06-10-2013 09:59 AM
My daughter left her iPod touch in her pants and it went through the washer Saturday night. So what does one do if you don't have the accidental damage plan.
Contrary to popular belief many electronic devices will not be destroyed by water. The key is to NOT turn it on or plug it in. You need to 100% dry it out and you may yet have a working device.
So, what I did was to put it under 60 watt bulb for two hours. Then I put it in a small plastic container surrounded by rice. The lamp will help remove a lot of the major moisture via evaporation. The rice will then absorb a lot of the residual moisture.
In the morning I took it out of the rice and I could still see a little moisture behind the screen. So I put in in my dehydrator at 110F for 10 hours.
Plugged it in and it charged up and worked fine.
I imagine the same would work for a cell phone or other solid state device. The key is to not power it up or turn it on. And in the case of a cell phone I would immediately remove the battery.
However, in our situation the iPod was not turned on. If you cell phone is turned on and goes in the drink it may short something. So in that case I would immediately remove the battery and give it a try.
06-10-2013 11:17 PM
This is a great rundown for electronics. If I could convince my sister that "testing to make sure it isn't broken" is beneficial, she'd save so much money...
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06-11-2013 12:11 PM
I had an Alpine head unit in my car a number of years ago. I was stationed in Memphis. My car got in a flood in the parking lot. My room mate who was an ET told me to take it out of my car before starting the car or I would probably short out the unit.
He took the cover off it and ran it under clean water to wash out any dirt that may have accumulated inside. He then put it under a heat lamp with a little fan blowing on it for a couple days to completely dry it out.
When I got my car back from the shop I removed the amplifier and did the same thing. I put it all back together and it worked.
$1200 head unit and amplifier. Recovered from full submersion.