In today's world, most people have several electronic devices, with one of the most popular being some type of MP3 (Ipod) player. These devices are great to have around, but they usually get put away around water sports or activities that involve exposure to the elements. Harmony has a product that allows you to continue enjoying your music player wether you are on the lake or river, hanging out by the pool, or getting caught in the rain. Having 3 kids and an assortment of IPod devices, I knew Harmony's Waterproof MP3 Player Dry Flex Case would get a lot of use in my household. You can find this product at the Harmony site for $25.99 plus S&H. This review is for the Waterproof MP3 Player Case, but you can see a similar review on Harmony's Waterproof Cell Phone / Pager Dry Flex Case.
When you purchase the Waterproof MP3 Player Case, it comes as shown in the photos below. You can click on a photo and it will bring up a higher resolution photo.
This case is a slimmer case than the Cell Phone / Pager case because it has flat (not sculpted) foam for a backing.
The case is made waterproof by rolling the top down and then clipping it together.
The details of closing the case are covered on the back of the cardboard insert inside the case and shown below.
The next two photos show the case with the top unrolled.
Inside the case is a 3.5mm audio cable that plugs into your MP3 player and the female end is sealed inside the bag as shown. I looked inside the the end to see if there was any type of o-ring seal, but it looked like a standard plug.
For my first test, I decided to see how waterproof this case may be. I filled the sink about 1/2 full and placed a napkin inside the case. I then sealed the case per the instructions and placed the case in the water. Next I placed one of my dive weights on the case to keep it submerged at about 4" deep and let it stay there for 10 minutes. I figured that if the napkin comes out dry, then this is a worst case test of what may happen with a flip of a canoe, or similar situation. After 10 minutes, the napkin was dry as a bone.
With this confidence behind me, I put my son's Ipod inside and headed to the swimming pool. I tossed it in, then pushed it under the water. It popped back to the surface and floated without a problem. Just as with the napkin, his Ipod was completely dry when I removed it from the case.
Next was to test how well his Ipod would work inside the bag. I was able to use the touch screen just as if it were not inside the case. When I plugged in the head phones, they also worked like a champ.
The last thing I wanted to do was get a weight of the bag. The waterproof MP3 player case weighed in at 3.35 ounces which is not much weight for the protection of your investment.
Bottom Line:I'm impressed with Harmony Waterproof MP3 Player Case. The price you pay for the case is nothing compared to the price you may pay for replacing an Ipod. The case allows active people to continue their enjoyment of listening to music while not jeapardizing their electronic device. If I were to say anything negative, it would be that the case is a little bulky for a single Ipod. The advantage to this is that technology is tending to go with slightly larger screens and this may be the better case for some of the newer cell phones and PDAs.