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Old 01-13-19, 12:42 PM
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Looking for rain protection for iPhone SE

I'm looking for a way to protect my iPhone SE in the rain while I'm using it for navigation. Have any of you used either of the two options below? Do you have other suggestions?

1) Ortlieb Safe-it mounted on handlebar bag
https://www.ortlieb.com/us/safe-it-for-ultimate

2) LifeProof - Frē Protective Case in a handlebar mount
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lifepro...?skuId=5184600

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Old 01-13-19, 01:24 PM
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Gee, why not just usea ziplock bag, you can buy them pretty darn cheap and they do the trick.
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Old 01-13-19, 01:25 PM
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Gee, why not just usea ziplock bag, you can buy them pretty darn cheap and they do the trick.
I've used them and have had trouble seeing the screen.
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The first one looks like it will do what you want.

The second one won't protect from rain, and we found out the hard way, won't protect the screen from anything else.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
The second one won't protect from rain, and we found out the hard way, won't protect the screen from anything else.
How do you know the second one won't protect from rain? If that's right, it's unfortunate, because The Lifeproof Fre would work well with my Roam handlebar mount.

https://www.amazon.com/Roam-Universal-Premium-Phone-Motorcycle/dp/B01LWDCSIZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547335279&sr=8-1&keywords=roam
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I toured long before tech addictions spread to touring

As I understand it, Ortlieb handlebar bag's Top 2 have a touch screen through the window material in the top of their lid, on a waterproof handle bar bag...

the premier model includes electrical contacts in the bag mount, so you can add the charge while you ride options with power from the hub dynamo on your bike..

https://www.ortlieb.com/us/ultimatesix-proe

and all comes off the bike with the QR bag mount..





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Old 01-13-19, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
As I understand it, Ortlieb handlebar bag's Top 2 have a touch screen through the window material in the top of their lid, on a waterproof handle bar bag...

the premier model includes electrical contacts in the bag mount, so you can add the charge while you ride options with power from the hub dynamo on your bike..

https://www.ortlieb.com/us/ultimatesix-proe

and all comes off the bike with the QR bag mount..
I considered that Ortlieb bag with the window on its top, but read reviews that told about problems with the sun reflecting off the window. I see no easy way to adjust the angle of the bag in order to solve that problem.
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My iPhone 5E for the past two years has been in a LifeProof Nuud case and have had zero problems in any conditions. My iPad mini has been encased in the Fré case for 5-6 years or so and also no problems. I would happily buy Lifeproof products again and again. They have proven themselves worthy.
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Yea I can see it being flat, where the add on map case would be more irregular.. you can always drape something over it..
for that brief time the sun angle is just right to be reflective, It cannot be so all day..

to still charge while you ride, with all your electronics quickly removable


I toured (Europe) with big panel paper maps, in a sailor's chart cover to keep them dry.. Then cell camera phones were not yet a world wide phenomenon..




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My iPhone 5E for the past two years has been in a LifeProof Nuud case and have had zero problems in any conditions. My iPad mini has been encased in the Fré case for 5-6 years or so and also no problems. I would happily buy Lifeproof products again and again. They have proven themselves worthy.
Thank you. I can't find a LifeProof Nuud for iPhone SE, but I see that they claim their Fre cases are waterproof (submersible 6.6 feet underwater for 1 hour).
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Yea I can see it being flat, where the add on map case would be more irregular.. you can always drape something over it..
for that brief time the sun angle is just right to be reflective, It cannot be so all day..

to still charge while you ride, with all your electronics quickly removable

I toured (Europe) with big panel paper maps, in a sailor's chart cover to keep them dry.. Then cell camera phones were not yet a world wide phenomenon..
I toured through Illinois several decades ago using paper maps.
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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post
Thank you. I can't find a LifeProof Nuud for iPhone SE, but I see that they claim their Fre cases are waterproof (submersible 6.6 feet underwater for 1 hour).
The Fré is just fine. It has a cover over the screen vs. the Nuud which doesn't but I have tested both on similar-ish products and both are excellent. You would be good with either one.
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No need to opt for a name brand. I buy whatever is cheap in waterproof cases on Amazon. Whatever case I pick is usually long gone by the time I need to replace it (9-12 months) so I just get one cosmetically similar and it works every bit as well. Never paid more than $22 for a waterproof iPhone case, and as a result, as soon as the screen protector starts to get scratched, I just buy a new one. Loads of 5S/SE cases on Amazon for $16-18. This is pretty much identical to the case I used for my SE, just with a different name.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
No need to opt for a name brand. I buy whatever is cheap in waterproof cases on Amazon. Whatever case I pick is usually long gone by the time I need to replace it (9-12 months) so I just get one cosmetically similar and it works every bit as well. Never paid more than $22 for a waterproof iPhone case, and as a result, as soon as the screen protector starts to get scratched, I just buy a new one. Loads of 5S/SE cases on Amazon for $16-18. This is pretty much identical to the case I used for my SE, just with a different name.
The page for which you posted a link says the following:
IP68 Waterproof: Enable your iPhone 5/5s/SE to submerge up to 6.6ft deep underwater for 2 hours
That's excellent, and the price is just $15.88.
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And I buy mine never having the expectation of submerging the phone-- most of the time it's in my jersey pocket, so the phone gets home... umm, damp, whether it's raining or not. But I ride in the rain with no worries.

Also, the ability to attach a lanyard to the case is nearly invaluable.
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And I buy mine never having the expectation of submerging the phone-- most of the time it's in my jersey pocket, so the phone gets home... umm, damp, whether it's raining or not. But I ride in the rain with no worries.
I need to be able to have my phone mounted on my handlebar for navigation when it's raining.
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I really like the Delta Smart Phone Mounts. Super secure, but still easy to get the phone out of the case. Mounts like Quad-Lock look great, but are crazy expensive and pretty much proprietary. The Deltas will hold most anything.
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I use a QuadLock case. It comes with a waterproof cover that is reasonably touch-sensitive. I used it on a tour along Hadrian’s Wall during which it alternately dripped and poured. (In late July, mind you.) The phone stayed perfectly dry.
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Garmin Edge is waterproof.
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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post
I considered that Ortlieb bag with the window on its top, but read reviews that told about problems with the sun reflecting off the window. I see no easy way to adjust the angle of the bag in order to solve that problem.
I have a similar Ortlieb, its not bad. You can tilt the bag to an extent with the cable mounting system, or just turn up the screen brightness.

That said, if you stop in the kayak/paddleboard section of any sporting goods store, there are numerous dry bags you can choose from. I've got a larger no-name one I got from Sierra Trading that can also hold a map.
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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post

2) LifeProof - Frē Protective Case in a handlebar mount
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lifepro...?skuId=5184600
I really like my LifeProof cover. You are going to want protection from drops anyway, so why not get a cover? Mine was a gift that included the mount. I have never used the mount because I don't use my phone for navigation.
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I toured through Europe, Britain , their maps are better ... Now I have a nice collection..
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
I use a QuadLock case. It comes with a waterproof cover that is reasonably touch-sensitive. I used it on a tour along Hadrian’s Wall during which itmalternately dripped and poured. (In late July, mind you.) The phone stayed perfectly dry.
It's good to know the Quad Lock Poncho is waterproof.
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Garmin Edge is waterproof.
Good to know, but I'm sticking with my iPhone SE.
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The LifeProof case worked well for me on my SE in Ireland (and the UK and France) but I wasn't trying to navigate while riding. Biggest problem I had was once the outside screen on the case became wet, swipe and typing functions didn't work.
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