Water And Gadgets: A User’s Guide To Saving What’s Left

Did you ever face that horrifying moment of dropping your phone, digital camera, mp3 player or electronic cigarette in water? Yes, it’s a nightmare for anybody, as water and electronic devices don’t go together, even if some of them are waterproof. Short-circuits, software errors, battery malfunctions, your contacts list forever gone, your vaping system forever ruined, warranty procedures, service repairs, time, money, effort, all these flash before your eyes as you pick up your device out of a water street pond, a sink or even your beer handle.

Wouldn’t it be smart to have all our small electronic gadgets waterproofed? For instance, some e-cig modders already thought about that and starting from the hi-tech features of an electronic cigarette (check bluaccessories.com for more info about advanced e-cigs), they came up with waterproofing methods which seem to work. But that’s not so easy when it comes to your cell phone, is it? So in the case of having a soaked cell, let’s see some quick intervention methods that might save what’s left to be saved.

1.      Old fashioned drying

First things first, don’t shake the phone to get rid of the water, it’s like making sure it will never work again. Now it’s the time to test your agility and focus in crisis situations: open it up and remove any and every detachable components out of it. Dry each of them with a cloth, and not in the hysterical way, as you might break them. Leave them to dry naturally in open air. There are however some cell phone parts that can’t be removed. Be patient and use heat. Don’t place your phone on some warm heating device, as you don’t want it to melt. Some recommend placing it under a lamp, but careful not to ruin it further, as too much heat will burn, not just dry. Breathe and hope for the best and give it some hours and even days to make sure you save something. As alternative means to classic drying, your hair dryer might do the trick, but don’t turn up the heat too high and don’t keep the blow too close to the components.

2.      Go cold

Cold air has is less moist than warm air. So instead of placing your cell phone under the lamp, you may put it in the fridge. Don’t exaggerate, as freezing the thing will do exactly what you want to prevent: ruin the entire system. Twenty minutes are more than enough, with a consequent another 20 minutes out in the open, at room temperature.

3.      Start cooking

If in the heat (or moist) of the moment you remember that rice absorbs water like no other, you can try covering your cell phone with rice in a bowl, making sure the device lays between two generous layers of dry rice. Magic should happen in a few days. Not so recommended if you want to assess the damage immediately or to see if there’s something left to save, but it’s an old fashioned practice and might work if you’re not in too much of a hurry.