With the increasing popularity of iPhones, Smartphones, Tablets and other technology comes a similar rise in related accessories. For outdoor adventures, these accessories need to protect your technology against the elements. North Carolina-based Dry Corp has come up with a line of waterproof, vacuum sealed accessories collectively called DryCASE. The DryCASE line includes waterproof, vacuum sealed, flexible cases (or pouches) that fit every major brand of smartphone. The DryCASE range also includes another, larger version for iPads, Kindles, and other tablets, as well as a waterproof backpack. As an add-on, Dry Corp has created waterproof sport headphones that plug in to a headphone port incorporated into the case. A sports-belt can also be purchased separately for activities such as Stand-up Paddleboard.
Given a smartphone DryCASE to test, I took it off the coast of Magnetic Island in Queensland, Australia to submerge the case in sea water. The DryCASE includes a vacuum hand pump that attaches to a one-way valve making the case airtight when squeezed. Without air, no transmission of water or water vapour can occur, sealing the case against moisture. Dry Corp has a long history with waterproof techniques having first started distributing a product called DRYPro waterproof cast and bandage covers to the medical community back in 1999. Even so, I was somewhat nervous putting electronics into the DryCASE. So for the first go, I inserted an old camera I wasn’t afraid to lose. I shouldn’t have feared. It worked beautifully. And is a big improvement on the old method of using Ziploc bags to keep your gear dry.
Another positive to the DryCASE was no loss of functionality, particularly for my smartphone. The casing is crystal clear and allows for full use at the touch of your fingers. An iPod worked similarly well. I struggled, however, when I tried a regular digital camera. Because of the vacuum seal, the camera had to be turned on and the lens extended prior to putting it into the case. As the air was removed, the casing acted like shrinkwrap, hindering any moving parts. This rendered my zoom basically dysfunctional. The placing of the neoprene armband also blocked the image on the LCD screen. You’ll get the most out of the DryCASE by sticking to flatter, touch screen technologies.
The DryCASE is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by the Point to Point Technology Group with its main offices in Melbourne and Auckland, and a sales office in Sydney. Shop around before buying the DryCASE products at retail. I’ve seen the smartphone DryCASE for as low as A$ 38 and the Tablet Case for A$ 58 online.
Featured Photos: Don Jurries & DryCASE Press Images