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17/04/2009 – The Pelican 1514 Case, Would You Throw It Off Your House? I Would!
Yesterday after I posted an entry about testing the durability of the Pelican 1514 case by running over it with a Chevy 1500 series pickup, which you can read here, 16/04/2009 – The Pelican 1514 Case, Would You Drive A Truck Over It? I Would! , I received a number of comments that the test did not test the impact durability of the Pelican 1514 test.
While personally I was satisfied that my equipment could survive a massive impact inside a Pelican 1514 test, this I decided another test was required. As I am not a lab, do not have access to an Airbus A330 or Boeing 767, and was not conducting these tests with any scientific benchmark, I came up with my own ‘impact test.’
Yesterday evening after walking down to the beach with my son Max I stood outside and looked at the second floor deck on my house. While looking up at the height of the deck, and the railing I figured it was taller than then drop from the cargo door of a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 (the two most common aircraft I fly on). Upon further research, it seems the cargo door of a Boeing 737-800 stands 8ft 10in (2.42 meters) from the ground, and the deck of my house is certainly taller than 8ft 10in, not including the added height of the 4ft railing around the deck, so I decided I had found my new test.
This morning I got up, I got my boys dressed, made my daughter a sandwich, loaded up my Pelican 1514 with two Canon 1D series bodies, two Canon L-series lenses, one Canon USM-series lens, a Canon flash, some other random accessories, changed a diaper, then threw the Pelican 1514 off the railing atop the deck on the 2nd floor of my house. I’d estimate that my deck railing is a shade over 16-feet (4.87 meters) from the ground (my tape measure is only 12ft), which puts the drop around the height of a bag falling from the back of a Boeing 767 or Airbus A330 (if anyone has the height from a 767 or 330 cargo door to the ground I’d appreciate it).
The case hit the ground, bounced, rolled, came to a stop and then I checked it out. Upon opening the case it was apparent that everything stayed in place. Sure the Canon 580ex Speedlight had moved a bit, the 70-200f2.8 had rotated a bit, but everything was completely intact. I removed every item from the case, shot frames with each camera and lens and everything is working perfectly, exactly as I had placed it in the case!
…before you ask, no I will not be lighting my case on fire, then throwing it in the ocean and firing a shot gun at it to check for its further survivability. This impact test was good enough for me to cement my belief that the Pelican 1514 can survive almost anything (although some do get cracked in shipping and by airline ramp handlers).
If you know of a stronger carry-on case let me know. I’d love to test it out!
Below is a slide show of 16 images from this impact test of the Pelican 1514 case.
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