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Anyone ever have one of these deploy? did it work? im sooooo tempted to test it, but if i do i cant repack it... its a one shot deal, just wondering if it works or i just purchased a false sense of security. lol.



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I bought some couple a few years back and tested one. It worked pretty well but what I don't know is how long they last - i.e shelf life - especially after repeated periods of heating up in cars, etc. I'm concerned that the plastic float tube would harden over time and not inflate well. Maybe it's time to test another - I'll do that and report back.

I still use the old school, method of floats that can be tested in pools, etc. for important keys. They're more bulky but.........
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The fewer keys you leave on the thing, the better off you are. Adding that carabiner is probably going to overwhelm it and leave it floating upright on the bottom of whatever body of water you drop it into.

I'd point out that your house keys, which those all appear to be, should be either on a keyring with a lanyard or left ashore in your car. The only keys that should be on a boat keyring are boat keys.
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Yep, they work well.

I received one as a stocking stuffer two years ago and attached it to my keyring Christmas day. While on summer vacation seven months later, I had to dive into a pool fully clothed to rescue a swimmer in distress.

Shortly after hitting the water the inflatable tube with my keys attached came floating up to the surface. I guess I have probably the same number of keys on my rings as you do, without the carabiner.

It goes without saying that my Blackberry didn't fare nearly as well.

And what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the same stuffed stocking gift that very next year.
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Yep, they work well.

I received one as a stocking stuffer two years ago and attached it to my keyring Christmas day. ...And what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the same stuffed stocking gift that very next year.
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My boat key is on a foam float. I keep two spares on the boat and one at home. One of the spares on the boat is screwed to the wall by the engine.

I have rules that I always follow. My car keys are always secure in my pocket when I am on the dock and I never, ever put my cell phone in the pocket of my swimsuit.
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My boat key is on a foam float. I keep two spares on the boat and one at home. One of the spares on the boat is screwed to the wall by the engine.

I have rules that I always follow. My car keys are always secure in my pocket when I am on the dock and I never, ever put my cell phone in the pocket of my swimsuit.
Just curious, what sequence of events lead to the formation of these rules????
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My boat key is on a foam float. I keep two spares on the boat and one at home. One of the spares on the boat is screwed to the wall by the engine.

I have rules that I always follow. My car keys are always secure in my pocket when I am on the dock and I never, ever put my cell phone in the pocket of my swimsuit.
You might want to add to that, "Never put a checkbook (or cell, or keys, etc.) in the breast pocket of your shirt." (Please, don't ask.)
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Just curious, what sequence of events lead to the formation of these rules????
They resulted from some close calls. They were close enough for me to learn my lessons.
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Second this... even if the pocket has a flap and velcro or snap closure. DAMHIK...
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