The $20 Bheestie Bag is used to remove day-to-day moisture from electronic devices, but it also has the potential to dry and revive soaked electronics.
To put it to the test, we "accidentally" dropped this Insignia MP3 player in a fountain. When an MP3 player or cell phone is submerged, water quickly enters through the headphone jack and floods the device. Within a minute, our player's display filled with water and froze, and the device shut down.
As suggested by Bheestie, we removed the battery immediately and wiped all visible water with paper towels.
These beads absorb water in much the same way rice absorbs water, as they are made to physically bond with liquid and don't release the moisture back into the bag when they've reached their absorption capacity. The blue beads are used as indicators--when they turn gray, it's time to buy a new Bheestie Bag. Contrary to my instinct, the beads are not to be removed from the plastic pouch.
Seconds after placing the soaked MP3 player in the Bheestie Bag, I could feel the beads warm up. This meant they were doing their job, according to Bheestie.
Bheestie suggests leaving the device in the bag for 24 to 72 hours. We're pretty sure the average gear-head would be too anxious to wait three days to get their gadget back, so after 48 hours, we removed the device. To our pleasant surprise, the screen was free of moisture. But will it work?
Wow! After replacing the battery and charging it for a few minutes, the device worked normally. There were no signs of damage to the system, as navigation, sound, and functionality were fully restored.