Luv my iPhone, but what to do in the rain???

Water protection was recently discuss in this BROL thread. I’ve extracted some of the comments and place them below. Please see the thread for other comments. Thanks!

Water resistance???


I do not see anywhere in the iPhone spec for water resistance.
So that means the phone would die in your 1st rain storm. If I had one, I’d likely sweat the thing to death!
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IPX7 normally. Which is typically good enough for most outdoor use.  ~ Willie

It is not water resistant, but there are boxes & bags that can be used. –jim
3) Fragility – Not too big a deal but I need waterproof! ~ Aqua
If I were to use the iPhone as my sole cyclometer, I would want to find a weatherproof case that could fit an iPhone 3g with an extended battery. Something like this. Of course, then you have to find a handlebar/stem mount that can hold that case.  ~ GVDub
Willie, though I do not consider my iPhone to be waterproof, nor even water-resistant, I have ridden in the rain several times with it and it is still quite alive. I use just a simple neoprene cover for it (bought it the same day I bought the phone and never carry the phone without it). I wouldn’t go out in a tropical storm to test it, but the few times I’ve been caught in the rain it has fared OK. ~ColoradoDennis
Consider yourself lucky. I design electronics for a living and everything that can get water into it, WILL get water into it; it is just a matter of time. Every piece of electronic gear I’ve owned that I use outside eventually gets destroyed by water unless it’s designed with full factory environmental seals and or fully conformal coated PCB’s. OK, I have to admit that I’m VERY hard on gear and although I do not dive, I take stuff to places that maximize the chances of equipment failure. ~ Willie
Check out the Otter Box Defender for a nice, durable case. My iPhone’s been in one since new. They say it’s not water proof, but it does have a hard shell covered by a silicone shell and a membrane over the screen. I’ve had mine in lots of downpours with no ill effects (knock wood).  ~bigflax
Very familiar with the OtterBox Defender, but discounted it because of their water resistant disclaimer. It is good to know that it worked for you in rain.  –jim
From the Catrike Board
REI is selling some tough little (and big) Mylar food bags guaranteed waterproof and smell-proof. Put your phone in one of them and the bear will never smell that pizza flavor still lingering from lunch. ~ ElSobrante
I’m liking the rigidity of my no-cost [except for the contents] bottle solution. Actually, bags will not adapt as easily as the bottle to my mount and from experience will keep the phone dry and available for what ever purpose. Of course, the REI Mylar food bags may work well for you and your iPhone mount. –jim

Today, as it rains in North Carolina, and I look for a bag or other low-cost rain protection it dawns upon me that a drink/pop/soda bottle will likely give as much protection as a bag, although it is not sealed. I cut the bottle to work on my Trek Project One, my RANS Citi Crank Forward, and my Catrike 700. Water from the open end could be problematic. If so, this is when I put the phone in a waterproof bag and into my pocket. I have a taller bottle that I’ll use for added protection. This is essentially a no-cost solution. Please, tell me what you think. Thanks!

I shot a few pictures and uploaded 6 of them to my flickr iPhone Set. Below is a sampling for the uploaded photographs.

iPhone Water Resistant Prototype iPhone Water Resistant Prototype iPhone Water Resistant Prototype
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As Rafael & Bruce ride, Mr. G may see something like this.

Bruce in my mirror

Everyone loves the mirror shot [self included]. Here, Bruce just happened to be behind me as we returned to our start point after the rest stop by the lake. Note the famous trailer.

If you have not done a Catrike Rally, you should. A nice winter break for the folk who live in the north. It’s normally scheduled for the last of February/first of March. Watch the Catrike Message Board and BROL for details.

Wishing Rafael & Bruce [and Sierra] lots of fun during their time together.

Here is info on the Rafael ~ Bruce meet-up

Bruce & Sierra

You have seen various shots I took of Bruce and Sierra during the ’09 Catrike Rally in Winter Garden, Florida. Here’s one that shows Sierra’s face—cute dog.

On to the task at hand–Bruce confirmed for me that he and Mr. Giraldo have exchanged communications and that they are to meet in Chanute, Kansas, Saturday evening, o8/01. They plan to be together the next 2 – 3 days.

This will give Bruce [Trikebldr] ample time to resolve mechanical problems [Bruce goes to work on Destiny Saturday night, while Mr G. publishes] and for the two of them to enjoy the camaraderie of each other’s company. I’m sure Sierra will add yet another dimension to the experience.

I’m hoping to get sufficient information from both of them to report it here.

Stay tuned…

I am pleased to finally announce…

Final Prep for my Goblin Cricket Tail FairingSilk’s wait for the Goblin Cricket Tail Fairing, storage version, is now  measured in days. I received a message from Mr. Jeff Bales this evening that he is shipping my fairing today. It has really been a long time since my May 25, 2009, order. I’m modifying my iHome speakers. More on that later. I’m hoping by this time next week, I’ll be able to show you my pictures of the fairing.