If you wanna take your smartphone along on your next kayak trip, try packing it in a DryCase bag to waterproof your best electronic friend up to depth of 100 feet. Setup is simple: Slip the device into the plastic pouch, and lock the clamps. Use the included pump to remove trapped air and get a vacuum seal. Your touchscreen and camera will still work, though after sealing, the bag must sit 10 minutes to ensure the vacuum holds. Also available for tablets and headphones; $39.99, Bass Pro Shop.
Smile for the Camera
Fujifilm’s waterproof FinePix XP70 digital camera can dive down to 33 feet with you to get shots of exotic fish or your goofy kids. The camera is also shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof (which means you can take it to the sandiest of beaches). There’s also a one-touch wireless transfer option so you can instantly move images to your smartphone and tablets. The camera has a zoom lens and features “underwater” and “underwater macro” modes designed to get you the sharpest, most colorful photos under the sea; $199.95, www.fujifilm.com. Other FinePix models and Fujifilm products are sold at Arlington Camera Inc., Best Buy and Fort Worth Camera.
Pack Some Power
Keep friends on the water from freaking out about not being able to charge their portable electronics by offering Trent’s PowerPak Ultra. This portable USB 14,000 mAh battery can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, come out and charge a pair of devices at the same time — tablets, speakers, smartphones and digital cameras. The battery can be charged up to 500 times. Note that the battery is waterproof only when the USB ports are covered with the attached rubber plugs;$69.95, www.amazon.com.
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At just 7.1 inches tall and 2.6 inches in diameter, Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom portable speakers are just right to slip inside a tote and take to the beach or boat so you can soak up the sun and 360-degree sound. The acoustic skin, covered in what they call plasma armor, is water-resistant and comes in a variety of striking color combinations. The Bluetooth option lets you adjust the volume or answer your phone from up to 50 feet away (no need to get out of that pool lounge) — or use the 3.5mm input to connect to your tablet or other device. The lithium battery will give you 15 hours of music before it’s time to recharge; about $200, Apple Store.
Blast That Boombox
Pop your smartphone into the EcoXGear Eco Terra Boombox and you’ve got a 100 percent waterproof boombox that will protect your device but also give you full access to the touchscreen. The boombox, which has two large waterproof stereo speakers, also floats and has room to store credit cards, cash and keys. Eight AA batteries will give you 25 hours of use; $149.99, www.radioshack.com (online only) and www.cabelas.com (online only).
Lifeguard for Electronics
If your electronic device isn’t water-resistant, but you should happen to get it wet, the Kensington EVAP Wet Electronics Rescue Pouch can help with some e-CPR. Turn off the device, remove the battery and SIM card (if there is one) and dry off any visible moisture. Seal your waterlogged device in the EVAP bag, along with one of the kit’s drying-agent pouches. Specially formulated molecules will attract and capture moisture in up to 48 hours, and an indicator will show you when the drying is done. $19.99 at www.kensington.com.
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