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Unread 09-04-2006, 4:29 AM
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Dropping your cell phone in water

I found this after having to do some research for my brother in law, who accidently dropped his phone in the toilet! (long story). I though I'd post it in case any of you need it.

In the event that a non-waterproof cellphone/PDA/digcam accidentally gets immersed in water, you should follow these steps:

(1) IMMEDIATELY REMOVE THE
BATTERY. VERY VERY IMPORTANT! 60 seconds later and it may be too late. The battery is usually the source of damage, not just the water alone. Water+Battery = Short Circuits! So REMOVE the battery! And DONT TEST the cellphone after it's been dropped in water!
(2) As soon as possible (preferably within 20-30 minutes). dissassemble the
phone using Torx T6 screwdriver. (Get this off eBay or service depots, etc) Make an emergency trip to Sears/RadioShack/ACE/service depot/etc.
(3) Clean/dry as much as you can, using Q-Tips
(4) Dry the
electronics components under a desk lamp on a paper towel for 24 hours. A drop of water may have gone under chips and components where you cannot dry, so you need to dry under a 40/60w desk lamp, or 24 hours under a desk fan pointed down at the disassembled components.
(5) Reassemble the phone
(6) Put back together
(7) Only now it's safe to put the battery back in.
(8) Phone may be good as new.

Try not use a hairdryer, unless with heat turned off or at very low settings. You do not want to scorch the electronics. A hairdryer may help in some cases, but more often than not (especially with clean water), a hairdryer will usually cause more damage caused by the stresses of expansion-contraction caused by all the heat. It's best to keep things cold, to keep any contaminants in the water as chemically inactive as possible.

If you follow these instructions, you have a reasonably good chance of a working phone after a non-waterproof phone was thrown into water.

Yes, make that emergency trip to buy the Torx T6 if you have to. You have to disassemble the phone. Although reports some devices such as a PalmPilot, has survived in a snowbank for 7 days (luckily, its
batteries were dead) after being lost in a snow-filled driveway, it is generally best to disassemble the device quickly. Clean snow/water usually means you can wait a bit longer, but pool water (chlorine) or ocean water (salt) will make is VERY URGENT to dissassemble the phone.

SALT WATER TIP: If exposure was salt water; you may need to clean the salt water with water. (salt water is far more dangerous). This may actually mean washing the circuit board very briefly under filtered water, in order to save its life from salt water (ocean water) before immediately drying it out. This is a last resort, but NECESSARY if your
electronic device was immersed in salt water (unless you have access to special electronics cleaning fluid solutions that can get rid of salt water on short notice. Sometimes filtered water is the only thing you have access to, for cleaning salt water ASAP)

Yes, one must get rid of fear of dissassembly! RESIST trying to test the telephone -- keep the battery away -- until the phone/PDA is disassembled and dried first!

FACT: Water almost never instantly kills a cellphone. You usually still have time to save the phone's life, especially if the water is clean!

Water is usually never usually the source of damage in a PDA/cellphone/pager/etc that has been immersed into water. The source of damage is usually the combination of Battery+Water which causes short circuits. If there are any backup batteries inside the cellphone/PDA, those preferably must be removed too. Removing all sources of power immediately (all batteries) is the most important step in rescuing water-logged electronics!

Also,
phones that have already been exposed to water for longer periods even with the battery, are more likely to permanently stop working. For example, having been inside pockets of damp clothes or wet bags, or fallen in a rain puddle for an hour without you noticing until too late. However, remove the battery immediately anyway and dissassemble anyway. Sometimes you can still rescue electronics that has been wet with the battery for longer periods, especially if the water was clean and the electronics shut off the battery before it did any short-circuit damage.

I've had a good success rate in rescuing waterlogged electronics by following the above simple instructions. But to improve your odds, you must act quickly to remove the battery and resist the temptation to reinsert the battery to test, not until at least 24 hours later and after disassembly. If the cellphone/PDA is still wet inside -- ZAP. It can take weeks for the inside of a cellphone/PDA to fully dry if you do not disassemble. It can take less than 24 hours to dry if you diassemble first. So dissassemble first!
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Unread 09-04-2006, 11:47 AM
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My first Treo 600 drowned in a pool of water while I was driving my motorbike in a storm (the phone was in the pocket of my bike jacket). There is no obvious way to open it up (that I can see) so my only option was to claim a replacement on the insurance.

14 months on it is still not working so I presume the water shorted a connection somewhere along the line.

Charles
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Unread 09-04-2006, 6:37 PM
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Thanks for the tips! Luckily, the only time I dropped my cell phone in water and it broke, I was able to weasel out of it and get a new one from the store I bought it from.
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Unread 11-04-2006, 1:12 PM
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Thanks for the tips! Luckily, the only time I dropped my cell phone in water and it broke, I was able to weasel out of it and get a new one from the store I bought it from.

I was able to do the exact same thing Left it to dry out then claimed stupidity - "its just stopped working" Worked back then - doubt it would work now though
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Unread 11-04-2006, 1:37 PM
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I've only ever done this once (though every story I've heard about this happening involves a toilet, I wonder why that is) andmy phone broke straight away. Stay away from motorola's.
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Unread 11-04-2006, 2:01 PM
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Take out the battery an let the mobile dry of its own accord, maybe few days and it should be fine aslong as it was just water.
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Unread 11-04-2006, 3:13 PM
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It all depends on the quality of your phone, if its not made well, the water will get in and permanently damage it.
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Unread 11-04-2006, 3:48 PM
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Yeah i dropped mine in a pool on accident, my whole phone was fine except for the screen which became unrecognizable.
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Unread 28-04-2006, 1:10 PM
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Originally Posted by whyme
Yeah i dropped mine in a pool on accident, my whole phone was fine except for the screen which became unrecognizable.

Doesn't that make the phone virtually useless as you can't see who you're dialling, who is calling, the batter level etc. Did you manage to get it fixed?
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Unread 28-04-2006, 4:23 PM
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I constantly drop mine down the toilet and it's STILL working. I suppose Samsung should at least get some brownie points for that, eh?

simplicity

p.s. I should add that I don't INTENTIONALLY drop it! I always have it in the back pocket of my jeans ...
(yeah - I know - I'm a slow learner!)
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GREAT post - thanks for posting that!
yep, a lot of it may seem like common sense, but people panic when they see an electrical appliance with a water source...

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Unread 01-05-2006, 8:36 PM
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Ooo. interesting. Thanks for posting this.
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Unread 02-05-2006, 12:00 AM
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Great post. However, if you have accidental insurance, and you are itching for a new phone, leave your phone in the water for a while... lol. Kidding
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Unread 02-05-2006, 6:31 AM
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Why do drrop ?? anyway thank you for tios ..
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Unread 02-05-2006, 8:36 AM
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My last cell phone was the victim of a night outside in my yard during a HEAVY rainstorm. There was no saving it after that one...
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