Gad­get to get you out of hot water

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Rod­ney Ch­ester

RESCUETEC RescueTec, $ 29.95 rescuetec. com ★★★★ THERE are some tech­nol­ogy gad­gets you buy be­cause you want to use them ev­ery day.

This is a tech­nol­ogy ac­ces­sory you would buy hop­ing to never have to use it.

Most of us have a tale of woe when it comes to mo­bile phones.

RescueTec looks sur­pris­ingly sim­ple. It’s an alu­minium foil sa­chet con­tain­ing a prod­uct that’s said to be 700 per cent more ef­fec­tive in dry­ing out elec­tronic gad­getry than the ‘‘ quick, it’s an emer­gency’’ so­lu­tions like putting your soggy mo­bile in a bag of rice.

RescueTec does not have to be just for dry­ing out your mo­bile phone. It is de­signed to suck water out of any elec­tronic gad­get that will fit in the bag, which has seven easy steps on the back. The mak­ers of RescueTec say the quicker you turn off your de­vice, the bet­ter chance you’ll have of sav­ing it.

Does it work? We gave it a go with a bor­rowed HTC mo­bile phone which we sub­merged in water for 60 sec­onds.

A week later and we were still wait­ing for signs of life in the phone.

To be fair to this sys­tem, it comes with an un­der­stand­able dis­claimer that there is no guar­an­tee it will work, be­cause the re­sults de­pend on the gad­get and the dam­age it re­ceived.

But if you are of­ten near water, or think you are at par­tic­u­lar risk of dunk­ing your mo­bile, this could save you a world of grief and be one less tale of woe to tell that be­gins with ‘‘ did I ever tell you how I killed my mo­bile?’’

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