Droid in water :(

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    First I would like to say I do not know if this is exactly where to post this so please correct me if I am wrong.

    Last night I dropped my Moto Droid in the toilet, yes I know I shouldn't have had it in the bathroom. I immediately took it out and removed the battery and sdcard. I then dried it as much as I could with a towel and put a hair dryer on it. Since then it has not been on and I have had it on top of my heating vent in my room. I was just wandering about how long should I wait until I try to power it up? There appears to be no water on it or water damage besides the little stickers on the battery and the inside of the phone. I feel lost without it and would like to get it running asap while still not introducing it to any damage. Thanks.
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    Bury your droid in rice, works wonders sometimes. Except for LCD damage ofcourse. Do you have insurance?
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    I do not have the insurance and I have seen that thread. I still do not quite know what the rubbing alcohol is for or if it is always necessary. Also I was not sure if letting it chill for 2 day would be okay in your opinion? Thanks for the quick responses.
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    Alcohol will displace the water and it will evaporate more quickly and completely than water. Be sure to "rinse" as the article instructs to get out contaminants from the toilet water. And do your shopping and find 100% alcohol. It's around it's just harder to find but will be worth it. 2 days MINIMUM with the alcohol much longer if you take the cheap way out and try to skip it...

    And let this be a lesson to everyone else GET THE INSURANCE... seriously people... it's a $500 phone and you will likely NEVER find a new phone anywhere for under $200 during your 2yr contract...
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    Also keep in mind that they will immediately know it was wet by the water-sensitive sticker to the upper left of the battery. If you have some way of replacing it you may be able to take it back should it not work.
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    OK thanks all and I am going to try the alcohol even though I am not really in the position to not have a working phone for a week but if that is what it best I am going to try it. Finally I was wandering, if I was to want to purchase the insurance for it would I have to take it in for an inspection or could I just do it?
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    Most likely they'd want to see it, but depending on how long you've had it, it's likely not even an option.

    The little angel on my shoulder wants me to remind you that purchasing insurance knowing the device isn't working is fraud. The shoulder angel has mixed feelings on purchasing insurance after you make the phone work again.

    Good luck. I recommend Everclear -- both to sit your phone in, and take shots of as you think about dropping your phone in the toilet.
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    You can also place it a container filled with dessicators (damp rid) or buy a bag of calcium chloride (rock salt) from home depot. It will suck all the moisture out of the phone.
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    Thanks for this post and the link. I hope I never need to use it.

    Sorry about your phone and I hope it works again.
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    Would everclear really be ok? Reason I am asking is because I have not been able to find 100% rubbing alcohol everywhere I go only has 70%.
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    I wouldn't. Likely to many other impuraties. Any drug store should be able to order you 100% (or near it). Must can get such orders the next day (I do it all the time at my local CVS with Propylene Glycol for my humidors).
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    Yeah I ended up going with 91% because that was the best I could find as well as Everclear for me to drink on hah. I did everything and even though it was a day after it happened I am crossing my fingers.
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    91% should be fine. Time shouldn't matter either so you should be good as long as you let it sit for a while.
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    Yeah it happened on Saturday and I used the rubbing alcohol today so I think I am going to let it dry until Wednesday night or Thursday Morning.
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    I'm a freak but I'd let it go for at least a week to a week and a half. You miss it now, but just WAIT until you can't use it bc it's fried.

    Also ... I don't know if I'd tell anybody you dropped it in the toilet ... or I guess you could if you didn't want anybody using your phone EVER AGAIN hehe

    Finally, when I got my droid I spoke with somebody within V that said "OK. Cool - you don't want insurance. If you do in the future, you have 30 days (I believe ... it MAY have been 45/60) to add it." From what it sounds/sounded like, though, after that your SOL.
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    Yes I understand and I have only had it for about 15 days so I am not going to have a problem with getting the insurance I actually already called.
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