Tech21’s-Impact-BandTech21 cases for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks have made their way to South Africa and is exclusively available through the iStore.

What makes Tech21 cases unique is the impact protection integrated into these cases, which have great design too. The cases have D3O inside them, which is an orange impact protection material visible through the clear cases.

The way they describe the D3O substance is: “in everyday use, the molecules flow freely, but upon shock or impact they lock together, absorbing the impact force and spreading the shock evenly across the surface of the material.” D3O Impact Material is also used by the military (impact protection on the battlefield), and for sportswear.

I visited the iStore HQ about two weeks ago for a demo on this very substance (unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take it home to play with). It’s bright orange and works exactly as described above.


To test it, we were given Thor’s hammer (yes, that’s what was written on the hammer in the logo above) with the D3O substance, which I chose to wrap around my finger and get straight to it. I may have had a little too much fun:

As you can see, that is essentially how your phone/tablet/laptop is protected by the D3O substance upon impact. Tech21 says its intelligent impact protection cases features:

– a selection of ingenious raw materials that provide optimum impact protection
– minimalist look and feel, with access to all handset functions
– revolutionary design

I quite like the minimalistic look of the cases. I’m using a clear one at the moment, with the orange D3O substance clearly visible on the edges. It doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the handset but protects it all round. The back has a mesh like design, which is also clear. It is also available in gray, but I prefer the clear one as it matches my white handset better.

I have been asked to drop my phone as a demonstration, which I’ve chosen NOT to do. I do not recommend buying the case and doing a drop test either. If you’re interested in any of these impact covers for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, MacBooks, and some Galaxy handsets, contact your nearest iStore –

To read more on impactology, check out the impactopedia on the Tech21 site:

The prices are as follows:
iPhone 5/5S – R299
iPad (3rd/4th gen) – R499
iPad Mini (1st/2nd gen) – R449
iPad Air – R499
Macbook Air and Pro – TBA


I have 3x Tech21 covers up for grabs – 1x iPhone and 2x iPad covers (mini and regular). All you have to do is comment below saying which one you’d like to win. I will pick a 3x winners via in a week from now on 24 June at midday.

Good Luck!

The winners randomly selected are:
Jenty (iPad Air); Jonno (iPhone); and Zaakirah (iPad). Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who entered.

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  1. sgs2 17/06/2014 at 10:54 Reply

    I would like one for the iPhone. Watching that makes me want to try it, definitely looks like fun.

  2. Waseem Dawood 17/06/2014 at 10:57 Reply

    Imagine if they made wolverine out of this instead of adamantium, so much funnier 😀 I’d like the one that would fit my S3

  3. Glass 17/06/2014 at 11:00 Reply

    Definitely want the one for the iPhone. I would probably try a drop test 🙂

  4. Not a Cop 17/06/2014 at 11:02 Reply

    Give it to me tho

  5. Aubrey 17/06/2014 at 11:04 Reply

    Definitely the one for iPhone

  6. Yodas alter ego 17/06/2014 at 11:05 Reply

    Would prefer the IPhone 5 cover.

  7. MoselmirGerbilwaffle 17/06/2014 at 11:13 Reply

    I would like an Ipad cover please!!

  8. The Jess 17/06/2014 at 11:20 Reply

    I’d love to win one for my iPhone 5c!

  9. Megs H 17/06/2014 at 11:20 Reply

    Would love to win the iPhone cover *Wink Wink* 😉 I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs)! Fingers crossed! xxx

  10. farzana 17/06/2014 at 11:24 Reply

    ‘Accident-prone’ me would like the one for the iPhone.

  11. Jodi Kassel 17/06/2014 at 11:27 Reply

    Traveling to and from clients means my Ipad takes a beating! Would love to have the cover for this reason 🙂

  12. Mark Patterson 17/06/2014 at 11:29 Reply

    Would like one for either my iphone 5 or my iPad gen 4

  13. Nadia 17/06/2014 at 11:31 Reply

    iPad please 🙂

  14. Jonno Cohen 17/06/2014 at 11:33 Reply

    iPhone cover for me, please 🙂

    • Nafisa Akabor 23/06/2014 at 12:22 Reply

      Congratulations Jonno! You’ve been selected randomly as a winner! 🙂 Please send me your full name, delivery address and contact details to so we can get your prize to you!

  15. Arno Dolz 17/06/2014 at 12:12 Reply

    iPad Cover would be great 😀 Mines looking a bit worse for wear!

  16. Mofo2010 17/06/2014 at 12:33 Reply

    Would love the iphone 5/5s case.

  17. Zaakirah Simjee 17/06/2014 at 13:25 Reply

    This cover is the perfect thing for me and my clumsiness!!! iPad regular cover for me please!!!

    • Nafisa Akabor 23/06/2014 at 12:22 Reply

      Congratulations Zaakirah! You’ve been selected randomly as a winner! 🙂 Please send me your full name, delivery address and contact details to so we can get your prize to you!

  18. emlyn thomas 17/06/2014 at 13:57 Reply

    ipad kanalla

  19. Aysha Asmal Mayet 17/06/2014 at 15:11 Reply

    Would love to win one for my iPhone5, there’s slways a 1st for everything. Fingers crossed maybe wit some of the orange goo…

  20. Taryn 17/06/2014 at 15:56 Reply

    These are amazing! I want the iPad 4th gen one please 🙂 Pick me PICK ME!

  21. Fit Sole 17/06/2014 at 17:17 Reply

    Hi I’d love one for my iPad Air as I drop this every other week. One screen change already. Thnx and also thnx for all your reviews

  22. RehanaSeedat.5 17/06/2014 at 19:20 Reply

    rehana seedat email: I would like to win an Ipad cover (Regular)

  23. Jenty 17/06/2014 at 21:41 Reply

    Very cool! I need a new cover for my iPad Air… so that’s what I’d choose.

    • Nafisa Akabor 23/06/2014 at 12:22 Reply

      Congratulations Jenty! You’ve been selected randomly as a winner! 🙂 Please send me your full name, delivery address and contact details to so we can get your prize to you!

  24. Juanita Van Heerden 17/06/2014 at 22:20 Reply

    One for a (regular) iPad, please.

  25. Shahanah 18/06/2014 at 08:25 Reply

    I would love to win the iphone cover 🙂

  26. Nazeema 18/06/2014 at 11:07 Reply

    I would love to win the iPad regular one, or even the iPhone one, I’m not fussy 🙂

  27. Shahil Juggernath 19/06/2014 at 10:38 Reply

    iPhone please. My phone’s current case has been dropped a few times to many…

  28. stephanie 19/06/2014 at 19:19 Reply

    iPad regular cover for me please 🙂

  29. Dan Mwasi 20/06/2014 at 11:37 Reply

    I would love the one for the iPhone 5, and orange is a good color for me

  30. Zarina 20/06/2014 at 13:05 Reply

    iPad regular

  31. Sumaiyah 20/06/2014 at 13:10 Reply

    iPad regular would be perfect for me

  32. Raeesa Simjee 20/06/2014 at 13:13 Reply

    Amazing!!! iPad regular

  33. thohira mitha 23/06/2014 at 09:51 Reply

    I need this for my iPhone 5S because I’ve somehow managed to even break my lifeproof cover *sigh*

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