Gregg Ellamn: Lightweight iPad case offers great protection

March 13, 2014 


Once you have your iPad Air or mini (Retina Display) in Pelican's ProGear Vault case with its rubber seals and aircraft-grade aluminum, you can be sure it's safe from most any damage. This includes from drops, bangs, water or weather.

Inside the folio-styled case, your iPad enclosed with an impact absorbant elastomeric copolymer rubber.

The case is rated IP54 for water resistance and momentary immersion and meets military specification test standards 810G to survive a 4-foot drop.

Cosmetically, the case is a hard plastic, for which Pelican is famous. You might think that with all this protection it is like carrying around a 10-pound weight, but that's far from reality.

It measures 10.25 x 8 x 7/8-inches and weighs just 1.4 pounds, which does not add much weight considering what it will do for you.

There is a setup required; you must remove a few screws (tool included) to install your iPad and then screw them back in for proper installation.

Once installed you'll still have full access to all your buttons and ports and the case can even stand on its own on flat surfaces.

It's available in black and gray along with a mixture of white, orange and magenta. $99.95 for the Air, $79,95 for the Mini.

I'm not sure how much the Top Dawg DashCam will help out in contesting a red light ticket but it could be a great help if someone runs a light and rams you.

I'll get to the camera performance but some of the specs first. Video is recorded in AVI formats 848 x 480 @ 15fps or 1280 x 720 @ 30fps while JPGs are 2592 x 1944.

An 8GB SD card is included but you can use your own up to 32GB. The camera has an angle of view of 120-degrees, there's a built-in microphone, USB 2.0 connection, 560mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery (up to 5 hours) and a 2.0 MPX CMOS sensor with nigh vision.

That's a whole lot crammed into this camera and it performs well. If you expect great HD quality images to show on your 80-inch flat screen TV, this isn't for you but if you want a sold dash cam then this is your guy.

The camera has a plastic shell with a 2.5-inch pop-up display, which measures 4.5 x 2.5 x 1-inch (with camera folded down) and weighs about 3 ounces without a mount.

Included with the camera is a mount, battery, RCA cable and a 12V cable (cigarette lighter). $55 on Amazon.

The Booq Mirrorless is the latest addition to the Python collection of storage solutions for photographers.

When you have the bag in your hands you can see it's well made with strong material and craftsmanship. The exterior is a durable water-repellent 168-denier ballistic nylon to keep it water resistant.

It has both a shoulder strap and a topside hand strap.

While it's designed and named for a mirrorless camera it will support and hold whatever you can put in it. I tried it with a standard SLR, mid-range zoom, flash and a few other accessories, which all fit just fine.

It has four zippered pockets and a front slide-in pouch. The main compartment has Velcro dividers so you can adjust it specifically to your camera equipment.

One of the side zippered pockets has a key holder with a quick release and stretchable dividers.

An ID plate is embedded with a unique serial number in the front pouch. Once you register it at you'll be able to get the bag back in the event it's lost and someone finds it. $80.

-- Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman @greggellman.

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