High & Low: Wet Gadget Emergency Kits

High & Low: Wet Gadget Emergency Kits

Taryn Williford
Jul 15, 2011

Picture this: You're a few blurry hours into a night at your favorite pub, and your phone's just taken the most daring dive from the security of your too-tight jeans pockets and down into the depths of the toilet water below. Now what? You have two options. Both are equally capable of drying your phone back to life, but one is much, much cheaper than the other.

HIGH: $24.50
You know those porous pouches you find at the bottom of a new pair of running shoes? They're filled with desiccant pellets, proven to suck up any nearby moisture like a black hole. The Bheestie Bag is filled with those too, but it's designed to be used exclusively to revive wet tech, with a moisture-blocking nylon bag and desiccant beads that change color to let you know they're done working.

LOW: 88¢
If a $25 bag of beads is too rich for your blood, you'll be happy to know there's a cheaper solution. A bag of rice works just as well (depending on who you ask), is way cheaper, and available at any corner bodega or grocery store. Check out How To Dry Out (and Hopefully Save) Wet Electronics to get the low-down on drying out.

(Images: UBOutdoors, AWSM, Gregory Han)

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