Wet Cell Phones and Electronics
How to save your cell phone, laptop or any other electronics from water damage....
Everybody knows water and electronics don’t mix. But if you do happen to drop your cell phone in the toilet, or spill a drink over your laptop, don’t panic, by reacting quickly, it’s possible to save your device from any permanent water damage.
1. Get it out of or away from the water.
As soon as your phone or laptop gets wet, you need to remove it from the water. Some designs will be better than other at keeping the water out, but it’s best not to take any chances, act quick and get your device away from the source of liquid.
2. Remove the battery.
The most crucial part of rescuing your electronic devices from water is cutting the power. Don’t take time to think about it, most of the circuits inside the phone are able to survive being submerged in water providing the power is off.
3. Remove your SIM card or Hard Disk.
If it’s your cell phone that got wet, the next thing to do would be to remove your SIM card. Some or all of your important contacts will be stored on there, to some people, these maybe worth more than the phone itself. SIM cards survive water damage well, but it should removed and pat it down with a dry towel for the best chances of saving the data.
If your it’s your laptop that got wet, it’s also a good idea to remove your hard drive disk. Although HDDs are no more resistant to water damage than the laptop’s other components, it will aid the drying process.
4. Dry your device.
Do not use a hairdryer or dry your device using heat. While heat will certainly evaporate the moisture, it could also warp components, melt adhesives, and could possibly cause electronic corrosion.
Even a hair dryer on cold mode can cause unnecessary damage. If moisture is driven deeper inside, corrosion and oxidation may result when minerals from liquids are deposited on the circuitry.
The best way to dry your device is to use a vacuum cleaner held over the affected areas (a wet/dry Shop-Vac would be perfect ) for at least 15 mins.
As a final touch, because it’s unlikely you’ll want to vacuum your electronics all night, you can submerge your device in a bowl of rice. The rice helps draw out any moisture that might be left over.
Leave your device to dry for at least a couple of days before trying it out, there’s no going back if its not fully dry.
If your device gets soaked in salt water, it’s advised that you rinse the whole thing in fresh water because as it dries, the salt leaves crystals that can damage a phone’s fragile components.
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