We get customers coming in all the time with water damaged mobile phones, tablets & laptops. From dropping phones in the loo, ocean, pool or kept in a jacket pocket on a rainy day. Laptops commonly get coffee, juice or beer spilt over them and tablets most get dunked in the bath. The customers will always give us a good story about how it happened and how they tried to fix it themselves by following what they found on the Internet.
The first way to fix your phone according to the Internet is to put it in your hot water cupboard for a few days. The second method (and my personal favorite) is to put it in a bowl of rice. Other methods include putting the mobile phone in front of the heather or a fan.
Here is the result of putting a water-damaged phone in a bowl of rice for 3 days.
Yep hard core corrosion … Essentially all these methods fail because they have very little absorption, evaporation or dispersion power beyond its contact, i.e. it will not draw moisture / water out of an enclosed device before corrosion can set in. The key issue is that if the device is on and water touches a live IC or component it will short that chip.
The best advise for treating water damage is to:
- Remove the device from water and turn it of immediately.
- Take it to a repair center for a chemical corrosion & water treatment
No matter how dry the device looks on the outside, do not turn it on, if there is moisture in there that has migrated then the device will short as soon as it’s turned on.