In this post I’m going to discuss how to protect your camera equipment for transportation and storage…using Pelican cases. You’ve probably seen these cases every where, but just didn’t realize it. Protecting your equipment is another problem most coaches don’t usually think about and Pelican cases are a great, affordable way to do this. So what are Pelican cases and why do you need them? Here’s a great excerpt from wikipedia…
“Pelican cases are molded plastic containers that seal with an airtight and watertight gasket. Pelican cases include a barometric relief valve made of Gore-Tex to prevent pressure damage to the case, during transportation or when the air pressure in the environment changes. Pelican cases meet standards for waterproofing, stacking, impact, and durability including MIL-STD C4150-J for waterproofing, IEC IP67 rating indicating complete sealing against dust and water immersion to 1 metre, as well as ATA 300 rating indicating compliance with Air Transport Association standards for durability in shipping. Pelican cases feature a lifetime guarantee.
If the case falls into water, generally there will be enough air in the case to keep it afloat. The barometric relief valve permits air to pass through, but not water or other liquids. Under some extreme conditions leakage is technically possible, but such conditions are unlikely to be encountered, except in the case of deliberate vandalism.”
Seems a little overkill right…but these cases are extremely affordable and have a lifetime guarantee. You buy one of these for your expensive camera gear and you’ll never need another case again, nor will you ever worry about the gear being damaged during transport, from rain, or storage.
Here are some great options that can be ordered on Amazon…
1) Pelican 1450, this is a smaller case that can be used for just a camcorder(s) and the accesseries
2) Pelican 1550, this is a medium sized case that can fit camcorder(s), accessories, mounts, small monitors; I use two of these cases for each of my side and endzone cameras, all of their cords, monitors, remotes, extension cords, power strips, and mounts. That way each cameraman has his case to go set everything up.
3) Pelican 1620, this is a large case that can be used for large, fragile items or just putting all of your electronic equipment in this one case. I actually use this case for an underwater camera housing but have also used it for an endzone camera system.
What’s great about these cases is you can customize the padding inside to however you want. They call it pick n pluck because the foam is already precut into squares that you can just pick out to fit your equipment. Here is a video demonstrating how to properly fit your cases foam…
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