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Pelican cases NOT waterproof

I bought two Pelican cases to keep small electronics dry. These have proven to be no better than zip-lock bags at keeping water out. And my Underwater Kinetics so-called "dry boxes" aren't even close to being waterproof.

Does anyone know of a source for a truly submersible storage case with a double o-ring seal similar to those used in underwater torches and camera housings?

The only double o-ring sealed, totally waterproof storage container I can find online is a clear polycarbonate jar that's about 8" x 4" in size - not quite large enough for my handheld gps. Lol.

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Nuts! I use an old ammo can at work for my electronics and sensitive equipment. Never actually tried dipping it in the water though.
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Don't know if they live up to their claims, but try looking at Storm cases. bout the same price as pelican.
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FYI........Pelican does not guarantee the smaller cases to be waterproof. Their website pretty clearly defines which ones are/are not as well as explains their definition of waterproof.
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They are pointless, then. One might as well double bag or vacuum-pack gear and documents and just put them in a fisherman's tackle box or one of those orange "crash boxes".
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I have a small box manufactured by UK (Underwater Kinetics). It is similar to a pelican box in both price and design. I have tested mine down to a depth of thirty feet with no leaks. The latches are much easier to open as well. I also have a couple of Otter boxes that I've had good luck with, these are cheaper but not as rugged in IMHO.
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The 1120 case says "1 meter submersion for 30 minutes" (IP67 standard). What is non waterproof about it?

What particular pelican case are you having problems with?
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It seems that the smalller cases (i.e. the ones in various shapes/sizes with clear tops) are more for cell phones & PDA's at the beach, pool, etc. They're definitely sand proof and I've never had mine leak at all - even submerged. But again, they're not guaranteed. They certainly serve a purpose.
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You might try Aquapac, I have used one to store my cellphone in that has gotten wet many times with no leaks. When I ordered the case several years ago it shipped directly from the UK fairly quickly. I see they now have an office in the US. I believe almost all their products are soft cases. This comes in handy for my cellphone as I don't have to remove it from the case to use it. Go to the questions page to get info on their 100% waterproof claim.
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I've used Pelican cases for a while now for storing video/photo/computer gear, they are pretty bomb-proof. Never had anything inside damaged (even had one case fall out of a moving car onto the road!). As far as being waterproof, I was watching the making of "Deadliest Catch," and the camera guys on the fishing boats packed their shot tapes into Pelican cases and threw them over the side -- into the Bearing Sea -- so that the following boats could come by and pick them up, send them back to LA for editing.

Sounds like you just need to get the right Pelican case (or Storm cases which I like too). Like the other poster said the small "micro" ones aren't waterproof (I've always used the bigger black cases). I've also seen big Nalgene bottles used to store small things.
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