questionswould you trust a waterproof case on your…

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I'd recommend you test any waterproof casing before using. Stick a towel or paper towel into it, seal it and submerge it in a bucket. Shake it around, and leave it in there for a bit. If the item inside is damp, I would not use it. If it's dry, I don't see why not.

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A cheap solution to having your device near water is to put it inside a ziplock baggie (or two).

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Last year when we went to the Caribbean I bought a DicaPac Waterproof Digital Camera Case with Optical Lens that happened to fit both my inexpensive Kodak Easyshare camera and my expensive Canon Powershot. I used it with the inexpensive camera for the trial run, and the only problem I had was that the camera would shift and a part of the lens was obscured in some shots. But no problems at all with the waterproofing. I am sufficiently confident now that I will use it for the Canon this summer. When I am just looking to bring them and protect them from accidental splashes but not use them when in the water, I double freezer bag electronics.

Here's an example of the camera case:
http://www.amazon.com/DicaPac-WP410-160x105-Waterproof-Digital/dp/B001C20816/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330970514&sr=8-1

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I got a LifeProof case for my iPhone 4 just because I am clumsy. I doubt I will ever deliberately dunk my phone even though I really want to take it snorkeling to record some underwater videos. I just have it because it is cheaper to buy a case now than a new phone later.

You can check out the demo videos online that seem pretty legit. I think the cheaper the case, the more prone to leaking it is. I'd rather pay more money and be certain it works.

http://www.lifeproof.com/

FWIW, the case was $80 at Best Buy.

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Slightly differen situation but I keep my digital camera and my iPod in Pelican cases when they're not being used. I like that they provide a waterproof, crushproof case that I can toss into my pack and not worry about when I travel (or just move about day-to-day in the case of my iPod). While these won't protect the electronics when they're being used, they have, so far, worked great. When I'm on worksites on mission trips, my digital camera (in the Pelican case) lives in my cargo pants pocket. I've built homes on three continents with and have never worried about it being protected.

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@moondrake: Thats actually the product I saw that sparked my question :).

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Assuming it works, sure. I'd be hesitant to test it myself, so I'd rely pretty heavily on reviews. Still, if it didn't work, I'd hope the case's warranty would replace the lost device.

Pushing someone into a pool is WAY riskier than it used to be. Sad day for pool parties.

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@teenracer6: Hahaha. I like it! Pretty good summation

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depends on what I'm doing but I often keep electronics, ie. field meters, laptops, etc in waterproof pelican cases. Keeps them from getting banges up and waterproof to boot.

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@aspiringarchitect: I've got one too. We took it through Niagara Falls with no problem, and it's hit the floor more times than I care to count. Great cases.

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It's good to buy some waterproof cases for expensive gadgets.i am the new gadget fan,and bought one w818 waterproof watch phone from ibuygou.com.The watch phone performed good.I Would buy more some waterproof gadgets this summer.

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@kingnix: My friend, who works outdoors all day, likes to cary a camera in his pocket. He destroyed the one I bought him two years ago in just a couple of months, so I bought him an Olympus Tough series camera for his birthday last summer. You can drop it, freeze it, and take it up to 20 feet underwater. It took a lot of very nice pictures on our trip to the Caribbean, underwater, on dry land, and in the splash zone. He's had it in his pocket for 8 months now and it is still working fine.

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I actually bought the travelon smartphone cases when they were on woot. I tested it, and, indeed, it is waterproff and floats a phone. I would trust it.

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I'm just about to order my 2nd Bamboo case. In total, I've had 3 hardwood cases. Here's the deal: My first bamboo case literally shattered upon impact on a marble floor. My iPhone was in perfect condition. I don't want a case that become part of my phone - that's the wrong direction. Having said all that, I love the look and irony of a wooden case. But that's just me. The following one is that I got: http://www.topcasesandcovers.com/the-eiffel-tower-vintage-bamboo-iphone-44s-case-p-15.html?zenid=n5mfhscot1rhdr1t90cv6am3q4

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The test with less expensive product is a great idea but I don't think I would ever just fool around with an iphone under water "just for fun". Most waterproof gear is only proofed up to a certain depth in the water. Because the water pressure gets to where it can force its way past the rubber rings etc. used for waterproofing at a certain depth. If you want to get shots underwater get a product designed for that. Look into a "go-pro" or something of that nature.

http://www.permadrywaterproofing.com/