Aces Wireless Phone Cases Pass Military Standard Shock Test!
Not that we were “shocked” to hear this (pun intended), but we are very pleased to announce that several of our flagship phone cases – the MYBAT Tuff, Storm Tank, and Kinect hybrid protector covers – have passed a rigorous U.S. Military Standard shock test called “MIL-STD 810G, Method 516.6-Shock”.
Basically, this means they provide military-grade shock protection, but here’s a deeper look into what the test is and how our cases passed it.
What is MIL-STD 810G?
MIL-STD-810G is a U.S. Department of Defense military standard developed in the 1960s to simulate and test how certain materials will hold up to environmental stress during their lifetime. Although the standard was created specifically for military applications, it is now widely used for commercial products (such as watches, boots, carrying cases, and gas masks) as well.
Within 810G there are 28 different test methods covering everything from high/low temperatures to fungal infestation, to gunfire. The particular test method we conducted for our cases was “Method 516.6-Shock”.
The Test Itself
Method 516.6-Shock, commonly referred to as the “drop” test, was designed to determine how well a “test unit” (in this case, the phone case) can put up with general physical abuse such as being dropped from pocket or table height. The test simulates the everyday environmental stress our cases will likely endure and is the most frequently cited/referenced test by most manufacturers.
Within Method 516.6-Shock there are 8 different “procedures”, but the one most applicable to our product was Procedure IV - the “transit drop”, which tests for durability during transit or while being carried.
The transit drop test consists of dropping the phone case, with an iPhone inside it, 26 times (on all 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 corners) from a height of 4 feet onto 2-inch plywood over concrete – the most common surface a device would land on.
If after all 26 drops the iPhone inside the case is in normal working condition with no physical or operational damage and no internal circuitry or battery exposed, then the case passes the test.
The test was conducted by a nationally recognized testing laboratory in the United States: MET Labs.
We tested our 3 cases — the TUFF, Storm Tank, and Kinect – and all 3 passed, meaning that for all three cases the iPhone inside the case was still working without functional anomalies after 26 drops.