PDB Tested: Key Buoy

December 2012 PDB Tested Brady L. Kay

Reviewing products for the PDB TESTED column can be a lot of fun, especially when the outcome doesn't directly affect me. But for this one, I put it all on the line. The Key Buoy is a self-inflating key chain that opens up when your keys fall in the water. With only one shot to test it since it's not reusable, I put my house key and office key on the ring, how's that for confidence? I thought it would add a little excitement to my test.

Looking back now, it was probably a little crazy since I had never seen this product work in person. It's an odd feeling to take your keys and purposely toss them in the lake. I watched my keys sink out of sight and then I stood in shock as nothing happened. I didn't read the part about it taking 30 seconds or so for the keys to surface. I was feeling pretty stupid for the longest half minute of my life. But then to my relief the tube inside inflated and I was able to grab my keys.

The Key Buoy from Davis Instruments is strong enough for items weighing up to 4.2 ounces. It's a normal-sized key chain that is pocket-friendly and it won the recreational boating industry's prestigious annual Innovation Award at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) in Las Vegas, Nev. last summer. 

The Key Buoy maintains buoyancy for about 40 minutes so I had plenty of time to snap some photos of it bobbing in the water. Measuring approximately 2-1/2-inches by 1-1/2-inches by 1/2-inch, it is similar in size to a typical key chain. Its plastic parts are recyclable.

With a suggested retail price of $6.99, that's really not a lot of money for the benefit you get, especially if it means the difference between you driving home or waiting for a Locksmith. Go to www.davisnet.com for more info. 

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