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I was out in the south Gobi desert in Mongolia a while back, and we had a flat tire on our vehicle. The guys I was with did not want me to help change it, they told me they had flats all the time. After they got the tire and wheel off, they knocked the truck off the jack and into the sand. I told them I wanted to use my Pelican case as cribbing. They said no and went looking for rocks to use to jack the rig back up. When they were gone I took the jack, and using my case as a block changed the tire. I never had a doubt about the ability of the case to handle the load. They were astounded, (we had a lot of gear in the rig), but they are believers now!

Thanks for building the best case in the world.

Randy Toelle

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"RioBotz is a team from PUC-Rio University in Rio de Janeiro that builds combat robots. We're one of the biggest in the world and we've won more than 100 titles over our 10 years of existence.

Combat robots need to be tough! Their structure is made from high grade materials, like aeronautic and naval aluminum, specials steels and titanium. But they aren't completely tough; they also have fragile parts, like electronics and batteries that need to remain intact until the match ends.

One of the biggest problems about robotic competition is transportation. Imagine carrying extremely fragile components, heavy parts, sharp pieces of steel and other robotic parts around the world without any damage? Every year, we need to carry about 2,000lbs of such equipment per competition.

Most of our previous cases only withstood a single trip (or less), being destroyed during the transportation while carrying each 70lb worth of metal parts. Even when those cases survived they didn't appropriately protect all our expensive and custom-made equipment. With our Peli cases, we can transport everything safely, from motors to electronics. We also use them to keep our tools and spare robot parts during the event. Peli cases let us transport our equipment from Brazil to anywhere in the world, allowing us to compete in high-level competitions and achieving great results!"

RioBotz Team, PUC-Rio University, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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I was out of town when 'Sandy' hit. When I returned I saw 6 feet of sea water bashed through my apartment near Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn. The place was/ is wrecked. I found my cameras underneath a soaked futon and dresser. I held my breath and opened them up. Holy #### !!!!! they were dry and fired right up.

Tim Cothren

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My team and I were first responders to a terrorist attack on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. As part of our recovery effort at the blast site, we 'repatriated' one of our armored vehicles. Inside the vehicle, which was in the immediate impact zone of the SVBIED, we discovered an unscathed 'Model 1640 Peli Transport Case.' I've enclosed photos of the Peli Case taken the day that we recovered it from the demolished vehicle. The case stood up against a massive explosion and flying shrapnel.

We gave the case back to its rightful owner, who thankfully was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack. Seeing how well this product withstood this type of abuse, I can say that you have found yourself several new lifetime customers!

US Federal Agent

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David used a Peli case to carry his sensitive equipment - GPS, housing, cameras, phone, sea maps, tide charts… " work!

David Brown, Dive Master. Hampshire UK. 2005

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During a long trekking expedition in Zanskar and Ladakh, in Northern India we had all our stuff on horseback. About half way through the trip one of the horses ponies overbalanced and fell from the track into the water. The horse was unhurt beyond a couple of scratches, but the case had been dragged underwater, banged on rocks for a good while and dragged out again. I opened the case and discovered that my Hasselblad®, my spare Nikon body several lenses, dozens of films and a DAT recorder and tapes for my audio work, were all completely unharmed and dry!

Mike Harding, BBC presenter, travel, writer, poet, playwright.


I make long voyages aboard my own small yacht, Piper. My camera and laptop are accommodated by two 1500 Peli™ Cases and a Navman chart plotter fits in the smaller 1200 Case. Before starting my trip I did a test by throwing my Peli Case 1500 loaded with old camera bodies and lenses into the water, and it floated happily. No water had gone inside. The I took the Cases on board for three months of continuous sailing and photography. They have been stood on, sat on, loaded in and out of boats and vehicles and on a variety of assignments, even in foul weather - By the end of the trip there was light scuffing on the outside and foam insert was a little worn but most important - its precious contents have come through it all unscathed!

David Rainsbury, Journalist and Sailor, freelance for several sailing magazines

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As I have owned my Super SabreLite for long time ago and used it for personal use and in my job as a fire fighter, I can't tell you how great of a light it has been for me. Some months ago, while at a fire, I accidentally dropped my light between a wall space. It fell about 5 to 6 meters before hitting the concrete floor below. My first thoughts were of disappointment, for I didn't think that I would be able to retrieve it. After getting out of the attic space that I was in, I walked around to the other side of the wall, to my relief there just happened to be an opening in the base of the wall where my SabreLite landed. It was still shining when I picked it up, and after a quick inspection I couldn't find a thing wrong with it. After this I carried searching the bedrooms of the house where I found an elderly lady whom we successfully removed from the house. I was amazed because I feel that the quality of the light allowed me to save the life of another human being. Thank you!! I will continue using the Super SabreLite for the rest of my career. Keep up the great work!

François, professional fire fighter. 2005

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On a recent trip through Zimbabwe the 1150 Peli case became the prey of a member of the carnivore family. Shumba, less than a year old, pounced on the case and subjected it to its inch long canines. The Peli case withstood its brush with the jaws of death and also the rock bashing hike into the Zambezi valley and all the whitewater Ross encountered in the following weeks.

Ross O'Donoghue

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My epic journey (3341 miles between La Gomera - Canaries - and Barbados - West Indies), on my own, unassisted and unsupported, took me 109 days 12 hours and nine minutes. In a very bad storm the boat nearly capsized. The hatch was not sealed completely and the cabin was flooded. The back cabin had 20 cm of water in and the Peli™ boxes containing the on board video equipment were totally soaked and partly submerged by sea water. It took me 12 days to get the cabin fully dry after the event. No water got in to the boxes and no equipment was damaged. I would gladly endorse Peli™ Products for anyone else planning an extreme adventure.

Stuart C. Boreham, The first physically disabled person who successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean

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At this time the helicopter had been destroyed by two maverick missiles. The only thing that was salvageable was the Peli case. The case was completely intact with minor burns and one broken latch. The contents of the case all functioned properly, nothing was damaged. The case contained 6 satellite phones, an electronic radio system, a highly sensitive digital camera and a block of C-4 explosive. We used the case and equipment throughout our stay in Iraq, which lasted a few months. Thank you for a fine product. Your product is a definite asset in the fight for freedom.

Jason Bitterman - Oda 551

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We chose the best gear that we could get our hands on, including Peli boxes to safeguard our camera gear, radios and satellite telephone. At 81° North latitude, one of our plastic kayaks, with a Peli box mounted on deck, became caught in the current-driven ice pack and was thoroughly steam-rolled. Many items loaded inside the kayak were crushed, but the Peli deck box emerged through it all unscathed.

Steve Smith, Adventurer

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When I tried to drive the Camel Trophy Land Rover Discovery up a steep slope to a higher road the vehicle tipped over. We rolled down tumbling sideways until we stopped lying on the side. During the tumble only one Peli was damaged because it had hit a rock. I was amazed even more to find that nothing inside the cases was damaged. Since the Peli cases performed so well during the Camel Trophy I am no longer surprised about their strength and can count on them to roll with the punches.

Linda and Gerard Blankestijn, Team Holland

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The plane hit with such force that it sheered the left wing and float right off and as the plane rapidly sunk, everyone was able to escape out the exits. For over nine hours, the plane was submerged some 6-8 feet under water, loosely held to the right pontoon! When we were finally allowed to recover our gear, I was planning for the worst, because the water damage or impact had destroyed just about everyone's gear. But when I opened the lid on my Peli 1650 case, I was astonished to find that there was very little water inside and everything was intact!

Daryl Dolynny

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My buddy and I purchased four camels in the Thar Desert of India and rode a thousand kilometers to the border of Nepal. All of our delicate gear - cameras, computers, solar panels, and a satellite phone - were protected by Peli boxes. When you see one of your 1,200 pound pack camels rolling in the sand, scraping against a tree, or bucking like a bronco, you want the best gear protection possible. Peli boxes are the answer. Peli boxes are watertight, dust proof, rust proof, and camel proof.

Jim Wiltens, Adventurer

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When the officer returned, the case had obviously been run over and sported tire tracks. Even though the case was severely scratched with a destroyed corner and latch, the very expensive digital camera it housed was completely protected and in good working condition. We returned the case and received a new one no questions asked. The case that ended up costing around $36, protected an item worth roughly 20 times more, turned out to be a pretty good investment!

Ken Jones — Westminster Police Department, California

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On October 6, 2004, my vehicle suffered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack. I was sitting in the front passenger seat and my case was located on the floor between my feet. The explosion happened directly under my feet, ripping the entire engine compartment apart. If it wasn't for the 1150 case, I would not have been able to send you these pictures. Once again, thanks for a great product!

Owen Rice, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Combat Engineer

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As I emptied the water out of my canoe on the shore, I lifted the case and it felt heavy like a case filled with water. Maybe I didn't get any pictures on this trip, but I still had my dog and that was good enough for me. For the remainder of the trip, the camera sat untouched in its Peli case. Later on when my wife picked me up, I told her the story, as I have told you, and asked that she open the case for me. She did, and the camera was DRY! Thank you Peli™.

Patrick Crawley