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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Quibuzz, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Quibuzz

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    Yea, this is no joke :) I accidentally had my Nexus One in the washing machine, for at least two full hours. After I figured out that it actually was there, I quickly got it out, removed the battery, removed the sd card and sim card. Dried it up as good as I could with a towel and then waited.

    At first it seemed like it was never going to work again. I tried it again after a day, and nothing happened. I did get to see the Nexus One logo, and after that it rebooted over and over again. Now, two days later, I tried it again, and now it works!

    PS: I have also used a hairdryer. I have read somewhere that this is a really bad idea, as this gets the tiny water droplets in the phone into all tiny parts of it. This can cause oxidation and other stuff you don't want. The best thing that you can do (but I didn't) is to use a vacuum cleaner! This will suck out the water droplets, without getting them stuck.
     

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    best thing to do is soak it in alcohol.
     
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    It's probably trashed. I would not trust it long term. Best bet is to let it air dry completetly then return as defective while still under warranty. When you call for your RMA make sure to only mention performance issues and that you only want an exchange.
     
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    put it in a sealed container of rice if you do that.

    Also, I dropped my G1 in a tub of water, fully submerged while on, did the same thing and it still works fine.
     
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    I'd guess any water sensors in the N1 would be activated now and warranty repair would be denied at this point.

    I've not looked for water sensors on my Nexus One yet but I saw a few of them on my Hero.
     
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    Sell it on eBay! Don't mention water damage. Okay, so I'm a bad person...get over it :p
     
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    YOU EVIL......... :eek:

    (Thankfully I never buy phones from ebay!) :D
     
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    I agree with the tub of rice. If your so inclined, cleaning it with alcohol will help too. Not sure how comfortable you are with taking your phone apart though.........
     
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    Yup. Me neither. Don't trust the crooks on there.
     
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    how does alcohol work in this situation
     
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    it's trash. I'll buy your trash for $5
    Sorry to hear that though
     
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    The alcohol displaces the water (mostly - it's actually water soluble) and then quickly evaporates without causing rust or significant deposits that can short circuits. It's not a great thing to do to an electronic device, but it's better than letting water do its damage while it's taking its sweet two days to dry.
     
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    As a matter of fact, I found out that my speaker is now trashed, i.e. I can't hear the phone ringing :) This might be a reason to try and return it.

    Thanks for all the responses. I was actually going to leave it be, but now I will try and see how it goes and decide later.
     
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    Phones often have their warranty voided for 'water damage' when they've never been near water.

    Steam in a bath room, sweat and even sudden changes in humidity and temp will cause the tell tale stickers to change colour. It's basically a get out and bordering on fraud if you ask me.

    Good luck returning your N1, hopefully they'll not check if they think it's DOA.
     
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    While I've never washed a phone, I am just glad I added the PHP Insurance to my N1 within the 1st 2 weeks of purchase.
     
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    Before you even attempt to send it back, check these two points on your phone:
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    Inside the N1.

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    Battery water sensor.

    If these stickers are no longer white, I very much doubt you'd get away with returning the phone as these look like the water sensors to me. There are probably more hidden inside.
     
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    I'd say the only one I can see is here:
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    Silica gel is another good method to remove water. It works better than rice.
     
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    Is that next to the charger port ?

    What about the white ring around the trackball ???

    Thanks!

    P.S. On some other sites they recommend covering the externally visible ones with some paper and tape!

     
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    Yeah. It looks like they put it on the back end of the phone next to the charger port looking at the shape of the port.

    I'm not sure about the trackball to be honest.
     
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    I dropped my Treo in a lake a long time ago. I dove in a retrieved it and it didnt work either. I pulled the battery and let it dry out for 2 days and it booted up and worked fine. I ended up using it a couple more years. Maybe you'll get lucky.
     
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    I work in quality, they'll know what really happened, and while they probably wont, they CAN decline.
     
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    at least you don't have any dust under the glass now! squeeky clean, eh?
     
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