You drop your camera or cell phone into a stream, a puddle, or worse. It stops working. How can you dry it out and bring it back to life?
One method of resurrection that's worked for me, is to put the camera (or whatever) into the freezer. I did this a few years ago at the suggestion of a reader and it worked! I've also heard that a bag of rice can also be effective for pulling the moisture out, as can a blow dryer. But unless you want a sculpture by Dali, don't put it in the oven.
I came across another option at REI a few months ago called the Bheestie which is a mylar ziploc bag containing a packet of hydroscopic (water absorbing) beads, specially designed to pull moisture from digital cameras, cell phones, iPods, and other electronic gadgets.
I tested the Bheestie (which means a servant who draws and carries water) this week by dunking an old battered digital camera I'm going to throw away in the sink until it wouldn't turn on anymore. I took out the battery and memory card, as instructed, and plunked the camera into the Bheestie bag. I then waited for 4 days to see if it would dry out and work again.
No joy. The camera is dead, dead, dead. And while the beads clearly did absorb some water, the bag now smells like a case of bad breath when you open it. Weird.
In all fairness to Bheestie, the Bheestie bag doesn't guarantee that it can bring back soaked electronics from the grave. Instead, it's positioned as a means to remove moisture from everyday electronics to keep them functioning optimally. That's too subtle a value proposition for me. How would you know if it ever was working?
I'd give this product a pass.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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