With the summer holidays fast approaching, you may be thinking about getting some waterproof gadgets to take advantage of the relief that water offers you from the blazing sun. If so, these 11 pieces of kit might just do the trick.
The following range from waterproof floating Bluetooth speakers to underwater waterproof cameras. Clearly, this list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.
Although Samsung has had a bad reputation, of late they have continued to pull out all the stops with their Galaxy S9 Series. Their water-resistance capabilities are a notable feature among their latest phones.
The S9 series is rated as IP68 which, although does not confer complete waterproofing for an extended period of time, is quite sufficient for general use.
Water-resistant up to 50 meters, underwater Casio's WSD-F20 Protrek Android Wear smartwatch is also pretty tough. It is, by all accounts, also compliant with military standards for shock and dust resistance.
Most reviewers agree that it is a great blend of smart features, ruggedness and has an impressive battery life.
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Powerbank is a waterproof portable battery pack that has a 7,800 mAh capacity. That's enough juice to fully charge the vast majority of modern smartphones.
It comes with two USB ports, a built-in micro USB connector and also has a LED flashlight. According to the sales material you can " Dunk it, spray it, use it in the rain; Power that handles whatever Mother Nature can throw at you; No rubber plugs needed".
The Olympus TG-5 is one of the best cameras for underwater photography on the market according to consumers. It is waterproof, of course, but only up to around 50 meters depth.
As you'd expect from Olympus it has great image quality and can capture 4K video. It also comes equipped with a built-in thermometer, Wi-Fi capability and is easy to use.
The camera is also crushproof up to 200 pounds per foot (3.2 kN/m).
The Ultimate Ears Waterproof Speaker comes in a range of colors and is completely waterproof. The speaker is made by Logitech and has a rather nifty design and great sound quality.
It is designed to be both rugged and able to float on water, is lightweight and easy to carry around. Its battery lasts around 10 hours and is easy to use.
The Tayogo Waterproof MP3 Player Headset comes with 8GB of storage, is waterproof up to a depth of 3M and is IPX8 waterproof. It has a very aesthetically pleasing and unique design and the player and headphones come in one handy package.
Its 8GB memory should give you enough space for around 2000 songs which isn't groundbreaking but the entire unit is water and heatproof. It is heatproof up to 60 degrees Celsius which should cover most 'normal' usage.
The HERO6 from GoPro is probably the ultimate action camera on the market. It's neat waterproof casing actually provides waterproofing up to around 10 meters.
Its image sensor technology can capture 4K video and 12 Mega Pixel pictures and comes with a wide variety of mounts and accessories. It also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability.
This waterproof set of earbuds and SYRYN MP3 player comes with free swimming goggles, FitGOO and an AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair defense kit. The player supports both MP3 and WMA formats and, like all good players provides a handy shuffle feature.
The player and earphones are completely waterproof and meet IPX8 waterproofing standards. This setup lets you listen to your tunes without interruption, is hassle-free and comes with an extra short-cord to prevent it catching and snagging.
Phantom Aquatics Premium Waterproof Backpack is an older product but still great. As the name suggests it lets you stash your gear in it without them getting wet.
It is a great accessory for anyone who loves the outdoors, especially on the beach. It has the added benefit of actually looking like a backpack, is (of course) waterproof and can even float on water.
It is an ideal choice for anyone who needs that extra bit of water protection but is only really intended for short periods of submersion in water.
Since we've included the Samsung S9 its only fair we also mention the iPhone X. Like its rival, Apple's newest model is also water-resistant and is rated IP67.
It can, by all accounts, remain submerged in 1 meter for 30 minutes before being damaged.
And last but by no means least, the Ricoh WG-2014WP Waterproof Camera. This beefy camera is waterproof, shockproof, coldproof and crushproof - if its sales material is to be believed.
It is waterproof up to 10 meters in depth and can run continuously for up to 2 hours. It provides HD video and high-quality image capture. Many reviews of the product indicate that it performs better than most GoPro's.
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