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
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.
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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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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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can’t live without her MacBook Pro. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She’s definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.
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June 17, 2018
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July 8, 2017
I just need a phone case that I can submerge in water and my phone not be destroyed. Like I want to go scuba diving and not have some pouch looking on my phone, a actual waterproof case. Is there one out there???
August 28, 2016
The Lifeproof frē iPhone 5 Waterproof Case is the worst case I have ever used. I have had 2 cases fail. When the first case is replaced Lifeproof doesn’t cover the phone on the second case. I will never purchase a Lifepeoof case again.
March 15, 2017
I have had the exact same experience with Lifeproof, only I went through 3 cases (because each time the case failed it was just under the year warranty mark) and finally gave up when the case leaked AGAIN and nearly destroyed my phone.
March 24, 2015
We bought 16 protective cases from Overboard for our swim school. Incredibly every single case has leaked water and we have actually had irrepairable damage to 10 devices. There seems to be a flaw in the material they use for the pouches resulting in splits at the base of the pouch. We took great care with the pouches and used them only as advised. Another swim school has had similar issues. Very disappointing product but even more disappointing is the fact that the company refused to take any responsibility for the faulty products. Definitley would not recommnend Overboard Waterproof Cases …. they simply are not waterproof!
June 6, 2014
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June 6, 2014
The lifeproof case was was horrible. I spend $70 on this and it had a terrible echo and would vibrate all by itself while I was on a call. Not only that, no one could hear because the crappy case somehow blocked the microphone. I will never buy one again. I’m trying to find a case that actually works without problems. Life proof needs to fix these issues before they sell cases. The comment above about the plastic screen not fitting correctly is right on.
May 13, 2014
So many typos it’s hard to take this article seriously.
April 16, 2017
Oh, So I’m not the only one. I thought the same thing!
April 11, 2014
If you are looking for waterproof coating like liquipel , WaterBlock NAno Technology is other option to check.
February 26, 2014
Lifeproof case failed after 3 months. The transparent screen would not acknowledge the fingerswipe to hang up a phone call. Very annoying. I would not buy it until they fix that problem for good. Other than that the case seemed pretty good.
January 31, 2014
Lifeproof is not only $$$ but sucks just 2 times I took it into the water and boom it failed what a waste of money do not buy!!!
January 20, 2014
I bought LifeProof Nuud for iphone5.
It is very very nice.
Make sure the case is securely closed.
January 19, 2014
I have had the incipio atlas case, the griffin survivor plus case and the life proof case. I’ve tested all of them thoroughly as I work as a builder and could break phones for a sport! I can say that the best case by far is the lifeproof. The protective screen cover is definitely the most responsive and the best to use after ios7. The griffin was very poor for sound quality on both speaker and mic. When answering the phone I had to open the charging cover so that people could hear me. Which in my opinion defeats the object of the cover as it’s no longer waterproof or dust proof! It also caused the phone to give a deafening hi pitched sound when on a call. The incipio was not much better. I did like the the glass screen cover, that was until it fell out of my pocket on to a smooth floor and the glass shattered. This is why I would rate the lifeproof as best!
January 19, 2014
How we can buy it??
December 11, 2013
Garbage. Lifeproof is crap. I bought one, tested it and it worked fine but when I took it into water less then 3′ the 3rd exposure it failed. When I contacted LP they told me that the warranty only protected the plastic and rubber case from water damage, not the contacts, AND the simple act of pulling the phone out of your pocket could cause the case to fail. Absolute garbage DO NOT BUY this product.
June 12, 2014
I completely agree with your comments. My iPhone 5 broke with this first exposure to water and LP’s warranty simply replaces their crapy case. They do not fix or replace your phone despite all of their advertising that makes this case seem waterproof.
December 8, 2013
Life proof FAILS – after 1 year of use it just fell apart and life proof could not be bothered with me as a customer….
August 13, 2013
I had a lifeproof iPhone 5 case that I only used for running cycling.
Last week I mistakenly swam in the sea with it in my pocket. It was never more than 1 foot deep and was in the water for less than 5 minutes.
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June 29, 2013
I can buy a new phone with that money damn.
May 29, 2013
Lifeproof is the worst check out the incipio atlas and the survivor + catalyst!!
May 23, 2013
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May 17, 2013
For Extreme sports I prefer the iClam is waterproof down to 30ft and you can adapt a fisheye lens. http://www.fujitaxtremestore.com/_blog/Blog/post/Transform_your_smartphone_into_a_extreme_camera/
April 22, 2013
Don’t buy life proof cases. I followed every direction and when I got it I took the Case and tested it in water for 3 hours, it came out dry but in 2 weeks I put my phone in the pool with the Case and water has leaked thru the speaker holes where the charger hole thing is at. Apparentely the speaker holes are protected by a LITERALLY a stick on paper plastic and can be easily taken off. Luckily my phone survived but I couldn’t get a new case cause their customer service is horrible and doesn’t know how to answer calls so I lost my shit :-)
August 13, 2013
Mine leaked at the exact same place.
Complete design flaw.
Do not buy this case. It killed my phone.
April 17, 2013
Life proof case is horrible !!! I have bought 3 different life proof cases and none of them worked ! Dont waste $70 on it !
Louis Pompano Beach
April 12, 2013
I was very happy with my Lifeproof on the 4S, however the new 5 case has some issues. First the phone screen surface does not install flush with the screen of the case, there is about a mm of space between the phone screen surface, and the inner surface of the case screen. This space occurs towards the bottom of the case, and you can feel it. There is a definite difference between using the top part of the case, and the bottom, you WILL feel the space I am describing.
The issue with the space is that it creates echos, and worse of all, it really screws around with the proximity sensor of the phone. SO if you get the Lifeproof, be prepared to deal with auto mute, auto calling, self cycling of apps, auto speaker on and off, etc. Extremely annoying, I am getting rid of the Lifeproof. I ended up on this page while searching for an alternative case. So I figured I would review it. The case for the 4 S is totally awesome, the 5, forget about it.
May 11, 2013
You are right.. I had the same problems with it
July 9, 2013
Thanks for the heads up Louis. Sister just got it with her IP5 and i was looking around for cases. I noticed a review showing the same thing and when i was looking at her case it looks like there is a spongy material on the inside back of the case towards the top. This same material is not at the bottom of the case. a thin layer at the bottom would prob fix the “loose” problem at the bottom.
April 8, 2013
I just keep waiting for the belt clip but they are ALWAYS out of stock
April 4, 2013
Otterbox waterproof case should be in this list, its expensive ($99.9) but even its better that lifeproof.
May 8, 2014
I just got a Lifeproof Fre for my iphone 5, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. What kind of surprised me though…was the return address on the package….It was from Otterbox LLC. So, I looked online and found out that Otterbox did indeed buy out Lifeproof and also dropped its’ lawsuit against Lifeproof. (don’t want to go around suing yourself I suppose…) I just thought it was weird that I just bought an Otterbox/Lifeproof case. This news doesn’t seem to be publicized too much. I’m hoping people come to know/realize this, just for their own knowledge, if it’s something that might be important to them. I sure as hell didn’t know about it, until after the fact. But, I do agree, that Otterbox should be on the list.
March 23, 2013
You forgot the new iSeal v5.0 case by The Seal
March 15, 2013
it has to float… above all else,,,period… for fishing n pool service ppl .. its no good to 6 feet if u drop it n the pool or in abyss of the ocean, u must b able 2 retrieve it,,, hello
March 4, 2013
Lifeproof frē iPhone 5 Waterproof Case
Does it float?
August 13, 2013
It doesn’t float and it’s not waterproof.
It killed my phone after 5 minutes in the water.
February 25, 2013
Liquipel was tested by choice magazine – which is an Australian independent review magazine/site. They found every iphone/ipad they tested went to a watery grave. :o(
Look up the “2012 Shonky Awards” if interested.
February 10, 2013
Stay away from LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5 as it is plaugued with issues. None of the issues relate to its protection just performance of phone. There Customer Service is a joke right now too. Other LifeProof cases are great just not NEW iPhone 5 case.
January 31, 2013
Has anyone heard of the SeaShell Underwater housing before? It can actually go 40 meters deep!
January 25, 2013
Wow, impressive. But I have already got my iphone 5 case from ETrade Supply. If not, I’ll go get yours!
January 24, 2013
Wow! The Lifeproof case does what it says it will do….but, it is sooo bad for using the phone and ringtones and any other sound that comes from your iphone sounds like a tin can (really like a tin can) Anyone that has tried to call me has a very hard time hearing me and me them. NOT worth the money IMHO
December 31, 2012
Great article, hot girl with beautiful boobies today was a good day for tech reviews!
Thanks for the tips!
December 27, 2012
I really would love to get a Waterproof Case with Extended Battery Pack.
Like a mashup of Lifeproof & Mophie Juice Pack Plus,
so that the iPhone can be used as a Beacon over several days, while on tour!
May 25, 2013
Yeah a mashup! How about a mashup?
December 27, 2012
The Liquipel is a super thin plastic-like Coating, applied in a Vacuum Chamber where the Coating Particle are blasted with a Plasma throughout the entire Phone.
Since the Particles are Nano small, the enter all the small Cavities (Headphone Jack, Mic/Speaker Grills, etc.) to get into the Phone – according to their Website.
I believe it is similar to the competing Golden Shellback Coating… But still Humidity can still condense, so all of these Coating Companies say you should let a liquid exposed Phone dry, before using it.
(Some People say putting it overnight into a Bowl of Rice may help
or on one of those dehumidifiers used for Safes, with a little 9V Battery that operates a Small Fan and some Silica Gel Packs)
Therefore, for sure, a combination of Technologies like you propose it, would be the best option to keep the expensive Gadgets save!!!
December 24, 2012
I love Lifeproofs design and ease, however i’ve heard mixed reviews of some leaking! I’m thinking getting Liquipel and the Lifeproof is the ultimate protection and water versatility, 2 barriers waterproofing!
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December 21, 2012
That Liquipel coating sounds awesome but it probably doesn’t keep your phone completely dry while taking pictures underwater. I just don’t see how the coating would go around the buttons and make a complete seal. I love LIfeproof’s case though!
May 11, 2013
Liquipel puts your phone in a box, sucks all the air out making it a vacuum, then sprays the particles in and they coat everything. It doesn’t work. I saw a video, a guy submerged his iphone and it worked still but 48 hours later his screen just turned off.
July 31, 2013
Liquipel is water resistant not water proof, while it may be able to be submerged for some time completely it is not fool proof and can still fail. Liquipel is not a coating either, you have to actually send your phone to them and they do some sciency vacuum sucking particle stuff to make it water resistant. Liquipel is perfect for those accidental spills and rinsing your phone off with water though