Golden Shellback Splashproof Coatings Finally Available – Great for Checking Email in the Shower

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

As you can tell, I'm a huge gadget lover. I mean, it's all I write about. I love this stuff!

Golden Shellback LogoYou might remember a while ago I wrote about a really cool splashproof coating from a company called Golden Shellback for handheld gadgets like Blackberries, GPS's and cell phones. I'm excited to let you know that they have finally released prices and opened for business and you can now get your gadgets weather proofed now.

If you haven't see it in action yet, you need to watch the little video below where they demonstrate a functioning blackberry sitting in a glass of water.

Golden Shellback Gadget Waterproofing from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

According to the website, they describe the coating process: Golden Shellback coating produces a vacuum deposited film that is nonflammable, has low toxicity and has the ability to weatherproof electronic devices and other surfaces. The clear, nearly non-detectable, uniform film is insoluble in solvents. When applied to clean, moisture free surfaces, such as plastic, copper, aluminum, metal, ceramic, steel, tin or glass, the coating is transparent with excellent weather proofing and anti-corrosion properties.

Underwater CellphoneIf you have a gadget, you mail it off to them and they will coat the product and mail it back.

Prices are:
Blackberry Pearl $120.00 per unit coated
Apple IPod Shuffle $60.00 per unit coated
Apple IPod Touch $120.00 per unit coated
Garmin GPS etrex $75.00 per unit coated

So what do I think? I think it is a fantastic idea and I would LOVE to see it in action. To me, it seems to be a good price for something like a GPS which can then just be thrown on your deck and forgotten about.

My only concern is the fact that it only has a warranty of 30 days. Because it's so short, I would be interested in how it would stand up after a season of paddling. They do guarantee that it will comply with JIS 7 weatherproofing which is 1 meter of freshwater for 30 minutes.

More info:

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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