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).

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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

I Tried The FlipOut From Nite Ize And Here's What Happened

Posted by Dave Taylor on May 2, 2019 10:36:04 AM

I’ve owned a lot of mobile phones, starting with the original Apple iPhone and including devices from Samsung, LG, Apple, BlackBerry, Xiaomi and more. They keep getting slimmer and lighter, and the boxy design of those early years has long since been supplanted by sleek, elegant, smooth materials and finishes. Problem is, it also turns out that this sleek design makes the newest generation of phones much easier to accidentally drop.

It’s an epidemic, actually, as evidenced by the fact that at least 25% of all smartphones have cracked screens or been repaired after purchase. (Not a scientific analysis, just an informal poll of friends and colleagues.) The problem is so widespread that there are now stores that are focused exclusively on replacing broken phone screens. Their stores can be found in the local shopping mall and adjacent to just about every college campus in the United States.

What all these people with damaged screens didn’t know is that the Nite Ize FlipOut combination handle and stand would make their phones much harder to slip out of their hands. It also would make their phones more functional too. Check out the FlipOut in action in this photo:

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The FlipOut itself is an ingenious little device that sticks onto the back of a phone or phone case, flips out as needed, and can serve as a handy stand and holder when needed. Done with it? The gizmo folds flat when you don’t want it in the way. It also comes in four different finishes so you can choose the one that looks best with your case.

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The real win to me with the FlipOut is that it’s also a simple and effective stand for my smartphone. I often have my phone sitting on my desk, table or other workspace, screen up, so being able to open the FlipOut and have the screen angled for optimal viewing is fantastic. It also works as a stand for vertical or horizontal viewing. Which means it’s perfect for streaming live sports or binge watching your favorite series.


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Phones keep getting more expensive - my Apple iPhone X cost over $1,000 - and the cost of repairing a broken screen keeps going up too. The modest investment of a Nite Ize FlipOut can alleviate the day to day risk of the phone slipping out of your hand, and it doubling as a stand is a nice added benefit. But even if you have an entry level smartphone you’ll appreciate the functionality and flexibility of the FlipOut, so check it out.

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NITE IZE FLIPOUT HANDLE + STAND

  • Stand works in both landscape and portrait orientations
  • Creates secure ergonomic grip for phones
  • Features 3M® VHB® adhesive for confident attachment
  • Low-profile design easily fits in pockets


Learn more here.

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Topics: Tech and Gadget

Taming the Wild Cable and Wire Jungle

Posted by Dave Taylor on Jan 16, 2019 11:08:03 AM

Years ago we were all promised that we’d be living in a paperless society and that everything would be done digitally. And yet, my desk is still covered in documents, forms, notes and paperwork. The wireless era? We might have pervasive Wi-Fi and Bluetooth everything, but if your desk and home are anything like mine, you’ve still got dozens of wires and cables you have to deal with. My son’s dorm room at college? Same thing: behind his bed and desk is a jungle of cables that would impress even Stanley and Livingstone!

Fortunately, Nite Ize has this genius device that looks modest, but is your best defense against the chaos of cable sprawl: the Gear Tie®. Ranging in length from a few inches to monster ties that can help keep your kayak on the roof of your car in a snowstorm, they’re simple and insanely useful.

To really understand, consider how I’m using a 6-inch Gear Tie to keep my extension cord from sprawling all over the place:



Looks like a twist tie, but they are so much stronger, more flexible and vastly more durable that as soon as you use one, you’ll immediately rush out and buy another dozen. Even the smallest Gear Ties at 3 inches are darn useful. Have a jam-packed wall charger to help keep all your devices charged and ready to go? You don’t need to suffer through cables all over the place, but can keep them tamed and neat with a single cheery neon yellow GearTie:



What’s best about the Gear Tie system is that they last forever. Twist it closed. Twist it open to re-wrap your cables and wires. Twist it closed again. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

You’ll likely find something surprising as you proceed: it’s actually fun to organize all your cables and wires! Think of it as tech stress therapy.

The versatile Gear Tie Cordable™ is the perfect solution for wrangling cables, and comes in 3", 6" 12" & 18". These clever Gear Ties feature a stretch-loop on one side that fits over the end of a cord and lives there, offering a convenient way to wrap, organize, and identify your cords. 

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It can be hard to tell from photos, but the exterior of the Gear Ties are rubber, so there’s no issue with electrical conductivity either. And lengths! We’ve got lengths that include 3”, 6”, 12”, 18”, 24” and the GearTie Mega at 32” and 64” lengths.

What can you do with really big Gear Ties? How about organizing the hose in your garage?

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So don’t shy away from the task, pull your desk out and have a look at the tangle of wires. Peek behind your television and entertainment center. Check out the wires behind your bedside table. And don’t forget the garage and work room too. All of those can be neatly organized with the right size Gear Tie and just a little bit of enthusiasm!

Topics: Tech and Gadget

Gift Guide for the Tech Enthusiast

Posted by Dave Taylor on Dec 14, 2018 4:16:47 PM

It’s that time of year, time to rise up and meet the challenge of finding the perfect present for everyone on your holiday gift list. Modern gifting often now involves tech essentials such as charging cables and batteries, along with WiFi or cellular plans. Keep in mind that a great gift is one that demonstrates your knowledge of the recipient, not the amount of money you spent on their present. Whatever your budget may be, there is a plethora of great gifts for tech enthusiasts on the market this year.

We at Nite Ize are tech and gadget enthusiasts too, and we know a cool present when we see one. Dog lovers, outdoor adventurers, DIYers, parents and homebodies alike – we all charge our devices, listen to music, and travel with pocket-sized tech. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite gifts this year, all sure to receive an enthusiastic welcome in any home.

Google Pixel Buds

Wireless bluetooth earbuds are a saturated market and there are thousands of options you can buy online. Heck, your smartphone probably came with earbuds that work perfectly well for casual music listening and an occasionally phone call. But what if you had earbuds that could translate foreign languages as you heard them?

That’s the amazing promise of the Google Pixel Buds. Pair it with a Google Pixel phone and you can tap into Google Assistant to get real-time translation of dozens of popular languages, from Japanese to Spanish, Finnish to Latvian, Tamil to Mandarin Chinese. But that’s not all; the Pixel Buds also offer splendid music playback quality with a convenient charging case included.

$159 at The Google Store.

Amazon Echo Dot

Instead of hunting for remote controls or having to launch specific apps on your phone, imagine just speaking directly to your devices. That’s the promise of voice control systems, and there are a lot of them on the market now. None are better than the Amazon Alexa ecosystem, and the tiny little Echo Dot is a great way to join the voice-control revolution. Don’t be fooled by its remarkably affordable price – the Echo Dot has tons of capabilities. Better yet, if you have an existing stereo or music system (or even a TV soundbar with AUX input) you can hook it up and control your music and radio stations all with your voice.

But where the Alexa devices really become fun is when you realize they can answer questions, not just execute specific commands. It’s an amazing homework assistant, for example, solving mathematical equations, defining words, identifying authors, and much more. You can also make phone calls, message people and/or control every aspect of your smart home.

$49.99 at Amazon.com

Nite Ize Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet

Have a tough gift recipient who seems to already have everything in the world of gadgets and tech? The Nite Ize Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet will delight ‘em with its simple design and rugged looks. More importantly, credit cards are susceptible to hackers scanning people’s pockets or purses in public places, so an RFID shielded wallet is a must-own for travelers, concert-goers or anyone who’s out and about.

But this is a wallet with a secret identity: The Financial Tool features a bottle opener, 5 standard-size wrenches, 6 metric-size wrenches, a nail removing notch, phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, scraper and even a protractor – all disguised as a unique stainless steel wallet!

$14.99 at NiteIze.com

iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

Whether that tech fanatic already has a smart home with everything hooked up or they don’t realize how much smart home technology will revolutionize their world, this iHome smart plug will be a great option. Better yet, it is compatible with every smart home system on the market, from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Wink, to SmartThings and Nest, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility.

Indeed, the combination of the Amazon Echo Dot and the iHome Smart Plug could let grandma walk into her house and just say “Alexa, I’m home” and have the light turn on. No fumbling in the dark. Or cousin Joey could say “Alexa, play death metal” and the music would start and the lights would turn off!

$29.99 at iHomeAudio.com

 

Nite Ize Steelie® Phone Mount Kits

There's a reason why Steelie users are so loyal – once you enter into the Steelie magnetic phone mount universe you'll quickly wonder what you ever did without it. The Steelie Ecosystem is a family of products that make mounting and viewing your mobile device easy and convenient. The product line, which uses a ball and socket system to allow for the perfect viewing angle, includes mounts for your car's dash, vent or windshield. Additionally, there are several attachment options for your device, so you are sure to find the right Steelie solution for anyone.

Steelie Orbiter Dash Kit

The Steelie magic doesn't have to end when you step out of the car – one of my favorite products in the line is the Pedestal, which provides a convenient docking station to use on your nightstand, desk, kitchen, or anywhere you might need hands-free viewing. Check out the complete line here and find the perfect Steelie for anyone on your gift list!

Pricing varies per product at NiteIze.com

 

Whatever gifts you choose for your loved ones this holiday season, we hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday. And don’t forget those charging cables!

 

Topics: Tech and Gadget

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