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My Hero survived the washing machine

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by badmofo, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. badmofo

    badmofo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi All,

    I thought I would let you know how my Hero survived the washing machine. The waranty is obviously invalidated and there are a few scratches to the paintwork on the top corners where it bounced against the drum but everything is working fine including battery and SD card.

    The washing machine was about 20 minutes into the cycle when I realised my mistake, I turned the machine off and grabbed the soaking Hero. The back, memory card, sim card were immediately removed and all were placed on a radiator. I found that condensation was forming in various places under the Hero's display so it was turned and put in numerous positions over the next few days until the condensation had gone. I left everything on the radiator for the next 5 days (hero face down) and finally re-assmebled the device, plugged it in and it's alive :)

    I have read other methods for drying a water damaged phone on the interweb including rice and silica gel, I am not saying that this method is better than any other but drying on the radiator worked for me.

    My phone was not insured so fortunately this has not turned into the costly mistake I had first feared.
     


  2. thathrill

    thathrill Newbie

    Now the bigger question is did the washer clean out the dust underneath the screen? LOL
     
  3. Malgiliath

    Malgiliath Newbie

    Did the windscreen wipers come on because the weather app thought it was raining? :p
     
  4. badmofo

    badmofo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    No, the phone is not insured.
     
  5. badmofo

    badmofo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    It certainly did :). Some might say that this is an extreme way to get rid of the dust.
     
  6. mez

    mez Well-Known Member

    That's amazing but I don't think I'll try it. I don't have any dust on mine for the mo.
     
  7. Bhav

    Bhav Well-Known Member

    No because obviously if it was insured it wouldn't have been a costly mistake...since he would have just claimed under insurance! lol
     
  8. I remember i did this to a phone ages ago, it work for about two week's but the soldier on the circuit boards started to corrode and it died in the end,
    not to say that yours will tho hopefully not

    you can try putting it in rice for a few days just to make sure its completely dry (the rice draws the water out) :D:D
     
  9. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Android Expert

    Wow, that is really fortunate. I would have been scared to death!:)
     
  10. Hellwÿck

    Hellwÿck Member

    Personally, putting it on a radiator is something I'd not do as it'd warp circuitry.

    I'd have used a hairdryer.
     
  11. badmofo

    badmofo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    [quote="Hellw
     
  12. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Android Expert

    ^ Good point, I wouldn't have even thought of something like that.
     
  13. SuperBaby

    SuperBaby Member

    Let's try if it survives the microwave....
     
  14. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Android Expert

    Yeah I don't think it will, lol. Go a head and try it anyways I suppose!
     
  15. Hellwÿck

    Hellwÿck Member

    That's if you blow water directly into the device...

    Using a tissue to dry up some of the water and then blow air at an angle away from the battery connector would dry it pretty well.
     
  16. K-Holed

    K-Holed Newbie

    No, because the phone is working. The phone wasn't insured, so if the washing machine had killed it, then it would have been a costly mistake.
     
  17. badmofo

    badmofo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    WTF? the phone still works.
     
  18. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Android Expert

    Yeah I think she was confused. He said fortunately this wasn't a costly mistake because the phone is fine.
     
  19. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Android Enthusiast

    Hi yeah. Oopsie. I forgot about the "it's still working part LOL".


    I hold my hands up to my mistake.. :p

    Sorry.
     
  20. Hellwÿck

    Hellwÿck Member

    I think it's a big mistake based on people's inability to type sentences properly on here
     
  21. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    A simple misunderstanding.... no harm done, especially to the Hero. :)
     

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