Taking care of your Aquapac ®
Please take a minute to read about your new case and how to look after it.
Our warranty covers this Aquapac only, and not any items you may put inside it. We recommend that you insure the contents separately.
Our range has been tested to international waterproofing standards by the world-respected Engineering Research Centre at Imperial College, London. However, the waterproofness of your Aquapac depends on your closing and opening it carefully, and on it not being damaged either before or during use. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Before Every Use
Seal something worthless inside, then submerge in a basin to check the waterproofness.
Closing the Case
Make sure that all parts are properly attached. Wipe away any grit or sand, which could hamper the seal. If your case seals with levers always turn them as far as they will go. They should lock smoothly, if not there may be something impeding the seal.
Opening the Case
Never open your Aquapac in or under water. In order to stop any water getting in when you are opening it, first shake off any water then dry with a towel. Hold the case with the opening at the bottom as you open it.
Our materials are strong but can still be punctured. Avoid sharp or abrasive objects and protect from impacts.After regular contact with chlorinated or salt water, or with sun creams, wash in soapy water and then rinse with fresh water. Do not use bleach, alcohol or proprietary cleaners.
Aquapacs are made from a variety of materials, mostly plastics which make them rustproof. These include TPU, ABS, nylon and polypropylene. Aquapac cases are 100% PVC-free.
Although the case material has been UV-stabilized - which means that the plastic shouldn't be discoloured or broken down by sunlight - the Aquapac won't protect anything inside it from heat or sunlight. The soft case material is functional and flexible in air temperatures -40ºC to +60ºC (-40ºF to +140ºF), and water temperatures up to +40ºC (+100ºF).
Humidity and Condensation
In humid climates there will be moisture in the air sealed inside the case. Desiccant sachets will absorb the moisture, keeping the contents completely dry. We recommend use of desiccant sachets in all Aquapacs in humid climates. You can purchase spare sachets from www.aquapac.net.
This is not a toy. It may contain small parts which may be a choking hazard to children under 3. Keep small parts away from children.
Before plugging your earphones into the external headphone jack ensure that both connections are clean and dry. Try not to tug on the external headphone jack as this could damage the case.
Using the Camera Cases
Treat all lens windows as carefully as you would treat the lens on your camera. Avoid scratching, and do not fold LENZFLEX(TM). Turn your camera off before sliding it into the case. Turn it on when it's in the case, making sure that if the camera lens extends it doesn't touch the case. Then seal the Aquaclip®.
Mini and Small Camera Cases
You can shoot through front or back - both windows are made of an optically-clear material called LENZFLEX(TM). Make sure you insert your camera shutter button first - the other end from the Aquaclip® - otherwise you will find it difficult to press the button. The grey material is thicker than the LENZFLEX, but still easy to operate controls through.
Tips for Taking Good Photographs
If you follow a few guidelines there's no reason why anyone should notice that your photos were taken through a case. It's a bit like taking a photograph through your window at home. First of all the window needs to be as clean as possible. Even with a clean window you may notice some reflection, but the closer you hold the camera lens to the window, the less the reflection. Similarly our cases give best results with the lens window tight against the camera lens. Try to avoid flash photography but if you do need to use the flash, make sure that the case is tight over the flash so the light doesn't reflect back into the lens.
Most cameras have manual white balance settings. If your camera has an 'Underwater' setting use that. If not try 'Daylight'. It takes a bit of practice - and a little luck - to get really good underwater photos. Please don't think that every shot you take is going to make the cover of SportDiver magazine! You need strong sunshine and clear water. The middle of the day is best, when the sun's at its highest. Best results will be just below the surface. Light disappears quickly as you go deeper, as do colours (one of the advantages of digital cameras is that you can retouch your photos afterwards to replace colours lost underwater). Flash rarely works underwater. Not because of the Aquapac, but because the flash tends to reflect off particles in the water itself. Even clean water is full of micro-organisms and other particles. The less water between you and your subject, the less difference this will make and therefore the clearer your shots are likely to be. Wide lens and close up is the secret.
Aquapac International Limited, 7 Bessemer Park, 250 Milkwood Road, London SE24 0HG, United Kingdom. Telephone: +44 20 7738 4466. Website: www.aquapac.net.
The Use of Aquapac Cases 158 and 558 with Insulin Pumps
Aquapac have commissioned research by Imperial College London into the use of the 158 (Radio Microphone case) and 558 (Connected Electronics case) after receiving a large number of customer enquiries regarding their suitability for use with insulin pumps. Results show that, in some circumstances, insulin flow rate can be reduced by the case. In particular, low flow rates are impeded, and as such Aquapac can make no claim regarding the suitability of these cases with insulin pumps. Use of these cases with insulin pumps is entirely at the discretion of the user. Aquapac has been advised to recommend that users of Aquapac cases with insulin pumps regularly check their blood sugar levels.
The tests were conducted by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine using a Roche Accu-Check Spirit insulin pump at a temperature of 20C at flow rates of 2U/hr and 10U/hr.
The amounts of insulin delivered over 60 minutes observed were as follows:
2U/hr not in a case - 0.0131g (flow rate of 100%)
2U/hr in Aquapac 150 - 0.0106g (flow rate of 81%)
2U/hr in Aquapac 150 - 0.0056g (2nd test model)(flow rate of 42%)
2U/hr in Aquapac 550 - 0.0121g (flow rate 92%)
10U/hr not in case - 0.0864g (flow rate of 100%)
10U/hr in Aquapac 150 - 0.0878g (flow rate of 100%)
10U/hr in Aquapac 550 - 0.0903g (flow rate of 100%)
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