Protect What Protects You: A Guide to Maintaining A Clean Case


We just love the way a brand new tech21 case looks, don’t you? Unfortunately, time (and the oils in our hands and face!) can start to make your case look dingy. Here’s how we recommend you keep your case and phone looking new all year long:

We suggest that you wash your case frequently with a low-alcohol solution (anything that can be used to clean screens or glasses will work) and a microfiber cloth. Remove the case from your device and give both a thorough wipe-down for best results. Pro Tip: tech21 cases are easily removable when you work them off from the bottom of the phone.

At tech21 we put our cases through a strenuous testing procedure to ensure that they are the very best in the biz. In an industry first, together with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) we have developed a series of four testing methodologies for testing phone cases to ensure scientifically proven protection, from impact protection testing to radio frequency testing...

  1. Drop Testing
    First, we have probably the most obvious testing that we do, testing or cases impact protection. So, how do we do this? We have a unique testing facility at the NPL, where we have our custom built test rig. We test each case twenty times with the drop rig, ensuring that the cases offer protection drop, after drop, after drop...
  2. Radio Frequency Testing 
    At the NPL, we have access to their radio frequency testing facilities. The NPL runs one of the world’s most comprehensive capabilities for traceable measurement of basic electromagnetic parameters at RF and Microwave frequencies. The National Standards and measurement capability are maintained specifically to support UK industry, engineers and scientists. Experience gained in their development gives the RF and Microwave metrologist's at NPL unique knowledge that can be invaluable when working with industrial collaborators and end-users to help remove their measurement barriers to innovation.
  3. UV Exposure Testing 
    UV light exposure can have a dramatic negative effect on your phone case in the form of discoloring and wear. Working with the NPL gives us access to specialized services and equipment to evaluate our materials, with testing that simulates exposure to ultraviolet light. UV accelerated weathering or exposure testing allows us to perfect our materials so that over time our cases stay in the same condition as when they came out of the box.
  4. Scratch & Abrasion Testing
    Last, but not least, we test around the effects of scratching and abrasion on the cases by using a variety of specialized machines. Using these machines, abrasion, caused by particles rubbing against a moving surface, can be tested and measured for all of the materials used. This allows us to modify the materials to ensure that they are as resilient against scratching and abrasion as possible.

Unfortunately, discoloration in lighter colored phone cases is eventually inevitable. Your phone goes everywhere with you, from sitting the restaurant table to that great selfie lighting in the bathroom—it’s bound to pick up some visible memories along the way! That’s why tech21 offers a lifetime warranty on most cases. You can check out the details of our warranty or file a claim here.

In the meantime, if you take care of your case, your case will take care of you! #DropAfterDrop