The best waterproof cases of 2023

As smartphones become more than just communication tools for anglers, it’s important to protect them from water, dust, dirt and any other dangers. We’ve taken a closer look at some of the waterproof phone cases of 2023, and this also checks out some of the solutions out there for carrying and protecting your other devices.

Waterproof smartphone cases are the best way to protect a device that has become more than a communication tool for anglers. In fact, smartphones are now also used for navigation or as a reference. They are essential to the efficiency of a professional fishing experience. As more apps appear available for download on your smartphone, your information can be accessed anywhere, anytime. It’s important to be able to protect your valuable gear when using it in a variety of environmental situations, whether on land or on a deep-sea fishing boat.

Smartphone cases with water resistant features come in various models, designs and prices. Essential things to consider are how waterproof the case is, whether it’s the right size for your smartphone, the long-lasting capabilities of the type of material used, and whether there are accessories available for the case. It may also be important, in some cases, to make sure that whichever case you choose is able to float, so that your smartphone doesn’t end up at the bottom of the ocean.

Here is the list of some of the best waterproof cases of 2023, to help you make an informed decision in choosing the perfect waterproof case for your needs. While we cover these cases, there are a few suggestions in terms of waterproof cases to protect other valuable equipment you carry on board, such as cameras, tablets and other electronic devices, from the harsh elements of water, salt and humidity.

When looking for waterproof smartphone cases there can be an overload of choice and you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. The truth is that in many cases it is the same product sold under different names in online marketplaces. Instead of showing you many similar products, we have chosen the ones that best show the variety of options available in different price ranges and from well-known and lesser-known brands. So without further ado, here’s a selection of protective gear you might want to check out before your next trip.

JOTO universal waterproof waterproof phone case

A popular choice that won’t break the bank, the JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch Universal Waterproof starts at $6.99, depending on where you buy it, and as the name suggests, it’s a universal case that fits any smartphone up to 7″ tall and 4″ wide, although some large screen phones may only fit with the protective case removed. With a clear window on both the front and back, easy to use touch screen functions, perfect for taking photos, videos and checking emails, JOTO is IPX8 certified (water resistant to 100ft/30m). The case features a shoulder strap for comfortable carrying and features easy snap-and-lock access.

JOTO suggests that you do a waterproof test of the product before using it and make sure it is tightly sealed before using it in water. One caveat: the JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch Universal Waterproof doesn’t float, according to some users, so if you need a floating case better look elsewhere. That may be why the company sells a “JOTO Floating Wrist Band for Waterproof Camera Underwater Phone Case”. The company notes that “the floating strap protects the waterproof digital camera and underwater phone case from sinking while cruising, boating, snorkeling or swimming.

Pelican Marine Waterproof Float Pocket

If you need a waterproof case for your smartphone that floats, then the Pelican Marine Waterproof Floating Case is a clear choice and comes from a company known for its solutions for protecting equipment. The Marine case is IPx8 rated, as is common for many of these cases, for underwater diving, but the built-in air cushions help ensure it won’t be submerged for long. It’s perfect for your smartphone, but can also be used to keep your ID card or small valuables safe. The Pelican case features a clear window that allows for touch screen accessibility so your phone can stay safe and dry while you go about business, even in the harshest conditions. The included detachable lanyard keeps anything you choose to store close at hand.

Built for your life and everything it offers you, according to Pelican, the Marine Waterproof Floating Case costs $24.99. Pelican suggests those with XL smartphones to choose the larger version, which is compatible with most smartphones with screen sizes up to 7″. The XL version costs $29.99.

Aussumy 10.5″ XL large waterproof phone case

If you need a bigger waterproof case for your smartphone, then Aussumy is the brand to choose: it is a large waterproof phone bag with transparent front and back cover with capacity up to 10″ that fits all smartphones Made from a clear PVC material that offers a crystal clear display offers excellent touch screen performance, the case has, according to Aussumy, been tested a thousand times, with no indication of leaks or water damage during 30M (100 Ft) depth underwater. However, it is recommended that before use you test the case by immersing it under water for 30 minutes… with a sheet of dry paper inside!

Featuring a detachable lanyard, Aussumy 10.5-inch XL Large Waterproof Phone Case comes in a pack of two cases priced at $12.99.

OtterBox FR Series iPhone 14 Pro Waterproof Case

Designed and engineered by LifeProof, the OtterBox Fr Series iPhone 14 Pro Waterproof Case with MagSafe is different from other solutions; LifeProof FR covers your phone on all sides, keeps up with every activity, and survives major drops along the way. Plus, it clips securely to MagSafe accessories.

It’s waterproof to two meters for up to an hour (it’s IP68) and is designed with the iPhone 14 Pro in mind, so there’s no possibility of using it with other models. Made with more than 50 percent recycled plastic, including 25 percent recycled ocean-sourced plastic, the case allows users, according to LifeProof, to charge their wireless device without removing it from the case. Available in black, green, and purple, OtterBox’s Fr Series iPhone 14 Pro Waterproof Cover costs $99.95.

Backpacks and Gear Boxes

Waterproof cases for smartphones are great, but what about other gear you might need to protect while out at sea? Well, here are a few suggestions, from a backpack that offers extra protection to a dustproof, waterproof, and virtually indestructible tool case that’s part of a family you might want to get to know better.

Pelagic Dry Bag backpack of 30 liters

Ideal for keeping things dry on the boat, the Pelagic Dry Bag 30L is made with Pelagic’s Dri-Core PVC material (85% PVC 15% Polyester) to provide essential waterproof protection. Featuring a convenient roll-top closure, non-submersible water-resistant zippers, and reinforced handles and straps, the Pelagic Dry Bag 30L Backpack is ideal for keeping everything from clothes to gear dry. Whether by land or sea, it ensures your gear is always ready for an onslaught of humidity.

Available in green, the Pelagic 30L Dry Bag Backpack costs $120.00.

Yeti: GoBox 15 LoadOut Gear Case

Waterproof, dustproof, and virtually indestructible, the GoBox 15 Gear Compact LoadOut Case protects anything you can’t afford to risk to the elements or clutter. Built to withstand severe impacts, this enclosure meets international IP65 and IP67 ratings to be dustproof and fully submersible, keeping your equipment protected at all times.

YETI’s removable cargo tray keeps small essentials at the top of the suitcase. Plus, each GoBox’s Pack-and-Stack design lets you easily stack multiple boxes together for convenient packing and storage. The LoadOut GoBox 15 is the smallest member of the family and is perfect for keeping essentials dry. The size above, the GoBox 30 is for those who need extra space while the GoBox 60 can be used as a personal gear cabinet.

Yeti says the GoBox 15 gear case fits a marine safety kit, first aid supplies, or whitewater basics. With an integrated flip handle, single caddy (provided), the GoBox 15 is available in King Crab Orange, Charcoal, White, or Tan, and is priced at $125.00.

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