It’s great being me. Of course the fact that I’m tall, outrageously handsome, a hero, a trendsetter, and a leader of fashion goes without saying (although it’s very kind of you to mention it).
If fact, I was referring to the fact that folks go out of their way to tell me about all sorts of interesting things. For example, I just received an email saying:
"Hi Max, I thought you might have interest in this great gadget that can actually save a wet phone. Please let me know if I can send samples for your consideration."
The message went on to talk about something called a Bheestie Bag, which it described as follows:
“An innovative device that actually dries out small electronics. Whether it’s an accidental spill on your cell phone, camera or iPod; or the device was used outdoors with moisture in the air – this is the solution to have on hand.
Here's how Bheestie Bags work, simply drop the wet device in, zip, seal, and remove the saved newly dry device. For extreme soaking the bag should remained zipped overnight. The powerful water absorbing beads in Bheestie Bags physically bond to water, proven to be 700% more effective than a bag of rice.”
Now, to be honest, my knee-jerk reaction was to think that once you’ve dropped your iPhone or digital camera in a toilet or a lake or whatever, then you might as well wave it a fond farewell, because – in my experience – these things never work again. Having said this, I must admit that I’ve never used a Bheestie Bag
The thing is that the Bheestie Bag Website
says “Also sold on Amazon”
, and I do tend to trust the reviews on Amazon.com
, so I bounced over to take a look (Click Here
Admittedly, one reviewer was less than content, but all the rest were enthusiastically happy (the vast majority giving 5-star ratings). Most of the reviews start off by saying something like “Much to my horror, I dropped my iPhone in the toilet,”
or “My daughter dropped her iTouch in juice,”
or “Don't carry electronics in your back pocket. I did, and my iPhone went for an unexpected swim in the Loo.”
Setting aside for the moment that I’m not sure how happy I would be to hold a phone to my ear that had recently been basking in my toilet, the fact is that all of these folks go on to say that they used a Bheestie Bag
with great success.
One review / story that particularly caught my eye was as follows:
“I bought this for my husband for Christmas after reading all the great reviews. I wrapped it up and put it under the tree. Of course, 2 days later he left his iPod in his pants pocket again and it got washed. I unwrapped it, put the iPod in it and 2 1/2 days later I took it out. It worked!!”
Now, dropping a phone or whatever in the toilet, whipping it out, and immediately doing something like dropping it in a Bheestie Bag
is one thing, but having it go through a washing machine and still working after the Bheestie Bag
… well, color me impressed!
Or how about the following review / story:
“My 5 year old dropped his 3DS in the toilet (sigh) it was only 3 weeks old. I put it in a bag of rice and left it alone for 4 days. I also ordered this product in the meantime. After I received the Bheestie Bag I took his DS out of the bag of rice and turned it on to see if it still had water in the screen and it did (almost the same amount it had to begin with).
So I opened the Bheestie Bag and put the DS inside. After just a few hours.....most of the water was GONE!!! After 24 hours it was back to looking like new.”
To be honest this one really surprised me. I would have thought that four days of dampness would have firmly put the kibosh on any hopes of success, so the fact that the Bheestie Bag
brought this little rascal back from the brink really is rather impressive.
My understanding is that the Bheestie guys and gals are currently working on a new tablet size bag. Even though I have – thus far – never dropped any of my electronic products into the toilet, there’s a first time for everything. Also, you never know when something unexpected will come up, like getting caught in a storm and having things get drenched, and I would hate for something to happen to “My Precious”
(sorry, my iPad).
Hmmm… the more I think about it, the more I realize that I really would like to have a Bheestie Bag
or two in the house standing by in case of an emergency … I think I will take the Bheestie chaps and chapesses up on their offer of some free samples.
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