Can You Hear Me Now?

By Mark Corke

Here's a handy accessory that will protect AND charge your phone.

SLXtreme iPhone case

Not long ago I dropped my iPhone into the boat bilge. I watched in horror as the expensive device took a one-way trip from which it was never to recover. Thankfully, the phone was insured and was replaced, but what I could not replace were the pictures and video that I had so carefully captured on our four-day weekend trip. At that moment I decided that I was going to protect my next phone with some sort of hard waterproof case, so at least, should I repeat the mishap, all would not be lost.

The SLXtreme case from Snow Lizard checks all the boxes and then some. The case is available in four colors: black, white, yellow, and orange. It features rubberized side edges that provide a sturdy grip with wet hands and additionally offers some cushioning should the phone be dropped onto something hard. The manufacturer claims it can withstand a fall from 6 feet; I've not tried that one yet!

Although this is not a dive case, it's waterproof to IP68, meaning you can take pictures in 6-foot-deep water, so a careless drop into the bilge should be a walk in the park for this baby. Better yet, the case has a built-in 400 mAh lithium-ion battery that, when fully charged, will give an additional 18 hours of talk time over the phone battery alone. A membrane over the screen and chunky buttons on the side of the case ensure that all the phone's functions operate as designed while keeping the phone safe and secure. Charging is via an included mini USB socket or a small solar panel built in to the rear of the case. Prices vary; $89.99 for iPhone 6. 

Note: This product is no longer available through SnowLizard, but can be purchased at other retailers such as Amazon although the warranty will no longer be honored.

— Published: June 2018

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