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Guide to Peli Lightweight Case Options

Full product overview of the Peli Air case range

Need a lightweight case but finding the plastic carry case options don’t provide enough protection? Require waterproof protection for sensitive items, but finding Peli and other equipment cases are a bit bulky?

The answer is Peli Air!

This detailed Peli Air buying guide provides a full product overview of these cases – everything from their features, testing, applications, customisation options and even various alternatives to consider. You can also see a full list of Peli Air sizes here.

Peli Air case detailed buying guide

What Are Peli Air Cases?

The lightest waterproof cases currently available

Part of the larger range of Peli cases manufactured by Pelican Products, the key selling point of Peli Air is its light weight.

Being a much as 40% lighter than comparable waterproof cases, Peli Air use an advanced material and clever construction to minimise weight without sacrificing performance. In fact, some of the honeycomb structural elements and “full box” sections are actually stronger than solid polymer material!

This is backed up with extensive testing, highlighting how Peli Air cases not only remain fully dust and waterproof, but are also resistant to crushing and virtually unbreakable. They offer the same lifetime guarantee as found on Peli Protector, Storm Case and Micro offerings too.

Peli air travel cases
Peli Air cases provide the same level of protection as standard Peli cases, but are up to 40% lighter

Other differences between Peli Air and the Protector range includes the unique conic curve lids (designed to fit in overhead stowage more easily if used as carry-on cases) and rubber over moulded handles to improve comfort when handling. Nearly all of the other features of these cases are carried over from the existing Peli case ranges.

Being a relatively new addition to the waterproof case market (launched as recently as 2016) there is only a relatively limited range of sizes, but even these are offered in deeper and longer options than the standard Peli dimensions.

Peli Air Video

Key information in less than 2 minutes

Please see below for a brief video on the range of Peli Air cases (or alternatively watch on YouTube). Please note this content is provided by PELI products.

Peli Air Case Features

Light weight without compromising usability / features

Many manufacturers when looking to reduce the weight of a product will start by reducing the features present. Not so with Peli and the Air range of cases – which still boasts an incredible array of useful elements.

The diagram and accompanying notes below highlight the key features of these cases.


Watertight O-Ring Gasket: The o ring fitted to the lid of the case creates a watertight seal and means Peli Air cases are IP67 rated. As a result, Peli Air cases can be submerged underwater (up to 1 metre) for 30 minutes without water ingress.


New Style “Conic Curve” Lid Shape: The lid of the Peli Air cases features a new and unique design. Known as a conic curve, this not only provides the cases with a distinct and attractive appearance, but has also been designed to allow them to be more easily stored (particularly in overhead storage compartments on planes)


Super-Light Proprietary HPX Polymer: The HPX polymer that is used on Air cases is unique to Peli. This resin formula will bounce back after impact without breaking or shattering, lending excellent strength and performance to the cases.


Stainless Steel Hasp Protectors: The stainless-steel protectors included around the pad lock-able eyelets not only provides added strength, but also makes it much more difficult to cut off locks or break into the cases.


Ultra-tough double-throw latches: The latches are similar to those used on the Peli Protector cases. The double throw design not only means they are quick and easy to use, but also create an incredibly tight seal which will not be broken even after repeated impacts.


Automatic Purge Valve: The pressure purge valve on the Peli Air cases will equalise the pressure between the inside and outside of the case. The main advantage of this is that the stops what is known as vacuum lock, preventing the case from being easily opened.


Rubber Over Moulded Handles: The handles feature a unique rubber coating to not only make them more comfortable to use, but to prevent marking of hands if carrying heavy equipment over long distances / periods.


New Removable Polycarbonate Card Holder: It is possible to add branding, identification tags or instructions to the cases using the new card holder feature


Inline, Ultra-Smooth-Running Wheels: Larger cases in the Peli Air range feature Peli’s unique, ultra-smooth, extra quiet wheels. These are not only suitable for all terrain but can be replaced easily too if required.

Peli Air Testing / Performance

Stringent testing on all Peli Air cases

Please see below for the key testing carried out on the Peli Air case range:

  • Drop-tested on concrete with loads from 1 meter (3 ft) on all sides and corners
  • Submerged for 20 minutes at a depth of one meter
  • Wheels are roll tested over 914 meters
  • 28 lbs (12.7 kg) steel dart dropped on all sides from one meter

Standard Options

List of standard options for Peli Air Cases

Peli lid organiser

Lid Organiser

Improve organisation
Various configurations
Screw in / velcro
Smaller cases only

Peli bezel kit


Slot in mounting
Plastic or metal
Screw fixings
Remains waterproof

Peli case shoulder strap

Shoulder Strap

Fits most cases
Min 106 cm
Max 201 cm
Padded section

Peli padded dividers trek-pack

Padded Dividers

Padded material
Flexible adjustment
Improved organistion

Peli pick n pluck foam

Pick n Pluck

Cubed foam
Multiple layers
Easy modification
Enhances protection

Customisation & Inserts

Bespoke options, including engineered foam

Explorer case foam lining

Foam Lining

Low cost option
Protects contents
Various materials
Maintains case volume

Explorer custom foam

Custom Foam Inserts

Fully bespoke
Eliminates damage
Plastazote® material
UK design / production

Printed peli storm cases


Add branding
Include instructions
Digitally printed
Cut vinyl graphics


Example Uses / industries for Peli Air Cases

As with the majority of waterproof cases, Peli Air are suitable for a huge range of applications (too many to list here in fact). However, there are certain scenarios where the lighter weight of these cases makes a real difference, a number of which have been listed below.

Engineers / Maintenance

The fast-growing use for Peli Air cases is their use by service engineers, technicians and on-site operatives.

They are typically used for the safe transportation of tools and equipment (including very specialist kit) out on to site to service or repair items. Anything from military vehicles through to air conditioning units – Peli Air will allow for your employees to more easily get the job done.

Adding in custom foam inserts can further help with this too, not only increasing protection from impact / mishandling, but also aiding organisation and highlighting any missing equipment too.

peli air industrial case
Peli Air cases are ideally suited to industrial applications, such as use by service and maintenance engineers


Peli cases are widely used throughout the Military (including the Hardigg roto mold and rack mount units), and have been for many years.

The use of Peli Air cases is starting to gain traction, helping to reduce the weight of items that need to be shipped to hostile environments, as well as reducing workload for personnel in these areas.

Of course, their reliability, strength and durability – shared with the Peli Protector ranges – are also highly desirable for the most demanding of applications.

peli air military cases
The lightweight nature of Peli Air cases means their use among Military forces is becoming more widespread

Security & Policing

Safe and easy handling of firearms, medical kit and other lifesaving equipment can be crucial for emergency services. Weight savings can be extremely beneficial when transporting such items too, with Peli Air providing a key advantage here.

Another benefit is the added security of the stainless steel eyelets that can be padlocked – helping to secure the cases (and making it much more difficult for the cases to be cut open as per some all plastic equivalents).

Offshore / Aquatic / Marine Environments

Being completely watertight ensures that Peli Air cases are a good choice for any environment where important electronics or other kit needs to be kept safe and dry.

This includes Naval forces, as well as commercial ventures such as offshore oil and gas exploration, and even tourism (i.e. scuba diving tours etc.).

Photography / Broadcast

Professional audio-visual equipment can be surprisingly heavy. And with more and more footage of extreme environments being captured (including for documentaries and even extreme sports competitions) any weight savings can be very useful.

Of course, protection levels are not sacrificed either, ensuring that any equipment being handled or stored will remain safe, dry, and unharmed.

Peli air waterproof cases
Being completely water tight (as well as dust proof / crush proof) makes Peli Air ideal for use in any extreme environment

Alternative Waterproof Cases

Other protective case options available

Peli Storm case

Peli™ Storm™ Case

GWP Protective’s recommended waterproof case

Peli Protector Cases

Peli™ Protector

The worlds’ most popular protective / waterproof cases

Explorer 4419 Case

Explorer Cases

Cost effective, durable cases with Italian design

SKB cases

SKB iSeries

Durable, widely used protective cases for all applications

B&W Cases

B&W Cases

Lowest cost cases maintaining great performance

Nanuk cases

Nanuk Cases

Newest case option, packed with standard features

Hardigg rota mould

Roto Mould Cases

Heaviest duty, rotationally moulded waterproof cases

Protective cases

All Waterproof Cases

Click here to see the full range of waterproof cases


Are Peli Air cases a suitable option for your business?

The below points provide a brief summary of the features and benefits of using Peli Air cases. This should allow you to make an informed decision on whether they would be a good fit for your business, equipment, or application (although if you are still unsure, a GWP adviser will be happy to help).

  • 16 sizes and four standard colour options
  • As much as 40% lighter than alternative waterproof cases
  • Ultra-light yet durable HPX resin material
  • Extensive testing
  • Reinforced pad lockable eyelets for added security
  • Automatic pressure relief valve prevent “vacuum lock”
  • IP67 rated (i.e. completely water and dust tight)
  • Fully customisable, including branding and foam inserts
  • Comfort grip handle with rubber coating
  • Conic curve lid for enhanced appearance and practicality
  • Manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee

UK’s leading independent waterproof case suppliers

Whilst GWP Protective are official distributors of Peli cases in the UK (including Peli Air), we remain fully independent.

This allows you to source a much wider range of protective cases from us.

It allows you to receive truly impartial advice on the best case for your specific application and / or industry (and team of experience case experts will help with this).

Peli protector cases with foam
GWP Protective are able to customise any Peli case with foam inserts, external printing and more

It allows you to source all of the customisation options you may need – including foam inserts (GWP Protective are one of the UKs’ largest foam converters) and branding – from a single supplier. This reduces cost whilst improving quality.

And it allows to request completely free, no obligation and competitive quotes on any case and foam combination you may need.

So, if you are looking for a lightweight protective case such as Peli Air, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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