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Gadgets: Waterproof gadgets for a summer roadtrip

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Gadgets: Waterproof gadgets for a summer roadtrip

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Not all gadgets are made equal when it comes to water and dust resistance. Here's what to look out for, plus our top picks of summer-ready tech.

[MUSIC] Checking your existing gadgets on summer vacation might seem like a good idea, until you soak them in the sand or dunk them in the drink, and it's very expensive paperweight. I'm Lexy Savvides from CNet. I'm gonna give you some tips on your waterproof gadgets. Plus a couple of top picks for your summer vacation. The first thing to look at when buying a water proof or dust proof gadget is the IP rating. the first digit in the IP rating is to do with it's dust resistance. And the second digit is all about waterproofing. For example, an IP67 gadget like the Samsung Galaxy S5 is totally dust proof, that's what the six means, and the seven relates to how waterproof it is. So, one meter submerged for up to thirty minutes. An x in either of those digits just means that it's either not waterproof, or dustproof. Now on to the gadgets. If you want something that's gonna make the most of your summertime adventures. And harness the power of the sun, then the Rugged Rukus is for you. This is a bluetooth speaker, plus it can also recharge your gadgets. Via micro USB, it will charge fully in five hours of direct sunlight. Plus it's also IPX-4. So this means that it's totally splash proof. A life preserver for your smartphone is something like an Otter Box. Now this is totally drop proof, it can be submerged up to 2 meters for 30 minutes and it works for iPhone. Samsung Galaxy handsets earn a couple of extra ones as well. The beach by the beach or the pool in the Logitech UA boom is one for you. This is a wild speaker, it is IPX4, so it means it can be splashed about as much as you like and won't break. Plus, if you've got 2 of them you can hook them up side by side via the [INAUDIBLE] app and stream your music in stereo. If you can't bear to be without a big screen on your holiday, then the Sony Xperia Zen 2 tablet may be for you. It's got scratch resistant glass. You can also rinse it off if you spill something on it. Plus it's IP58 saces, so this means that as long as all the ports are closed, it is totally waterproof. And for the photographers, you can even take photos underwater. For the serious photographer there's the Olympus tough TG-3. This is waterproof to 15 meters, or 50 feet, plus it's as tough as old boots. You can sit on it. You can drop it even after you've had one to many and it will be totally fine. Plus it doubles as a winter camera for all your snow adventures because it's freeze proof. This has been a round up of a couple of summer ready gadgets if you want to find out the full list plus more tips plus on water and and weather resistant check out cnet.com.

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