Cell phone in the toilet? You can rescue it

How many times have you dropped your iphone in the toilet? How about allowing that tablet slide into the swimming pool? Do you know what steps to take to rescue your gadgets from these watery graves? If not, you could be in for disappointment you don’t need. It’s true–you can save gadgets that you’ve soaked.

Saving drowned technology

First, make sure that no power is flowing through your iPad, smartphone or Tablet. This is especially important: Water isn’t what’s going to destroy your electronics. The electrical shorts that water causes will do that. If a battery powers your device, quickly remove it. If not, make sure that your device’s power is switched off. You might be inclined to switch the power back on to see what damage has been caused. Resist the impulse. You want that power off.

Other steps

Next, remove all the pieces that you can from your device. Including SIM cards, SD cards, back covers and headphone port coverings. The objective here is to provide air more chances to flow through your device. In addition, you need to vacuum out as much moisture as possible from the device. For those who have a vacuum having a thin nozzle, you’re in luck. Gizmodo states that this is the best way to quickly remove moisture from electronics. Finally, you’ll want to dry out your device. This can be accomplished by placing it in a bowl of dry white rice or, as Gizmodo says, a bowl of dry Rice Krispies cereal. Just be sure not to add any milk. After A couple of days, you can turn the power back on. Hopefully, your device will spring back to normal.

Keeping it dry

Of course, the best way to protect your devices from the water is to keep them dry to begin with. This can be accomplished by using waterproof covers. There are plenty of of them available. In a recent story, the New York Times reviewed three options, LifeProof, Joy Factory Rain Ballet and Liquipel. All have their advantages and disadvantages, but each should keep your device dry if disaster should strike. But our best advice? Resist the urge to bring your electronic gadgets to the pool or side of the tub. Why take the risk?


Posted on: 01.30.13