Wading in rivers is mostly a pleasant experience from my point of view. However, there are times when that pleasantness turns downright ugly. I guess my unhappy experience has happened to many anglers up and down the country from time to time. Namely: water and electronic devices are never great bed partners. And so it was with me a few weeks ago.
I just knew that the one extra step I was attempting into the pushing river was going to be a step too far. It was with the water lapping an inch below the top of my chest waders and definitely covering the lower pockets of my wading vest that the reality of my situation struck home. My mobile was now under at least an inch of water. Retreating to the bank I removed the black Samsung from my soaking pocket only to find a…blank screen! Bugger! Double bugger! With many of my invaluable contacts stupidly entered onto my phones memory not onto the sim card I just knew the outcome. The same scenario had befallen me less than a year ago. Actually on the same river and almost the same area. Will I never learn? The one thing I did learn however from my first experience was do NOT try to switch it on.
But after the last phone soaking, this time I was a little more prepared. I had bought a Bheestie Bag (£13.50 +p&p available from www.pedlars.co.uk).
The Bheestie Bag is cleverly designed to remove water from your wet mobile phone quickly. When your device suffers a plunge into liquid, as most anglers mobiles do from time to time it’s the nature of the sport, the key to preventing costly damage is to dry it completely and dry it fast. At a pinch you can use rice but the Bheestie Bag’s Molecular Sieve Desiccant formula is said to work up to 700% better than rice at removing moisture from your mobile. Question is did it work?
The bag is a small lightweight and resusable pouch that draws moisture out of personal electronics using small, liquid-absorbing beads. After the device has been soaked or water spilled onto it, take the battery out, dry it thoroughly and place it in the bag for 24 to 72 hours. The beads absorb water in much the same way the rice absorbs water, as they are made to physically bond with liquid and don’t release the moisture back into the bag when they’ve reached their absorption capacity.
Other well-known device-drying methods come to mind, of course, the most infamous being the blow dryer and the radiator. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that you’ll further damage your device under the dryer’s heat, so that is definitely not recommended.
Well the good news is it did indeed work and the little Samsung is back in action none the worse for the drenching. It’s the second time it’s gone swimming and probably won’t be the last but at least I’ve now got the Bheestie Bag to fall back on when it happens again…and it will, without question.Cliff Waterswww.fishypics.co.uk