Waterproof your Phone and Other Gadgets this Summer

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It’s finally the summer and it’s time to spend less time indoors and more time soaking up sun. Whether you have a pool or head to the lake to get your fill of vitamin D, everyone spends more time outdoors in the summer. And most of us will end up bringing at least a few gadgets with us, like our cell phones. But while the beach is a relaxing place for us humans, our phones don’t react to well to sand, water, or heat – common ingredients for summer fun. Fortunately they’re not too hard to protect. We’ve gathered a few ways to summer-proof your devices here.

An essential part of summer is heat, and it’s only getting hotter. Unfortunately your cell phone doesn’t react to heat too well. Overheated phones will shut off, and running your phone for too long at a high temperature will permanently damage its battery. Make sure not to leave your phone in a hot car, and pay attention to how hot it is when you’re using it. If you don’t need to use your phone for a bit and it’s getting hot, just turn it off and let it cool down. Also, charging your phone only at night will keep it cool and save energy.

For physical damage, consider buying a protective case for your phone. For a bit of money (around $100), consider the OtterBox armor series. If you’re a professional device-dropper or if you just spend a lot of time in dangerous situations, this case can protect your phone underwater and can protect it being dropped onto concrete.

If you’re not too worried about water, but you want to protect your laptop or tablet from the bumps and drops of everyday use, the Just Air Cushion https://www.justaircases.com/ provides a lightweight and inexpensive ($30) way to protect your devices from unfortunate falls.

No matter where you’re going this summer, make sure to install tracking software on your phone. With all the beach parties, vacations, and other outings over the summer, there’s a lot of opportunity for your phone to get lost. Prey http://preyproject.com is a free app for your phone that allows you to track your phone if it’s lost. 

About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.