A quiet post day today, some exciting gadgets I’m expecting remain in the postal system… but this little box turned up unexpectedly from Itead… it’s a waterproof box no doubt intended for their Sonoff products – and it would do a good job as their smaller units will fit into it no problem – handy for an outside light and you still get to see the flashing communication light.
However, it immediately occurred to me that it would be good for various other projects – ESP8266 etc. where you need the whole thing outdoors and maybe have a display on-board. Indeed I have such a thing in Spain where I have a little LCD backlit display monitoring the solar installation. It’s in a wooden box and I’m just hoping the weather out there won’t get to it (not much I can do if it does).
So anyway, not too exciting but I thought you’d like a look – no it won’t fit a Raspberry Pi unfortunately – JUST – and there’s no way to shave anything off those pillars – but it would take one of the smaller SBCs or an ESP8266 + small PSU no problem. Now, how practical it will be depends on postage from where you are.
21 thoughts on “Waterproof Box”
Be careful when using cheaper waterproof boxes. They may claim they have an IP67 rating, but generally aren’t.
A good guide is to screw the box together without any electronics in it and dunk it quickly into a deep bath for a second or two, dry the outside off with a towel and then open it up to see if there was any penetration.
If it doesn’t, then it’s fine for use outside.
That’s very good advice Mick and not a lot of hassle to ensure your super new gadget doesn’t get a soaking.
Banggood seems to carry the exact same box in new arrivals, but price tiered and shipping DEC 4., https://www.banggood.com/SONOFF-IP66-Waterproof-Junction-Box-Waterproof-Case-Water-resistant-Shell-p-1223669.html?rmmds=newArrivals&cur_warehouse=CN
I suppose those touch switches would work with this box as well.
Here is a tip for mounting displays and indicators and getting them looking professional without cutting/drilling/etc.
1) Take a display, remove and keep the screen protector.
2) Hot glue the display in place (on the outer edges of the pcb!!!)
3) Put the screen protector over the display on the outside of the box
4) Carefully spray with Car paint – not too much
5) When dry, carefully remove Screen protector film to reveal a window of the exact size of the screen!
(use circular film etc for indicators)
Very quick and effective!.
Picture of one of my “IoTBox” demo sensors
Now THAT’s not a bad idea!! Your box looks good.
Well, now that I have Tony’s trick for spraying and using the display cover as a mask – I think I’ll be having one of those AliExpress boxes to tinker with as well. Very good.
I haven’t tried this but maybe painting the inside of the lid might work better as the paint can’t be scratched off
Oh I’d assumed he meant the inside.
to me, his box seems painted outside, look the corners with the screws… no transparency…
I usually paint the outside after the display has been glued in place. That way I can get the display perfectly aligned. Was harder to paint and align inside
I bought what appears to be the same box from Bangood without any glands. I bought the glands separately. For me it worked better to put the glands on opposite ends.
Here is one box from AliExpress a little bigger: https://aliexpress.com/item/100-68-50mm-Plastic-Waterproof-Clear-Cover-Plastic-Electronic-Project-Box-Enclosure-Case-Shell-Electrical-Connector/32795684047.html
It is a pity it does not have the PG7 connectors but you can buy them separately: https://aliexpress.com/item/10PCS-LOT-YT625-PG7-9-11-13-5-16-High-Quality-Hot-Sale-IP68-Waterproof-Nylon/32764049877.html
the box is actually the same size, as itead marked theirs as 132.2*68.7*50.1mm but consider the “wings”, too, on the larger dimension…
You’re right but in that case, and even being exterior dimensions, a RPi shouldn’t fit inside the case?
i don’t think so… look on itead site how a sonoff fits in there… then look for its dimensions and an rpi3 dimensions and do the math 🙂
middle of the page: https://www.itead.cc/sonoff-rf.html
The length of a RPi is exactly the same of a Sonoff!
The problem is probably the width (because of the inside pillars as mentioned by Pete).
But here is a bigger one: https://aliexpress.com/item/1pc-Waterproof-Plastic-Enclosure-Case-Mayitr-Clear-Cover-DIY-Electronic-Project-Box-115mmx90mmx55mm/32818080110.html
Unfortunately is also bigger in its price! 🙁
This is the box (I’ve the one with opaque cover) and a Rock64, same size as RPi3… Doesn’t fit…
and why anyone should stick an EXPENSIVE raspberry out on the wild, instead of keeping it inside, well cared, and leave a “cheap stupid” esp8266 outside to do data collection sending it to the indoor *Pi…
Or a Pi Zero W instead of an ESP. There are times when the Pi W and the array of tools under Linux beat an ESP in the time it takes to develop.
I quite agree, Neil – though when I use an ESP8266 it is normally talking to Node-Red on a full Pi machine…
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