Catalyst Case for iPhone 5/5S Technical Specifications

The Catalyst® case for iPhone 5/5S is a fully covered and sealed waterproof case designed to meet or exceed the IP-68 waterproof standard to 5 meters (16.4 feet) and to meet or exceed MIL-SPEC testing protocols so the case helps protect your iPhone from drops to 2 meters (6.6 feet) and vibration.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Catalyst® case for iPhone 5/5S only designed to work for the iPhone 5 and 5S?

Yes, the Catalyst® case for iPhone 5/5S is specifically designed for the iPhone 5 and 5S.  It is not designed to work with any other electronic device.  This case is built so that all of the functionality of your iPhone 5 or 5S is preserved and you can use this case as your everyday case.

2. What functions of the iPhone 5 & 5S can I use while inside the Catalyst® case?

The Catalyst® case for iPhone 5/5S is designed to maintain the functionality of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S through the fully covered case so you will be able to use the touchscreen, Touch ID, home, on/off, volume and ringer/silent features, make and receive phone calls, listen to music and take photos or videos even in the dark and charge your device when using the iPhone inside the Catalyst case.

3. Can I use a screen protector on my iPhone 5 & 5S with my Catalyst® case? 

The case already protects the touchscreen while allowing full functionality. We do not advise that you use a screen protector as you will have better response from the touch screen if you use the case without an additional screen protector. In some instances, some protectors may be too thick and affect the ability to seal or close the case.  

4. Can I charge my iPhone 5 & 5S from inside the Catalyst® case? 

Yes, the Catalyst® case for iPhone 5 & 5S features a plug for the charge door which allows you to easily open the plug, insert your Lightning cable and charge your iPhone inside the case.

5. Can you tell me more about the IP-68 waterproof rating and MIL-SPEC testing on the Catalyst® case for iPhone 5 & 5S?

The Catalyst® case for iPhone 5 & 5S is designed to comply with an IP-68 waterproof rating at 5 Meters (16.4 feet) for 30 minutes and a drop rating of 2 Meters (6.6 feet). Our guidelines for designing the Catalyst® case are the standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense (MIL-STD-810G) for shock, drop, and vibration, and by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEL 60529 standard) for Ingress Protection from water and dust for enclosures. As part of our quality control processes, each unit is pressure tested to ensure that it is waterproof so that each Catalyst® case that is shipped out has passed stringent industry standard tests before a customer receives his case.

When properly assembled, the Catalyst® case will perform flawlessly in any environment, from hanging out in and around the pool to staying connected in the middle of a typhoon. It is important to be reasonable in how you utilize this case to protect your iPhone from water. It is not recommended for extended periods of deep submersion for activities such as scuba diving or surfing in heavy waves. To avoid disappointment, use your Catalyst case responsibly and make sure that you follow all basic care and maintenance instructions including making sure that the seals are all clean and properly assembled and water testing your case after drops. 

6. How can I tell if the Catalyst® case for iPhone 5 & 5S is sealed watertight when I close it?

Follow all instructions and do a water test before you use your Catalyst® case for the first time, before using it underwater, or after a drop or impact, do a watertest. If you see air bubbles, remove the case from the water & inspect where the bubbles originated to see if the case is closed properly. If the o-ring is misaligned, twisted, dirty or damaged, or the plug is not fully closed until flush with the bottom, or the case is damaged, it may not be waterproof.  If there is any small grain of sand or hair that might disrupt the seal of the o-ring, this may affect the degree of waterproofness of your case. Clean any hair, lint, or dust on the o-ring or on the plug by washing with water.  You can also clean the o-ring groove on the case back using a Q-tip. 

7. What can I expect in terms of sound quality when making a phone call?

Your iPhone 5 & 5S will be fully covered inside a polycarbonate shell with thin membranes that allow the transfer of sound in and out of the case. You will be heard clearly and can clearly hear others through the case. You can make hands-free calls using your Apple headphones or a Bluetooth headset. Alternatively you can use the waterproof headphone adapter to connect other headsets.  

If you notice a change in volume in your earpiece or the person on the other line feels that you are not loud and clear, you may have a pressure imbalance inside your case. To solve this, simply open your Charge Port to allow the pressure to equalize. You will notice an immediate increase in volume and clarity.