The Key Buoy

May 21, 2008 2:47:07 PM PDT
This week in our "Does It Work" segment we're trying the Key Buoy. It's something for those who spend time on the water.

You attach your keys to the Key Buoy, and if your keys happen to fall into the water, the Key Buoy claims to pop open, bringing your keys to the surface.

Jet skier Steve Ferone agreed to try it out. He says, "I've lost pagers and sun glasses. I lost my keys at Jordan Lake one time." He was anxious to try the Key Buoy out.

None of us were brave enough to try our own keys, so we attached a carabiner to the Key Buoy. Steve dropped it in and within seconds after hitting the water.

Steve says, "Oh I see some bubbles, I see some activity." Activity which is a chemical powder that releases from the key buoy when the case pops open.

Then, an air tube automatically inflates and rises to the surface within 90 seconds. The bright orange tube lets you know where your keys are, it maintains buoyancy for about 40 minutes.

To Steve's surprise the Key Buoy worked. It worked so well, Steve says it's something he'd definitely want on his next trip on the water.

He adds, "That was pretty impressive how much air filled up the thing filled up with a lot of air for such a small thing like that. I'd like to see something that you could hook to sunglasses or cell phones."

So we give the Key Buoy a thumbs up. It cost $4 and can also be used for small tools, maybe sunglasses.

It just depends on the weight, as it holds items up to 2.8 ounces. One big thing to know, the Key Buoy is a one time use, so once it drops in the water once and opens up, you need to buy another one.


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