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December 14, 2011

Wet Phone? No Fear, Your BHEESTIE's Got Your Back


Protecting what for many is their most treasured possession, a mobile phone, ranks pretty high on most people’s priority lists - especially as smartphones have become the central device to manage and maintain our personal and business lives. 

Not only is there fear of the extreme - like dropping your phone into the toilet -- but most electronics today are also exposed to moisture on a daily basis, just from regular usage. Some of the ways we may not first think of when we discuss getting our phones “wet” include moisture on your hands, saliva, humidity, droplets of water from various sources, sweat, etc. These are all ways to void the insurance warranty on your phone or cause corrosion and malfunctioning of your device.

A number of new gadgets have been introduced to protect and shield devices from the danger of water; lots of times these are clunky cases and made to fit specific phone models. But what about other small electronics, like an iPod or fancy watch?

Now, a Portland, Oregon-based company offers a solution to this “everyday moisture problem.”

According to the company’s website, their BHEESTIE Bag was conceived in response to a world full of personal electronics constantly “subjected to damaging moisture” and the frustration with having to frequently replace these devices.

The solution, “BHEESTIE,” is defined as, “'be-ste n: a servant who draws and carries water” and works to remove water from a wet gadget by simply dropping the device into a protective bag filled with absorbing beads and letting it sit in there to dry out.

The company directs users to turn off the device, and if possible, remove the battery and outer casing before placing into the BHEESTIE Bag. Then reseal the bag and leave it over night. (Remember to reseal the bag again, after the device is removed.)

 You’ll know its time for a new bag as the blue absorbing beads inside will turn white.

While the bag is offered as a solution for “everyday” moisture that may enter the phone, the product can sometimes also be used in situations where a very wet cell phone may need saving. Instructions note to leave the phone in the bag for a longer period of time as a way to potentially save the device – depending just how bad the water circumstances are.

For a closer look, yours truly had the chance to test the bag out. Since I’ve been lucky enough to keep my phone dry thus far, I used a small sponge to check out the absorption capabilities of the BHEESTIE Bag.

First, I used a sponge that had very little water absorbed into it; (to test every day use) I left it in the bag zipped up for the recommended 24-72 hours (depending on amount of moisture) and removed it after about 32 hours to find a dry sponge. Impressive. While I am unable to test the actual results this may have on my phone after a use at the gym, knowing there is something to pull out the moisture is reassuring.

The 6 x 9 zip seal bag BHEESTIE bag retails for $20 plus S&H on the company’s website and is also at REI nextacent and Restoration hardware.

With Holidays around the corner, this could make for a quick easy gift idea for the gadget lover in your life, or come in handy after a spilled drink from one too many cocktails at a holiday party…


Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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