Whether it’s spilled drinks, accidental toilet dips, or ill-advised poolside use, a wet electronic device usually spells disaster. We’ve all been there. There are a number of home remedies, like hair dryers or rice in a sealed container, but if you’d rather leave it to the experts, you’ll want to check out the Bheestie Bag, whose sole purpose is sucking that unwanted moisture out of your delicate electronic devices. The bags come in 28-gram ($20 direct) and 56-gram ($39) sizes, the former for phones and smaller items, the latter for tablets and larger devices. The Bheestie Bag isn’t a miracle worker, so it won’t revive, say, a smartphone that took a bath a week ago, but if you act quickly enough the Bheestie Bag can help revive your waterlogged gadgets.
The bags themselves are unassuming, slim gray plastic sleeves with a ziplock seal at the top. The 28-gram bags measure 5.3 by 6.8 inches and can be used for smartphones, small point-and-shoot cameras, and other small electronics. The 56-gram bags measure 10.2 by 11.6 inches and can accommodate devices like the Apple iPad and larger D-SLR cameras.
Inside you’ll see a number of small pouches filled with white and blue beads. Bheestie claims that its beads are designed to absorb up to 22 percent of their own weight, and unlike rice or silica gel, the beads are meant to absorb moisture beyond equilibrium humidity. It’s what helps Bheestie Bags last for multiple applications—the bags are designed to last up to a year if properly sealed after use. The blue beads also begin to lose their color to indicate when it’s time to replace your bag.
At the PCMag labs, we test a lot of devices and accessories that claim to be waterproof or water resistant. As such, we’ve had our fair share of water-damaged devices. In a recent test of the Samsung Rugby Pro, a rugged smartphone, we actually failed to completely seal the battery compartment, leading to a device that refused to power on. Fortunately, I had the Bheestie Bag on hand, and after the recommended 48-72 hours sealed inside, the smartphone emerged bone dry and completely functional.
I also tested with an iPod touch, submerging it in water for a few seconds while powered on. After 48 hours inside the Bheestie Bag, the iPod touch was back on its feet. I repeated this same test with a bag of rice, submerging the iPod touch in water for a few seconds and then placing it in the bag of rice for 48 hours. While the iPod touch turned on after the rice method, the backlighting failed to revive itself, rendering the device unusable.
The Bheestie Bag worked exactly as advertised, rescuing our phone and iPod touch from their watery graves. There is no denying that you can get a bag of rice for just a few bucks, and while it didn’t quite work as well in my tests, I’ve had some success in the past using this method. Still, the Bheestie Bag isn’t all that expensive at $20, and the fact that you get multiple uses out of it is a nice bonus. It’s also not just for dire water damage—Bheestie recommends using the bag after minor moisture exposure to avoid corrosion. After workouts, for instance, you could throw your sweaty headphones into a Bheestie Bag to help them dry out. Obviously, results will vary, but for this accident-prone author, the Bheestie Bag seems like a reasonably worthwhile investment.
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