Devices protect cellphones, MP3 players and cameras from water damage.
The DryCase is a clear waterproof bag that allows complete use of your electronic device while keeping it dry and clean. Simply pump out all the air with the included hand pump and the bag will vacuum seal around the contents, becoming completely waterproof.
Summer is here so it's time to take your portable electronic gadgets for a swim -- but only if you protect them with one of these waterproofing or water-resistant accessories.
While these products have been tested by their respective companies to ensure that they work, always follow manufacturer's instructions before using them since they will not replace your personal device in the event of failure.
The DryCase ($40; www.drycase.com) promises protection for your cellphone, camera or MP3 player in up to 100 feet of water.
Once you slip your device into the see-through plastic bag, you lock the pair of clamps at the top of the case to close it. Then you take the air out of the case with the included pump, put on the safety cap and let it sit a recommended 10 minutes to complete the vacuum seal.
After the air is removed, the seal keeps your device and any touch-screen controls or buttons fully accessible.
The DryBuds Sport waterproof earbuds and microphone ($40) are built with an over-ear clip for a secure fit and are submersible up to 10 feet. They plug into a pass-through headphone port built into the DryCase. Three sizes of earbuds and a lanyard are included.
Keep on touching
Several companies have protective cases designed specifically for the iPhone 4/4S for use in different weather conditions as well as for normal day-to-day use.
The ECO MarineCase from Keystone ($40; www.concordkeystone.com) is rain-, snow- and sand-proof and can be taken in water up to 20 feet deep.
It's made with a clear protective silicon cover for full touch-screen functionality and is advertised as a shock-, sand- and splash-proof accessory to your iPhone.
Play nice outdoors
LifeProof's Let's Go-themed iPhone cases (www.lifeproof.com) are designed to work with special accessories (sold separately) so you can take your iPhone 4/4S with you while enjoying the great outdoors.
The case provides protection from water, dirt, snow and shock. For swimming, the case has been tested to be waterproof up to 6.6 feet. The LifeProof iPhone case ($80) is incredibly durable as a freestanding everyday case when combined with the belt clip accessory ($30). For adventurous bike warriors, you'll need LifeProof's bike and bar mount ($40).
Speaker makes a splash
The G-Project G-Go wireless Bluetooth speaker from Life Lab International ($70; www.enterg-project.com) is water-resistant and makes a great poolside addition.
Four AA batteries are all you need to power the portable device. Since it is water-resistant, no need to worry when an afternoon thunderstorm hits while relaxing at the beach. A set of fresh batteries can give you up to 8 hours of listening but that can vary depending on your volume levels.
It has a carrying handle so you can take it where you want; you can hang it on a fence even or even take your tunes into the shower.
Keep in mind, while this speaker is water-resistant, you don't want it submerged or exposed to direct streams of water. The box warns that it's designed to withstand water splashing from all angles but not prolonged, direct contact.
The sound is decent and works great in a back yard.
In addition to the wireless Bluetooth connection, it has an audio line-in port to connect non-Bluetooth devices along with a USB port for charging other USB-compatible devices (cables not included). The speaker is available in black, white or metallic blue.
A bag for all seasons
Loksak's aLoksak water and weatherproof bags ($6.49 and up; www.loksak.com) can be used with phones, tablets, cameras or anything that will fit in them.
Before purchasing, you must first consider if it's important to have your device with you in a wet or bad-weather environment. If it is, these are for you. One place where the bags would be useful is the beach since sand is an electronics killer.
Specifically, the resealable bags have hermetic seals that prevent water, dirt, dust, sand or anything else penetrating the enclosure.
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