Save wet electronics with these 5 tips

Ever dropped a cellphone in the sink, or your i-Pod in a swimming pool? I’ll take you through a few simple steps you can take to try to resuscitate soaked gadgets.

If your camera, cell phone, or other device accidentally gets wet when you’re traveling (or at home), try the following tricks to save wet electronics:

** 1. Do NOT turn it on if it’s wet. Remove the battery and memory card and leave all the doors and covers on the device open so it can dry. Important: Remove all power from the device ASAP & do not power on until the device is completely dry. At least 24 hours

** 2. Vacuum it out. If you try drying the device with a fan or a blow dryer, you risk pushing moisture deeper onto the circuitry. This could cause a short. Instead, pull moisture away from the device with a vacuum.

** 3. Bury it in rice. Rice absorbs moisture from nearby objects. If yourcamera in rice camera gets wet, drop it into a container of rice and let it sit for a day. The rice will help pull the moisture out.

** 4. Power it back up. After your camera or phone spends a full day submerged in rice, reinsert the battery and cards, and turn it on. If it doesn’t work, call the manufacturer.  Don’t try to hide the fact that it got wet. There are internal indicators in most devices that show water damage.

** 5. Backup your data asap. Water damage can be relentless. Your device can fail at any moment or last for years.

** Other Tips:

  • Dunk the device in 99% alcohol, which will bind to the water & then evaporate . It will need a day or so to dry.
  • If soda or coffee has spilled in the device.  You will need to clean the moving parts with 99% alcohol. Sometimes this requires opening the device.

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