Saturday, October 27, 2012
iPhone As Tactical GPS -- Keeping It Dry
In the previous article, (iPhone & Topo Maps App Offer Freedom From Garmin Oppression) I described how an iPhone can function as a great GPS. But you'll want to keep it dry, safe, handy and charged.
This is about dry. Reliably dry.
For light-duty use, a freezer-weight Zip-Loc can do the job. But when you need rugged and convenient, you'll want the aLoksak which is a Zip-Loc's bigger, tougher brother. Invented, manufactured and sold by LOKSAK, of Park City, Utah, the aLoksak is way thicker than a freezer Zip-Loc and is manufactured in sizes to neatly fit smartphones and other electronic gear.
Manufactured for military, emergency and other rugged duty, the company says the aLoksak is resealable, completely waterproof, dust proof and humidity proof.
According to the company's web site, the aLoksak is certified waterproof by the Scuba School International (SSI) to 200 feet for at least 2 weeks. In addition, it has been tested and approved as a waterproof container by the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit.
I bought a 3-pack of the 3x6"model for $7.59 off their web site. They have 12 more sizes going all the way up to 32x16" (2pk) for $17.79.
I had no problem getting my phone in and out, even without removing a relatively bulky Elements case.
There's also no loss in screen responsiveness with the aLoksak in place. I prefer to put the phone in with the bottom of the phone next to the closure since it makes it easier to access the phone switch at the top.
As you might expect, photos taken through the aLoksak are not as sharp as without it.