There are many reasons to get a Raspberry Pi. but if you haven’t already, you should consider getting a Raspberry Pi 2 instead . While the newer version of the RPi still has a few limitations and drawbacks it comes with more RAM and a faster processor — which means more options.

Unfortunately, it still doesn’t come with the case. RPi can use without one, but there are several reasons why you should invest in it, even if it means building it from scratch. :

  • Protection: Dust is a big problem for open boards. Not only is it conductive (which can lead to short circuits between the pins of the chip), but it can also retain moisture (which can cause corrosion). Also, when you’re wearing your RPi, physical damage is a real issue.
  • Convenience: The RPi is a relatively jagged device. Things can catch on it, get caught on it, and because of the aforementioned security issues, you must be careful when handling and transporting. The case allows you to be a little more carefree.
  • Aesthetics: some cases are purely for functionality, but many cases just look amazing. If you’re going to be using the RPi for something like a home media center, would you like to add some style?

Now that you’re sure you need it, here are some of the best RPi 2 cases currently available online.

1. Official Raspberry Pi 2 Case

If you want something safe and reliable, you really can’t go wrong with a case coming from the Raspberry Pi Foundation itself. It doesn’t look very interesting or unique, but that’s how it should be — a versatile design with a broad appeal.

That being said, it doesn’t look bad at all. The top cover is removed to access the camera and display ports, the side panels are removed to access the GPIO port, and the RPi fits snugly inside. And at $13, it’s neither cheap nor expensive.

2. Modular Case by ModMyPi

This is a ModMyPi case for RPi enthusiasts. With a black stealth design and built-in status LEDs, it looks crisp and fits well into most computer cases, peripherals, and home media… but the real selling point is the modularity.

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The case itself is £6 plus tax, but there are a few additional customization options: £1 microSD card cases, £2 stackable spacers for more headroom, £1 USB and HDMI cases and £3 VESA mount stands. It can be as cheap or expensive as you like.

3. Stylish aluminum housing from FLIRC

To save on costs, most RPi cases are made from materials that can be cheap, such as plastic. With an aluminum frame sandwiched between two pieces of plastic at the top and bottom, this case from FLIRC doesn’t look and not Looks cheap — only $15.

Plus, it has a built-in heatsink (with a thermocouple included) that helps redirect excess heat if you live in a hot environment or want to overclock your RPI. At this price point, you most likely won’t find another case that’s as durable as this one.

4. Pibow Coupe Case by Pimoroni

This Pimoroni case has an «ultra-slim profile» which means it’s as thin as it gets. Cases can get unwieldy, so if you need to minimize the amount of space your RPi take up, this case is worth considering.

The see-through design is polarized in a love-or-hate style, and that alone can put you off.

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All ports are easily accessible with this acrylic case and it comes in five different colors. The default is red, but you can also choose from Tangerine (orange), Ninja (black), Flotilla (blue) and Royale (purple). The £8.50 price tag is pretty good too.

5. Compact slim case from GeauxRobot

Like the Pibow Coupe, this case from GeauxRobot is thin and compact, so it takes up as little space as possible. In fact, this is a very similar case, except that it has no color.

Unfortunately, it’s also completely transparent, so if that aspect distracts you from the Pibow coupe, it will also distract you and you’ll have to look elsewhere. There isn’t much more to say other than that all ports are accessible and the build is pretty solid.

6. GeauxRobot Dual Layer Stack Case

Here’s another case from GeauxRobot, except it serves a completely different purpose. Instead of minimizing the space used, it allows you to stack two different RPis on top of each other and leave both open for better air circulation.

If you don’t have two RPis, you can still use this case in a modified way: mount the RPi on the bottom and take out the middle divider, effectively giving your RPi extra space for a shield on top (or whatever other ideas you might have).

7. Zebra Black Ice Case by C4Labs [Больше не доступен]

The Zebra case from C4Labs is simple but effective. The RPi locks securely into the case so it doesn’t rattle or risk damage, and it has heatsinks for the CPU, RAM, and USB controller, as well as air vents for better air circulation.

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This case also has three wood flavor options if the black aesthetic is too edgy for you: Zebra Wood, Zebra Walnut, and Zebra Maple. Black and Wood can be purchased for $14.50, while walnut and maple are slightly more expensive at $15.75.

8. Smarticase LEGO Compatible Case

It’s common to see DIY cases made from LEGO parts in the RPi community, but this consumer case from Smarticase takes it to the next level. It’s basically a regular plastic case, except it has LEGO-compatible panels that you can use as you see fit.

The nice thing is that in this case the LEGO panels are used to combine with each other, so if you have multiple RPis that you want to combine in a way that is not permanent, this is a viable solution. The case has built-in wall lugs and is even compatible with GoPro mounts.

9. 3D printed case from 0110-MP

If you want to go the DIY route, 3D printed cases are more popular — and more practical — than LEGO cases. Of course, you will need a 3D printer to make them for yourself, but the good news is that there are some cheap 3D printers out there right now.

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This particular case comes from /u/turbocharged110 on Reddit, also known as 0110-MP on Thingiverse (a community for 3D printing projects). The design looks amazing enough to be sold as a real product, but luckily you can download the plan for free.

10. Sleek and cheap case from Geek World

Finally, we have a simple case sold by Geek World on AliExpress. Shipping will likely take a few weeks, especially if you live in the US or UK, but for less than $4 you really can’t complain — plus, you get more than just a case.

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Not only does it look sleek and modern, but this case comes with a fan that helps wick away extra heat. (Great for overclockers!) The default color is black, but you can make notes in your order whether you want white or clear options. For the price, you can’t ask for better.

What is your favorite occasion?

After learning the basics of working with RPi don’t forget to set it to one of the awesome cases listed above. If the RPi 2 seems a little overkill to you, consider getting a Raspberry Pi Zero or microcontroller instead of this.

Now tell us: which of the above cases do you like best? Are there other notable RPi 2 cases that we missed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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