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    Well I just dropped my razr in the pool yesterday and dove in as fast as I could to get it. I went and bought one of those phone saver kits from walmart as fast as I could but I couldn't turn the phone off because it froze as soon as I got it out of the water. So I left it in the phone saving bag for about 24 hours out in my truck. I thought maybe the extra heat out there might help get the water circulating out of my phone, but today it is flashing red and it just says droid with a black background, and it is unresponsive. Any ideas? lol
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    Oh man, I am so sorry....that reeks! You did everything as much as possible as you could have. The only other thing is to keep it off and try letting it sit for a couple more days and cross your fingers. Believe it or not, phones have miracuously come back to life after it seems like they never should have.
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    Press and hold power and volume down, hold it for about 20 seconds... see what happens, did your pool have chlorine in it??


    If it boots cool.. but if not, you may consider getting it charging... if the battery goes too dead.. it wont be recoverable..
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    sounds like you have done most you could. i would let it sit for a few days. if pool had chlorine in it that stuff just eats at the electronics..
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    Hey thanks for the quick responses. We had just refilled the pool and it was kinda green so it must have had a pretty low concentration of chlorine in it. probably a lot less than a normal pool. Oh and I got it to turn off with the power and volume down buttons. I can still see a ton of moisture in the camera lens and flash
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    let it sit for another day or 2
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    If you can't see what the battery level is, charge it. These phones are hard to recover if the battery drops below its safe level, it will no longer go onto charge only mode...
    If you can see the power level.. then by all means keep it powered off. Don't let it drop too low though.. the white light of death is not a fun situation to mess with.
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    I've had people argue with me about this solution, but that's ok-I'm an electronics tech by trade. I dunked my D2G and stuck it in the oven at low heat for 6 hours. There is literally no humidity in your oven and it will dry the phone out. It saved mine. I'm sure some non-electronics technician types will argue this, though... ;)
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    Okay I'll let it sit for a couple more days then let yall know the outcome. I was recording as it fell in so I might have a video of the moment it happened hahaha.
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    About a year ago my friend dropped his Droid X in a puddle. I watched in horror and slight amusement as he did exactly what you did, expecting the phone to melt or burst into flames or something but it's still going strong today.

    He did take the battery out before doing that, I'm not sure what kind of heat a lithium battery can take but the Razr battery isn't removable anyway.
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    The thing people don't realize is this.. with any other device, you can simply pull the battery or replace it.. with the razr, if your battery drops below a certain percentage, it will not charge. FoxKat can provide you with the graph I'm sure.. but if it drops below that, it won't go into charge only. Few people have been successful in recovering one of these phones without a factory cable.. as I said before, not the supplied cable either.

    And these devices can discharge rather quickly.. if you get the device soaked, your best bet is to get as much water out of it as possible, shut it down, and get it plugged in.


    My only argument with the oven trick mentioned above is the heat itself can hurt the battery on these phones... heat is not something these batteries like..


    So your choices are, do you have insurance? Because your warranty is gone...you can keep it off and charging, or keep it off and hope that all that time your device was stuck on the boot screen didn't kill your battery...

    Also the chlorine will dry to a film which conducts electricity very very well. You're going to be fortunate if you don't have a film that shorts out and corrodes your board and other connections in the device. One possibility is an alcohol bath. That would clean the contaminants off.. but its your call.

    Good luck.. let us know how it turns out :)
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    Never really thought about putting a phone in the oven to slowly dry it out. It seems risky. One of my friends had a similar idea to dry out his phone last summer. He decided to put it in a MICROWAVE! Not the brightest person...
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    I bet that was a great fireworks show :)
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    roflmao!!!
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    Alright... the phone is completely shot lol. The battery either lost all of its charge while drying out, or the lithium reacted with the water. Either way it would not charge at all even after sitting all night. I decided as a last resort to give it an alcohol bath which turned out in disaster because I didn't realize rubbing alcohol had such a high percentage of water in it... I took the back cover off and dryed it with a hair dryer for about 4 hours. Now when I charge it, the bottom buttons flicker and the notification light does all of the colors of the rainbow haha. Thank goodness for insurance. Hope someone learns something from this thread because I know I did. Going to verizon to get a new phone right now.
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    By chance, was that something you learned...
    plug your device in because you can't replace the battery...

    or perhaps, keep it out of the water?

    Also, if you're going to try an alcohol bath, use isopropyl 90%. :thumbup:
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    Well you tried everything you could :(. That's the one bad thing about the maxx, the battery makes it hard to recover on that situation.

    Googorola MAXX
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    Darn it! I was looking forward to the video of the deep sea diving! :p
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    Isn't it odd that people have dropped the razr in beer, water, pools... etc and some have lived... for how long.. idk. Especially the beer one.. all the sugars in it had to have been bad for it..

    Yet some people can splash it with water, or get water spilled on the table and the phone gets a little wet.. and it poops out.. :confused:
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    Just as a recommendation for anyone who gets their Razr wet and doesn't want to try the oven procedure: 1. Turn it off as soon as you can...if you can. If the phone has already frozen...the most likely event then...2. Do not try to charge it right away 3. Place it in a baggie or zip lock with rice (lots of rice) or a commercial product used to absorb moisture 4. Leave it in that bag for at least 2 days (the rice will absorb the moisture). Charge the phone as soon as you remove it from the bag. Turn the phone on...hopefully you'll be one of the fortunate few that survive the ordeal.
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