Ncase Portable Safe.... WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?


1) What are some objects that can fit into the Ncase portable safe?
At 18" x 13" x 4", the Ncase will hold the largest laptop computers and hand guns.
Two document folders hold legal size papers. Most digital electronics fit easily inside.

2) What are some objects that may not fit?
The Ncase is only 4 inches high. Objects whose dimensions exceed 4 inches are too large to fit inside. Laptops, hand guns and most digital cameras are thin and rarely exceed 2 inches wide, but some large camcorders and cameras may exceed the 4 inch limit.

3) What is the best way to protect valuables from theft?
You can invest in a portable safe and adhere to a simple 3 step security protocol:

1. Valuable equipment is safest when it is in active use, because it has your full attention.

2. Valuable equipment may be safely stored in a facility which you know to be secure.

3. Valuable equipment which is not in clear sight or stored in a secure facility must be locked in a portable safe which is securely cabled to a sturdy (preferably steel) structure.

4) What is the best way to use the Ncase?
Your Ncase can be used in 3 basic ways to meet your changing security needs:

Fully Mobile: Bring the case and cable with you, then secure the case wherever you go.

Semi Permanent: Leave the cable where you need it most, then secure the case to it later.

Permanent: Keep the case cabled where you need it most, then store valuables inside.

5) Where do I attach the Ncase in a vehicle for best results?
Install your portable safe where is is most convenient for you. There are many options:

  • In passenger cars the cable can be attached in the trunk or the front or back seat. Most trunks have large open "C" shaped hinges which close inside the trunk. The cable can be attached to the hinge. The hinge without the wiring harness is best.
  • In vehicles without trunks the cable can be attached to the steel frame of one of the front or back seats or around or through another sturdy (preferably steel) structure. Care must be given to insure that the movement of the seat is not impaired.
  • In SUV's the cable can be attached to the roll bar or steel luggage tie downs.
  • Every vehicle has numerous steel brackets which are used to attach the gas filler tube, radio antennas and other objects to the body of the car. The cable can be looped around and through these or other sturdy structural elements of the car body.

6) What do I need to think about when attaching the Ncase in a vehicle?

  • Your portable safe is slippery. It may slide if placed flat on the floor of the trunk.
  • Some vehicles have scissor-type trunk hinges, which close outside the trunk cavity. Do not try to loop the cable around hinges which close outside the trunk cavity.
  • Verify that cables attached to steel seat frames do not iterfere with seat movement.
  • If you travel with a hand gun in your Ncase, be aware of applicable firearms laws.

7) Can the Ncase be used to deter thieves from stealing a car?
The Ncase was designed to protect valuables locked inside, but it may also be used to deter car thieves by impeding the operation of the steering wheel. The 5' security cable can be passed through multiple openings in the steering wheel and locked inside the case.

In most vehicles, this obstruction keeps the steering wheel from turning and makes it impossible for someone to sit in the driver's seat with the case attached to the. This obstruction technique works the same whether the portable safe is full or empty.

8) How difficult is it for a thief to saw off the cable?
The Ncase is secured with a detachable cut-resistant cable of 3/8 inch steel "aircraft" cable inside a clear vinyl tube. "Wire rope" is made by twisting over 150 individual steel strands into a spiral. These 150 steel strands are extremely difficult to cut or saw.

Saws are not effective because the limp cable is hard to hold still and the individual steel strands get caught in the teeth. Common cutting tools are not effective because the cable strands spread out flat when pinched with bolt cutters and similar tools. If one steel strand remains uncut, the cable will continue to keep thieves from removing your portable safe.

9) How difficult is it for a thief to detach the cable from the Ncase?
One end of the cable is looped around a sturdy part of a vehicle or other stout object and the other end slips into a 3/8" grommeted hole on the left side of the case. Inside, the end of the cable is secured by passing a steel hitch pin through the hole drilled in the cable end.

The hitch pin which holds the cable end inside the case is accessible only when the unit is unlocked with the lid open. Thieves will find it almost impossible to detach the cable by pulling. Twisting the case will bend the hitch pin, making the cable even harder to remove.

10) How difficult is it for a thief to force open the Ncase?
The 2 piece pressed aluminum shell is secured by a hinge at the rear and locks in the front

  • The full length "piano" hinge is double wide and attached with 4 rows of rivets.
  • Two proprietary heavy duty combination locks have 8" of locking surface hidden inside the case. They are designed to jam shut if anyone tries to pry the case open.

11) Is the aluminum case waterproof?
The Ncase is designed protect its contents from moisture and dirt, but it is not waterproof.

  • The upper and lower lips form a tongue and groove seal which protects the contents from most dirt and moisture (like light rain), but the seal is not water tight.
  • When the cable is used the chrome end fits tightly in the hole in the side of the case.
  • When the cable is not used a black rubber plug on the inside fills the cable hole.

12) What can I do to avoid surface scratches and small dents?
Not much! The aluminum used to make the case is light, strong, durable and handsome, but aluminum is a relatively soft metal and it attracts surface scratches and small dents.

  • The natural "brushed" surface hides scratches much better than coated aluminum.
  • The top and bottom of the case contain 6 stiffening bars which protect the surface.
  • Take care to to avoid damage by metal rollers and rough handling at x-ray checks.
  • Keep the case from sliding in car trunks or being tossed around in moving vehicles.
  • Keep the case in the bubble wrap cover it was packed in at the factory.
  • Don't worry, be happy that the case protected your valuables from rough treatment.

13) What can I do to remove surface scratches and small dents?
Not much! Your Ncase will eventually earn its travel scars just as our faces earn wrinkles.

  • The natural "brushed" surface hides scratches, but polishing it leaves a shiny spot.
  • The aluminum is too soft to "pop out" dents easily. You can try, but it may not work.
  • Surface blemishes will not be noticed by anyone but you and will not limit its service.
  • If you know or find out how to effectively remove scratches & dents, Please Tell Us!

14) How can I get a volume discount, distribute or resell portable safes?

  • You will get a volume discount if you order in quantity direct from the factory.
  • If you order from an authorized reseller, you must negotiate prices with the reseller.
  • Container load orders (2500) receive our best price and free shipping and handling.

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