How to keep your tech dry

Summer is here, and with it comes frequent trips to beaches, pools, lakes, and plenty of outdoor adventures. While you are having fun on or in the water your tech devices, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, earbuds, and portable speakers, are at risk of getting soaked themselves. Here’s how to keep your tech safe and dry, ensuring your summer fun doesn’t lead to a costly tech-tastrophe!

Understand your device’s water resistance

Check the IP Rating

When it comes to water resistance, the first thing you should know is your device’s IP (Ingress Protection) rating. These ratings, developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission, indicate how well your device is protected against dust and water:

  • First Digit (Dust Protection): Ranges from 0 (no protection) to 6 (dust-tight).
  • Second Digit (Water Protection): Ranges from 0 (no protection) to 9 (protected against high-pressure water jets).

For everyday summer activities, look for devices with:

  • A second digit of 4 or higher for protection against splashes.
  • A second digit of 7 or higher for protection against temporary immersion.
  • A second digit of 8 or higher for protection against deeper, longer immersion.

Remember, even devices with high IP ratings can lose their water resistance over time as coatings are subjected to wear tear.

Take precautions

Use protective products

There are numerous products on the market specifically designed to keep your tech dry when in or near water. Waterproof pouches, cases, and bags are readily available and provide excellent protection. They often allow for touchscreen use, making them perfect for poolside or beach activities.

Use Silica Gel

If your device gets wet, silica gel packets are a fantastic solution for absorbing moisture quickly and effectively. Silica gel is often found in packaging for various products and are easy to collect or buy in bulk. They are a much better alternative to rice, ensuring your device dries out without causing additional damage. Store the packets out of reach of children and in a tight-sealing jar when not in use to keep them effective.

Dry with a lint-free cloth

If your device does get wet, turn it off immediately to prevent short circuits. Use a lint-free cloth, to dry the exterior and ports thoroughly.

Protect your gadgets with travel insurance

While these tips can help keep your tech dry, accidents can still happen. That’s why it’s crucial to consider gadget cover as part of your travel insurance. With Total Travel Protection, you can extend your personal property cover to include your essential gadgets.

Total Travel Protection Gadget Cover

Cover: Up to £1000 for the intrinsic value or repair costs of gadgets that are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed while you’re on your trip.

Unauthorised Calls: Up to £75 if your mobile phone is stolen.

Eligible Gadgets: Mobile phones, iPhones, iPads, tablets, smartwatches, and GoPros.

Important Notes

To be covered you must:

Take reasonable care of your gadgets and avoid leaving them unattended in public places.

You must own the item and provide proof of ownership.

Reductions will be made for wear and tear and depreciation.

How to add gadget cover

Gadget cover can be added to our Gold or Platinum policies. Full terms and conditions are available when choosing your policy options and will be sent to you upon purchase.

Enjoy your summer adventures with peace of mind, knowing your tech is protected both physically and financially. Keep these tips in mind, and make sure to secure the right travel insurance cover to safeguard your gadget