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Wet Electronics? Here’s what NOT to do

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After just 30 seconds of contact, water can permanently damage your electronic devices. Whether a result of an accidental spill or a natural disaster, water damages are both costly and devastating. Precious photos, important files, and vital information can be lost almost instantly. There are, however, some ways you can increase your chances of salvaging your precious items. If your electronics are wet and you’re panicking, be sure to keep in mind our tips to minimize damage for wet electronics.

  1. Often times, a device will shut down when it comes into contact with water. It is VERY important to resist the urge to turn on your device. Water causes electronics to short circuit and can cause permanent damage. Instead, shut the device off immediately and remove the battery, if possible.
  2. Do not try to dry the device using a hair dryer. This causes a lot of unnecessary damage to the device and can damage the LCD screen. Instead, you may use gentle heat such as setting it near a TV or on the dashboard fo your car. You may also use a vacuum to draw moisture away, but don’t hold it too close or you risk creating static electricity.
  3. Don’t try to dry laptops in rice.Rice can enter into crevices in the body of the laptop and cause further damage. Rice is, however, a good option for soaking up moisture in smaller devices such as phones. Keep phones in rice for at least 12 hours; bigger devices such as cameras may need several days.
  4. Do not leave any external pieces inside the device. Remove all SIM cards, external mice, etc in order to allow those to dry as well. Taking out extra parts also creates more crevices through which the device can dry.
  5. If you have tried to dry your device but it is no longer functioning, do not try to fix it yourself if you do not have experience. Your warranty can be voided if you try to take matters into your own hands, and more harm can be done to the device. Water damage is often expensive to repair, but in certain instances, homeowner’s insurance or credit card companies may reimburse the cost of the repair.
  6. Most importantly: Do NOT wait for disaster to strike. Prevention is key! Take care to avoid accidents by keeping liquids far from electronics, and secure the device in a waterproof casing (ex: Ziploc bag) in inclement weather.

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Sources:
Tech Tips for Drying Our Your Device
Save a Laptop From Liquid Damage

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