How To Use And Maintain An Underwater Case For Your IPhone
Posted on September 28 2016
Many people might shy away from the prospect of diving underwater and snapping photos with their newly acquired iPhone — just because its enclosed in a protective casing. Apparently, there have been some ugly disappointments with various smartphone accessories, including screen covers and shockproof or waterproof covers. However, some experienced innovators have created revolutionary underwater smartphone housings. After perfecting their skills creating underwater housings for cameras, some underwater casing manufacturers have turned their attention to smartphone housings; their underwater products are marvelous. Therefore, whether you are an ordinary consumer or a professional photographer, you can now use your iPhone to snap HD underwater photos. Just get an excellent underwater case that is shockproof, waterproof, pressure-tested and depth-rated, and learn how to use it below.
Start by testing the seal on the underwater casing for water leakage. Open and then close the casing as instructed on the user manual. Then completely submerge it in water (bucket or bathtub) for about five minutes. Remove it, towel-dry the outside, open it, and inspect the inside for any water leaks. If it's dry, you can now use it to house your iPhone for underwater photography.
The next step is to prepare your iPhone for the intensive camera work ahead. For starters, your phone battery should be fully (100%) charged. Additionally, several settings need to be adjusted in your iPhone to ensure optimal functionality, such as network access, phone lock, and brightness settings. Finally, depending on the design of your smartphone housing, you need to customize the home screen to ensure access to the camera and settings controls. You can now place your iPhone inside the casing as instructed on the user manual.
Notably, different underwater smartphone housing models operate differently. Therefore, you need to read the user manual for detailed and accurate instructions on how to use the specific underwater casing for your iPhone. However, there are general operational guidelines that are common for most underwater housings for iPhones. For instance, some of the most popular models feature two swing arms (a primary and secondary swing arm), which are used to operate most of the phones features. Typically, you can use the swing arms to swipe the home screen, access the relevant phone settings, and open and control most of the camera's app features including zooming, snapping photos, and starting and stopping video recording.
After using the smartphone casing for underwater photography, it is advisable to rinse it with fresh water before opening it. This is to remove any sand or debris that might be trapped between the seams. You can now open the casing and remove the iPhone. With the housing open, you can now access the O-ring that seals the back and the front of the housing. Inspect the O-ring and remove any sand or debris that might be trapped around it. If it's dirty, pinch to remove it and then wash it under running water. Before you re-insert the O-ring into the housing lining, dry it completely and apply any lubricant supplied by the manufacturer according to the casing user instructions' manual. If the O-ring is damaged, it is advisable to only replace it with a manufacturer-supplied replacement; according to the user manual. In most models, the housing has stylus contacts for iPhone control. Always avoid touching these stylus contacts and keep the interior moisture-free at all times.