What to do when you drop your phone in water (and how to prevent it in the first place)

Posted by Katie S on Aug 14, 2019 11:51:10 AM

What to do if you drop your phone in water

I have an uncanny ability to kill phones. Ashamedly, over the past two decades I have killed more phones than can be counted on one hand, and every massacre involved water (or beer). My high school days tended to involve being pushed into a pool or lake with a phone in my pocket, college it was bar toilets and once an unfortunately aimed drop into a pint of beer. But those days it was a butterfly-cased Nokia or Motorola Razr that bit the dust, something that came free with my phone plan and the frustration came only in having to track down all of my friends’ phone numbers again. It wasn’t until my 20s when I dropped my first iPhone in water and the meager paycheck from my first job wasn’t going to cover the replacement that the consequences really hit me.

Dropped iPhone in water

So, after nearly 20 years of assassinating phones, here are the best practices I’ve learned for saving them (and for destroying them).

 

Myths – What NOT to do With a Dropped iPhone In water:

• Rice will make things worse. 

Rice dust is your phone’s worst nemesis, even worse than water. Phones are sleek and tightly made, but rice dust is sneaky and it will get into the cracks and ports and jam your buttons and if the water didn’t kill your phone, the rice dust definitely will.

• Do not heat it in any way.

No blow dryers, no oven, no microwave, heating your device isn’t going to dry it, it’s just going to fry it.

• Don’t turn it on!

This is the hardest one, you want to check if it’s ok. Don’t do it, you’re much more likely to short circuit everything. Leave it off.

 

Miracles – Here’s what you should do to fix a water damaged phone:

Phones these days are resilient. I once dropped a smartphone off the dock into Lake Winnipesaukee. I had to walk to the marina, borrow a mask, dive down into the murky depths of who-knows-what to find it, pulled it out after about 20 minutes submerged at about 15 feet, and turned it on in working condition two days later. So, if you’re reading this in a panic, hold on to hope, there’s a chance your phone is going to be just fine. Here’s what to do:

1. Retrieve it Quickly

Many phones are getting closer to waterproofness, and can be submerged for a couple minutes at shallow depths. If this is your phone, just grab it, wipe it off, and go! Regardless, if your phone isn’t water resistant, the less time it spends in the water, the less damage is likely to be done.


2. Remove Your Case and SIM Card

Take off anything that could trap water around it. (For an iPhone, insert a paperclip into the tiny hole halfway down the phone below the power button to pop out the SIM card).

How to remove SIM card from iPhone
What to do if you drop your phone in water

3. Make Sure It’s Off and DON’T Turn it on!

Let it sit for 48 hours before charging it and turning it back on.

Drying Option 1:

Place it upright on a paper towel in a dry sunny place for 48 hours.

Drying Option 2:

Keep a bag full of silica gel packets (my husband saves these for me, knowing my past luck with phones…) place your phone in the bag, prop it up in a window, and wait 48 hours to charge it up and turn it on. Fingers crossed you and your phone will come through the process unscathed and happy from a little time being “unplugged”.

How to prevent the plop:

Even better than saving your phone, is to never dunk it in the first place. I am proud to say that since learning about and using Nite Ize products over the past four years, I have not lost a single phone to water. I use the Hitch with Tether on a daily basis to keep a better hold of my phone. Steelie is my go-to for hands-free driving, but the magnet on my phone also makes it stick to things like the toilet paper dispensers in bathrooms so no more potty-swimming for my phone. And, when I get out on the water to go fishing or am hanging out at the pool, I have learned to always put my phone in a RunOff Waterproof Pocket – what a novel concept!


RunOff Waterproof Pocket

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Tech and Gadget, runoff, waterproof bags, dry bags, Steelie

5 Reasons Why A Steelie Pedestal Kit Can Change Your Life

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Aug 5, 2019 3:04:48 PM

5 Reasons why a Steelie Pedestal Kit can change your lifeBy Amanda Lauteri, Brand Protection & Legal Specialist at Nite Ize

Nite Ize produces hundreds of unique products and introduces brand new ones twice each year, so it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of covet-worthy items designed to make life a little easier. Please allow me to draw your attention to one of my personal favorites, the Steelie Pedestal Kit. If you use a Steelie in your car to hold your phone while you drive (as of course you should), adding a Pedestal to your Steelie system is an undeniably good idea. Now that I’ve been using one, I don’t know how I ever lived without it! Let's dive into the top 5 ways to use your Steelie Pedestal to its fullest capacity.

 

1. Traveling

We all know that air travel in the modern era can be a complete hassle. You wake up early to make your flight, go through the painful process that is the TSA security, then you finally make it to your gate only to find out you’re stuck in the middle seat. Pro tip: take a Steelie Pedestal with you and make that middle seat more enjoyable. Set it up on the tray table, click your phone into place using your Steelie magnet, and away you go! Just don’t be surprised if you notice your neighbor starting to binge-watch your favorite shows with you over your shoulder…

 

2. At the Office

Steelie Pedestal Kit for SmartphonesEveryone brings their phone with them wherever they go these days, right? When it’s off to work you go, don’t forget to bring the pedestal so you can dock your device for the perfect viewing angle. While your coworkers fumble to get their favorite music app set up, you’ll already be jamming out to that new single you like. When it gets to a song you want to skip, just reach over and hit that next button. See your meeting reminders on your screen or glance at your texts without even having to pick up your phone. You won’t need to fumble in your pocket or try to remember where you last set your phone down ever again.

 

3. Cooking

Steelie Pedestal Kit in the kitchenAfter a long day at work, I’m sure a nice dinner is in order. Do you fancy yourself to be the next Gordon Ramsay? Or is throwing something in the microwave more your speed? Either way, having a Steelie Pedestal in your kitchen is the way to go. If you need to look up a recipe, having your phone (or tablet) on the stand makes it easy to see what ingredient comes next without having to take your hands off your knife. If you’re using the microwave, crank some tunes! Maybe those tunes will make you forget how hangry you are.

 

4. Crafting

"Crafting" can mean so many different things. Perhaps you like to sew, work on cars, build bookshelves, or paint! If you’re trying out a new project, use the Steelie Pedestal to watch a tutorial or have the instructions handy. That way, you can keep your phone clean and out of the way of your project while still having easy access to it.

 

5. Makeup Tutorials

Steelie PedestalDo you watch makeup tutorials online? Do you make your own makeup tutorials? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the Steelie Pedestal will rock your bathroom countertop! Use the stand to ensure you can keep one eye on the makeup vlogger while you attempt to replicate their look. You could also use the stand to shoot your own makeup tutorials. (And if you do post your own makeup vlogs, please send them to me because I can use all the help I can get!)

 

I have used the Steelie Pedestal in every one of the ways I mentioned here. It is the one gadget I take with me wherever I go. I have one on my desk at work, one on my nightstand, and one in my kitchen. Have you used the pedestal in another way? I’d love to hear your pedestal hacks in the comments below!

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Consumer Electronics, Tech and Gadget, Steelie

Nite Ize Hacks The Nite Ize Way

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jul 10, 2019 12:01:09 PM

Nite Ize employees are predisposed to "geeking out" over our own products, and we love putting them to use in our everyday lives – including around the office. Here's a quick peek at how we're using our own gear to make our work lives easier.

 

At Our Desks:

Gear Tie Name Tag

We all have Gear Tie name tags, each expertly hand-bent by our COO.

Steelie Hack

We stick Steelie magnets onto just about anything to help organize our space. This one is keeping our white board eraser in place.

Figure 9 Coat Rack

Not only are our products handy, but so are our employees. We've made ourselves some awesome coat and hat racks out of Figure 9s!

Gear Ties

Our IT department is Gear Tie obsessed. Can you tell?

Steelie Pedestal

How did we ever live without Steelie Pedestals on our desks? if you have a Steelie on your phone, think about adding this one to your arsenal. It comes in handy way more often than you would think – on your desk, bedside table, kitchen, and anywhere else you'd want hands-free phone viewing.

In The Gym:

Steelies in the gym

We've added Steelies to our treadmills and ellipticals, and HandleBands to our stationary bikes.

S-Biner #10

Our giant S-Biner #10s help hang and organize our workout gear. Bonus points for the Figure 9 rack.

In The Kitchen:

Gear Tie Hacks

We make sure that the tape to mark your lunch stays with the fridge....

Gear Ties in the Kitchen

...And that no one mistakes a dirty dish for a clean one with this Gear Tie-ed sign.

In The Warehouse:

Gear Tied Tape

Keep that packing tape from wandering off with a Gear Tie.

NI-Office-tools

Mad props to anyone who can name how many Nite Ize products are in this photo. SlideLock 360s are magnetic clips, so they can easily attach to metal surfaces and double as a quick hook. 

Steelie Magnet

A Steelie magnet keeps our measuring tape right where we need it.

Optics Case Pen Holder

Yes the Gear Ties are doing a fantastic job holding our labeling essentials, but get a load of that Rugged Optics Case masquerading as a pen holder!

CamJam Tie Down Straps

You betcha we're securing our trade show gear with CamJam Tie Down Straps.

Gear Tie Loopable

We keep our sample room clipboard at eye-level and where everyone can find it with a Gear Tie.

CordCollar bumpers

Sure our CordCollars protect the ends of your cables from fraying, but they can also protect your hands from the sharp edges of this cellophane wrap holder.

Gear Tie Loopable + Handle

Carrying this rig is so much easier with a Gear Tie Loopable + Handle.

Giant BugLit

And finally, a giant BugLit on the wall. Because why wouldn't we have that? It even hangs by an S-Biner #10!

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Garage Organization, Gear Ties, Organization, Fitness

Nite Ize: The Ultimate in Smartphone Convenience

Posted by Dave Taylor on Jul 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, at this point your phone is part of your daily wardrobe. But even calling it a “phone” is a misnomer: The last decade has seen mobile devices evolve from clunky portable telephones to extraordinarily powerful entertainment devices that just happen to fit into your pocket. Or sit on the table, be propped up on your desk or bounce around in your vehicle as you drive.


That’s why the Steelie® system from Nite Ize® is such a great addition to your world. The Steelie line of products make it ridiculously easy to have your phone on a stand by your desktop computer, and quickly adjust it to the perfect angle for watching TV or keeping track of Twitter and Facebook. It’s a system that’s ready to deck out your car with more mounting spots, whether attached directly to your windshield or clipped neatly to an air vent. And that bedside table is another perfect location, as is the conference table in your office. In fact, there are hundreds of places you’ll want to have a Steelie mount ready to use.

The secret to the entire Steelie system is the powerful magnet that connects with a satisfying “click” to whatever Steelie mount you decide works best for your setup. For example, here’s a view of the Tabletop Stand with my Android phone ready for action.

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What’s most useful about the Steelie design is that it’s super easy to tweak and adjust angles and orientation unlike most competing desktop stands. Watch the World Cup while working? They’ve got ya covered.

Jump into the car and there are just as many different solutions including the latest addition to the line, the slick Steelie Windshield Mount Kit Plus. Through the use of an adjustable arm and ingenious suction cup that locks into place on your windshield, it’s ideal for using your smartphone as a navigation system in the car without risking it reorienting, falling off or distracting you. Don’t want a magnet on your phone? No problem. Steelie offers the FreeMount™, which is perfect for using Steelie with multiple phones. The MultiStick™ Adapter is also available to make the magnet easily removable and replaceable.

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If you’re like most people, you’re fed up with cheap knock-off solutions from overseas that work for a few days - if at all - and then fall apart. That’s another reason you’re going to really appreciate the Steelie system: it’s so well made that these are going to work for the next fifty years, far longer than your smartphone will be around!

You can get started with the Steelie system - since you want to ensure that you get a Magnetic Phone Socket for the phone itself along with whatever mounts you need - by checking out the Steelie Pedestal Kit for Smartphones. You’ll see, soon enough you’ll have ‘em everywhere like me.

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Quick Facts | Nite Ize Steelie Magnetic Phone Mounts


Powerful neodymium magnet and silicone center provide a strong grip and smooth glide
Adjusts and holds your mobile device in any viewing angle
Confident hold with easy one-handed release
Versatile solutions for everyone

 

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Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Consumer Electronics

From the "Batmobile" to the Jetson's Fridge, Products we saw and Liked at CES 2016

Posted by Kelly Richardson on Jan 12, 2016 4:54:27 PM

For the consumer electronics industry, the New Year kicks off with one of the largest international tradeshows - the Consumer Electronics Show. The Nite Ize team just finished breaking down our 1,500-square-foot booth following this year's showcase in Las Vegas. Our heads are still spinning, feet are still throbbing and bodies still trying to adjust to the lack of sleep and stimulation overload but we already can't wait to do it all again next year. Why? Because we thrive on innovation and love any opportunity to talk about our new products and see what other innovators are doing.

Nite Ize was among thousands of companies launching new product at the show and, although it's impossible to see everything, we were able to break out of our bubble to check some of the hot new tech products for 2016.

One of our favorites? The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept car.

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This "Batmobile" takes the future of electric cars to the next level. If developed, the FFZERO1 will have more than 1,000 horsepower, a top speed of 200 mph and a zero-to-60 time of less than three seconds. The vehicle is door-less so the driver enters through a canopy that opens like a fighter jet. Like many technologies introduced at CES though, this is not necessarily consumer-friendly but it certainly is impressive.

 

Another awesome find on the showroom floor was the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator.

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With a giant built-in Wi-Fi touchscreen, this Jetson's-style kitchen appliance features an app you can use to order groceries online and another app to control lighting and temperature in the fridge. There are also cameras on the inside so you can check inventory while you're at the store. This is not the first smart fridge from Samsung but it just might be the one that changes the way we interact with our appliances.

 

It's hard to compete with ultra-advanced, high-tech products like these but one product that proved to catch on during the show was the new Nite Ize Gear Tie Cordable.

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Awarded a "Best of CES" award from iPhone Life Magazine, the Gear Tie Cordable is a reusable rubber twist tie with a strong wire inside that holds its shape and provides a unique method to secure tech cords. Our booth was swarmed with consumer electronics' enthusiasts looking for something to "wow" them and the convenient simplicity of the Gear Tie Cordable sure did.

These products will reign over the next year until CES 2017 when the newest generation of technology and innovation emerges and we can't wait!

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, CES, Consumer Electronics

A Mobile Device Accessory For Thanksgiving?

Posted by Brenda Isaac on Nov 23, 2013 8:30:00 PM

The Thanksgiving countdown is officially on! I can't wait to dig into that juicy turkey and then lie comatose on the couch watching football for the rest of the day. I have to admit that I was challenged by a co-worker to somehow relate Nite Ize products to Thanksgiving for this week's blog posting. Their knowing smile as they walked away from my office told me they were certain that I would find no meaningful connection. But, I've found my connection and it isn't even that much of a stretch - compared to my waistline after dinner that day anyways! Here are a few fantastic Nite Ize products to make this big Thanksgiving holiday more manageable and maybe even just a bit more fun!

Steelie Pedestal - Mobile Device Holder

1) Unless you serve your family Thanksgiving-like dinners throughout the year (um... no) you are going to need some recipes to get you to the dinner table. The Steelie Pedestal Kit is a mobile device accessory that is perfect for attaching to the back of your ipad or other tablet. Just place this universal holder on your countertop at exactly the perfect angle to view your recipe apps while slaving away at the stove. Your friends and family will be impressed by your organization and you will be grateful for the ability to keep your day organized with your ipad while keeping it positioned exactly where you need it with the Steelie Pedestal Kit.

Gear Tie - Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

2) Do you serve wine or sparkling cider with your appetizers or dinner? Everyone has a set of wine charms that they dust off around the holidays, but I think the 3’ Gear Tie is perfect for marking wine glasses! Bonus: they are so versatile that you will use them for wrapping the cord on the stand mixer or twist tying up those leftover bags you send home with your guests. Buy a few extra, trust me.

Flashflight - LED Light Up Disc

3) So, what do you do when dinner is done? Most people I know carefully excuse themselves from the kitchen to avoid doing dishes and then promptly pass out in a chair somewhere. But, have you noticed this NEVER seems to happen with the kids? Keep the little ones entertained and out of the kitchen by passing out a few Nite Ize LED Toys & Games after you are done eating. Send them outside to play a game of Flashflight or toss the MeteorLight LED Ball around the backyard with the dog. This tactic is tried & true at my house and is a guaranteed winner at your Thanksgiving too!

However you choose to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, please remember – if you get your cousin Terry’s cold from accidently drinking from his glass of cabernet, it isn’t my fault. I reminded you about the wine charms. Happy Thanksgiving from Nite Ize!


Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Games & Toys

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