10 of the Best Waterproof iPhone 5 Cases (list)

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Technology and water don’t mix, especially when it comes to phones. Yet, there are some adventurous few who like to live on the edge and take their phones with them everywhere…including in the water. So, before we get into the cases that are suitable for the adventurous types, you can also browse our best iPhone cases guide for more iPhone cases.

Check out our list of the best iPhone 5 battery cases.

While most of us want at least want protection from spills and accidents, these cases are meant to protect iPhone 5 smartphones from a flood or a long swim in the pool when you’re waiting for that very important phone call and can’t bare to leave it on a chair.

Read: 10 of the Best iPhone 6 Waterproof Cases

10. Amphibx Fit Waterproof Armband for Smartphones

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Well not entirely a case, it still protects your iPhone 5 from water when you’re out and about, wither working out or paddle boarding. Thanks to precision engineering of the patented LatchTight locking closure and SealTight headphone connector, your phone is secured and sealed up to 12ft/3.6m underwater. And the breathable Velcro strap and the StableFit buoy creates a comfortable and secure fit in or out of the water. This case sits slightly off the arm with minimal skin contact, allowing for air circulation without compromising fit during activity and runs for $59.99. If you own an iPhone 6 plus, you can go to our best iPhone 6 plus cases guide.

View on Amazon – $29.50

9. Liquipel Coating

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This is more like a protective skin that’s available for a variety of smartphones, including the iPhone 5. Liquipel came up with a revolutionary process that applies a watersafe coating to your electronic devices to protect them in the event of accidental exposure to liquids. It is not visible to the human eye and virtually undetectable, you’ll forget it’s even there. It’s basically a Nano-Coating that is applied though a propriety process that starts by placing devices into the chamber of the Liquipel Machine that removes the air inside the chamber to create a vacuum and their special Liquipel formula is introduced in vapor form. The Liquipel coating permeates the entire device and bonds to it on a molecular level leaving it watersafe for years to come. You have to ship your phone out to them and prices start at $59 and go up if you apply Gadget Film, Priority Liquipel or both for $89 (plus shipping to them and back). Are you looking for case options for your iPhone 5? Find a list of great options in our best iPhone 5 cases guide.

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8. BeachBuoy iPhone 5 Waterproof Case


It’s really not a traditional case, but a protective floating device for you phone. For $19.95, the BeachBuoy uses a simple (but really effective) grip seal system to make it waterproof. While protected, the phone’s touchscreen and other features remain fully usable underwater. The case has four eyelets and a lanyard which allow you to attach your BeachBuoy to the nearest lounger or hang it around your neck.

View on Amazon – $13.95

7. Case Marine Waterproof Cover (Bumper) for iPhone 5

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This is more like a waterproof bumper than a case, yet is still supposed to protect your phone against water (and sand, snow and much more). The protective skin is ultra thin and made from double layered thermoplastic polyurethane, making it the only protective skin that is 98% transparent. All the phone’ functions remain fully functional and it’s the only waterproof skin to have insurance if the phone malfunctions, so it’s worth a try for 45 euros or about $60.

6. OverBoard Pro-Sport Waterproof Case for iPhone 5

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The OverBoard Pro-Sport Waterproof Case is a heavy duty waterproof padded case that floats if dropped in water and allows full use of all touch screen controls and functions. It comes with a tough fully adjustable Velcro sports arm strap, and is guaranteed submersible to 19ft / 6m.This waterproof case is specially designed to protect your iPhone 5, but will also fit many similar sized, and smaller MP3 players. Constructed from .42mm soft matte, it features a transparent frontage, and seals tight by way of the Slide Seal System. Get yours for $32.95 in either black or white.

View on Amazon – $39

5. DryCASE for iPhone 5

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DryCASE is a flexible, crystal clear waterproof bag that allows complete use of your iPhone 5 while keeping it dry and clean. Simply pump out all the air with the easy to use hand pump and the bag will vacuum seal around the iPhone 5 and become completely waterproof. The air tight seal guarantees that the iPhone 5 will stay dry even when submerged underwater. For $39.99, you also get a neoprene activity arm band for water sports, and is crystal clear so pictures can be taken through it while using the other side.

View on Amazon – $35.99

4. Outdoor Tech O.T. Waterproof iPhone Case

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The one made for the iPhone 5 isn’t exactly out yet, but it’s worth a post since you can get a feel of what it will provide for your new phone since there is already one that’s compatible with the 4/4S models. The O.T. Waterproof iPhone case makes your iPhone totally submersible at depths of up to 3 feet and sells for $34.95.

This case is no longer available.  But here is an alternative with great reviews on Amazon.

View on Amazon – $8.99

3. Hitcase Pro for iPhone 5

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The one made especially for the iPhone 5 ins’t out yet, but based on what the one for the 4/4S models does, you’ll get the picture. So the Hitcase Pro is a rugged and easy-to-use, the waterproof and shockproof, and is supposed to be “the quickest trick for hitting the elements without a worry.” The Pro actually comes with a high-quality lens, combined with the same rugged and weatherproof features seen in the standard one, with price TBD.

View on Amazon – $99.99

2. EscapeCapsule for iPhone 5

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Here’s another one that’s “coming soon.” The EscapeCapsule iPhone 5 is a fully covered and sealed waterproof case engineered to protect your iPhone 5 from water, rain, snow, sand, mud, scratches or anything else that an adventure enthusiast can come up with. Each case is tested to meet our IPX8 waterproof standard for 30 minutes before being approved for sale. Price is TBD.

Note: This case isn’t available.  But Griffin offers a waterproof case with decent reviews for $29.99.

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With the frē case,  you can do anything you want with your iPhone and that includes plunging into the ocean with your phone in tow. It’s  to waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof,  andLifeProof keeps your iPhone protected no matter the situation for $79.99 and it comes in either black or white.

Read: 10 of the Best iPhone 6 Waterproof Cases

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