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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by needo66, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. needo66

    needo66 New Member
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    I jumped into the pool the other day with my eris in pocket by mistake. 5 minutes later I realized it was there and knew I was screwed. I dried it the best I could and then let it bake in the sun for a few hours. I took it to the Verizon store to see if I could get a new one with the warranty. Of course they ask what happened at which point I lied, since water damage nulls the warranty. The guy popped in a new battery and the phone turned on! You can definitely see the water damage on the screen at which point the guy said, oh, this was in the water. My response was, "I guess that's possible." So, I didn't get a new one. Instead of buying a 'certified used' eris for $169 (ridiculous considering I got mine for free), I simply bought a new battery for $31.

    The Eris is functioning properly, to my surprise, with some water damage to the screen. I gotta say, this is one tough droid!

    Just thought I would share my story.
     

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  2. Podivin

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    Turn it off, open it up, remove the battery, then bury the Eris is a bowl of dry rice for a while (like 24 hours). The rice will help to pull the remaining moisture out of the phone.
     
  3. Cajun83

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    Yup, water doesn't kill electronics. Turning on wet electronics kills electronics.
     
  4. pkopalek

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    Do this 100% ASAP, even though it's been a day or two, I GUARANTEE there's still moisture trapped in there.

    Dry, white rice works the best.

    Even if you have a plastic baggie that you can put one of those salt-bags-that-come-with-a-new-pair-of-shoes in there with it, it'll pull the moisture.

    I'd do this right now though, as soon as you read this. It's important. Your eris could stop working at any minute.
     
  5. Caddyman

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    soak it in alcohol then dry it in rice. better chance of it lasting longer and not having the water corrode the connections.
     
  6. bjanow

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    :eek: What? I'd have a very hard time getting my body to actually do that motion of placing it in a vat of alcohol. Unless, of course, it was anhydrous. But where the heck are you going to get that?
     
  7. Podivin

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    I agree that dunking your phone in a liquid to help it dry out is counter-intuitive. However the alcohol will displace the water, and when it dries it leaves no corrosive residue to sneak up on you later to cause a problem.
     
  8. Caddyman

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    bingo
     
  9. bjanow

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    Even regular old 70% isopropyl? I know that anhydrous at 95% would very quickly absorb any water it lays it's eyes on, but... oh well, you and CM know best I guess. Hoping never to drop it in the toilet again, however.:cool:
     
  10. steve500

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    Soaked my buddies dell laptop in alcohol after it met a river after rolling his car off of the highway... works fabulous :D
     
  11. Caddyman

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    yeah just a quick soak, less then 5 minutes, you dont want the alcohol to start dissolving any sticky/tape/stuff inside the phone.

    often times screens and boards and stuff inside little electronics will use sticky tape or felt with stickum on it to space or hold stuff in place. dont want to damage that stuff.
     
  12. v941726

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    plus, alcohol evaporates very quickly!
     
  13. Cajun83

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    and completely!
     
  14. xx_bishop_xx

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    Just like drinking too much beer/wine outside on a hot summer day.
     

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