Saving a wet phone or tablet

By on March 28, 2014 7:32:01 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

DrJBHL

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It happens to everyone (or almost everyone). Your phone/tablet gets submerged, or a significant amount of water lands on it. There are water proof phones and cases, but you don’t have one…

Step One:

Turn it off ASAP!

Don’t argue. Don’t think. Just do it as fast as you can. You don’t want anything to short out.

Step Two:

Open the battery compartment. Take out the battery and SIM card. Mop up whatever water/fluid you can get to (use a Q-tip for any tiny recesses). That means ports, speakers and microphones. Wrap it in a lint free towel until you can get home to do step three.

Step three:

Put it in a sealed container with a bunch of dry silica gel packets (they come in shoes, and in some beef jerky packages also with electronic stuff you might still have the boxes for). They can also be obtained (ahead of need) from Amazon and Staples. If they’ve been lying around in unsealed containers, heat them in a microwave or with a hair drier BEFORE putting them in with the phone/tablet to dry them out, even if they don’t seem wet.

Step four:

Leave the phone/tablet in the sealed container with the silica gel packets for no less than 72 hours. Deal with your withdrawal however you must…but 72 hours means just that. If you have the urge to pray, it can’t hurt but I can’t say it’ll help.

Good luck…this isn’t a guarantee, just the best method available. Forget rice, etc. DO NOT use a hair drier on the phone/tablet.

Another scenario? Buy a water proof cover.

By the way, all the phone manufacturers put immersion tabs in their phones, so if you don't have insurance that covers that...

 

Source:

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-dry-out-wet-phone-tablet/?tag=nl.e214&s_cid=e214&ttag=e214&ftag=CAD3c77551

 

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March 28, 2014 8:49:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I've heard otherwise directly from a repair/tech guy.
If you drop your phone in water it is vital that it stays wet, otherwise the drying process will leave some kind of residue (can't remember which one he mentioned) which makes it impossible to rescue the device without replaceing hardware.

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March 28, 2014 9:02:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My wife dropped her phone in the dishwasher without noticing and turned on the machine. she noticed it when she emptied the machine later (long program with drying at the end).

 

I'm gonna guess that the device is frakked.

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March 28, 2014 9:22:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Snowy...everyone I've ever spoken with (including tech folks) said, "Turn it off, immediately! If it's off, it can't short out."

As for residue? If it's syrup (coke or the like) not good. There's no real way to get it out. Also, if it's the toilet...I'd say get a new phone since it's gonna turn out "crappy" no matter what (and the germs? yuck).

Salt water, etc.? You can try rinsing with increasing pure alcohol concentrations...no real, reliable help out there, but I'd plan on a new phone. You can let your best repair guy play with it...probably it's a loss, though.

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March 28, 2014 9:51:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Main issue with keeping it wet so as to do a slow dry....is if it's on...aka current/shorting/etc.  If there's no battery connected then remaining wet for a length of time isn't going to be an issue.

Slow, 'natural ' drying via silica is the way to go....as like leather boots in front of a fire...NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! try speeding the process with heat.

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March 28, 2014 10:04:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
Slow, 'natural ' drying via silica is the way to go

I'd definitely mop up any water/liquid I could as silica gel has a limited capacity. 

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March 28, 2014 4:27:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How about putting it in a bowl covered with rice?

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March 28, 2014 5:01:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

SJN - That doesn't work...rice isn't hygroscopic enough. Silica gel (when absolutely dry is...

The real problem is that no one has done a really well designed experiment to test. What we're left with is anecdotal reports...

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March 28, 2014 10:29:56 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Sounds like a good way to go.  i did, 2 years ago, 'save' a cell phone after swimming with it (accidentally) via the open it, disconnect sim/bat wipe out  and fan for 2 days.  It worked.  (Lucky, am I?)  About the residue, it may be the minerals / chemicals in the municipal water.  I note that when I boil a lot of water, i get a residue on the sides of the pot - same for cell?

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March 29, 2014 1:32:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My phone went in water and sand last year. Followed the steps Doc outlined except I used rice instead. Worked like a dream. When you don't have Silica gel Rice will do the job. So far no aftereffects. Nice thread DOC. Useful Info.

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March 29, 2014 2:01:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just one word. Or more....

 

Liquipel or buy something else than that BS apple phone (like the next sony xperia Z2 or samsung galaxy S5)

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March 29, 2014 6:16:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks, guys.

I suspect that in the cases in which rice worked, the water really didn't get into the device's guts...anyway, thanks for the interest and the tips.

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March 29, 2014 9:47:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
I suspect that in the cases in which rice worked, the water really didn't get into the device's guts...anyway, thanks for the interest and the tips.

For rice to work it MUST be [with the device] sealed in an airtight bag [and raw, naturally]...

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March 29, 2014 7:25:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

When it comes to substitutes for Silica gel, if your in the southern states of the USA, try grits instead of rice. They will do a better job since they absorb 3 times as much water than rice does.

It's a regional thing though since I doubt you can buy them anywhere else.

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March 29, 2014 7:54:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"What's a grit?"  

 

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March 29, 2014 8:46:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'd call BS on you not knowing what a grit is if it wasn't for the JK emotion.  

Now my turn...What's a ute?

 

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March 29, 2014 9:04:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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March 30, 2014 5:30:55 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting CarGuy1,
What's a ute?

This is a ute....

that'll outperform pretty much anything else on four wheels.

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March 30, 2014 6:22:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

But not the original Utes on their original utes... (yeah, I know it's short for utility vehicle, but I couldn't resist).

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March 30, 2014 7:18:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Snowman,
that'll outperform pretty much anything else on four wheels.

Snow...I know you have a 'thing' for utes...but trust me....they handle like shit.  You are FAR better off with the ute's 'sensible' stable mate....the normal bloody sedan...

Remember....I'm talking from the country that invented 'utes'....and have seen what they try to pass off as 'ute racing' [usually as a support event at real racing].

Chuck a big V8 in anything and it'll go....but when it has the mechanical sophistication of a doll's pram....it'll bite you in the knackers soon enough....

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March 30, 2014 7:20:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

....come to think of it....chuck the V8 in a bucket of grits.....and it'll be a better ve-hick-ul ....

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March 30, 2014 7:31:25 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
You are FAR better off with the ute's 'sensible' stable mate....the normal bloody sedan...

Oh, the V8 Monaro VXR Bathurst I would pick over any car, hands down!

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April 4, 2014 1:11:17 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
SJN - That doesn't work...rice isn't hygroscopic enough. Silica gel (when absolutely dry is...

The real problem is that no one has done a really well designed experiment to test. What we're left with is anecdotal reports...

I was going to suggest that, but thanks for the tip. 

 

How about another question.  Most people do not leave the silica gel packs lying around. But they do make a new type of kitty litter that is basically the silica without the packs..  Would they work?

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April 4, 2014 1:12:20 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting ElanaAhova,
i did, 2 years ago, 'save' a cell phone after swimming with it (accidentally)

Elana - are you really my wife?

She did the same thing.

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April 4, 2014 1:14:31 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

And thanks to the reference to My Cousin Vinny.  One of my favorites.  Especially Marissa Tormei!

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April 11, 2014 1:28:22 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Dr Guy,


Quoting ElanaAhova, reply 8i did, 2 years ago, 'save' a cell phone after swimming with it (accidentally)

Elana - are you really my wife?

She did the same thing.

 

No, not your wife.  I'm the twin sister she never knew she had!     Great minds think alike!

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