Putting it to the test: Beach-proofing electronic gear


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Life’s a beach, but your electronics probably wouldn’t agree. Because a carefree beach day can turn to tragedy when water and sand wreck our smartphones, tablets and MP3 players. So what’s the best way to protect our gadgets at the ocean?

Consumer Reports tested five special — pricey — electronic protectors, which claim to offer maximum protection, against zipper/slider food bags. The five protectors were:

Dry Case, $29

Dry Case Tablet, $38

Lavod LMB-011, $19

Seattle Sports Dry Doc, $16

Trendy Digital WaterGuard, $16

While Consumer Reports found that the pricier, special bags kept its contents dry when dunked briefly in water, and also kept out sand sprinkled along the seals, the slider bag, which cost 10 to 13 cents, also passed both tests.

Other findings:
• All bags allowed the user to control the devices’ key functions.
• The user could take photos, but the pictures were cloudy.

The takeaway: Any zipper or slider bag would “probably provide passable protection,” according to Consumer Reports. But remember to place devices in the bag — whichever one you may choose — before you head out and don’t remove them until you get home.

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