I am wondering how dificult it would be to make this mp3 player waterproof. There are several companies like Swimmman and H2O friendly that will waterproof a standard iPod shuffle for a premium. What points of failure would need to be closed I suspect some epoxy would do the trick.
If this is mostly all the companies do that sell these ipods, well...its like robbery. The skill to do, time spent and material cost is no where near the justifacation for the charge, other than wanting to make 500% profit (just guessing). If they dont open up the casing, there is not much more they can do than what i am discribing here. As far as warranty to replace if it breaks, well at the prices they charge, you can buy three iPod shuffles or more...so whatever.
I also have ideas to do this better. Make a cut out with a rubber mate just big enough to clear the clip on the back, but still covers the gap that the ipod shuffle's cover has. This is so when you inject the grease, it doesnt seep out the gaps around the cover as much. Maybe inject a little bit of acrylic conformal coating in first. With it face side down/clip side up (PCB is on the clip side and I think the opening is mostly right there) move it around to hopefully spread the conformal coating over mostly the PCB. Repeat this with the clip side down. Have a syringe and the dielectric grease ready to go as you want to be done injecting the grease as well before the conformal coating sets. Probably have @5 minutes. Be sure to clean out the headphone jack of the conformal coating as it is an insulator. Don't need to worry about the dielectric grease other than for aesthetic reasons. In fact, I'd leave the dielectric grease packed in the headphone jack and even repack every so often. Also, don't think it is necessary since the waterproofing is done from the inside out with the grease, but maybe apply a nice coat of conformal coating (it's pretty much a rubber seal) around the gap of the iPod shuffles back cover plate.
Turns out it is easy to waterproof a music player for a day or even a week but it is really challenging to get it to last. I toasted more shuffle's than I care to admit with what I thought would be a waterproof solution. I finally got this one that is rock solid.
I've been meaning to post an update here for ages... I did a relatively simple waterproofing job on the shuffle about four months ago. I use it to go swimming five times a week. I swim 1,000 metres each time and use the shuffle every time, both in the shower before and after the swim and - most importantly - during the swim! It's submerged fully for probably 2/3 of the time that I'm swimming and has so far lasted through roughly 100 swims, 100 kilometres in water and is still going strong.
Now, I only \"top up\" the grease after I charge the shuffle, which is about once a week, or more if I'm adding / removing files. Sometimes I forget. It just keeps working! In fact... I waterproofed it in the first place because I thought I'd lost my expensively waterproofed WaterFi shuffle. The Waterfi turned up a week after I'd done my DIY job - and I'm still yet to use it again! My DIY one is actually more reliable - the buttons work better for a start. The WaterFi kept pausing over and over again - I assume because the button was permanently sticky.
The best idea here is the dielectric grease injection that the user \"imported\"posted above. I cant think of a better way to waterproof an Ipod shuffle without opening it. Simple but effective method that should work great in this specific application.
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Underwater Audio has a much, much better history and quality of product than audioflood and other brands out there, in fact these other brands out there have been mimicking underwater audio's waterproofing processes and products. Why settle for copy cat cheaters, underwater audio is the real deal and they have blown me away with their loyalty and service to me as a customer, and their products are top shelf! From working out in the pool to snorkeling, underwater audio's waterproofed shuffle and swimbuds just impress me all the time, best purchase and investment ever!
Underwater Audio is one of several firms to offer waterproofing services for Apple most portable player, the iPod shuffle. Currently, users can buy a brand new, pre-treated shuffle from the company, or send in their own unit for waterproofing. Both options are expensive, however, with a new model coming in at $150 and the mail-in service priced at $120. That's without waterproof headphones.
For those who swim for exercise, the price of entry may be worth it, as case and bag solutions are bulky and cumbersome to wear in the water. Underwater Audio's waterproofing technique leaves the shuffle untouched, allowing for maximum in-water wearability while maintaining access to button controls.
As mentioned above, a waterproof iPod shuffle does not come cheap. At $150 for the earbuds and iPod bundle, or $120 for waterproofing your own iPod and $30 for the Swimbuds earbuds separately, it probably makes sense to get the bundle if you swim a lot.
Has AI ever given a product 5 out of 5 stars before[quote name=\"PhilBoogie\" url=\"/t/161659/review-underwater-audios-waterproof-ipod-shuffle#post_2460269\"]It sounds like a great way to swim, though I think my pool is a little bit too crowded to not have audible feedback from other swimmers when each lane is being used by at least 5 swimmers.SolipsimsX, I remember you use a waterproof iPod while swimming. Is this your setup[/quote]I do, but it's a casing that goes over the iPod Shuffle. It's not the most elegant solution but good enough. Now if I had to buy a new iPod Shuffle for swimming I would probably pay the extra money for this waterproof solution but that doesn't seem very likely.
[quote name=\"SolipsismX\" url=\"/t/161659/review-underwater-audios-waterproof-ipod-shuffle#post_2460273\"]Has AI ever given a product 5 out of 5 stars before[/quote]Stood out hey nMP was the only one AFAIK.[quote]I do, but it's a casing that goes over the iPod Shuffle. It's not the most elegant solution but good enough. Now if I had to buy a new iPod Shuffle for swimming I would probably pay the extra money for this waterproof solution but that doesn't seem very likely.[/quote]Ah, ok. So a casing works, but this is 'a more elegant solution.
[quote name=\"PhilBoogie\" url=\"/t/161659/review-underwater-audios-waterproof-ipod-shuffle#post_2460275\"]Ah, ok. So a casing works, but this is 'a more elegant solution.[/quote]It's really no comparison to this modern version.[LIST] [*] -audio-is2-waterproof-housing-for-ipod-shuffle-2nd-gen/[/LIST]
By the way, underwater audio does include free waterproofed headphone with single ipod now. The headphone phone is called waterproof X. I have a friend who has the product, and it has pretty good sound quality.
Not surprisingly, Underwater Audio was reluctant to give too many details on its proprietary waterproofing procedure. However, a rep did say it involves two separate processes, and the device is never opened during them. I'd imagine it's a similar method to Waterfi's, where two compounds are pumped into the case: one to protect the electronics from water and one to protect them from corrosion.
Other than that, it functions exactly like a typical iPod Shuffle. The buttons on the front change tracks and control the volume as usual, though the lower ones are a bit harder to press due to the waterproofing. The switch on the top cycles between on, off, and shuffle modes, while the button next to it activates the VoiceOver feature, which tells you the song or playlist you're currently hearing or the battery's status.
Aside from its signature style, the Shuffle is practically the definition of a no-frills modern music player. It's small, durable, and attends to your audio listening needs, but the lack of a screen, mediocre storage size, and limited features ensure it isn't going to replace the music player on your smartphone any time soon. However, it's still a reliable device for activities where you're constantly in motion, like jogging or weightlifting, so a waterproof version just adds swimming to that list.
Aside from the buttons being waterproofed, the rest of the iPod Shuffle is the same as any other. It has no screen, 2GB of storage, and comes in a variety of different colors. The iPod is controlled by a simple circle of controls and a switch that lets you toggle between a shuffled music library and a standard, in-order library. You can also toggle between playlists using the center button on the top of the iPod.
Yes! These are genuine 3rd & 4th & 5th Generation iPod Shuffles 2GB that Swimman has waterproofed using its proprietary waterproofing technology. Because the waterproofing is made inside the Shuffle, no bulky, heavy case or other obstructive and unattractive covering over the iPod is required.Please note that due to the waterproofing process, the on/off button and the shuffle button will be stationary. The functions of these two buttons are controlled either by iTunes on your computer (shuffle feature), by simply disconnecting your waterproof headset (Off), or pushing the center button of the wheel for On.The on/off button can be used for the 'Reset' process of troubleshooting - use of this button for troubleshooting purposes will not harm the integrity of the waterproofing technology.
It's guaranteed 100% waterproofed from the inside-out. Take it to the pool, in the rain, to the snow, to the beach, or even in the shower. Both the shuffle AND the headphones are waterproof. We're so confident in our products, they come with a 1-year limited warranty by SWIMMAN, Inc.What is the best way to wear the shuffle
First of all, I was so excited when they showed up and I realized they came with a waterproof iPod Shuffle. No more stuffing my iPhone (which I used for music before this) in my pants when it begins to rain. I clip my Shuffle right on my shirt where its easy to skip to the next song, and not interrupt my workout, or my tasks at hand, rain or shine. 59ce067264