Before You Make a Splash, Here's How to Waterproof Your Tech Gear

Before You Make a Splash, Here's How to Waterproof Your Tech Gear

Jason Yang
May 28, 2013

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone all too quickly, and with it came the official beginning of swimsuit season. Considering many of us take our phones and portable devices everywhere, including the pool or beach, it might also be a good time to look into waterproofing your gear before taking a dip. The options range from devices specifically designed for water-use, to accessories to protect your existing moisture-susceptible devices from splashes poolside...

Waterproof Cellphones

Nobody wants to go through the depressing stages of grief related to a water damaged phone, so consider accessorizing your smartphone with something like the Ottie Waterproof Skin Case before heading to the beach, the pool, even in the shower; the skin works like a wetsuit, but reading reviews on Amazon, it's worth noting extremely careful application is required to avoid damaging your iDevice. 

You can even go all out with a rugged impact resistant model, like the

OUTRIDE, which is not only waterproof, but adds a layer of shockproof security if your water-based activities lean toward the extreme high flying acts that might risk life, limb, and your iPhone. 

But if a bulky waterproof case sounds cumbersome, there's a temporary way to coat your cellphone with hardly any additional weight. It sounds like magic, but Liquipel tells us how their nanotechnology coating works above for both the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3 models.

Waterproof Cameras

One nice convenience about smartphones is they all come equipped with cameras for capturing all of life's fleeting moments. Well, unless you're in the water. If you're on vacation and looking to take higher quality photos or just don't really want to risk your precious smartphone, there are plenty of waterproof point-and-shoot cameras available.

These water-resistant or water-proof cameras are designed to take a liquid plunge, and they're often affordable enough that it's not a huge deal if they get dinged up while traveling. Just this past week our friends over at The Wirecutter named the Olympus TG-2 as their likely new category leader in the waterproof realm, citing its "far superior lens and image quality" (the previous version, TG-1, still comes highly recommended).

You're not limited to just photos: waterproof cameras can allow you to capture video while submerged under the sea or diving below into a pool. PC Magazine recently crowned the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as the best overall waterproof video camera available, but due to its anchor heavy price, we'd lean back on the much more affordable Canon PowerShot D20 for shooting both photos and capturing underwater video footage, a model rated for use up to 33 ft. underwater.

And don't forget a floating wrist strap to keep the camera from sinking to the bottom of the murky ocean/pool if you happen to lose your grip while swimming or diving. Waterproof Bluetooth headphones are another accessory worth investing in if you're a lap swimmer, surfer, or other watersports enthusiast.

Water Protective Clothing & Accessories

You don't necessarily need your actual tech to be completely waterproof, but maybe just need additional layer of protection in wet conditions, like along the shore or while watching the kids having fun splashing in the pool. A waterproof Chrome laptop bag will keep your laptop and other tech accessories dry and look great while carrying it, or a water-resistant OverBoard Waterproof Case allows for drop-in protection (and it you happen to actually drop your device while in one, you'll be happy to discover it will float while inside this protective case). If you're just looking to pocket your phone and other small items, the Stash waterproof pocket shorts shown above and on Kickstarter could be a tempting protective investment. 

(Images: Creative Commons becky becks;Liquipel; Canon; Kickstarter/Slash; as linked above)

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