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Case Club vs Pelican™. What is the difference?

tdlr: Case Club cases offer extreme durability just like Pelican™, but at a much lower price point

We are often asked what the difference is between a Case Club case and a Pelican™ case. Today we are looking to explore that question and provide insight into the Case Club brand as compared to a Pelican™. Before we begin it goes without saying Pelican™ is known for excellence and their quality is superb. We have always admired Pelican’s products and much of the inspiration behind our cases have come from them.

Case Club cases are 100% dustproof


When designing Case Club cases it was important for us to retain the same characteristics as Pelican™. Our cases needed to be: waterproof with a built in rubber gasket, made to withstand high impact, have padlockable holes, durable folding handles and all the hardware needed to be stainless steel to prevent rust. Using Pelican’s quality as the baseline for our cases was helpful in improving on their design.


In regard to durability, Pelican™ cases are extremely rigid and won’t flex. In most situations this serves them well however (some) minor flex is actually good. A hard hit to a Pelican™ case will crack it, whereas some flex will absorb the impact and not actually break the case. We have spent a lot of time ensuring Case Club cases are stout, but still have a small amount of flex that makes them extremely impact resistant. In extreme conditions this is the difference between a case cracking and case surviving.

In regard to the case exterior you will notice unlike Pelican™ our cases have a lot more surface ribs on the outside. These ribs provide extra deflection points when shipping. They are low profile and rounded so the case will more easily glance off objects. Furthermore these structural ribs also increase the strength of the case shell.


It’s no secret Pelican™ cases are expensive. You pay for their name brand which is out of budget for most people. Our mission with Case Club cases is to price everyone in the market. Our goal is to make quality cases at affordable prices so instead of asking why put something in a case, you ask why not put it in a case. Affordability is really important to us because customer satisfaction is heavily dependent on paying a fair price.


Unlike the past, customer’s have choices now when it comes to cases. You don’t have to sacrifice quality with affordability. Case Club cases incorporate everything we love about other brands and excludes the things we don’t. We have built our business around quality cases that everyone can afford. Our cases have been battle tested and can be found all over the world. Get a Case Club case today and you won’t be sorry.

Case Club cases can be found all over the world

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How can you prevent the TSA from going through your expensive luggage?

This one is more of a life hack. If you travel all the time with expensive equipment and want to ensure nothing is stolen or broken by the TSA buy a starting pistol. You know, the ones that are fired directly in the air to signify the start of a race. Track and field events use them all the time. They can be obtained for cheap and don’t require any background checks or paperwork however they are classified by the airlines as a firearm. That may sound scary, but in reality we can use the airline’s rule in our favor. Once you have the starter pistol throw it into your luggage. It doesn’t matter if your luggage contents consist of expensive camera equipment, a microscope or a delicate drone.

Once you check your bag in, declare the firearm with the clerk. A special inspector trained in firearms will check it out and verify the gun is safe. Then they will mark your case appropriately so no other TSA agents will be allowed in after that point. You will then be instructed to lock the case. At that point throw any lock on it. The lock doesn’t even have to be TSA approved. Any lock will do. In fact use a heavy duty non TSA Masterlock if possible which will make your luggage that much more secure.

So there you have it. Protect anything you have of value from the TSA when flying by purchasing a starting pistol. Please note: Airlines require your firearm to be in a hard-sided container so don’t try this trick with your soft sided luggage.

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What cases are large, yet light weight?

It seems the larger the case you buy, the heavier it gets. This is especially true with cases like Pelican. It’s often a big problem because the item(s) you’re putting inside the case may be large, but not heavy. What cases are shippable yet light weight?

The answer can be found in our light weight case section:

For example this case made by Pelican (29.13″L x 20.69″W x 17.63″D) is 48 lbs.

Pelican 1660 is 48 lbs
Pelican 1660 weighs 48 lbs

While this case is larger, (36.50″L x 21.50″W x 18.25″D) & only weights 32 lbs.

CC3621MRSK weights 32 lbs
Case Club CC3621MRSK weights 32 lbs

Keep in mind both cases shown above have a lifetime warranty & are ATA approved for rough shipping so although you’re giving up 16 lbs, you’re still getting a quality shipping case.

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What cases are best for giveaways & promotions?

Every case has a purpose. Some are made to withstand a tornado while others are perfect for selling with your product. We have a wide selection of cases including cases which are inexpensive & perfect for giving away with your product or using as a promotion. The following case families look good and function well, yet are very reasonably priced (especially when ordering in higher quantities).

Light Duty Cases
Case Club Light Duty Cases
Flambeau Tradesmen & Merchant Cases
Case Club Economical Aluminum Cases

These cases are perfect if you’re a manufacturer in need of inexpensive cases to ship out with your products.

Be sure to call us for volume discounts to ensure you’re getting the best price! 1-877-412-2737

Don’t forget about our custom labeling options. Nothing beats having your logo on a case!