|Misc - Cell Phones|
The other day, a friend of mine dropped their cell phone into a bucket of water. If you have ever done something like drop your cell phone in the sink, or toilet (yuk!) or gone swimming with your cell phone, you know that sinking feeling you have when this happens.
Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to save your cell phone.
1. Remove the battery. By far, the most important thing you can do to save your cell phone is to remove the battery as soon as possible. Don't worry about turning it off, just get the battery out of the cell phone as soon as you can. Also, if your cell phone gets dropped into say, a swimming pool, and its at the bottom. As soon as you get to it, even under the water, remove the battery before you bring it up to the surface. Cell phone damage usually occurs due to the water causing a short circuit in the cell phone. Most cell phones are fairly tight, and can keep water out for say, 15 seconds or so. Even if your cell phone has been in the water longer than this, you can still save your cell phone. Don't worry about getting shocked by removing the battery under water, this won't happen with most cell phones, as the battery voltage is too low to shock you.
2. Under no circumstances turn on your cell phone until you have done all of the following.
3. If you have a sim card, remove it. SIM cards usually survive water damage. But again, the most important thing you can do is to remove the battery to save your SIM card.
4. Open up your cell phone, and remove as many covers as you can. This is the first step in the drying out of your wet cell phone. What you are trying to do here is to expose as much of the inside of your wet cell phone to the air so it will dry out.
5. Dry off your cell phone. Obviously! Seriously though, shake your wet cell phone without dropping it. Then take a paper towel and blot your wet cell phone as much as you can. Be careful not to clog the wet paper into the various grooves, gaps, and openings of your cell phone.
6. Use a vacuum cleaner on your cell phone. You need a vacuum cleaner with an accessory hose, and preferrably a crevice tool as well. So just turn on your vacuum cleaner, and place the crevice tool accessory as close as you can to your wet cell phone, particularly around any crevices and openings. The goal here is to pull out as much water from inside your cell phone with the vacuum cleaner.
7. Put your cell phone in the oven. Yes, that's right! Practically all electronics circuits can take a lot of heat when they are not turned on, so its not that big of a deal as it sounds.
Disclaimer I can not be held responsible for any damage to your wet cell phone, or any other piece of electronic equipment exposed to high heat. - Remember, if you are reading this, you probably have already ruined your cell phone because YOU dropped it in the water in the first place - right?
Having said that, I have done this several times, and I have always been successful. As they say, "your mileage may vary" depending on your circumstances.
OK, Get a cookie sheet, then turn your oven on to the lowest setting possible. Once the oven has warmed up, place your wet cell phone on the cookie sheet inside the warm oven. The lowest temperature my oven goes is 170 Degrees even though the oven dial says 200. Most ovens will let you set the oven temperature to something below the 200 degrees indicated. However what we are after is something in the neighborhood of 130 Degrees. In order to keep your wet cell phone from getting too hot, place a meat thermometer on the cookie sheet next to it.
Keep an eye on the meat thermometer, and do your best to keep the temperature around 130 degrees by turning the oven off when it gets above 130. After a couple minutes, turn the oven on again and watch the temperature. Keep your wet cell phone in the oven for about 30 minutes all the while keeping the temperature around the 130 degrees as indicated by the meat thermometer. Then let it sit outside the oven for about 15 minutes to cool off, and put it back in the oven for another 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure several times.
8. Let your wet cell phone sit for at least 3 days, and do not put the battery back in. This step is probably the most difficult, yet perhaps the most important one if you are going to be able to recover your wet cell phone.
9. Test your cell phone. Finally! The big day of reckoning! Put your battery back in, as well as your SIM card (if you have one), and turn it on to see if it works. If it still doesn't work, remove the battery, then try it again by plugging it into your charger. If this works, then you need a new battery.
Hopefully this will help you out as it has helped out my friend that dropped his cell phone into a bucket of water.
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