Keep your technique safe on the beach by following these tips

Keep your technique safe on the beach by following these tips

Salt water is corrosive and sand is a big problem even for military equipment. A day at the beach can be disastrous for your electronics, so be sure to take precautions on your next trip.

Consider this cheap and cheerful Ziplock bag

Using a ziplock bag to protect your smartphone at the beach is one of the cheapest tricks. It is ideal if you do not want to buy a bulky heavy bag and must protect your device from sand even in windy conditions.

You don’t need to take the touchscreen device out of the bag to use it, unless you’re on a phone call. If you just want to check email or text messages, you can because most capacitive screens will still run through a thin plastic casing. It is not smooth, and you may need to hold the bag tight when using it.

It’s a good idea to keep some of these bags in your car or purse in case you decide to go to the beach on the impromptu. Sand will scratch your screen and clog the charging port and speaker grille. Even if your smartphone is rated as dust or water resistant, it is best to avoid the temptation of fate by placing a barrier between your device and the elements.

Invest in a waterproof and dustproof case

If you spend a lot of time at the beach, in dusty environments, around the water, or are particularly clumsy, a rugged case may be a wise investment. These cases not only protect your device from water and sand, but also help prevent a cracked screen or a dented body if you drop your device.

One of the best hard cases is Lifeproof FRE (iPhone version). It’s available in a range of colors for a range of devices, including Samsung and Google devices. Even the latest iPhone versions support MagSafe, Apple’s wireless charging standard.

Another option is to use a waterproof bag such as the CaliCase Universal Floating Case. These smartphones are less than 6.1 inches in height, feature two layers of PVC, and also allow you to take pictures since the two sides of the case are transparent. Best of all, it floats so your device won’t fall to the bottom if you drop it.

Even with a waterproof case, you should be especially careful when using your smartphone near salt water. Rinse the case thoroughly after exposure to salt water before removing the device. Salt is very corrosive and can damage your smartphone, even if it has a good water resistance rating. In particular, the charging pin contacts corrode when exposed to salt. Over time, this may prevent your device from charging with a cable.

Keep your tools in the shade

Smartphone touch screens and dark cases absorb a lot of heat. This can cause your device to heat up quickly, which is what you want to avoid. Heat is generally harmful to electronic devices, but it is particularly harmful to your phone battery. You risk reducing battery life by leaving it too hot or, in rare cases, causing it to explode.

It’s easy to avoid overheating by keeping your smartphone in the shade. Put it in a bag and keep this bag closed. A black or dark bag might not be the best idea, as it will absorb heat too, but anything is better than leaving your device in the sun for a few hours.

Get ready for accidents

If you haven’t adequately protected your smartphone and decide to use it anyway, you should always be prepared for accidents. As mentioned earlier, salt water is terrible for electronic devices because it is a very corrosive substance. If you have exposed your device to salt water, it is recommended to rinse it with fresh water.

Assuming your device is waterproof, you should be able to avoid water damage while removing any salt left on the device. Unfortunately, water resistance does not mean water resistance, so you have to be careful. If your device isn’t waterproof, at least make sure you have a backup in case the worst happens.

Sand will scratch your screen, so a screen protector can help. If you opt for this solution, a glass screen protector is your best bet. It retains the quality of a “bare” smartphone screen and is designed to be replaced when scratched or broken.

Sand in your charging port is another thing to watch out for. You can use a soft brush to clean the sand from your charging port, but you may need to wait for it to dry completely before you can remove it completely, as wet sand tends to stay in place. Do not use compressed air on your charging port, as this can damage your device, especially waterproof sealants (if you have one).

Avoid charging your phone until you are sure the port is free of sand, as you may scratch or damage the charging pins. Damaged charging pins can prevent your device from charging, and scratching the gold plating can expose the copper underneath. Copper is highly conductive, but susceptible to corrosion, which is why these contacts are primarily coated.

Don’t leave things in the car

If you’re driving to the beach, you may be tempted to leave things in the car until you need them. But you really shouldn’t leave your smartphone or other similar gadgets in a hot car unless you have an air-conditioned glove compartment.

Even if your car is well equipped to handle bright sunlight, it can still be vulnerable to the effects of global warming. The air temperature inside is getting warmer and this can be deadly to children, pets, and technology.

This is a tip that you can use all year round, especially in the winter. Smartphone batteries hate extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold. Leaving your smartphone on display also gives thieves a reason to break into your car. Even if they only took your smartphone, you would have to replace the glass and any other damage it caused.

What about cell phones?

Surprisingly, wearables like the Apple Watch do not appear to be as vulnerable to salt water and sand damage as smartphones. We tested this theory ourselves by swimming in the ocean with an Apple Watch, with no ill effects, but you should always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations before taking any risks.

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