The directions on the back of the shiny, silver plastic bag are pretty straightforward: Turn off your wet electronic device, put it in the pouch, and close the Ziplock-style seal. I’m almost positive I did those three things correctly. The operation must have gone wrong somewhere else—most likely 20 minutes earlier when fellow intern Jake and I stood in front of a kitchen sink with his partially-functional iPod.
Jake graciously agreed to let me use his iPod—it turned on and appeared to work, but didn’t actually play music—to test a new product called the BHEESTIE Bag, which removes moisture from phones, watches, cameras, and other electronic devices. The back of the bag claims to have revived cell phones, iPods, watches, and other electronics that have been tumbled in washing machines, soaked by rain, dropped in drinks, and even gone swimming. The moisture-absorbing beads inside the bag turn gray when it’s time to replace it, but one pouch can last up to a year. The whole idea is similar to the common wives’ tale of using a bowl of rice to quick-dry damp electronics. We turned the sink on low, water was dripping out of it. Our plan of attack was to slowly get the iPod wet, increasing the water pressure until we could visibly see something wrong with the music player. The iPod seemed to withstand lower water levels; we could still scroll through his library and select songs. We turned the faucet up. The selection-wheel wasn’t responding as quickly now. For some reason, that didn’t satisfy us. Fifteen seconds later, we placed the iPod directly under the faucet and turned it on full blast. Finally content with the damage we’d done, we turned the iPod off, put it in the pouch, and closed the seal.
The directions said to leave the item in the bag overnight, or up to 72 hours if the item was soaked or submerged in water. I left it in for the full three days. Jake and I joked about the testing. “Wouldn’t it be great if the iPod worked better after all this,” we said. When the 72 hours were up, I took the iPod out, hit the menu button to turn it on, and stared at the blank screen. I pressed the button a few more times. Nothing happened. I started to feel bad about using Jake’s iPod to test the thing.
Admittedly our experiment was highly unscientific, but the amount of damage we did seemed to be on par with a washing machine or swimming-hole incident. There are several testimonials on the product’s website about the BHEESTIE reviving phones after being submerged in soda, or cameras that were dropped in toilets. But it didn’t work for us. I guess saving the iPod wasn’t meant to be. Sorry, Jake. [$20; bheestie.com] —Chris Outcalt
Check out fellow intern Jake's test and review of a Dry Case—meant to prevent your electronics from getting wet in the first place.
Editor's note: It is entirely possible that the failure of the BHEESTIE to revive Jake's iPod was the result of a user or testing error, a battery error, or some other unknown problem not related to the product.