More and more, we rely on our handheld electronics to communicate, navigate and document our lives. And even if we handle them with care, accidents happen – especially outdoors. If your work or hobbies take you outdoors, you’ve probably run into the problem of protecting your smartphone, MP3 player or camera. The elements aren’t friendly to fragile electronics, so it’s important that we take the time to make sure they’re safe and sound no matter our activities.
Really high or low temperatures aren’t ideal for electronics because they drain battery life. If you know that you and your phone are going to be outside for an extended period of time in hot or cold weather, plan accordingly. If it’s hot out, try to keep your phone covered in the shade. If it’s cold, keep your phone in a pocket close to your body, rather than in a bag. And last but not least, bring an extra battery if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time without access to a phone charger.
Accidents happen, and it’s not uncommon for someone to end up with an expensive phone that doesn’t work due to water damage. The problem is, most insurance packages don’t cover water damage and it’s not easy to repair. With that being said, the best course of action is prevention. If you’re going to be near water, it’s best to keep your phone safe in an insulated waterproof bag. Some companies, like Liquipel, use hydrophobic technology to invisibly coat and protect your electronics from accidents or rain, without voiding your warranty or insurance policy.
If you spend most of your time in the pool or on the beach, you might want to go a more thorough route. Products from DryCASE are ideal because they completely protect your phone, tablet or camera, even if it’s fully submerged in water. What’s more, your electronics are still fully usable under water.
Dirt, Dust and Debris
If you work outdoors or like to hike, you’ve probably worried about protecting your smartphone. To prevent dropping it into the dirt or mud, try keeping your camera or phone attached to a lanyard or wrist strap for extra caution.
To avoid dust or debris dirtying your device, always use a screen protector and a sturdy case. Life Hacker took a helpful poll of iPhone users’ favorite cases for maximum protection. If you’re doing research of your own, make sure to read the reviews and check to see if the case in question covers the different outlets and jacks on your phone or camera.
There aren’t many gadgets out there that are built to withstand the elements, but luckily there are plenty of options available to make sure that the expensive devices that we use so often stay safe.
Do you practice any of these precautions to protect your handheld electronics?