So, where can I buy a big Pelican (or equivalent) case for cheap? online or locally..

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by seenew, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    Hi everyone,

    I've just purchased a couple of AB strobes, a ringlight, and some other accessories (grids, softboxes, etc). I saw on their website that they had a large travel case, and it didn't seem TOO expensive for the size, but it had no wheels. I would imagine that any case large enough for three lights, accessories, and other stuff would be quite heavy when packed up, so I think wheels is a must..

    So I'm wondering what brands to look for (I know and have good experience with Pelican already) and where to buy. I don't recall seeing large cases in stores here, but I could be wrong. We have a couple of camera shops locally as well as chain stores (Wolfe/Ritz). Would they have any for a good price? Or any other store? Walmart, etc?
    If not, what/where should I look online?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    sorry no idea but if you find out let us know, Pelican cases are soooo great... those are the same ones used by the army as well... if oyu can find where to get them let me knwo i went to a bunch of stores but tehyd din't even knwo what Pelican was..
  3. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I could tell you a few local stores that carry large Pelican cases but then you'd have to come out to So. California. Those big 1600 series cases with wheels are popular with divers, many of the local dive shops cary them. Sport Chalet caries them too. One of by cases had a $100 price difference between stores

    The best places are on-line anyways. Much cheaper. B&H has them, i've bought a couple there.

    But there are some on-line store that specialize in Pelican use Google. Just serach on "Pelican case" and you'll find 100 places. But watch it, prices vary a lot.

    Living where I do the Pelican factory of 20 minutes from my house. Twice when I had a problem they fixed it on the spot, no questions, no reciept. Once they replaced the weels when they wore out and the next time they just gave me a new case. They gave me a small Pelican flash light for my trouble.

    One idea is to buy the case just bigger than your camera bag. Then you can transport the equipment in the case and have the bag to work out of. More than once Ive have my stuff loaded on the back of a stake bed truck with mountains of other junk piled on top and then of course the guys unload as if it were a dump truck. I don't have to worry. I've also lost two cases of video equipment when a canoe turned over in a white water river. We swam it all out, set up the tripod on the bank hauled the canoe back up the river and got our shots. We didn't even think that the gear might be damaged

    One tip with these cases. to prevent teft at airport baggage places: Get sme spray paint and some tape and put some huge graphics, stripes litening bolts or whatever on all side, so large it can se seen 100 feet away. No one steals a case with gren and orgace zig zags. They go for the generic black
  5. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    Good advice, I appreciate it.
  6. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    Fry's electronics typically has pretty decent prices.

    Also you might want to check out Storm Case, they're arguably a better case for a little less money.
  7. ComitSteve macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    Where to Buy Pelican Cases Cheap Online

    I came across a place called Ralph's Pelican Cases, and they have by far the best prices I've seen online, or anywhere for that matter. I would Google "Ralphs Pelican Cases" and check them out.
  8. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I got mine at Amazon, but it was just a smaller one for my camera and an extra lens. The only downside to buying online is that you would need to know exactly the size or the case series you wanted.
  9. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    I was in a position similar to yours several months ago, and opted to buy a Pelican case. I have two Pelican 1610s: one for my cameras, lenses, etc and one for my lighting equipment. For my cameras, etc, the Pelican is great; for my lights, it just doesn't work.

    First, the cheapest and most reliable national-level place to get a Pelican case is B&H Photo. Pelican cases aren't cheap anywhere, but they're less expensive at B&H.

    Second, I do not recommend a Pelican for studio monolights, stands, etc. I would recommend a Kata case like this:

    No, it is not as sturdy as Pelican. It will, however, house everything related to your lighting setup in ways a Pelican won't. It has wheels, and therefore transportability.

    If you're traveling via air and intend to check your lights, then get a Pelican by all means. The protection is worth it. If you're just looking for something to transport lights around town in, though, the Kata case above will be more useful.
  10. the dude man macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    I have bought many pelican products from they have a great selection im sure they will have a large case that you are looking for! Even when I was looking for something that wasnt on their site I gave them a call and I was able to order it that way.

    Hope this Helps!

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