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Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector
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Andrew Bishop
(copperhead) - MLife

Locale: Down Under
Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 03/21/2013 06:29:00 MDT Print View

Hi all

Since wetting out an iphone 4S in an unplanned river swim a few weeks back I have been looking for a a good shockproof and waterproof cover for my new 4S.

I also want it to have a lanyard connector, so I remove the risk of dropping the phone off a bridge, cliff face, into a river, etc.

Finally, I want the case to be as small as possible, so I can fit it into a pocket.

- Liteproof covers are waterproof and very cool, but have no lanyard connector.

- this one from Proporta looks promising. ... t_mode=des

- there are a number of covers reviewed here:

Any comments or suggestions? Have you used one of these cases?

Jan S
Re: Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 03/21/2013 07:25:56 MDT Print View

I'd suggest AquaPack. It's British, but then they do know wet there and make specialised cases for about every piece of equipment one might take along.

Haven't used them though.

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 03/21/2013 08:23:19 MDT Print View

Check out OtterBox.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Aquapac on 03/21/2013 18:58:46 MDT Print View

Otterbox's only waterproof case is an expensive monster. Not small at all.

Unfortunately, when it comes to iPhone cases you can't have both ways. You'll be hard-pressed to find a dedicated case that ALSO has a lanyard connector.

My suggestion is to get the Lifeproof case and then epoxy a loop on there for your lanyard. Depending on how you attach it, it should be pretty strong. I suggest using a badge holder like they use for security badges. Found some here:

Make sure the one you glue on has pretty serious holes so you don't wear through it, or attach a small grommet to prevent wearing through.

Barring my first MYOG instinct, though, the Aquapac is probably the best option.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Lifeproof on 03/21/2013 19:53:39 MDT Print View

As you've mentioned does not have a lanyard but maybe one of the accessories will work for you?

I like this case for when I'm backpacking but it's not ideal for everyday use. The case itself is fine but the screen becomes harder to use. I just use a magpul case for around town.

I followed their instructions and submerged the empty case for a couple hours and not a drop.

Reggie Garrett
(regarrett) - M

Locale: Lost in the mountains
SealLine on 03/22/2013 05:39:40 MDT Print View

Check out SealLine by Cascade Designs. Waterproof, lanyard or clip hole, sized to fit iPhones.

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: SealLine on 03/22/2013 21:55:07 MDT Print View

I'd suggest the Cascade Designs E-Case products over the SeaLine as they have iPhone specific offerings.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 03/22/2013 22:37:42 MDT Print View

I've gone through a few and settled with the SealLine basic cover for the iPhone. 1.2oz and it has reasonable access to the controls and it's not too bulky. They do make one with a headphone jack too. Ziplock style seals give me doubts, but the seal on this one is pretty good.

SealLine iPhone case

For a quick and dirty case you can get food containers with a silicone seal in the lid like the Lock-n-Lock container shown. 3.8oz for this one. I like them for rain protection for cameras and would trust one for a quick dunking, but I'm not buying you a new phone :) No lanyard option, but one could be rigged. It's more of an in-the-pack carry option anyway.

Lock-n-Lock box

Pelican makes a bombproof case, but it is big and heavy and you can't access the controls. I would use the Lock-n-Lock first.

The Lifeproof cases are okay, but they won't buy you a new phone either and they are about $75. The headphone and charging ports need extensions to be workable. No lanyard option. They are okay for spills but I wouldn't go swimming with one.

You might get away with an Aloksak for rain protection for cheap and light. Throw it in a small silnylon

Vyacheslav Chetvernin
(vchetv) - M
LifeProof lanyard connector on 03/23/2013 12:41:14 MDT Print View

It seems they added a lanyard attachment point.

Andrew Bishop
(copperhead) - MLife

Locale: Down Under
Re: LifeProof lanyard connector on 03/23/2013 14:15:47 MDT Print View

Yes, I have had it confirmed from another Lifeproof user that there a lanyard connector holes on the bottom, suitable for thin cord - like for a USB

Jim Larkey
(jimlarkey) - MLife

Locale: NoCO
$10, Seattle Sports DryDoc on 07/28/2013 12:53:11 MDT Print View

Just to add another data point to the discussion, the Seattle Sports DryDoc avail at REI, is somewhere between a Ziploc and a SealLine...price-wise too.

Weighs 0.7 oz, with the suregrip strap, uses 19 mil poly PVC–Free film (Ziploc HD Freezer bag is 2.5 mil). Has attachment hole for tether on back.

There are bomb-proof protectors like the Griffin Survivor+Catalyst Waterproof Case which weighs 3-1/2 oz and cost $70. The DryDoc is a step up from the Ziplocs I've been using, and still affordable.


Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Waterproof iPhone Case on 07/28/2013 17:07:17 MDT Print View

For cheap, Beach Buoy and for a little more Hitcase Pro. I am looking at the latter but the iPhine 5 case isn't out yet.

Jim Larkey
(jimlarkey) - MLife

Locale: NoCO
....and for a little more Hitcase Pro on 07/28/2013 17:37:22 MDT Print View

Funny :-) ..."and for a little more"....


robert mckay
(rahstin) - F

Locale: The Great Land
lifeproof on 07/28/2013 18:35:59 MDT Print View

lifeproof is the bomb.
there is a hole for a lanyard at the bottom.
I use z-line and a bowline knot on one end, then a mini screwgate biner that I attach to my belt loop. The mini screwgate style biner works waayyy better than a spring gate that tend to break on the small ones. Keep the line long enough to get to your ear, but short enough so it doesn't hit the ground when you drop it (not if). I attach my knife to myself the same way. I didn't lose either on the PCT and continue to enjoy both to this day. The headphone adapters break easily, but are cheap to replace. I shut my phone in my truck door the other day (it was connected to the stereo) and the case protected it just fine. The case is starting to fall apart, but I have certainly abused it worse than the average person would.

Zach Waller
Lifeproof all the way! on 07/29/2013 14:32:34 MDT Print View

Im onto my second case. I have a original iphone4 and bought the lifeproof before it went mainstream. The first case was unbreakable. It survived many trips to the carribean and south america and who knows how many outtings in the states. Ive filmed hours underwater (salt/fresh)with it. Finally the dog got it while i was sleeping one night. I'll add that it still protected the phone but wasnt waterproof anymore. I bought a new one the next day and that was about 4-6 months ago. The new one is going just as strong as the last one did and i am just plain cruel to my phone lol. The new one i got doesnt have a lanyard hole though... that might be a new feature.


Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
The Wirecutter recommends ... on 07/29/2013 17:15:05 MDT Print View

Wirecutter does in-depth reviews of many products, including waterproof iPhone cases:

For iPhone 4S, less-than-enthusiastic recommendation for Otterbox Armor, not impressed with LIfeproof, which completely flooded in their tests.

I just received an Otterbox Armor for my iPhone 4, which comes with a lanyard. Big and clunky, won't use it for every day carry.

-- Rex

Jim Larkey
(jimlarkey) - MLife

Locale: NoCO
$40 Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Cover on 08/02/2013 08:22:50 MDT Print View

Just took delivery on the $40 Griffin Survivor...I'm impressed...totally bombproof.

The case is not bulky, weighs 1.9 oz, the tether 0.1 oz, for a total of 2 oz. The sound quality for the cellphone is excellent, not much muffling observed. Claims to be waterproof to 10 ft, and dropproof to 6 ft.

The design and features of this case is well thought out. Comes with a 70 page (!) owner's guide, that takes you through initial immersion test sanity check. 1/2 of it is not in english.

The $10 Seattle Sports DryDoc in the above post, weighs less than an ounce will take care of most of my trips. However, where immersion is a high risk on a trip, such as stream/river crossings, I'll ante up the extra oz, and take Griffin Survivor.


Sarah Kuhn
(SCKuhn) - MLife

Locale: Mountainous Ohio
"Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector" on 08/02/2013 09:36:02 MDT Print View

I picked a cheap one at the Walmart checkout counter.... neck lanyard included, headhone jack included... $5-6!!!
Big enough to fit iPhone 4 or 5 or other similar item.
Very similar to this item -

Christopher Gilmore
(chrisjgilmore) - F - MLife

Locale: New Almaden
Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 08/02/2013 10:41:58 MDT Print View

I have the iPhone 5 Lifeproof case and it does have a location to attach a lanyard at the bottom left hand corner. I'm not sure about the 4S but i would do some more research as it is a awesome case. I have the arm strap and go swimming with it regularly not to mention listening to music in the shower.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Waterproof cover for iPhone with lanyard connector on 04/04/2015 19:01:41 MDT Print View

on the new Lifeproof Fre cases they have a screw in head phone adapter, the screw has a little plastic strap attached- if you undo the screw you can easily remove the strap and it reveal a slot that would accommodate a thin lanyard, be sure to put the screw back in though :)