Just in case you didn’t know, the generalization of water damaging your electronics is misleading, to say the least. Strange, right? To be clear, pure water does not conduct electricity. Impurities like salt and minerals found in water do. Usually, they break down into ions which become the conductors of electricity. These ions are responsible for corrosion or worse still short circuits when water comes into contact with your electronics.
Since a short circuit occurs because water offers the electrical current a path (alternative to the designated path) with very little resistant resulting in too much current that fries your electronics, waterproofing your gadgets or getting a waterproof gadget/device becomes the easiest way to prevent unnecessary damage.
Who is most at risk?
If your electronic gadgets and equipment are located or used outdoors or within wet indoor confines, the probability of damage is compounded. In such instances, it is best to work with the assumption of leaks and water accumulation.
Tips On How to waterproof your electronics
- Conduct water from your electrical enclosures using drip loops. You can use seals on the door which should be properly fastened and in place. Check for tears and any breaks in the seal to ensure that water doesn’t come in.
- Invest in a dehumidifier. This piece of equipment eliminates the humidity that ends up turning into moisture droplets. In the same breadth, install a humidity/temperature data logger that can monitor and tell you the levels of condensation in your enclosure.
- Moisture hardens the gadgets. You can do so by using waterproof connectors and splices with heat shrink tubing. Also, avoid keeping your gadgets on a horizontal orientation as this increases the surface area for moisture and condensation to collect and wreak havoc. Use conformal coating on lower voltage circuit boards and potting on those of higher voltage to increase the component’s resistance to moisture.
- Use nanotechnology. This cutting edge technology is an excellent option for waterproofing all electronic gadgets. Although it is developed by the military, it is used every day on smartphones and other gadgets like tablets. Basically, the concept uses microscopic objects submerged in what is called a flash flood solution. The solution forms a shield that is moisture resistant which seals the gadget within. The gadget stays clear and functions without any issues and unlike other waterproof shields, the shield is breathable and durable.
Apart from protecting from spills like water and other liquids, it also combats moisture in the air. The microscopic objects in this nanotechnology are forty thousand times smaller than the breadth of a human hair which makes them very strong and impenetrable.
These type of incredible protection has been applied not just to smartphones and other smaller devices but also to the more expensive gadgets like drones. Considering the fact that drones are outdoor devices, they are very likely to encounter electrical malfunctions because of the moisture in the air and rain.
Most drones that can handle moisture bombardment are able to be submerged and even be flown during extreme weather because of waterproofing. Examples of waterproof drones and quadcopters include the GPTOYS quadcopter, its counterpart the GPTOYs F51 RC, the QUADH20 amongst many others.