Deciding on a Waterproof Case
Complete product details for Nanuk case range
Boasting an incredibly tough outer shell and – crucially – offering a huge range of options and features as standard, Nanuk cases combine the best elements of other protective cases and offer them at very competitive price points. They can, of course, be enhanced still further with the inclusion of custom foam inserts.
If you are considering Nanuk cases – or looking for a tough equipment case – then the below guide sets out the information you will need when making a decision.
What are Nanuk Cases?
Durable cases designed to withstand extreme conditions / use
Nanuk cases, designed and manufactured in Canada, are one of the newer protective cases available. However, Plasticase – the manufacturers of the Nanuk range – have actually been creating injection moulded products (including cases) since 1984.
This experience and knowledge is clearly evident in the Nanuk case range.
Utilising a high performance NK7 resin and a unique design (with chamfered edges and smooth corners) Nanuk cases offer both exceptional protection and an attractive appearance.
With 27 sizes (although still growing), Nanuk cases actually outperform many of the more established cases in terms of the number of colours on offer (with up to 9 on most cases).
Every Nanuk case is completely watertight, having undergone a range of tests to prove this (and other performance claims such as impact resistance, vibration, drop test etc.).
The range of features is also impressive, with integral bezel kits / panel mounts, lid stays, pressure relief valves and wheels for the larger case options.
As such they are used in a very broad range of sectors., but in particular by first responders, search and rescue, law enforcement, audio visual, diving and professional and semi-professional sports (in addition to other more industry focused applications).
Nanuk cases can also be easily enhanced with bespoke foam inserts, branding to external surfaces, and a number of other customisation options.
Nanuk Case Video
Key details and features in under 2 minutes
Please watch the brief video below for a quick overview of Nanuk Case features and benefits. Please note this video content is provided by Nanuk / Plasticase.
Nanuk Case Features
High protection coupled with a wealth of features
Arguably the key selling point of Nanuk cases is the range of features included as standard which are often optional extras on other similar cases.
Saying that, Nanuk cases also feature everything you would expect from an ultra-tough, waterproof case.
The diagram and accompanying notes below highlight these features.
Powerclaw Latch: The powerclaw latching system is one of the most secure of any protective case, effectively stopping Nanuk cases from opening accidentally and spilling their contents (even if dropped). It is also easy to operate and helps maintain the fully waterproof seal provided by the cases.
Design Language: not a feature as such but certainly a noteworthy point, is that the Nanuk cases feature a very distinct design. This incorporates clean lines, chamfered edges, and smooth corners to create a unique aesthetic appearance. The external surfaces of the case can be branded / printed too.
Ultra Tough Exterior: Nanuk cases are manufactured from an ultra-tough, impact resistant NK7 resin, with thick walls to add further protection.
Soft Grip Handle: The soft grip, spring loaded handle is comfortable to use even with a fully loaded case over long distances.
Panel Mount / Bezel: With most other waterproof cases, adding electronic equipment can mean purchasing a separate bezel kit (which, asides from the cost, can also affect water resistance and performance). Nanuk cases provide a top and bottom mounting strip as standard, so that electronics can be easily mounted within the case.
Padlock Loops: The metal reinforced pad lock holes allow you to lock the cases for added security (including with TSA locks for international travel)
Wheels: Smooth running wheels, manufactured using polyurethane (similar to those found on roller blades), allow for much easier movement of larger cases. All cases with wheels also include a retractable handle too.
Pressure Relief Valve: Changes in altitude, temperature, humidity, and geographic location can often create what is termed a “vacuum lock”. This can effectively seal a case shut. The integrated auto-pressure valve on Nanuk cases equalises this atmospheric pressure difference by use of a micro vent that allows air to pass through while preventing water from entering.
Lid Stay: Another feature that is standard on Nanuk cases but an optional extra on others, is the lid stay (allowing the case to remain open and providing easier access to the contents).
Nanuk Case Performance / Testing
Military standard testing results and accreditations
View detailed information on the various controlled tests / results conducted to military specifications in the section below.
ASTM D-4169 DC-18 Drop Test
For the drop test, weights ranging from 6.8 to 31.8 kg fall on to the case from a height of no less than 48 cm. Drop weight is determined by case size.
ASTM D-4169 DC-18 Vibration
This evaluation determines NANUK’s ability to withstand repetitive shocks that can occur during loose-loaded transportation.
ATA Specification 300 CATEGORY 1 IMPACT
Nanuk cases are suitable for a minimum of 100 airline trips. NANUK also stands up to heavy impact, with no damage occuring following a 6 kg dart falling on to the case’s weakest point from a height of 0.5 m.
IPX7 Ingress Protection (water)
Nanuk cases can be submerged in up to 1 m of water for a period of 30 minutes without leakage or damage of any type.
IP6X Ingress Protection (dust)
Nanuk cases demonstrate 100% protection against dust.
ASTM D-4169 DC-18 Rainfall
Simulated rainfall lasts 20 minutes per case side at a rate of 10 cm/hr. During a second test, rain falls at a rate of 10 cm/hr while the case is heated 18 degrees F higher than the water’s temperature. The second test lasts 4 hours.
The case is submerged in a container of water 1 m deep for 1 hour. For this test, the case is heated to 40 degrees F higher than the water’s temperature.
List of standard options for Nanuk Cases
Smaller cases only
Fits most cases
Min 106 cm
Max 201 cm
“Pick N Pluck”
Customisation & Inserts
Bespoke options, including engineered foam
Low cost option
Maintains case volume
Cut vinyl graphics
Example uses, industries and applications for Nanuk Cases
Put simply, there is a huge range of industries and applications that Nanuk cases are suited to.
Please see below for a brief overview of some of the most common of these (although please note that this list is not exhaustive).
Military / Law Enforcement
Nanuk cases are already in use across many military and law enforcement organisations throughout the world. As the cases have been thoroughly tested to MIL-SPEC standards, they are commonly used for protecting everything from weapons through to medical equipment, comms gear to vehicle parts, and much else besides.
Security / Public Safety
Alongside military applications, the reliability and performance of Nanuk cases also means they are used by security teams and those responsible for public safety.
This includes first responders, firefighters, private security teams, coast guards and other emergency services. Effectively, Nanuk cases are used to ensure important safety, medical or rescue equipment makes it to any incident safe, intact and ready for use.
Monitors, respirators, defibrillators, portable imaging devices scanners and other mobile medical devices are all often protected using Nanuk cases.
Often being highly sophisticated, calibrated and frequently delicate, the tough exterior of Nanuk cases when coupled with custom foam inserts ensure that these devices will be ready to save lives as required (even on the scene of emergencies and in extreme environments).
Whilst “industrial use” can cover a broad spectrum of applications, Nanuk cases are suitable for nearly all of them. From service engineers through to mining and oil professionals, any individual or team of workers that may be transporting or using sensitive, expensive or specialist equipment on site can benefit from the protection offered by these cases.
Audio Visual & Broadcasting
Alongside the protection offered, Nanuk cases are also lightweight and easy to handle. This is a huge benefit from crews filming on location, who need to be able to easily transport kit without the risk of costly damage to what can be very expensive equipment.
Alternative Waterproof Cases
Other protective case options available
Using Nanuk Cases at your business
Despite the similarities with other waterproof cases, Nanuk do enough to make themselves noticeably different, and provide a number of unique benefits.
Below is a summary of key features and benefits you should consider if looking to use these cases at your business.
- Manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee
- Dust and waterproof to IP67
- Resistant to impact and shock thanks to extra tough NK7 resin
- Soft grip handle for easy transportation
- Built in stacking locations and pad-lockable hasps
- Perfect for stacking during transit or storage
- 100% stainless steel hardware for mounting electronics
- Unique Powerclaw latching system
- Integrated panel mount and lid stay
- Choice of 27 sizes and 9 colour options
Official Nanuk UK suppliers
If you are looking for reasons why you should source your Nanuk or protective cases from GWP, here’s just a few.
First of all, GWP are fully independent. This means we can supply virtually all of the protective cases currently available in the UK, providing you with greater choice. What it also means however, is that you can rely on any advice you ask for being completely unbiased, impartial, and with no hidden agenda. You will end up with the best case for your specific requirements.
Secondly, any customisation you require – including foam inserts and external branding – you can source at the same time as your case. In fact, being one of the UKs leading foam converters, it means the quality of your inserts will be better, the compatibility better, and the costs frequently lower too.
Number three, you can receive a free, no obligation quote on any requirement. Which will also be extremely competitive.
And finally, you will be able to rely on exceptionally high levels of customer service and support throughout.
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