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Solved: Dropped my cell phone in a pool of H2O

Discussion in 'Archive: Phones & Handheld Devices' started by BWG, Mar 3, 2010.

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  1. BWG

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    As noted in the subject line I dropped my cell phone in a pool of water today (the case slipped off my belt while I was playing with the dog) and it was a while before I noticed it sitting in the pool. I immediately removed the battery and the phone is now drying out.

    First question: how long should I wait before trying to power it again?

    Second question: if it will not power up either on battery or plug is it worth trying to get it repaired? I hate the idea of paying someone to look at it if its not likely to be repairable but I also hate the idea of simply junking it.
     
  2. etaf

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    time will depend on how long it takes to completely dry out - where are you drying it out ? - in the past, I has left in an airing cupboard overnight. with the back off

    How much is a replacement phone cost

    If you have any accidental contents home insurance - then this would be valid to claim on - if covered.

    Moved to phones forum
     
  3. burntreality

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    A tip that I have read among many of forums, is to take your phone and place in a bag of rice. The rice will help to draw out in moisture from inside the phone. I have heard about many people having a very good success rate with this. I would say to leave it in there for about 10 days.
     
  4. BWG

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    Thank you for your reply -

    I opened all tabs(?) and have left it on the kitchen counter.

    I have no idea how much a replacement would be as I got the phone at a discount when I extended my serviced contract. I doubt I could do this again as this was about a year ago.

    Good idea about the insurance. Thanks again.
     
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    This is an excellent idea but I do not have 10 days. I need my phone for business and need to get back up and running somehow before that.
     
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    I don't know exactly how much moisture is in your phone, 10 days was just being extremely safe. If you follow the link Etaf gave you it says 1 day. I just know this is one of the most proven methods for drying out a wet phone.
     
  8. Charles_Hoxey

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    Lots of Phones and Handhelds get wet, and dry out over night.
    I think rice is your best bet.
    Personal story: my friend dropped her blackberry in her Tea... it worked perfectly fine the next day 4 months on, still good to go, without a hitch.
    My iPod touch was left out in the rain as well. that still works a year on.
    Just dry it on something warm or in Rice. I put it on an AGA.
     
  9. BWG

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I have my fingers crossed and the phone is in the rice bag till 4 PM tomorrow. Then we will see what the result is.

    As soon as I know I will post the result.

    Thanks to all.
     
  10. BWG

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    I am very happy to report that I put the battery back in the phone and it fired up normally. Thanks a million for your help, much appreciated.
     
  11. burntreality

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    That is awesome, very glad you got your phone working again.
     
  12. BWG

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    Yup, and its thanks to the help I got from folks who are knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge.
     
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    Try a hair dryer. I dropped mine in the toilet once for about 3 seconds, enough to get water in it. After drying out, it was never the same; kept showing the "phone charging" icon without being plugged in. Still works though.
     
  14. cobalt1

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    1)wait for abput 7 days atleast....

    2) go for repairing it as they do spread some liquid on ic...which dries ur phone...!!
     
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