Droid Maxx went in the hot tub...

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid MAXX' started by Tbretz, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. 94lt1

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    They do sell "wet phone recovery kits" at Walmart, RadioShack.. Any electronics stores.. Best buy even has them.. It contains silica gel and some even have pry tools to pull a phone apart.. They work better than rice because of not having any dust...
     
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    If you can't get silica desiccants easily you can also use silica cat litter - it's the same stuff. Make sure it's silica and not clay. This stuff, for example: Petco Crystal Cat Litter - Kitty Litter Available Online from petco.com

    If you are going to use rice, Minute Rice is better than regular rice for this purpose. The idea is to put the phone in an environment with something that really wants to absorb water so that it will help pull water vapor out of the phone faster.

    I have tried doing this with two phones and a camera in the past. In all three cases, the device did start working, but failed as more time went by. For one phone, the display went screwy; for the camera, the sensor was just capturing bad information and the images looked like crap. That said, the Droid Maxx does have some nanocoating to help protect against immersions, so you may get lucky.
     
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    Well after my post yesterday, I remembered that I have another MAXX at home with a busted digitizer, only had the phone 2 months and dropped it, oops. But anyways, I thought to myself I'll just swap digitizers since this one is still in perfect working order otherwise, so I went and picked up a multi-tool kit with torx bit's down to T4, ripped the phone apart and found the short. I have no idea what you call it but there is a piece of data cable stuck to the back of the battery that folds over and connects to the motherboard, and the short appeared as a black dot where two of the three bands fused together. As I continued my disassemble with the phone that had the busted digitizer, OF COURSE the T4 screw stripped out so I had no choice (i tried everything i could think of) but to bust off the top piece that holds the camera, speaker, etc. In this process I knocked a three prong connector off the motherboard, thinking it was for the front facing camera which i could deal with. But as it turns out, it must have been for the forward facing camera and ear piece speaker because neither worked, but other wise the phone works great. The sad thing is, only 1 of the 4 water indicator stickers was partially all red, I knew it didn't take on much water but stuff happens. The motherboard with the shorted data cable is 100% unscathed so I'm pondering switching the digitizer back to it while stealing the data cable from the battery of the phone how it currently sits. I can deal with no forward facing camera but without an earpiece speaker its kind of useless to me.

    Bottom line, if you have the patience and these little tools, before trying to fraud anyone or get hit with a 300 dollar bill, try searching for parts to rebuild what you have on your own. Its not difficult just BE CAREFUL and take your time. I plan to be back on the air in 4g by lunch time today.
     
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    I'm thinking after two damaged phones now, it's probably time to purchase the extra insurance to cover these types of damages. It's WELL worth the money, headache & piece of mind imho. Good luck & let us know how it goes. :thumbup:
     
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    The new insurance plan vzw has, that includes malware and Antivirus protection.. Remote lock and wipe, as well as location services... Is 10$ per month I think.. And it has next day replacement if lost, stolen or even dropped I think..

    You'd want to check for details. . Or Jackie probably knows..
     
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    To start things off, the part I ended up swapping is what I believe to be the X8 computing system band, taped to the battery, yellow-ish in color and connected to the mother board. I saw what looked to be a short in the strip that connects to mother board so I carefully removed the known good one and installed it in the phone that got slightly wet, however, no luck as it still did not turn on. Would the phone know that its not connected to the original computing system and lock me out, or does it not care? Is there anything else that I can swap to try to get this thing to fire back up? I was thinking about swapping batteries just for the heck of it, thinking maybe the battery shorted out too. If that doesn't work then I'm just going to pony up and get a new one, which I planned to do anyways but I really wanted to fire it up just to quickly back up whats on it to my PC, but if for some reason it was working fine then that would be great too.

    Sorry to the OP for hijacking original thread.
     
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    Yep, $10 and gives you a butt load of features. Remote lock/wipe, tech support ($7/month itself), normal Asurion protection, Verizon Antivirus. If you don't want all that, you can still get the plain Asurion (at least it still shows in my system when activating phones) but I don't recall what the price is.

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    I get the feeling that a lot of people carrying insurance plans on their phones, don't realize how high their deductible is if they need replacement.
    After paying for years of insurance, once I bought a new phone, I decided my "insurance" would consist of keeping my perfectly working Bionic, handy and ready to replace within minutes with a quick call to Verizon. I'll be back online, not waiting for a new phone to be shipped overnight, or the day after that (that will happen if you call in late at night, think about it). Has anyone called Asurion late on a Saturday evening to request an insurance replacement phone? I'm thinking it may not be received in this scenario until Tuesday!
    I've always been very careful with my phones!
    Not knocking having insurance on an expensive smartphone, it is a good idea. For me, my plan fits like a glove and fills me with confidence.
     
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    The price for insurance in the US is outrageous. Here in Thailand you have 2 choices. $25. gets you a refurb. $30. gets you a new phone. I always go for the 30 bucks and never have had a claim. lol
     
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    It's only a hundred bucks, at least through my carrier (Verizon/Asurion) with next day delivery, if claim is submitted by 5pm. Also, you don't even need to call them, everything can be done through their website.
    That's a heckuvalot better than trying to come up with 300+ for a used device or waiting a couple weeks for a repair. Of course most of us have a previous phone we can use as a backup, but overall, I think it's well worth the money & piece of mind.
     
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    Insurance is good idea on brand new phones for clumsy people. After 9 months phones reach their end of life cycle and aren't worth payment + deductible as you can get replacement on ebay/swappa for less.

    If you have a phone that's a year old or more, chances are it's worth less then your deductible.
     
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    I too have had an insurance plan in the past and even needed to use it once. Luckily for me, my claim was made in the afternoon before 5pm and not on a Saturday as I can still imagine a scenario where one breaks their phone on a Saturday night and then can't possibly get a replacement until the following Tuesday... not exactly overnight; this would be unlikely, but it's possible.
    If they offered different options like paying a few dollars more for a plan with a lower deductible, that's something I would have probably taken advantage of!
    Certainly having both the insurance plan and a old working spare phone is the ultimate back up though.
     
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