Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Fix a Wet Cell Phone

2:18 AM |

Learn how to fix a wet cell phone after it’s been dropped in the can or spun in the washing machine and save yourself the cost of a new phone.

With cell phones getting more complex and therefore more expansive many of us can’t afford to replace a fried phone for the unsubsidized price. Don’t wait until it’s too late, learn how to save your phone now and save yourself a bundle.

Remove the phone from the liquid: The quicker you can snag it the less damage it will obtain. Even though this step may seem simple there could be certain cases where you won’t be very eager to rescue it. Just remember that you can wash your hands, but your phone costs lots of money.

Remove the battery: Take the battery out of the phone as soon the phone is out of the water. This will help save both the phone and the battery. It may be wise to get familiar with removing your battery so you can do it quickly when the pressure’s on.

Remove the SIM Card: Save whatever you have on your card before it shorts out. You may not have all your contacts and data stored on your card, but you can at least cut your losses at this point by removing it.

Remove all moisture: Start out by shaking your phone gently to remove the excess surface moisture. Next take a paper towel and soak up as much moisture as you can, especially in the crevasses of the phone. The next step is to cover the phone with rice or desiccant gel packs. Allow the phone to sit for several hours completely covered. Continue checking the absorbent material for moisture. If moisture is evident then re-cover the phone with new absorbent material and check again a few hours later. Once the absorbent has done its job, vacuum away any leftover material or moisture. Let the phone set for a least a day for continued drying.

Time to test: It’s time to see if all your hard work has paid off. Re-attach the battery back to the phone and power it up. If nothing happens try plugging your phone in without the battery and powering it on. If it works while plugged into to the charger then your battery is fried, if not, well your worst fears have come true, your phone is dead.

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