BHEESTIE Bag saves me $200: iPhone 1 vs. Heavy rain 0

A couple days ago I decided to get some morning snowboarding in before the day started. Unfortunately, the rain which I hoped would subside persisted throughout the entire morning. Two hours later, our group decided it was time to call it quits. Immediately after loading up, I pulled my iPhone out of my ski pants nonchalantly wiping away the few drops of water I saw on the screen. I assumed that the water on the phone was transferred from my wet hands. I tilted the phone up only to see a few drops of water fall from the bottom of the phone. Upon closer inspection, I discovered another drop of water ready to fall – the source being the bottom speaker opening. Now I have a problem.

Not submerged, but any water is bad enough

Although the phone was not completely submerged, enough water had gotten into the handset to cause damage. The screen was dark and the camera lens was fogged along with half of the screen. An Apple Genius wouldn’t need to check the water damage sensors to come to a conclusion – water damage + voided warranty.

Later that day, the Apple Genius Bar rep informed me that I could purchase a refurbished handset for $199. Tempting. But so was the Google Nexus One announced the very same day. Call it coincidence, fate, or maybe a test… I recalled reading success stories of water damaged electronics. I walked out of the store 10 minutes later with plans to bring my out of warranty iPhone back to life.

BHEESTIE Bag brings my iPhone back to life

Bummed, I started spreading the word to contacts via email that I would be unreachable via phone. Within minutes I received a link to the BHEESTIE Bag. A few minutes later, I found this review by CNET who willingly tossed a working MP3 player into a fountain for testing. I was sold and immediately went out to purchase a bag.

Our company started because of a need – we were tired of replacing many a wet cellphone, iPod®, camera, etc. Now we bring this innovation to you.

BHEESTIE Bag® is the original product used to remove moisture from personal electronics. Our company’s goal is to bring you a product to help maintain & maybe even revive your wet cellphone, iPod®, camera, etc. Which saves you money and decreases wasteful dumping of electronics.

So did BHEESTIE work? Yes. 24 hours later my iPhone is back in my pocket. The little fish food looking pellets did their work absorbing moisture. The fogged camera lens and screens are completely dry and the phone hasn’t shut off without warning. Unfortunately, the water sensors are triggered and the phone is now out of warranty but the phone is fully functional saving me from having to spend $200 for a refurbished iPhone.

I learned my lesson from this whole ordeal. Waterproof ski pants are not completely waterproof if water can get through zippers and the iPhone is going in a Ziploc. Have you had any accidents involving your favorite electronics with any types of liquid? Were you able to salvage / save the electronic or lose it completely?

Discuss - 12 Comments

  1. Does spilling beer over a blackberry bold count? And I wasn’t lucky to save it.

  2. natech says:

    You weren’t using any kind of protection case when that happened? Just straight naked?

    • Derek says:

      I haven’t used a case on the phone for awhile. The cases that I have used would’t have made a difference considering the most vulnerable openings were still exposed. I have yet to see a slim waterproof case for the iPhone. Like I said above, Ziploc will do from now on.

  3. Greg says:

    Another way I heard to solve this is to take the battery out and place the phone in a bowl of dry rice. Apparently the dry rice sucks the moisture right out of the device. Leave it in for 3-4 hours, pop the battery back in and you should be good to go.

  4. KG says:

    I use an OtterBox 3000 waterproof case whenever I’m at the beach (Hawaii) to protect my iPhone from the ocean. The case keeps it dry and well protected. You can find alternative waterproof cases at Walmart and Kmart for about $14 to $16. The ultimate waterproof solution would probably be the Golden Shellback waterproof coating. Although I’m not sure if its even available to the public.

  5. Michael says:

    Rice in a ziplock bag also works a treat. I haven’t heard of Bheestie before but it sounds like it’s probably also just a desiccant in an air-tight container. I bet it isn’t as cheap though!

    Regardless of which desiccant you use the important thing is not to use the device (and preferably remove the battery – bit hard with an iPhone) until the desiccant has sucked all the moisture out of the device and it is completely dry.

  6. Stu Greenham says:

    Great post Derek!

    Thanks for bringing to our attention this awesome product! I myself had an “incident” with my old iPhone and Water and unfortunately I had to see it off on the cheap and upgrade.

    Bheestie looks like such a good product and will no doubt be a life saver for many many accidental prone techies!

  7. Jeff Jackson says:

    Have you considered popping the sim card and putting it in a cheap phone? That’s what I’ve done, and rarely do I need the maps and apps on the mountain, and if you do, you’re not riding nearly hard enough. ;-P

  8. kirby says:

    I’ve managed to have my ipod touch dropped into a toilet that was flushing, but it still works after i gave it a day to dry out.

    I also managed to spill a glass of wine across a brand new macbook pro, but ended up geting a free replacement that was an upgrade from the one i just received!