How to Dry a Wet Personal Electronic Device with the Save a Phone Rescue Kit (without Rice)

If you drop a personal electronic device, including cell phones, ipods, baby monitors, hearing aids, two-way radios, etc, in water don't panic, it can probably be saved. Most importantly, remove the battery from the device and dry off any visible water from the outside with a dry towel. Removing the water from inside as quickly as possible is now imperative. Using rice to do so is too slow and ineffective. There is a better way!

Steps

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    Remove the device from the source of the moisture (e.g. toilet, rainstorm, or sweat pocket)
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    2 Take out the battery (and SIM card for phones)and dry off the device and its components with a dry towel.
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    DO NOT place them in a bowl of rice. Dust from the rice can get inside of the buttons, ports, and on circuits and can damage them.
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    Place the device and all of the components in a product like Save-A-Phone to rapidly remove the moisture.
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    The moisture indicator will turn from blue to pink telling you that there is still water inside of your device.
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    Wait for moisture indicator to turn back to blue which assures you that your device is dry.
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    DO NOT attempt to turn the device on to see if it is working unless you are absolutely sure that all of the moisture has been removed.
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    Once the device has been completely dried, replace the rechargeable battery or with new disposable batteries, and attempt to power up the device.
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    Back up all data immediately!

Tips

  • Have a Save-A-Phone on hand before the inevitable occurs!
  • If your device goes into sticky liquid like beer, cider, or eggnog, remove the battery and place the device in distilled water for a minute or so. Remove from the water and place in a Save-a-Phone.

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Categories: Cell Phone Maintenance | Hardware Maintenance and Repair