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ASP Triad USB Rechargeable LED Light

ASP Triad USB Flashlight

What is the one thing that is always an issue with flashlights?     Dead batteries.    When you need your flashlight, only to find the batteries are dead, it can leave you fumbling around in the dark.    I have a few flashlights that have rechargeable batteries (18650 batteries), but I can never seem to find the charger when I need it or I’m out on a hike and I can’t bring the charger (wall plug unit) with me.

The team over at ASP recently sent us a new flashlight to review called the ASP Triad USB which has a micro USB port right on the flashlight for charging.   The Micro USB cable connector has been around since 2007 and has become the defacto standard for charging smartphones and other small electronic devices.    Most of us have a charger in the car and home already with this connector.     You could even charge the Triad USB with the JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger we reviewed back in April or any other portable battery pack.

What if you are out in the field and it needs recharged and you don’t have time to plug it in?   ASP thought of that.   The Triad USB is a dual-fuel light.  Not only is the custom 18650 battery, removable so you can buy a spare to carry fully charged, but they also made it so you can power the Triad USB with 2-CR123A batteries.    You can always have backup juice for extended use.   NOTE:   The Triad USB does NOT use standard 18650 batteries.    These custom 18650 batteries have a PCM protection circuit that prevents the battery from over-charging or short circuiting.

The standby time on this light is fantastic.   I’ve charged it twice in two months and the first charge was when I received it, just to make sure it had a full charge before testing.   The power output seems to barely take a hit even after a week or two of non-use.  The thermally controlled LED is intense!   The light output is FL1 rated at 300 Lumens with 3 hours of standard run time.   The beam has a very crisp center and a wide halo which is nice if you don’t want to shine the full power beam at something directly.    I compared it to the OLight S10 Baton I have which has a 320Lumen mode.    They have a very different light pattern as you can see.

As you can see the ASP Triad USB has a very tight throw with a sharp halo.    The OLight S10 Baton has more of a flood type profile with broad illumination.


ASP Triad USB Flashlight
ASP Triad USB Mode Switch

One of my favorite features on the Triad is the switch.   The button to activate the light is at the end of the flashlight, built into the cap.    You can rotate the cap to three positions.   Position one allows you to use the light in an intermittent mode.   Press and release the button to turn the light on and off.    The middle position is a lock mode.    It allows you to lock the light on or off.   This prevents accidental light activation.    The third position is constant mode.   Press the button completely and you can feel the button activate.   Release and the light remains on.   Press and release again to turn off.    A quick press half-way in while on constant mode will allow you to use the intermittent mode as well.

As with most LED lights, the Triad USB can get hot.    It has a foamed vinyl grip which keeps it comfortable if it has been on for a while, or in the middle of winter, you can have a comfortable grip.     Do NOT place the Triad USB lens down on any surface while it is on.    (Or any other LED light).

The Triad USB box was packed with extras including:

  • Snap-Loc™ Pocket Clip
  • Retractable charging cord
  • Car Charger
  • Wall Charger
  • Zippered Travel Case
  • Battery Case

ASP may not be a name some of you are familiar with unless you are in law enforcement, the military or emergency services.    They have more than 30 years experience  making high-quality products, focused on law enforcement and as they put it “Products you can literally stake your life on”.   Simply put,  this thing is the highest quality flashlight I’ve ever used.

I used the Triad USB in a variety of situations from power outages at home, hiking at night, fishing, and simply walking the dog and I’d highly recommend this flashlight to anyone.    If you want a flashlight that you can count on when you need it, is easy to power, has fantastic light output and can take a beating, pick up an ASP Triad USB Rechargeable LED Light.      The retail for the Triad USB as tested is $145 from the ASP webstore or ranging from $105-140~ on Amazon.

ASP Triad USB Video

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Drago Gear Sentry Pack for iPad®

Drago Gear Sentry Pack for iPad®

Technology goes with me just about everywhere.  I use my Apple iPad2 for navigation, star gazing, reading, music, videos and it deserves to be taken care of.  I’ve owned a number of cases for it, but it typically gets jammed into whatever bag I happen to be carrying that day.  Most of those bags aren’t designed to protect my iPad and as a result, it has some scrapes, dents and dings that I wish weren’t there.   I have found a couple of bags in the past that called themselves “Tablet Bags” but honestly, they were a joke.

Sentry Pack for iPad (Photo from Drago Gear)

To keep your iPad safe while giving you a functional pack for carrying other odds and ends, Drago Gear introduced the Sentry Pack for iPad as part of their Covert Strike Collection. The Sentry Pack is made of durable 600D Polyester and has the usual awesome Drago Gear build quality with heavy-duty  zippers, zipper pulls and tons of webbing.

Inside you’ll find a thick cushioned pocket for your iPad (or tablet) with a velcro strap to keep it in place. The main cavity also has a zippered inner pocket to keep items secure. Another, smaller storage area on the front of the pack offers spots for keys, chargers, cables, pens and other accessories. Above that is a compartment for sunglasses or other small items. On the back of the pack, you’ll find a padded, concealed-carry pocket.

Sentry Pack for iPad (Photo from Drago Gear)

The Sentry Pack is a sling pack (single shoulder) that can be adjusted for use over either shoulder and includes a smart phone holder on the sling strap. The smart phone holder worked great with my iPhone 5S and HTC One M8 phones. I also used it to hold my Mophie Powerstation Pro portable battery.     Like all Drago Gear, there are D-rings everywhere for connecting other equipment.

Over the past few months, I’ve used the Sentry Pack as a day pack, fishing pack, work pack and my kids have borrowed it for school and other uses.  Another WM staff member even took it on vacation and used it as his day pack. Keeping in mind what the Sentry Pack was really designed for, this pack delivers on every front. I’m not doing covert ops, but I’m sure this pack would be right at home out on a mission as it is going to work with me daily.   If you are going out for the day and want to bring along a sweatshirt or light jacket? No problem. Books, a water bottle and various other stuff? Check. Even though it was made to carry a tablet, it is great as an all around pack.

  • Internal storage compartment specifically designed to hold your iPad® or tablet
  • Thick cushioning and secure strap help keep your device safe and protected
  • Designed to hold iPad® with our without case
  • Fast access concealed-carry compartment
  • Sunglass compartment
  • Organization system for power adaptor, charging cable, pens and keys
  • Smart-phone holder on sling strap
  • Made of 600D Polyester
  • Dimensions: 13″x10″x7″
  • Approximate Capacity: 659 cu in

If you are looking for a case specifically made to carry an iPad or tablet, you will have a hard time finding a more rugged, well-built pack than the Sentry Pack from Drago Gear.

The Sentry Pack is available wherever Drago Gear is sold.   I found it on Amazon for ~$45.

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JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger

JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger

As more of our lives are connected with devices that require power, people are looking for ways to extend the battery life on their smart phones, flashlights, or other electronics.   While larger capacity batteries are available for many items, they aren’t always the right choice.    At home and work, we can simply plug in our smartphones or tablets to recharge them.    What about when there isn’t an outlet nearby?    There are a number of portable rechargeable battery packs (which I’ll be doing a review of shortly), but those are only good for a single use unless you have a way to recharge them.   Solar panels that allow you to charge a device directly can also work but require direct sunlight, limiting your use to daytime and nice weather.   Solar Components offers a solution, the JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger, a high-efficiency solar panel with a rechargeable battery in a single device.


Photo by Solar Components

The JOOS is a rugged (NEMA 6 waterproof) solar panel with a built in 5400mAh battery pack.    While the JOOS is on the stout side, weighing in at 24~ ounces, it is the only rugged solar panel I’ve found that has a built in rechargeable battery (which is replaceable).    The unit is constructed of sturdy polycarbonate and has adjustable legs for better positioning when solar charging.    There is a security hole at the top of the unit that can be used to hang or secure the JOOS.     Two LED lights give you feedback on the amount of charge (they blink 1,2,3 or 4 times to show battery charge level) or to show you the unit is being charged.

The JOOS 5400mAh battery can be charged using the solar panel or a microUSB port connected to a power source such as a computer or wall power supply (not included).   A standard microUSB to USB cable will do the trick.     Using this method, I was able to charge the JOOS to only 83% full.    I reached out to our rep about this and didn’t receive a reply, but after some research online, I was able to find a few other people with similar experience.     When charging the unit in sunlight, I was able to get it to 100% charge capacity every time.

For charging a device, the JOOS comes with a custom cable.   The cable has a microUSB on one end, and a modular plug on the other.  Included are a variety of connectors, including the Apple 30-pin connector, but not the newer Lightning connector.   To use the JOOS to charge your iPhone 5/5S/5C or iPad Mini (new), you can use their adapter, which will make the end of the cable a female USB so you can use your existing cable.   To help you keep track of all the modular plugs, they included a water-tight plastic bag.    On paper, having all of these connectors seems like a good idea, but in reality, it has a number of drawbacks.   I have a family of 5 and we have 3 different phone types between all of us and only 2 connector types needed, one of them being a standard microUSB.    Using a custom cable is something I can misplace and if I do, I’m no longer able to use the JOOS.   The solution many other companies have implemented is to use a standard USB (Type A) connector on the device so you can plug in the charging cable that came with your phone, tablet etc and there is no need for something custom.    I really hope this is something that Solar Components addresses in any new models.

My favorite feature of the JOOS is an application you can download from their website, called “Dashboard”.     This application runs on Windows® or Macintosh® computers and when connected, can give you real-time feedback on the status of the JOOS.     Current charge amount in the battery, amount of solar energy being collected currently etc.   I particularly like the solar power chart which allows you to position the JOOS in the optimal angle for solar charging.   What would have really made this outstanding is if they also had an application for Android® and iOS® that does the same thing.   People are much more likely to bring a mobile phone with them over a laptop or desktop computer.

One key note about the JOOS is that it contains proprietary MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) circuitry, which is more commonly found on larger, more expensive solar panels.   This technology allows the JOOS to be more efficient, which means faster charge times and better performance even when part of the solar cell is obstructed.   You can learn more about MPPT on their website.   If you want to get into the nerdy tech specs, you can find them on the Solar Components website .


For my first test, I drained my Apple® iPad2® completely and used the JOOS (at 100% charge)  to recharge it.   After 4 hours of charging, the iPad2 was at 55% and the JOOS was down to less than 6% of power remaining.     iPad’s are notorious for drawing a lot of power and a full charge is a big challenge.    That being said, getting a half charge while in the woods, would be great.   That is enough to watch a movie or read a few books.    At 5400mAh. it isn’t the biggest battery on the market so a half charge is in line with what I’ve seen from my 4,000mAh or 10,000mAh battery chargers.

It was a sunny afternoon here in Chicago that day so I decided to continue the charging of my iPad2.   I put the JOOS in direct sunlight where it showed a reasonable 1.8W of solar energy being collected.   After 2 hours of direct sunlight, the JOOS was at 8% and the iPad2 had gone from 55% charged to 62% charged.        Charge times will depend of course on the device you are charging and the amount of solar energy being collected.   I was able to charge my Samsung Galaxy Note II to more than 75% and an iPhone 4S  to 100% off a single charge on the JOOS.   Now that spring has arrived in Chicago (even though it is snowing today), I look forward to using the JOOS a lot more.


The one thing I can say about the JOOS is that it is rugged.   They set out to build something that was durable and could be used in rough environments and they succeeded.   Solar Components even has a video on YouTube showing the JOOS working after being shot by a 22!    There are a few things I’d like to see them change in future versions, the cable/USB setup in particular and I’d also like to see a mobile application, but I think the JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger is a great product for anyone that needs rechargeable power when remote.   The ability to charge and store power makes it a winner.

The JOOS has an MSRP of $149 and can be purchased at REI, Amazon and many other online outdoor retailers.    Solar Components also offers a case and reflectors as optional accessories, available for purchase from their website.




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Follow up: Flashlight Testing

Follow up:  Flashlight Testing

After posting the short write up and link to the OutdoorGearLab article on Headlamp testing and marketing claims, I did a little homework.    While I was looking at a number of manufacturer websites, I saw mention of PLATO and not ANSI FL1.   I was concerned that the already confusing landscape of flashlight test standards had become even worse!

Here is the good news, I talked with our Energizer rep and this was their response:

PLATO recognizes that the ANSI/FL-1 standard is a voluntary standard. However, when a company does report to it, that company is expected to do so in a transparent and accurate way. Through the Oversight Committee, PLATO self-regulates the portable lighting industry for compliance with the ANSI/FL-1 testing and reporting requirements. It is widely recognized as the only true flashlight standard.

You can view a current list of PLATO members at

We wanted to call out that several of the companies you listed as part of the original 14 that developed the standard have since left PLATO, including Princeton Tec, Petzl, Black Diamond, The Brinkman Corporation and Duracell.

We can’t speak on behalf of Surefire, but we do know that the company is in good standing as a corporate voting member of PLATO and it includes ANSI claims on product packaging.

Also of interest, PLATO has asked Energizer to Chair the ANSI/FL-1 update committee. Every five years ANSI standards need to be reviewed and updated where appropriate. We are in the early stages and plan to reach out to experts and interested parties for consideration on improving the FL1 standard. We are appreciative of the recognition that comes with leading this committee and are excited to help move the industry forward.

– Energizer Rep

The short version of this is that while ANSI FL1 is a voluntary standard, if a company joins PLATO they are obligated to follow ANSI FL1 test procedures and reporting guidelines.

Princeton Tec

While shopping for running shoes for my son last night I came across a display for headlamps from Princeton Tec, which is one of the companies that left PLATO and does not follow ANSI FL1 test guidelines.   They make quality products, and we’ve even tested a few in the past.   They list power and battery life next to each other, and while they aren’t explicitly making the connection, I think they know that consumers naturally will.  This is the concern that OutdoorGearLab raised in their article.

Marketing Magic

If you look at this package, you might think you get 100 lumens for 200 hours!    I will admit that HOPEFULLY, most of us know that batteries lose strength over time but what should you expect?   This model is actually one of the units OutdoorGearLab tested.    The distance claim on the package vs actual is worth a look.   The issue here isn’t so much that they show these two specs side by side but that they are not connected.    In our test the Remix tested far shorter, in real world testing, for beam distance than what is stated on the package .  If they were following ASNI FL1, those numbers would be different and a true representation of what a consumer can expect from the product.

Playing by the rules

I was at Home Depot this week and took a quick look at their headlamps.    Home Depot  isn’t an outdoors store, but they do carry a number of lower end, utility headlamps including some from Energizer and Coast which are members of PLATO and follow ANSI FL1 according to their websites.

Coast Headlamp

Both Coast and Energizer represent their ANSI FL1 compliance well.   Coast only showed the Lumens icon on the front, clearly stating it was following FL1 Standard and they did not show battery life anywhere near the Lumens.

Energizer shows the ANSI FL1 icons right on the display packaging as well as on the shelf signs to explain what ANSI FL1 is and why you should care.   The Energizer product clearly showed different battery life on the back of the package for each mode – and did not show any claims of Lumens nearby.   Energizer does show 3 graphics on the front under FL1 for lumens, battery life and beam length on some of the packaging.   While there still exists a potential for confusion, at a minimum, the stated specs are based on ANSI FL1 and not some other non-standard metric.

Read the fine print

You can see a RAYOVAC headlamp on the shelf and while I see a number of icons on the package that look like ANSI Fl1, they are not a member of PLATO and were not part of the ANSI FL1 standard creation.    Don’t be fooled by fancy icons.  Look for ANSI FL1.

Kudos to Coast and Energizer (and other PLATO members)  for playing by the rules and keeping the consumer in mind.   Make your voice heard by those that are not playing by the same rules and support brands that follow ANSI FL1.

[ct_alert type=”info” title=”UPDATE: “]   Since we’ve reviewed a few OLIGHT products recently, I wanted to mention that they DO follow ANSI FL1 test procedures. [/ct_alert]

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Bringing Flashlight testing out of the darkness


The Editors over at OutdoorGearLab have an interesting article about Headlamp beam distance and battery run-time that we think is something everyone should read.   It can get a little nerdy (which I like) so be warned.  They do, however, offer an easy to understand explanation of the problem and how to tell if the headlamp you are buying is following the rules.

Most of this relates to the ANSI FL1 standard was ratified in 2009 when a group of 14 industry companies agreed that a consistent way to test flashlights was needed.   With the help of ANSI (American  National Standards Institute) and NEMA (National Electronics Manufacturers Association), they developed a standard that includes six measures.   Each measure is clearly defined, has a test procedure specified, and has an icon that manufacturers can use on their packaging for product claims of performance.

Its important to note that the standard ratification included 3 groups: 1) manufacturers, 2) users, and 3) general interests and one group couldn’t comprise more than 50% of the total ratifying vote. This wasn’t only flashlight companies creating a standard that made them look good.

The 6 measures include:ANSI FL1 Icons

  • Light Output
  • Runtime
  • Beam Distance
  • Peak Beam Intensity
  • Enclosure Protection Against Water Penetration
  • Impact Resistance

The problem is that some companies decided to play by different rules.    They claimed that the battery runtime measures were too strict.   They decided to use something called the “Moonlight Standard”.   Everyone should read this part of the Outdoorgearlab article if nothing else.   It makes complete sense and makes me wonder if the companies selling these flashlights (not following the standard)  have ever tried to hike with one at night over rough terrain.     The other issue Outdoorgearlab brings up is your typical marketing magic of showing association without actually making one.    Often, you will see battery life and beam distance listed side by side, and many consumers will make the connection that they will get 100 hours of a full-strength beam shining 100ft which they will not.    This is explained well in the Outdoorgearlab article.

I will point out that we were alerted to this article by our Energizer rep because they are one of the companies following the ANSI FL1 standard to the letter.   This is part of the email we received from our rep:

“As an Energizer representative, I want to ensure you that all Energizer headlights are tested using the ANSI industry standard, which states that a light’s runtime claim will be a result of the continuous time lapsed from the initial light output to when the light output is at 10% of the initial light output.”

If others aren’t playing by the same rules, we aren’t seeing “apples to apples” when shopping for flashlights and people should be informed.

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I won’t spoil everything here, you can read it on the OutdoorGearLab site.    Great article and I’d highly recommend the read if you are in the market for a flashlight.    They have a great review of headlamps as well.


A few other resources if you really want to nerd out about light and light testing:


The 14 companies that comprised the committee that helped develop the ANSI FL1 standard were:

  • Dorcy International Columbus, OH
  • Princeton Tec Bordentown, NJ
  • Coast Portland, OR
  • Surefire, LLC Fountain Valley, CA
  • Golight Culbertson, NE4
  • Petzl Clearfield, UT
  • The Brinkman Corporation Dallas, TX
  • Energizer Holdings Westlake, OH
  • ASP Inc. Appleton. WI
  • Streamlight, Inc. Eagleville, PA
  • Cat Eye Co., Inc. Boulder, CO
  • Black Diamond Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Coleman Company Inc. Wichita, KS
  • Duracell, Inc. Bethel, CT

I would recommend checking the company websites and/or product packaging to see if they are still following ANSI FL1.


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Flint and Tinder Bicycle 6-Pack Carrier

Flint and Tinder bicycle 6-pack carrier

Something to help everyone get out and bike more was announced today.   The Flint and Tinder Bicycle 6-Pack Carrier.  I for one will be biking a LOT more this summer 🙂   I have a feeling these may go quick.


Turn your bicycle into the versatile, 6-pack delivery system it was always destined to be! But don’t stop at beer: This handsome leather frame cinch works well for tightly securing any narrow object—like baseball bats, fishing rods, and umbrellas.


  • Dimensions: 10″L x 5″W
  • Constructed from Vegetable-Tanned Leather
  • Finished with Antique Brass hardware
  • Made in the USA

Check it out at the Flint and Tinder website $28.00

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This Handmade Mobile Home Is Actually an Incredibly Versatile RV


Buying a house is a big deal. It’s complicated. It’s time-consuming. It’s expensive. And then come the property taxes, which means it’s even more expensive! Why not just live in a camper? Well, that depends on the camper.

ESCAPE might have just the thing for you. The Wisconsin-based company has been perfecting its handmade mobile homes for the past 22 years. Today, they’re so perfect, you can’t even tell they’re mobile homes. And you’d never ever, in a million years, guess that they’re actually very versatile, incredibly handsome RVs.

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OtterBox Preserver iPhone 5 Case Review

OtterBox Preserver iPhone 5 Case

I’m amazed how many people I see not using a case on their smartphones.   The cost of a new phone (off contract) these days can be as high as $600+.    Both of my boys are in high school and have iPhones.  I’ve invested in rugged cases for both of them just for the insurance of not having to replace them prematurely due to damage. Most of the higher-end phones today are made with cutting-edge materials like aircraft-grade aluminum, and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, so why bother with an expensive case?    A few reasons leap to mind – one in particular being resale value.    Selling your old phone on ebay, trading it in, and other options can help offset the cost of a new phone.     New smartphones, even on contract, can cost $100-300, so every extra dollar can help.    Spending $50-100 on a rugged case can help keep your phone looking like new.

tech_otterbox_preserver16With hundreds of models to choose from, what should you look for in a case?  Some people buy a case for looks, others for screen protection, or simple damage prevention (bumps and scratches). Water, snow, sand, or dirt can ruin a phone in no time.    Personally, I need something that can handle bumps, splashes, and drops.    The most important factor for me is a case that can be used daily without compromise.   I use my phone for email, texting, web browsing, and more and anything that makes that more difficult is an issue. Size is also a big factor.   OtterBox, a leader in case protection, has made some of the best cases, but they were usually bulky.     A rugged phone that needs to be kept in a belt holster is a non-starter for me.    There are a lot of options out there today for a rugged case and I want something slim, light and durable. LifeProof has made some of the more compelling rugged cases in the past year and were their primary competitor in this market (I reviewed the LiefProof iPhone 4 case last summer).

OtterBox Preserver iPhone 5 Case
Size comparison. Preserver is 3rd from the left.

Last year, OtterBox made the smart move to acquire LifeProof and now owns two of the best case brands in the market.  I’ve owned a number of OtterBox cases in the past.   For a quick size comparison, you can see my old iPhone 3G OtterBox case (Yellow), the LifeProof iPhone 4 case I reviewed last summer, the OtterBox Preserver and the final case is a Mophie Juice Pack which has a battery.    The OtterBox Preserver is slightly larger than the LifeProof case due to the increased length of the iPhone 5 over the iPhone 4.   Overall is it probably one of the slimmest, lightest cases OtterBox has made.    I couldn’t locate actual physical specs on their site.

Before we dive in (pardon the pun), the OtterBox Preserver is the phone case for the person that needs serious water protection, able to be submerged up to 6.6 ft for up to 30 minutes.   The case has a back plate with a foam piece on the inside that your iPhone rests against.   The top piece snaps into place to finish the water-tight, dust proof assembly.    OtterBox includes an adjustable lanyard which can be handy if you take the Preserver into the water. OtterBox Preserver iPhone 5 Case I used the case every day work phone (office) for a few weeks, and the phone performed as expected.   No noticeable difference in audio or camera quality.   The buttons work well with the exception of the silent switch which can be a little difficult to use.    I’ve only used one ruggedized case that had a good solution for that, the LunaTik Taktik Extreme.

Since this was a work phone I didn’t perform a dunk test like I did with the LifeProof case last year.    OtterBox has some videos (see below)  showing the case in water.  I’m confident that if you follow the instructions, the case will perform as advertised.   Once the ice thaws here in Chicago, I might take it out to the river with the canoe and see how it does.   I did drop the case a number of times, and it had no damage although the case does mar easily.    I don’t have any issue with that since I bought the case to protect my phone so it is there to take the abuse.

One of my main complaints with older OtterBox products (and LifeProof cases) is the access to the headphone jack and charging jacks.   With the Preserver this isn’t an issue since the iPhone 5 moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone and the charging connector is much smaller.  LifeProof still requires their audio adapter cable which I find to be a real issue if you listen to music as much as I do.    The plugs on the bottom of the case are a little stiff, but that is required if you want a water tight seal. In a few of my pictures you can see a glare on the screen.   I don’t really notice anything when looking at the phone directly.   The camera seems to have exaggerated that.    The screen protector did fit better than on the LifeProof as the LifeProof protector had a very slight gap between the protector and the iPhone screen which my son noticed immediately.

The advertised cost of the Preserver for the iPhone 5 is listed at $89.95 on which is a few bucks cheaper than their Armor Series case ($99-109).     The Preserver comes in 4 colors, Pistachio, Carbon, Primrose and Glacier. I’m always curious how things will shake out when a company buys their top competitor.    LifeProof came out with their LifeProof frē for iPhone 5 which is their thinnest, lightest and strongest, all-protective case yet.   The kicker is that you can get it for $79.99 and on their site right now they have a $20 off code so the final price is $59.99. The OtterBox is a solid case choice, and if you’ve had good luck with them in the past, I don’t think you can go wrong but if you want to save a few bucks, you might want to take a look at the LifeProof frē. [ct_alert type=”info” title=”EDIT”] 3/7/14 OtterBox has a special right now on their Armor Series for $49-54 on sale. Another great case. [/ct_alert] Features:

  • Waterproof: fully submersible up to 6.6 ft. (2 m) for 30 minutes (IP-X8)
  • Drop proof: protects device from drops up to 6.6 ft. (2 m)
  • Dust proof: blocks entry of dust and debris particles (IP-6X)
  • Uninhibited use of all device features and functions through the case
  • Includes an adjustable lanyard for convenient carrying and tethering


  • Solid polycarbonate shell: deflects impact away from the device
  • Overmolded synthetic rubber: absorbs impact and provides good grip
  • Internal foam: cushions device and holds it in place inside the case

Environmental Protection:

  • The Preserver Series case for iPhone 5 provides added protection against water, drops, bumps, dust and shock.