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  1. taylor9712

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    Hello. my stupid ass dropped my Droid 2 in water for a split second. I have been letting the phone sit in rice for just over 24 hours now and I just tried to put the battery back in the phone and when I did it makes a slight sizzling noise where the battery and phone connect for power. Am I completely screwed? Do you think it's because of the rice? Should I keep the phone in rice longer? :( HELPP
     

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    Pull the battery out. For at least 3 days. Water + phone doesn't necessarily kill it. Water + phone + electricity = dead phone. It's not the water that kills things, it's electricity arcing into places it shouldn't because of the water. You have to wait at least 2 or 3 days, I'd recommend closer to a week. Some people have said that swishing the phone briefly in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol will displace the water in the phone and fill it with alcohol, which evaporates MUCH quicker at room temperature.
     
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    ^Yes.

    The dry rice is smart, as it soaks out surface and some "groove" moisture, but alcohol will actually displace water and then evaporate in less than an hour.

    The long wait is very important, especially if "rubbing" alcohol is not available.
     
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    I never thought about using rice, that is an interesting way to do it. I knew that taking the battery out and letting it sit for a few days was the way to go but wasn't aware there was ways to speed it up like this. Hopefully I won't have to use the advice given here :)
     
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    Let the phone sit in the sun. A warm phone will cause the water to evaporate faster. Rice probably inhibits air flow around the phone making it take longer.
     
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    put it in an oven with a warm setting. should be around 150F
     
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    I've had luck with a hair dryer. Hot, dry air blowing on it will heat it up and force the water to evaporate.
     
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    I have heard the rice trick works. But as noted, it takes a couple of days.
     
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    This is why I save my desiccant packs from all the shoes, electronics, etc I buy :)

    Cut them open, and dump into a pickle jar. It's like rice, but sucks out every bit of moisture. Just keep a lid on the jar.

    If it stops working, dump the jar into a bowl, and microwave the desiccant.
     
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    Yeah, forcing water deeper into the phone sounds like a PHENOMENAL idea...
     
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    That's not what it does, jackass and you'd probably have more luck than dunking it in alcohol.
     
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    Oh, really? Show me again where high pressure streams of air DON'T force water inward.

    And no, you wouldn't. Using an accelerant to increase the speed with which the water evaporates is DEFINITELY a better option than using a hair dryer. If you're going to apply heat, an oven would be the safer option. A hair dryer WILL force water deeper into the phone; That's physics, despite what you may think.
     
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    Yeah.. I have to admit that red flags went up when i read the hairdryer fix. Blowing hot air on the phone for any extended period of time is probably not the best way to go about it.
     
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    Just pray to god you don't reflow the solder with the oven ;)
     
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    It was suggested an oven set at 150 F (~66 C). The melting point of lead-free solder is ~210 C, or ~410 F. Unless you're putting your phone in the oven alongside your pizza, you should be OK on the solder reflow front. ;)
     
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    None of us knows if the alcohol wouldn't act like a solvent and cause damage to the phone. The air stream from a hair dryer is not high pressure. It is a safe bet that solder melts over 250
     
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    The hairdryer worked on an old LG I had. My dad got his phone wet and I suggested it and it worked. Nothing like arguing with results, though.
     
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    The discussion part of the wiki site has a significant number of people who have been successful baking in the oven at 150
     
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    Hi! I just posted a stream about dropping my Droid 2 in the toilet. It will power on but says Bootloader D2.37 Battery OK OK to program Transfer USB. How do I do this? Im dying without my phone. Im so frustrated and don't know what to do? Can someone please help me???? Thank you in advance.
     
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    the time i dropped my phone in water.. or milk i should say haha.. i left it sitting battery side down on top of an espresso maker the heat dried it up pretty quickly. (i was working at starbucks at the time) :rolleyes:
     
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