Droid 2 dropped in water - used rice - put battery back in after - now sizzling noise

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  1. Khiraji

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    I dropped my digital camera in a river on a backpacking trip (it was me or the camera, had to grab onto rocks unexpectedly). I managed to fish it out with my trekking pole, pulled the battery and let it sit in the top of my backpack for a couple of days. I thought it was completely drowned, but I put the battery in just for kicks and the little bugger turned on! I was elated.

    Bottom line, all hope isn't lost - I didn't have any rice in the backcountry, but you've got plenty. Follow the advice in this thread and odds are your phone will come back to life.
     
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    Hmm. Touche. Thanks for posting that!
     
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    :eek:Oh I've been crying all morn over a scenario just like this! I dropped it in a mud puddle last night where it stayed for about 2 hours. It was freezing temps out. It had a rubber case and screen protecter on it and was stil on when I found it. I was able to use the touch screen but the buttons were overly huge on screen. I pulled out the battery and shook it out and then sadly put it back in and it wouldnt turn back on. I took it out again and have had it in rice for about ten hours. The water damage indicator on the inside is still white with red x but the one on the battery itself is all red. Is there any hope?? I've only had it for less than a month and don't have insurance on it.
     
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    Possibly get another battery off amazon? I believe they go for $4-10. then you may have a new indicator strip
     
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    Well your first mistake was putting the battery in too soon. When it's in the water for long periods of time it is imperative that you take the battery out and not put it back in for a few days. I was just reading up on a link provided here and you said it got dropped in a mud puddle? Using distill water to clean it out and then using a towel to wipe off any excess water then putting it in seperate bags covered in rice and often shaking the bag for a few days would have fixed your problem possibly.

    Edit: Distilled water would help get rid of any dirt that came from the mud puddle or anything else that may have been in that dirty water so it doesn't effect the board, circuits, keyboard, screen, and battery.
     
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    If you're going to clean your phone out, clean it with isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol will clean AND displace the water, AND it evaporates much quicker at room temperature than water.
     
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    2 kinds of isopropyl alcohol are available: 70% and 99%.
    I trust we should only use the 99% with electronics?
    The 70% is used in healthcare.

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums App
     
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    I would also think that 99% would be best for electronics as it has a faster evaporation rate i would imagine
     
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    I thought it was 70% and 90%, but regardless, yes, use the highest percentage you can find. The other 30 or 10% is water, so the less water you're putting in, the better.
     
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    Why is everyone so impatient to turn it on after getting water damage? I mean, you're risking the phone being busted forever... so with that kind of time frame to consider, what's a week?
     
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    That is awesome !

    If this ever happens to me I'm throwing some desiccant in with the rice too! :D
     
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