With the holiday weekend and vacation season here, we thought we could provide some helpful tips to keep your mobile devices safe.

Uh oh, did you drop your phone in pool? Don’t grab for that bag of rice idea that’s floating around the internet! STEP 1 Get that phone out of the water. STEP 2 Don’t power down, don’t send a text, go straight to taking the battery out! Wipe down your device, don’t use a blow dryer or any heat, as that could cause damage to the electronics. Now, we need to get the moisture out of the phone. The cheapest and easiest option is to start hoarding desiccant packets (or purchase them from Uline). Put your phone and desiccant packets in an airtight container. This could potentially save your phones life, but if it had a really bad spill you might be out of luck!

The water and extreme heat are no place for smartphones. Leaving your devices in a hot car or directly in the sun, can fry the processor and/or lower your battery’s life. If you live in a humid area, this can also lead to condensation build up on the inside (see the paragraph above if you suspect this). The max temperature to expose your phone too is 90-95 Fahrenheit.

Cracking a firecracker — GOOD! Cracking your smartphone screen — BAD! Leave it to the pros to fix your cracked screen, especially if it’s an iPhone.

Holiday weekends usually mean you’re on the go, carrying more devices than ever. We’ve found on-the-go chargers to be extremely convenient. My personal favorite is the MyCharge Peak 6000. It’s a little bulky, but it’s got built-in connectors for iOS, Android and several other products. It’s been labeled as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of portable battery chargers.

If you want to eliminate all of this possible nonsense, go phoneless for the weekend! I triple dog dare ya.

Until next time, cheers!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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Written by Julia Pinski