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Old 06-08-2011, 01:39 PM
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Iphone had a glass of water spilled on it at a dinner event while travelling. By the time I got home, the thing was toast. It wouldn't charge or even turn on. After googling solutions, I put it in a bag of rice for 2 days. When I removed it, the thing started right up and took a charge. Back to normal. Thought I would share the experience in case it might help someone else in the same situation.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:47 PM
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That's nothin' - I have run my Blackberry Curve through the washer/dryer.

Twice (don't ask)

Still works, and it's more shinyerish.


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My son dropped his in the toilet (yep, it happened) and he did the same thing with the rice. It has worked without a problem for 6+ months since the tolilet incident.
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I was recently washing out an icechest on the driveway...iphone in top pocket....wife comes outside, says why is your phone in the bottom of the chest.....I put it on my dashboard in the sun because we were leaving for the day.....two hours later....it worked marvelously...hopefully it keeps working
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If your phone (or any electronic) gets water on it or goes into the drink then DO NOT attempt to turn it on. Leave it off and immediately put it in rice for two days. Glad it came back to life though!
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Dropped my Samsung slide phone off a poling platform into saltwater. Buddy grabbed it off the hard bottom, about 40 seconds later. I turned it off and took the battery out. Rinsed it all out with fresh water when I got home. Let it air dry for two days and fired it back up. Been working great for 4 months just like nothing happened.

I forgot about the rice trick but, will do that too, next time. Yes... there will be a next time.
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Thanks for sharing!

This is new info to me, so I assume that the rice acts as a moisture absorber and removes the moisture from the phone?

Could/should it also be used as a maintenance kind of thing for folks that use their phones out in the moisture (rain/snow)?

Cool idea!
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My HTC phone when through a full wash cycle, when I found it it was buzzing like crazy. Took the battery out and based on a friend who's in the phone service business put it in the oven at 170 for one hour. Yep I cooked the phone without battery. Worked like a charm after that. She says that's what the recommend to their customer, just have to take the battery our first.

I guess rive will do the same thing, absorb moisture, oven just does it faster
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Originally Posted by ABoater View Post
...Could/should it also be used as a maintenance kind of thing for folks that use their phones out in the moisture (rain/snow)?...
Might be a good idea especially if you see your screen fogging a bit.

A phone (before the Samsung I mentioned above) got just a little wet. Then I noticed this hissing in my shirt pocket. The battery was grounding out and was about to catch fire or detonate. At least that's what I was telling myself. That phone was beyond repair even with just a drop or two of saltwater.
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I got an otterbox for my iphone. bulky as hell but protects it from falls, water, etc.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ABoater View Post
Thanks for sharing!

This is new info to me, so I assume that the rice acts as a moisture absorber and removes the moisture from the phone?

Could/should it also be used as a maintenance kind of thing for folks that use their phones out in the moisture (rain/snow)?

Cool idea!
Yep, some people use dessicant bags instead of rice. Actually I put both in the baggie with my phone.
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Originally Posted by beachbum43 View Post
My son dropped his in the toilet (yep, it happened) and he did the same thing with the rice.
I've heard this is the reason most phones get wet.
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Originally Posted by Mostly Harmless View Post
If your phone (or any electronic) gets water on it or goes into the drink then DO NOT attempt to turn it on.

Funny though......whats the first thing everyone does?

Luckily living in FL we get intense sun. Typically a day or two on the dash of the truck dries it out. I tried the rice thing once for days ---FAIL.
Next time it happened (went in the pool with it x2) onto the dash no problem.
Think it just depends on the level of saturation.......and a little bit of luck
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i left my blackberry on the hood of my truck then ran over it when it fell off
the pieces have been in a bag of rice for a week now, no bueno...

i'm calling BS on the rice...
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
i left my blackberry on the hood of my truck then ran over it when it fell off
the pieces have been in a bag of rice for a week now, no bueno...

i'm calling BS on the rice...
You should have added some glue, dummy.


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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
You should have added some glue, dummy.


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you've obviously never seen my wife cook rice...
think "bondo"
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You are supposed to use brown rice when you run over it. White is just for wet phones........Duh.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
i left my blackberry on the hood of my truck then ran over it when it fell off
the pieces have been in a bag of rice for a week now, no bueno...

i'm calling BS on the rice...
Next time reverse direction and drive truck over phone again. No pieces to worry about!!
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Ok, wife's iphone just went into the rice. It was not functioning properly and would not power down after it fell in the kids bath. Any other tricks I should try? Thanks.
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Mine wasnt as lucky I phone 3GS. Jumped in the pool like a dumb ass and it vibrated and that was all. Put it in rice for weeks. Powers up with the apple Icon. then goes into a plug in mode as if it were hooked to your computer to link. Nothing else. Need diagnostics? Help?
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