Pelican 1660 (Case with Foam for Camera) Review!
If you have a lot of expensive electronic gear, cameras, lenses, and accessories that you need to keep safe and protected, there’s nothing better to put them in than the Pelican 1660 case.
This case is filled with foam that can cushion your gear from falls and bumps, keeping it safe wherever you take it.
Pelican builds each case with a silicone seal in order to make it waterproof, 4 heavy-duty casters and a handle to pull it, secure steel locking clasps, and two stainless steel reinforced lock protectors for security.
Check out this case in action with accommodating a DJI F550 Hexacopter:
The Pelican 1660 case is perfect for professional photographers or anyone else with a large amount of camera equipment.
- Includes Pelican’s Pick N’Pack foam system that allows you to easily customize the interior foam to fit your gear
- Four tough wheels are all along one edge, so you can tilt the case up and pull it away
- Stainless steel 2-stage latches stay secure, but are easier to open and close
- Tough polyurethane and stainless steel casters are very durable
- Waterproof O-ring and pressure release valve to keep your equipment dry even if it’s submerged
- All hardware is stainless steel for easier maintenance
- Measures 32″ long, by 23″ wide, and 19″ tall
- Covered by Pelican’s lifetime warranty against defective parts and labor
Since this case is large and could easily be extremely heavy, depending on what’s inside, the fact that this Pelican product includes two casters on each corner is a nice touch. The telescoping handle is extremely well-built, and it slides out and locks into place easily to provide a simple way to wheel the Pelican 1660 case around.
Each caster features stainless steel bearings and a durable polyurethane wheel that won’t chip or break, even if you hit a rock.
Pelican includes a special nylon insert to reduce the amount of friction and heat that’s associated with pulling heavy objects, extending the life of the casters.
The Pelican 1660 case uses Pelican’s innovative Pick N’Pluck foam system to keep your camera equipment securely padded, and prevent it from moving during transportation.
Rather than cutting holes in a solid foam pad with a razor knife, it’s easy to use your fingers and remove just the right around of foam, so you can create a space for your cameras or lenses while still keeping them snug.
Replacement Pick N’Pluck foam inserts are available, so it’s easy to create different foam profiles depending on which gear you’re bringing with you.
The latching system on the Pelican 1660 case is an upgrade from smaller cases, with a 2-stage system that keeps your box securely closed without being too hard to open when you need to.
Previous cases without this latching system were notoriously hard to open and needed to be shut with a lot of force. This new system offers all of the protection and security while being much easier for you to open and close.
Pelican doesn’t include any partitions with the Pelican 1660 case, instead making them available online as accessories. They’re affordable and couldn’t be easier to install, but if you want to partition your equipment you’ll need to purchase them separately. Especially for a box this large, it would have been nice for Pelican to include one or two as a part of this package.
Make sure that you properly maintain you new Pelican 1660 case after you get it, especially if you need protection from moisture. The silicone O-ring needs regular lubrication using a product like Down Corning’s Molykote 111 or a comparable silicone gasket compound.
All of the stainless steel moving parts, like the double-throw latches and all four casters need to be lubricated a few times a year. It’s also a good idea to keep your eye on the tongue and groove rim around the lid, making sure that no foam has gotten in and interrupted the seal.
With just a small amount of maintenance, though, the Pelican 1660 case will be ready for anything.
If you have enough camera equipment that you can fill the Pelican 1660 case then you probably should have one. Cameras and their accessories are both expensive and delicate, and they can easily be damaged during storage if you’re careless. Keeping them on a shelf works up to a point, but having a solid case to store them away is a better solution.
The Pelican 1660 case offers a level of protection against drops, bumps, moisture, and anything else that could possibly happen to your sensitive equipment. Don’t wait to buy a Pelican 1660 case until after something has already happened.