conversations are noticeably quieter as a result. I ended up taking the case off to have phone conversations.

Overall, the case does what it is supposed to do, keep the water out.

Sarah’s thoughts and our overall opinion of the case are positive, and we’d definitely recommend this for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors despite the fallbacks.


Learn more about the case and everything else Pelican has to offer here.



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Need More Protection for Your Cell Phone? Review: Pelican Marine Waterproof Cell Phone Case