Dropped your phone in the toilet (again)? Slipped on a wet patch, and saw your DS Lite fall in a puddle? Maybe having the recipe displayed on a tablet was handy while cooking, but perhaps the device was a little too close to the kitchen sink? Whatever the case, all may not be lost.
Never, EVER:The original tip list, which comes from Virgin Mobile Live, includes WD-40 — which is actually also known as “water displacing spray #40” — but I don’t recommend it. There’s still some controversy about WD-40 in machinist circles, particularly about its ability to keep rust at bay. (It’s apparently great for taking it off, but keeping it off is another matter.) I won’t debate the merits of this great American miracle solution — it’s a beloved product with an ardent fan base — but suffice it to say, when it comes to your pricey gadgets, you may want to err on the side of caution.First things first: Do NOT power it on, even for a moment. Sure, you’re anxious to see if it still works, but turning it on while wet could do irreparable harm to your precious. You want to make sure it’s bone dry before you hit that power button, and these approaches could help.
1. Fan: Put it in front of a fan and leave it alone until it’s totally dry.
2. Blow Dryer: My $0.02? Use the cold setting, if you have one. And don’t try to hurry through this.
3. Paper towels (or other absorbent cloth): If your device has a battery door, open it and wipe it dry. Then leave the gadget alone until the remaining moisture has air dried.
5. Rice: Bury your phone in a container of rice and leave it for a day or two. No kidding, this is an extremely popular (and my number one) method of drying a device. Rice loves to soak up wetness, so if there’s any moisture in there, those grains will pull it right out.
1. Microwave it
2. Vacuum it
3. Blow on it
4. Attempt to suck the moisture up with your mouth (ew!)
Have you ever managed to save a soaked gadget? How did you do it? Share your experience below in the comments.