I used to have an underwater MP3 player that clipped to my goggles and allowed me to listen to podcasts (or audiobooks or music) while I swam. I really, really liked it. Listening to interesting people talk about things while I swam back and forth made the laps go more quickly, and usually encouraged me to stay in the water just a little longer so I could hear the end.
When my car was broken into a couple months, that was one of the things that was stolen.
When I was looking around the internet to buy a new one, I found a tutorial on making a regular old iPod Shuffle waterproof. It seemed like a good idea, and we happened to have two iPod shuffles lying around the house that hadn’t been used in about 3 years, so I gave it a shot.
My experience did not look exactly like the one in the video. I’m not sure if I did it wrong, or if the shuffle we had on hand was just put together better, but I did not get silicone gel to ooze out of different areas of the iPod.
Then, it sat in a basket for a month or more before I used it.
For the first 30 minutes, I listened to The Beatles sing me up & down the lane. Then, the songs started skipping, and the volume started to fade. I hoped that maybe it was the battery, and put it aside for the rest of the swim.
At home, I put it in a rice bag to dry out for a few days and then charged it. But the light never came on. It has been declared a failure.
But we still have another one, and might try again. The shuffles aren’t going to be used otherwise, and we already have the silicone gel. And if it works, I’ll save a little chunk of change.Share on Facebook
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