HowTo: Save Wet Electronics
It's one of the most popular queries on the web, meaning the wet electronic disaster is likely a common mishap. There are many answers out there, but if you're lucky enough to have never googled it, pay attention now. You never know when you may drop your cell phone or iPod in the sink...
- 1 small deep depth bowl
- 1-2 cups of rice
- Rubbing alcohol
- Anti-static cleaning cloth
Step 1 Remove/disassemble all removable parts, especially the battery.
"Taking your device apart will allow you for easier and quicker drying, since the first thing you want to do is remove any surface moisture. Use an anti-static cleaning cloth like the ones used by photographers, which not only prevents any electrical damage, but won't leave any residue."
Step 2 Fill a deep cereal or soup bowl with rice & immerse device overnight.
"Any rice will do, but white rice will probably work the best since the hull has been removed, which allows for better moisture sucking powers (we're a brown-rice household, so we had to make due). Place your device, off/disassembled inside the bowl, with all parts covered and leave overnight."
Step 3 Soak your device in rubbing alcohol.
"By morning, your device should be mostly dry inside and out. But to really make sure you've removed all moisture, you're going to do something seemingly crazy: you're going to soak your device in rubbing alcohol. This will help expedite the removal any lingering moisture within your device."
Step 4 Let your device dry out.
"Leave device 1-3 days to completely dry in a moderate temperature, low humidity environment. If you're lucky, after this dry out time, you'll be able to power up your device and invest in a waterproof case and an extended warranty."