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Electronics Accessory Review


Stains and Streaks be gone with Wave Away Sonar & GPS Screen Cleaner (continued)

Operation cont'd: Next we addressed the console unit. We repeated the same procedure but found that one application wasn’t enough, a second spray and wipe was necessary to remove all of the very stubborn water stains completely. The difference was that because the unit in front dirtied quicker we cleaned it before the waterspots really had a chance to bake in. We did discover a trick however and that is to let the Wave Away sit on the screen for a longer period before wiping it off. This allows the chemical cleaner to better penetrate the stains making it easier to wipe them away. We noticed that cleaning did not require much downward pressure on the cloth, just let the Wave Away fluid do the work.


A look at our sonar unit prior to cleaning. The entire screen is covered with waterspots

Throughout the tests I did not notice any scratching on my electronics but it is a good policy to move away any really large particles, grains of sand or whatever miscellaneous elements have made their way to your screen with a quick and light swab of the cloth before applying the Wave Away, this will ensure that the screen doesn’t get scratched. When the Wave Away is applied to sunglasses I noticed the best way to properly remove any smudge marks was to move the cloth in circular motion. Doing this I found that Wave Away easily removed any oily smudges without leaving any smears on the lenses.


The Wave Away fluid is thick and sticky enough that it doesn't run. Leave it on for a few seconds...

Wave Away can also be used on handheld electronics like portable GPS units, if the unit is not waterproof like a marine GPS unit and you are concerned about the fluid getting into the unit you can spray Wave Way directly on the microfiber cloth and proceed to wipe the screen carefully. 


...and wipe it off for maximum visibility

While Wave Away does a good job cleaning units it can’t really prevent new stains from forming and after a few trips out units needed another wipe down. The good news is that it only takes seconds to clean these units and even though the Wave Away bottle is small and portable it should be good for hundreds of cleanings depending on the screen size of your electronics.


The spray is also good for sunglasses

Price & Applications: This may not be the “sexiest” tackle product but the Wave Away cleaner addresses a very real need that many anglers come across every time they go out and fish. Whether it is simply to get rid of smudges on sunglasses or to properly wipe away waterspots and grime from your electronics the Wave Away cleaner is both easy to use and effective.


The fluid sticks on...

The Wave Away kit retails for 14.99 which is in line with what most traditional LCD cleaners positioned for computing retail products. The addition of the microfiber cloth is a big plus. Wave Away claims it is capable of over 500 cleanings with a single bottle, but it really will vary depending on how hard you run your boat, in what conditions and how big of a GPS/Sonar you own. Suffice to say that a small bottle does go a long way and each cleaning will cost mere pennies. The question is how much of a premium do you put on having a clear and visible screen. I know that after using this product I now favor having a clean screen whenever possible as it really does improve visibility especially on bright sunny days where the glare on waterspots can make the screens almost unreadable at times.


...and using a circular motion all waterspots and smudges are removed

One other random but noticeable observation we encountered during testing was the microfiber cloth and how it feels on your hands. At the beginning of the day it feels just like any other cloth but after catching a few fish the abrasion on our hands from lipping the fish was enough to cause a “Velcro” effect with the microfiber. The top surface of the cloth is so fine that it picks up the scratches on the surface of your skin.


It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you "think" tackle but this product does work and helps anglers get the most out of their electronics

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Wave Away Sonar and GPS Cleaner Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality We can rate the quality of the microfiber cloth and the spray bottle here, both are built well and we didn't encounter any problems with quality in the field 8
Performance The Wave Away cleaner just plain works, it cleans away stubborn waterspots and streaks on both electronics and optics 9
Price The price is reasonable and is inline with what you would expect from traditional screen cleaners. The bundle with the microfiber cloth is a big plus 8
Features Not a whole lot of features here but it does what it is designed to do. A very nice plus would have been a container to keep the spray bottle and microfiber cloth together 7
Design (Ergonomics) Easy to use, leave on longer for tougher stains. 8
Application A safe and effective way to clean electronics the Wave Away is a product that addresses a real application. Good for both freshwater and saltwater anglers that depend on their electronics 8

Total Score

8.00
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J The cleaner works, effectively cleans waterspots and misc. grime L Effective as a cleaner but doesn't add protection against future waterspots & streaks
J Doesn't drip into electronics  
J Able to clean sunglasses well  
J Bundled microfiber cloth is a big plus  
J Small and portable, easy to keep onboard at all times  

  

Conclusion: I like the Wave Away solution, it is one of those products that does exactly what it claims. The bottom line, just spray on and wipe away those stains. I honestly didn’t know what I was missing, or maybe I just learned to accept having a cluster of waterspots obscure my vision, but once I started fishing with a clean screen I did find it was easier to make out the data and now I clean my electronics with Wave Away prior to every trip and keep it onboard just in case. I can understand why a Pro Angler like Brent would want to maintain his electronics, as every possible factor can be an edge during competition. Wave Away may not be your conventional “tackle” but the product does work well and is a nice addition for anglers that want to get the most out of their electronics and optics.

 

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