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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR MOBILE DEVICES WHILE BOATING

Smartphones and other gadgets have made our lives so much easier. While boating, they can be used as additional navigation and communication tools. They can also be your primary source of entertainment while out on the water. Unfortunately, these gadgets aren’t made for the marine environment. Electronic devices can be damaged if they’re exposed to water and sand. To prevent any damage, here’s how to protect your smartphone and gadgets while boating.

RESEALABLE STORAGE BAGS

You can quickly drop your smartphone into the water while taking a picture of the sunset. If you’re using your tablet to read on the boat deck, a sudden wave could come crashing and drench your device. If you don’t act quickly, water damage will cause a short circuit. Saltwater is also a good conductor and acts quickly to corrode just about anything it can. This means that your gadgets may cease to function and will be too damaged to repair.

Most boaters protect their devices by placing them in waterproof dry bags. If these are not available to you, resealable storage bags are a great alternative. They can shield your gadgets from water and sand. Despite having an additional layer, you can still access your smartphone’s touchscreen and continue to take photos of your surroundings.

FOAM PROTECTION

Apart from water and sand exposure, laptops also have to be protected from accidental drops and dings. The outer shell of the laptop can be compressed or crushed if heavier objects are placed on top of it. This can also lead to a cracked LCD display. Laptops are also sensitive to external shocks and vibrations. If exposed to too much of it, the hard drive and optical drive of the laptop can be damaged.

The unpredictable nature of the currents can make your boat sway back and forth. If your laptop could be compromised if it’s not adequately protected. An easy solution would be to ensure that your laptop has foam padding on all sides. This can be placed inside a waterproof backpack to protect your laptop further.

CABLE TIES

For each gadget you bring along with you, there will be a corresponding cord and charger. If you have a lot, they can get tangled up. You can even trip over the wires and take down the gadgets with you when you fall. You can use cable ties to keep all your cords organised and out of the way. Cable ties also won’t damage the coating of your wires.

SILICA GEL PACKETS

If you want high-quality photos of your boating trip, you’re more likely to bring along your DSLR. However, the humidity in the air can cause significant damage to your digital camera. If moisture is trapped inside your camera lens, the fungus can grow and destroy the lens’ coating. This will slowly affect the quality of your photos and later on, make your lens unusable.

Silica gel packets seem inconsequential as you see them everywhere. When out on the water, though, they can be your gadgets’ best friend. They keep your electronic devices safe by absorbing the moisture in the air. They can be used to dry a smartphone that has fallen into the water, as well.

Boaters don’t have to spend a lot of money to waterproof their electronic devices. You can use items from your local hardware store to adequately protect your gadgets while boating. However, these are merely your second layer of defence. The most important thing is still to be careful and be mindful of how you use your belongings while boating.

 


 

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.