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Full product info on SKB iSeries cases

When considering using a waterproof case for your business or application, the choice can be overwhelming (being one of the most competitive segments of the case market).

Saying that, SKB, and in particular their iSeries case range, should definitely be an option you look at.

This detailed buying guide provides all of the information you could need to decide if these hard-shell equipment cases would be the best option for you.

SKB iSeries case detailed buying guide

What are SKB iSeries Cases?

Leading range of waterproof equipment cases

SKB started out manufacturing cases for musical instruments (their very first case was for a guitar). However, they quickly grew to become one of the best-known case manufacturers, supplying a huge range of options throughout the world (they still produce instrument cases to this day, alongside specialist audio visual, drone, sport and gun cases).

Whilst SKB are perhaps best known for this and their range of rotationally moulded cases (offering 3 different ranges / types), arguably their most popular case is the iSeries.

SKB iSeries case
The SKB iSeries industrial cases are a versatile option for a wide range of applications

Manufactured using injection moulding, SKB iSeries cases utilise a unique, ultra-high strength polypropylene which is claimed to be 20 – 30% lighter than alternative waterproof cases, whilst also being 2.5 times stronger. This is in addition to being fully water and dust proof, effectively meaning your important kit and equipment has the highest levels of protection.

Another key selling point of SKB iSeries cases is the wide range of models available. With almost 60 different size options, it is one of the largest currently available (rivalling the other established case option, Peli Protector).

Coupled with a huge range of features to improve usability – and having undergone extensive testing – SKB cases really are a superb option for a huge range of applications.

SKB iSeries Video

Key information in less than 2 minutes

Please watch the brief overview video below for all important SKB iSeries features and benefits at a glance. Please note this video content is provided by SKB.

SKB iSeries Features

Features to improve durability, usability, and lifespan

SKB cases in general are renowned for having a wide range of clever features. These have been designed to improve the performance of the case itself, as well as the efficiency of the end user too. The iSeries is no different.

The following diagram shows these key features, with further explanation provided below.

SKB iSeries case features
A

Gasket Seal: The iSeries cases feature a completely water and dust tight (and even submersible) gasket seal. This has been tested to MIL-STD 810G

B

Pressure Relief Valve: The Ambient pressure equalization valve (tested to MIL-STD 810G) equalises pressure between the inside and outside of the case. This not only protects the contents but also prevents what is known as “vacuum lock” (which makes the case very difficult to open).

C

Trigger Release Latch: The patented, trigger release latches on the iSeries cases are incredibly easy to use, whilst maintaining an incredibly secure and strong closure.

D

Cushion Grip Handle: The rubber over-moulded, cushion grip handle is incredibly comfortable to use, even with heavy equipment and / or over long distances. The handles also “snap down” to minimise the cases’ overall size when not in use.

E

Moulded in Hinge: The metal hinges of the SKB cases are moulded directly in to the polypropylene material used to manufacture the cases, providing a much more durable and long lasting (yet easy to use) solution.

F

Padlock Loops: The moulded padlock loops can accommodate locks with a shackle of up to 5/16”. This allows for your contents to be kept secure when you are not with the case (i.e. when in storage, aircraft hold etc.).

G

Ultra Tough Construction: The ultra-tough polypropylene material used in the construction of the iSeries range is claimed to be as much as 30 percent lighter than similar cases, whilst being 2 and half times stronger too!

H

Wheels: The roller blade style wheels are included as standard on larger cases, along with a telescopic handle, to allow them to be more easily moved

SKB iSeries Case Performance / Testing

Military standard testing results and accreditations

Please see below for overview information on testing that the iSeries range of cases has been subjected to.

  • Waterproof and dust tight (MIL-STD 810G)
  • Resistant to UV, solvents, corrosion, fungus and impact damage (MIL-STD 810G)
  • IP67 Rated
  • Drop test (ASTM D 256-05a)

Standard Options

List of standard options for SKB iSeries Cases

Peli lid organiser

Lid Organiser

Improve organisation
Various configurations
Screw in / velcro
Smaller cases only

Peli bezel kit

Bezels

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 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

Printing

Add branding
Include instructions
Digitally printed
Cut vinyl graphics

Applications

Example uses for SKB iSeries cases

Whilst there is a huge range of applications and uses for SKB iSeries (and hard shell / waterproof cases in general), there are certain scenarios and industries where the specific benefits of the SKB range lend themselves particularly well.

For a brief overview on these, please see below.

Sports

Whilst GWP Protective typically only supply the industrial SKB cases, there are a wide number that are manufactured to be used specifically with sports equipment. This includes fishing, archery, golf, scuba diving and even a wide range of gun and rifle cases.

Similarly, SKB also manufacture cases that are tailored to protecting musical instruments.

SKB 3i case
As they are waterproof, SKB cases are often used for extreme sports (SKB also manufacture cases for specific sports, such as archery, fishing etc.)

Audio Visual

Almost any SKB case is a great option for protecting expensive audio-visual equipment. This includes cameras, lighting, lenses, sound equipment and much more besides. Coupled with foam inserts, these cases will keep equipment safe, dry and protected from impact. The fact they can be locked is a real bonus too.

SKB also produce a number of cases with pre-cut foam / dividers for specific equipment (such as SLR cameras, drones etc.) which can be a good choice for one off and low volume orders.

Maintenance / Service Engineers

When considering just the SKB industrial cases category (which iSeries cases fall into), one of the most popular applications is for use by service and maintenance engineers.

Enhanced with bespoke foam inserts (and even bezel kits depending on the equipment) iSeries cases offer exceptional protection for important kit and equipment being taken out onto site.

This can help improve efficiency of your workforce (particularly is using shadow board foam too) and prevent costly damage and project delays too.

Military

Taking their lead from Peli Protector cases, SKB cases are widely used by military forces throughout the world. This includes not only their iSeries range, but also the rack mount and roto molded options too.

The high and consistent levels of protection for these cases make them ideal in scenarios where damaged equipment could spell disaster.

skb military cases
SKB cases are widely used by military forces due to their strength, durability and longevity

Offshore / Marine

As iSeries cases are fully waterproof (being IP67 rated) they are widely used in offshore and marine industries.

They are perfect for keeping important or sensitive items safe and dry, even if the cases are splashed or submerged. The pressure relief valve is also a bonus here.

iSeries cases will also keep water in – meaning they can be used to transport wet equipment without it leaking into dry vehicles or storage areas too.

skb waterproof cases
SKB cases are IP67 rated, meaning they can be submerged without their contents becoming wet / damaged

Alternative Waterproof Cases

Other protective case options available

SKB cases

Peli™ Protector

The worlds’ most popular protective / waterproof cases

Peli Storm case

Peli™ Storm™ Case

GWP Protective’s recommended waterproof case

Peli air cases

Peli™ Air

Up to 40% lighter than other waterproof case options

Explorer 4419 Case

Explorer Cases

Cost effective, durable cases with Italian design

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

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Summary

Are SKB iSeries a good option for your business?

This final section collates the key points of the SKB iSeries range, allowing you to decide whether theses cases will be a good fit for your requirements

  • Huge range of size options (50+ in total)
  • Various custom options, including dividers, bezel kits, foam inserts and branding
  • Completely water and dust proof (IP67 rated)
  • Claimed 20 – 30% lighter whilst 2.5 times stronger than alternatives
  • Moulded on “loops” allow for cases to be padlocked
  • Comfortable handles, making them easy to carry
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Patented trigger release latches for secure closure and easy opening
  • Extensively tested to military standard
  • Resistant to solvents, corrosion, fungus etc.

Official SKB UK sellers

Besides a huge range of other well-known waterproof cases – including Peli, Storm, Explorer, B&W and Hardigg options – GWP Protective are also official sellers of the SKB range of cases. This is also in addition to custom built options (such as EXOcase and traditional flight cases), aluminium containers, carry cases, and much more besides.

Besides this huge range, you can also source foam inserts from GWP (being one of the UKs largest foam converters), and all of the other customisation options you may need.

But why else should you work with GWP?

SKB iSeries case extreme conditions
GWP can enhance any SKB iSeries case, most notably through the inclusion of custom foam inserts

Well, firstly, we remain fully independent. The advantage of this (to your business) is that you can be certain you are getting the most suitable case at the most competitive price. We wont push you towards an option which is not 100% perfect (unlike some other suppliers).

This is coupled with free impartial advice on how you should protect your specific items. It is then backed up with an expert team of designers and engineers, as well as completely free and no obligation quotes on any case and foam combination you require.

If any or all of this sounds as though it could help your business, please get in touch today.

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