An Unexpected Accident
Oops you have dropped your cell phone…now what?
First of all you panic, and you are thinking of all those lost contacts, precious photos from your last holiday, your kids, or whatever you were keeping there…
People drop their cell phones in a toilet, in a pool, or on a street in a rainy day while dialing someone…but don’t panic. There are ways to solve this problem and save your overpaid cell phone.
These are couple of ways that people use trying to save their phones and they really work.
At very first moment, you need to remove the battery and take out the sim card. This comes as a first aid, since if you leave it on, you may cause short circuits breakout and then you’re really done with it.
Whatever you do, do it quickly.
Turn it off.
In case you cell phone got in contact with water while charging, it is better not to touch it, but to call a professional to do it.
This is necessary since unplugging could be dangerous and could cause an electrical shock. The professional will turn off the main switch to make it safe to unplug it.
Avoid doing this by yourself (unplugging the phone) if you want to avoid to be electrocuted.
When this happens, don’t use your hairdryer as it will push the water further in. Of course you need to act fast not letting the phone components to corrode.
To get the water out, you need an air compressor set on low speed. Even a vacuum cleaner can save your phone, in case you don’t have any air compressor near by.
But, be careful when using a vacuum cleaner and do not hold it too close to the phone, because it can cause static electricity, which can be just as bad for your phone as water.
Sun Dry It
In case you were lucky enough your phone not being in water longer, sun-rays might do the trick and save your phone.
Take a dry towel, dismantle the cell phone and let it dry naturally. But, you need to be cautious and not let it more then 15-20 min, as the Sun may cause damage to it as well (could overheat it).
Salted Cell Phone
In case you’ve dropped your cell phone in salted water, you may need to run it through regular water to flush it before trying to save it.
This is necessary as salt crystals may get in the way in the inner parts of your phone, disabling it from working.
But, before you run it through a tap water, make sure the battery is out and you can use above mentioned methods of drying it.
Avoid The Heat
While trying to save your phone, be careful with the heat. Don’t put it in the oven, microwave or extended periods in direct sunlight.
Heat will evaporate the moisture, but it could also warm components and melt adhesives. Those fragile glues are also why you’ll want to avoid dunking the phone in rubbing alcohol.
If you have dropped your phone in the toilet, it’s okay to wipe the outside with alcohol to disinfect it, but nothing more.
Rice It Up
This is by far the best proven method to save your phone.
It is quite simple.
Take a deep bowl, fill it with uncooked rice and dunk your phone there and make sure it is covered totally. Or, instead using a bowl, you can use plastic zip bag filled with rice, and put your phone in it.
Leave it there for 24 h hours, for rice to soak up all the moisture. There are some cases when phones need to be in rice for almost a week.
Even if a wet cell phone seems dead, there’s a good chance it can be saved.
Just make sure you act REALLY fast. As longer the water is inside, the greater is the chance your phone to be destroyed for good.
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