Water- and dust-resistant gadgets to go the distance
Don't destroy your existing tech by exposing it to the elements. Here are some gadgets ready-made for aquatic and summer adventures.
Logitech UE Boom
This Bluetooth speaker is built for summer fun. It has a water-resistant coating that means you can splash around it and not worry about breaking anything inside. Pair two of the speakers together via the UE Boom app to make a complete stereo experience.
Designed to withstand splashes, the UE Boom is IPX4 rated. To understand how IP ratings work in relation to water and dust resistance, click here.
Battery life is rated at 15 hours, which held up in CNET testing.
Unless you want to buy a brand new smartphone, a protective case like the Otterbox Preserver can help minimize the damage done to your existing device.
Available for selected iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S devices, the Preserver is rated IP68 which means it's dustproof and waterproof. It can be fully submerged underwater up to 2 metres/6.6ft for 30 minutes.
With over 75 seals, the X-T1 is designed for the serious photographer who also requires rugged capabilities. It's not waterproof like the Olympus, but it offers the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.
It's freezeproof to -10°C/+14°F and features a die-cast magnesium body. The body and selected lenses are water and dust-resistant but not designed for immersing in water -- just a few splashes and rainfall.
Can't bear to be away from a big screen? The Z2 tablet can withstand almost everything from your summer vacation. It's completely waterproof and ports are sealed with rubber flaps so you know it can take a dunking.
It is rated IP55/58, so it's protected against low pressure jets of water and can withstand 1.5m/4.9ft of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
Summer trips usually involve time away from wall outlets and traditional electricity sources. This is where a solar charger can come in handy, such as the Rugged Rukus. It takes less than 5 hours in direct sunlight for it to charge completely, or 2.5 hours via microUSB.
It also acts as a Bluetooth speaker and can charge a smartphone via 1A USB. It is IPX4 rated, which means it can withstand water splashes.