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Discussion in 'Droid FAQ' started by medicTHREE, Dec 12, 2009.
So apparently no sticky love on this. Guess we'll deal with the numerous dumb posts that will come.
I tell everyone I know that drops their phone in the toilet, or exposes to water and rice works almost every time. Considering I work for Verizon I hear about it a lot. Rice>ALL in my opinion.
Stickied that one!
Good write up, but no matter how many people read this there will still be some who try to bake it in the oven or use a blow dryer, all of which FAIL.
A longggggg time ago I had a Nextel ( hahahaha ashamed to say that ) and it jumped out of my hand into the toilet.... Really it did! and I had read some where that along with the rice and such "drawing out" the moisture a Refrigerator would help in that process ( thats what a refrigerator does is draw out moisture when the door is sealed)
So along with the removing the battery and drying it the best as i could with a towel I had placed it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and worked from then on as if nothing had ever occurred.
How to Save a Wet Cell Phone: 9 steps (with video) - wikiHow
Or Maybe get one of these...
How to Protect Expensive Mobile Phones, iPods from Water and Dust - Digital Inspiration
Thanks...I think this was great...hey btw DO NOT TURN ON heehee
you can't get the battery, AND SIMM, and SD card out too soon.
And if you take notes or do anything with "local" files, keep them on yourSD, and back them up online daily.
Like I said in the disclaimer, I don't care if rice saved your life. I worked in electronics manufacturing and repair for a major LED Sign company and I assure you Rice was never used.
There is more to consider than just drying it out. The minerals left behind do most of the damage. If it isn't just water you dropped it into, then it is even more important to displace the crud.
Honestly, the first link just wants you to use a blow dryer or fan or vent. Like I have said so many times I can't count--the most important part about the longevity and function of your phone is making sure none of the minerals are left too.
I have been unfortunate to loose a few phones this way. Last time it happened though I had a brilliant idea. I work in a quality test lab that conducts all sorts of tests on seismic marine (underwater) cables. Naturally we had a large water tank that we use to pressurize our cables up to 8000 psi to simulate ocean bottom environments. The phone (a blackberry 8330) was in my shirt pocket as I leaned over the tank to grab a cable...
After 15 minutes of fishing for it I was able to retrieve it. I removed the battery immediately (remember, this has happened to me before) and thought for a minute. Then it struck me. We use an oven vacuum chamber to simulate aging on our cables (we also use a cold weather environment chamber, in cycles cold, hot, cold, hot, cold etc...) I put the phone in the vacuum chamber, set the temp to cycle from room temp to 120 F for 3 hours...
Removed the phone from the vacuum chamber, and was pleasantly surprised. No more moisture behind the screen, dry as a bone. I hesitated to put the battery back in, but alas; I made the leap of faith. I turned it on, and it worked like a charm. Basically I had just figured out how to give my phone a bath. :icon_ banana:
I am aware that almost NOBODY will have this equipment available to them for use. So OP, thanks for the great information and intuitive thinking!
Dubya, out -
How about not getting wet in the first place....
Sometimes it is just unavoidable. Stuff happens. Your kid spilles a drink on it, your buddies know over a beer on the table with your phone, YOU knock over a beer on the table, you get thrown in the pool, or you could read my post right above yours and see what happened to me.
Its a consequence of the "mobile" part of your device. To think otherwise would be simply ignorant...