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[ November 23, 2009 - 5:25pm ]
It’s easy to find positive feedback on the Internet about this pouch designed to dry and salvage wet electronics, but it didn’t work for us.

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;] —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.



We're sorry too Jake (and

We're sorry too Jake (and Chris)!  BHEESTIE has saved hundreds of electronics from soaking accidents, but as we've said all along - every situation is different (we've never had a customer accidentally hold their iPod under a faucet at full blast).  We still firmly believe BHEESTIE is your best bet.  We would also like to humbly, kindly, non-offensively, suggest that if you'd been using BHEESTIE for maintenance, maybe your iPod wouldn't have been malfunctioning in the first place : )  We still love SKIING and we hope you give BHEESTIE another try.  Cheers, the bosses at BHEESTIE.

PS Did you dry off the iPod well and did you try charging it after it had been in the bag for 3 days?  Most likely, given the way it was tested, it won't work but had to ask.

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