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skideeppow

Since 26 Aug 2011
290 Posts

Obsessed



PostThu Feb 09, 17 11:15 am    Waterfi Issues Reply with quote

Everytime i ride with this in the salt water, the unit shits the bed. It wont charge and the headphones wont connect.

I tried using white vinegar to clean the connects with no luck.

Anyone have any suggestions.

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chrissmack

Since 08 Jun 2005
375 Posts
portland
Obsessed



PostThu Feb 09, 17 4:29 pm     Reply with quote

when i bought nice music players for kiting, i would take a Q tip and jam it into the headphone jack and scrub the innards. then take a qtip with a tiny bit of dielectric grease and scrub it again. (the grease insulates, was mostly just trying to clean the contacts). then take dry q tip again. would increase the lifespan. but they ALWAYS would craP out.

now i just buy cheap waterproof players. current one was $35 on amazon. still going strong. headphones for $6 on amazon.

if they sink to the briny deep, i'm out $41

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registered

Since 12 Jul 2005
1309 Posts
tsunami
Sandbagger



PostFri Feb 10, 17 7:50 pm     Reply with quote

I went to waterproof bluetooth speaker in protective bag and separate protective bag for my phone in my wetsuit. The many swimming mp3 players i owned all blew when wave pressure got to them. the new two device option worked well. With a new speaker I could probably talk on the phone through it aka work while kiting waves hmmmm......

All I do now is work Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused

Definitely had some frustrating moments getting shorted out tune player to play tunes while trolling in waves.

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bigjohn

Since 13 Mar 2012
220 Posts

Stoked



PostSat Feb 11, 17 11:29 am     Reply with quote

I've had pretty good luck with these bluetooth headphones:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BW5F1ZA/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

When you go in the drink they cut out, but usually connect up again when back on your board.

I can answer phone calls on the water up to about 20 mph winds. After that there's too much background noise and I need to go to shore to deal with calls.

Sound quality is not as good as a cable and there can be battery life issues when listening to music (runtime is considerably longer when only using for phone standby).

I just buy a cheap waterproof phone on ebay and transfer my calls to it. I keep the phone in a waterproof pack around my neck, but be aware that those packs always start to leak over time. I wouldn't put an expensive phone in one and expect it to last.

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