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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bwthor, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. bwthor

    bwthor Well-Known Member
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    As soon as she said it, I realized I left my phone in my pants pocket when I put them in the washer. Pulled the clothes out of the washer, and found it sitting in the bottom.

    I disassembled the phone, rinsed it with clean water to get the detergent off of it. I dumped some alcohol on the parts, then blew it out with compressed air, and left it dry overnight on the vent.

    This AM I put the battery in, crossed my fingers and hit the power button...

    SUCCESS!!!
     

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  2. sabrewings

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    Good job. You didn't make the fatal mistake a lot of people do... try to turn it on... :eek:
     
  3. rushmore

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    Good job :) If this were an LCD, you may have not been so lucky (water and detergent residue would probably get stuck between the display module layers).
     
  4. sirchadwick1

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    Hell yes! That's good news to hear. Reminds me of my old Nokia days. I probably dropped 3-4 of those 3390, 8800 style phones in water and after opening them and letting them dry out, they'd start back up every time. I'm really shocked it worked w/ the DInc. though!
     
  5. nick77

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    Well at least your phone is clean now.
     
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  6. Ryyonvin

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    hah this is probably the first thing I would have done in this situation.
     
  7. JuniorNA

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    I wonder if you're going to get rust, and if the internal parts will get nasty from being moist and eventually die. Are you going to replace it with insurance ?
     
  8. sabrewings

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    And that's why your phone would never work again. If electronics get wet, do not try to turn them on. Take out the power source as fast as possible and beging the drying process.
     
  9. JuniorNA

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    dry rice works also
     
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  10. bisbers

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    Congrats on the salvage.

    I probably would have been paranoid and let it dry longer (in rice or food dehydrator), but at least you did the right things.

    If it starts acting up later and you want to claim on insurance, be aware that some insurances require that you report withing X (30?) days of the incident. Ran into an issue once with sprint where they gave me hard time because I mentioned the 'incident' that broke it happened 2 months ago, but the phone was sort of working so I let it be for a while, but eventually started acting up. To their delight, the next day I called with a different problem - the night before I 'accidentally' left the phone on a balcony ledge and it fell, cracking the screen and the hinge...
     
  11. sabrewings

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    Just tell them it happened a week before.
     
  12. bisbers

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    Yup - just wanted to give that heads up, since I wasn't aware and almost got screwed.
     
  13. Steven58

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    my heart skipped a beat!
     
  14. FramCire

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    Working or not, i would still do the rice thing overnight a few days. My friend took a swim with his iPhone and he rice'd it for days........ he tried it each day and after a few days it was working perfectly again.
     
  15. ACD168

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    oh man sorry to hear about ur inc. rice it just to be sure!lol
     
  16. JeeperDon

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    Did you manage to get the little 'void' sticker back on the lower left screw head?
     
  17. ctc

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    Also the water stickers will be a dead give away if you ever need it replaced under warranty. Resale value will also take a hit. If you have insurance you may want to get it replaced anyway.
     
  18. bwthor

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    I don't plan to replace it unless some issues start to crop up. I don't mind spending the money on the deductible, I just didn't want the hassle. I'll give it a few weeks then see how I feel about it. I know any random reboot, or weird issue, I'll be thinking about some lingering side effect. So yeah, some day maybe I'll replace it.
     
  19. Ryyonvin

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    thanks for the advice, hopefully I wont ever be put in that situation
     
  20. bwthor

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    I'm kicking myself for not taking a video of the water trapped behind the digitizer and the display. You could turn the phone and the water would run down to the bottom.
     
  21. xorez

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    Even though it turned on, you were wrong to turn it on after just an overnight of drying. When this happens you really need to wait AT LEAST 2 full days after being buried in a bowl of rice. I thought this has been covered enough times here for people to know by now. You got lucky, it doesn't happen everytime.
     
  22. da9b20

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    Are the water detection stickers solid red now? they were white with red hatch marks.

    you can replace the battery with another new HTC battey to get that sticker fixed.
     
  23. necosino

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    This is exactly why I refuse to wash my clothes....

    .... what?
     
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  24. maikinmoves

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    One day is perfectly fine since he did the correct thing and rinsed it out with alcohol, alcohol will displace all the water and corrosion, and evaporates at a lower temperature than water. If you want pour some rubbing alcohol on your counter and some water come back in an hour to see which one has evaporated. Also since he used alcohol he has no worries about the long term of rust and corrosion building up.
     
  25. JuniorNA

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    we dont have to be so rude about it guys, he was simply telling us his story. He didnt "have" to do anything, he could have tried to turn it on 2 hours later, or just got it replaced. I dropped my blackberry in the bowl while i was peeing on it, i would have kept it, but lets just say the smell wasnt all flowers and perfume when it dried up. and besides, all the internal parts were rusted and slowly disintegrating
     
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