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Catalyst iPhone 7 Plus Waterproof Case Unboxing, Setup and Review

Today I want to look the Catalyst waterproof case for the iPhone 7Plus.

We recently went on a vacation to Mexico and I was super excited to try out this case. The iPhone 7 Plus case just came out and it’s Catalyst’s most advanced one to date. They refer to it as a waterproof, drop proof, fully-functional case that sets a new industry standard for total protection, and allows you to take your phone with you practically anywhere.

To be honest, I was expecting to use my regular case, and then switch to the Catalyst case when I wanted to go into the water, but that’s not what happened.

Unboxing and Setup

Let’s look at the case. First off, the packaging is really cool. It’s probably hard to see in the video but iphone in the picture is actually bevelled on the front and the side of the box. Also, the screen itself as well as the water have a different texture that just feels cool.

Ok, so let’s take it out of the box. First let’s remove the front of the case and then the back. Catalyst also includes a lanyard which at first I thought I wouldn’t need, but when I was actually using the phone I quickly realized that I wanted it.

Before using the case you should waterproof test it. Basically you put the case together then submerge it in water for 30 minutes. There are instructions in the box of exactly what Catalyst wants you to do so just follow them.

After you run the waterproof test, you can install iphone into the case. Make sure that both sides of the case and your phone are clean and that the O-ring is in place. Take the front of the phone and place your phone into the case starting with the bottom, and then the top. Now take the back and place it on top of the phone. Make sure the 4 corners are snapped into place and then keep going down both sides and finally the top and the bottom just to make sure. Finally make sure that the lightning port plug is closed.

That’s it, you’re ready to go.

To remove the case, use a coin to pop the bottom open, take the back off and then flip the case over and remove your phone.


This Catalyst case is tested and rated IP68 waterproof to 33 feet. In case you’re not familiar with the rating, IP stands for Ingress Protection. The first digit indicates the level of protection the case has against solids. In this case 6 means Dust Tight, so the case offers complete protection from dust, dirt or snow. The next digit indicates the level of protection against liquids. This case has a rating of 8 which means full protection from immersion in water to a depth specified by the manufacturer. Catalyst states that the case is waterproof to 33 feet. Next, this case is designed to meet or exceed MIL-STD 810G for drops and shocks up to 6.6 feet.


Catalyst uses a premium, non-slip, soft-touch rubber exterior and a clear back which I like because I can see the color of my iphone. The front of the case has an ultra-sensitive screen protector that maintains full touchscreen functionality, even touch ID

Next came Catalyst’s signature True Sound Acoustics which, through some form of wizardry, allows sound to travel in and out of the case. That means that you can make calls, listen to music, watch and record videos with sound, all from a waterproof case. Mind blown. A super cool feature is this patented rotating crown dial which toggles the mute switch on and off. This is a very elegant solution to managing this type of switch and it worked flawlessly for us.

Finally, because I obviously like to shoot video and take pictures, I really liked the fact that the hard coated optical lens that covers the camera is not recessed like the portion that covers the flash. The reason is that this prevents water from getting trapped around the edges and then distorting your images or video. It’ is slightly recessed of course so that you don’t scratch it every time you put the phone down, but I never had any issue with water appearing in my video or in pictures.


Let’s get down to business, how did this case perform: great. I told you in the beginning that I thought I would just put this case on when I wanted to take the phone into water. But once I had it on I stopped thinking about it as just a waterproof case, it’s sort of a “just live your life” case. While it, of course, protected my phone from water, I realized that I was much more relaxed overall with this case on.Especially considering that I was on a beach vacation. I didn’t have to worry about dropping the phone, sand damaging my phone, or spilling a drink on it, allegedly.

I could just take it with me everywhere I went and if I wanted to go into the pool, down a waterslide or into the ocean, I was always ready to go. I never felt like I had to run back to put my phone down so I could continue to do what I wanted. And on the flip side, I always had it with me so I could take pictures or shoot video without having to say “hold on, let me go get my phone.”

Alright, so if you want to add all around protection to your iphone 7 Plus I would definitely recommend that you try this case from Catalyst. I’ll put a link in the description to both this case the one I have for the iPhone 6. If you enjoyed this video I would very much appreciate you giving it a thumbs up and supporting our channel by subscribing. If you have any questions about the case or my experience with it, or any feedback in general, please put it in the comment section below.

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