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Old 26-07-2012, 16:27   #1
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Waterproof your phone (and I imagine other things as well)

Just spotted on morning news here

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We’ve covered Liquipel (pun not intended) previously; it’s a nano-coating for electronics that, so its manufacturers claim, will repel any splashes onto the phone. That doesn’t quite make it dive suitable, but for everyday spills and rain it should make it quite resistant.

Liquipel’s announced that it’s signed up the Australian-based Vita Group as a licensor of the technology. Vita Group is the name behind such Australian brands as Fone Zone, One Zero, Next Byte, iConcierge, Vita Networks and Sprout Accessories, as well as a number of franchised Telstra shops and business centres. I’m waiting to hear back from Vita as to how they’ll roll out the Liquipel technology — the company itself currently charges $US60 for a liquipel coating on a limited number of phones, but it’s not clear what Vita will charge here for the service.



Liquipel Coming To Aussie Phones Soon | Gizmodo Australia
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Old 26-07-2012, 16:40   #2
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Re: Waterproof your phone (and I imagine other things as well)

I've used a coating of white litium grease on electronic circuitboards for years with great success. A trick I learned from my days of racing RC electric boats. Water beads up on the lithium grease and never makes it's way to the circuitboard. As a matter of habit, the first thing I do when I purchase new electronics is open it up and coat the circuit board.
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Re: Waterproof your phone (and I imagine other things as well)

Very interesting. I bought a Lifeproof case for iPhone. It is waterproof, and not as bulky as the Otterbox. I bought it for my work phone, which gets some abuse on the farm. Handy to have for sailing trips too, amazing how powerful a tool my phone has become. It is a mobile hotspot for my laptop, and runs buoy data apps, anchor alarms, GRIBs, etc etc. Only weakness really is battery life, and only useful for coastal cruising.

Thanks for posting mate, but not sure I'd trust it over a waterproof case, which also offers some shock protection. The Lifeproof case is in the $70 US range, not sure about global availability or if available for other devices.
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Old 26-07-2012, 16:55   #4
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Re: Waterproof your phone (and I imagine other things as well)

A few years ago my dock crew accidentally bought a couple of boxes of ziplock snack sized bags when prepping for a charter. Schedule was tight so rather than try to swap them out I just tossed them aboard. Turns out they make great cell phone bags....I've had the same phone ever since -- a new record for me! When they start getting a little worn, just grab another one.
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+1 on the Life Proof box. It is made to go under water so no worries!
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How do you charge the phone with the Life Proof case?? Do you need to remove the phone to do it?? Any other concern about using other than they are quite pricey though a lot less than replacing a phone. I'm thinking of getting an Iphone to replace my Casio G'z One phone which has been indistructible. I'm hard on phones including taking them swimming.
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I'm thinking of getting an Iphone to replace my Casio G'z One phone which has been indistructible. I'm hard on phones including taking them swimming.
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Boy it's nice ta be Old !! LOL We just Vacu seal our phones when we are ready to cast off ! and don't bring em out till we get where we are going !! We use a SSB and Pactor Modem for e-mail to family and friends!! (some of the family have SSB radios themselfs ) It works for us and even if we had to abandon the vessel they are stored in the Abandon ship bag after we seal them ! Works for us ! but then we are almost new stuff stupid LOL
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It charges normally on the i-phone charger only as it has a waterprrof access at the bottom for charging.

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How do you charge the phone with the Life Proof case?? Do you need to remove the phone to do it?? Any other concern about using other than they are quite pricey though a lot less than replacing a phone. I'm thinking of getting an Iphone to replace my Casio G'z One phone which has been indistructible. I'm hard on phones including taking them swimming.
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I carried a couple of generations of G'z ones, good telephones.

I've had my iPhone for nearly two years now and it is in very good shape. Put a screen protector on it before you go anywhere, and get a good case right off the bat. I'm not particularly hard on phones, but I do farm full time, work in all weather conditions, and sail offshore or sounds/rivers when I'm on vacation. Well there was herding those swimming hogs during that one hurricane, lost that phone. Left phone in truck for second hurricane a week or two later.

It does charge in the case. It has a dongle for weatherproof earphone jack. I've used the case for a couple of months now, am very impressed, and I'm critical about design. So far I've found no major ones except cost, and the screen is harder to see. Then there's the dongle. You cannot plug earphones directly into the phone without the adapter, so adapter/dongle has to be on the phone or with you. Altogether, it is very well designed.



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Hmmm....anyone done a "float test" video?

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This is my Android Motorola Defy. Love it.

Yes it is INSIDE the aquarium.
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This is my Android Motorola Defy. Love it.

Yes it is INSIDE the aquarium.
It does seem waterproof and I'm sure the fish will appreciate a working phone if you drop it overboard.
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It does seem waterproof and I'm sure the fish will appreciate a working phone if you drop it overboard.
Well, unfortunately the touch screen doesn't work under water.
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The Life Proof Case seems like a great tool. I am switching to iPhone 5 when my contract ends in October. They should be out by then. Hope the company tools up for iPhone 5.

The Life Proof Case has a very good accessory when on the sailboat, a floating cover. I will be getting this also and leaving it in the truck to put on the phone as I head down the dock.

The waterproof coating will not make my iPhone float. Protection I cannot find at the bottom of a lake will not really solve a possible problem of iPhone over board.
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