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Keep your precious gadgets safe and dry this rainy season

July 16, 2014

Subramanian, Mahalakshmi

For many, the gadgets they own, their mobile phones, tablets, and the works, are their prized possessions. So much, that even the slightest technical glitch in them can lead to pangs of grief and anxiety.

With the monsoons on in full swing, it is more likely that gadgets will suffer damage, sometimes irreversible, if not cared for. So, like the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. One must take measures to safeguard it the right way.

Koparkhairane resident Snehal Sharma's smartphone suffered a short circuit a few days ago. Sharma, who takes care to carry her phone in a ziplock pouch, was confused when the technician told her that moisture had seeped into her phone. Her habit of keeping her phone on the edge of the window was the culprit. "Though I keep the window tightly shut, water droplets that seep in from the edges of the window entered my phone and the short circuit was caused when I attempted to turn it on," said Sharma.

While she had to bid adieu to her favourite device, you need not, if you make sure to carry out these simple safety measures. Nerul-based tech expert Sridhar Natrajan said, "Water seeping into their devices is the main problem people face in the rainy season and special care needs to be taken by the ones use their phones, tablets or laptops while on the move. It is better to use ziplock bags or dry cases of a good quality to place one's phone or any other portable gadget, instead of keeping them uncovered in pant pockets or handbags. Also, if you use laptops or tablets while travelling, it is better to detach the removable parts and dry it individually using a dry piece of cotton cloth or tissue. Making use of a hair dryer for good measure is also a method."

Carrying laptops and tablets in a good waterproof bag is also a safe option. "I make it a point to get my laptop checked at least twice during rains," said Rajesh Shah, a sales executive from Vashi, adding, "Before regular showers, I also make sure to check calls and wiring at my home, so that there is no water seepage that can cause short circuits. When computers or laptops are plugged in, even the slightest hint of moisture can set off a short circuit."

"During heavy, thunderous showers, computers or other devices can suffer circuit a meltdown and drastic surge in voltage can damage devices," adds Natrajan. "Even if you have a UPS or a stabilizer for refrigerators, it would be risk-free to unplug the devices in rains," he adds.

Photography enthusiasts can use the inexpensive ways of protecting their cameras. "There are many covers available in the market for different types of cameras. You can create a makeshift cover using a plastic sheet and poking holes for the lens area," said Shyam Ravindran, a photography student.

Credit:Mahalakshmi Subramanian

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Source: DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

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