1. FTWrath's Avatar
    This is from Wiki How

    Remove the Battery. This is one of the most important steps. Don't take time to think about it, electricity and water do not mix. Cutting power to your phone is a crucial first step in saving it.
    Dry your Phone. Obviously you need to remove as much of the water as soon as you can to prevent it from getting into the phone. Use a towel or a paper towel to remove as much of the water as possible.

    Soak in Alcohol. Alcohol is hygroscopic (attracts water), it will dissolve all the water in the phone, which will then pour out of the phone with the alcohol. Any remaining alcohol will evaporate. Alcohol will not harm your phone but may mess up glue (from stickers and the like). Use 95% alcohol, not the regular 70% rubbing type. Do it outside!. If you use alcohol, do not follow the rest of the advice here, instead leave your phone outside for a day or two to dry.

    Allow the phone to dry. Since you do not want to ruin your phone or lose all the numbers in your phone book, you need to allow the phone to dry. Don't try putting the battery back on to see if it works as this would risk damaging the phone with a short circuit. Leaving your phone in a bowl of dry rice will help to expedite moisture evaporation.

    Heat your Phone. Apply enough heat to your phone to cause the water to evaporate without waterlogging your digital screen. One of the best things you can do to save a cell phone is to set it on the back of your computer monitor or TV screen over the heat vents. This is usually the perfect amount of heat to fix your phone. The convection action of the heat vents will help carry away the moisture in your phone. Leave the phone on the heat for at least 2-3 days. Another option is to leave it overnight in the oven on warm (make sure to take off the battery first).

    Test your Phone. After you have waited 3 days, make sure everything is clean and dry looking and re-attach the battery to the phone and see if it works. If your phone does not work repeat step 4. If it still won't work, try taking your cell phone to an authorized dealer. Sometimes they can fix it.

    TIPS:

    1.Don't put the battery on for at least 3 days or longer if your digital screen is foggy.

    2.Place a piece of satin finish scotch tape over your water damage sticker before you drop your cell phone in the water to prevent the water damage sticker from voiding your warranty. This sticker can usually be found under your battery. It's a small round white sticker, possibly with dots on it. If this sticker gets wet it changes color and your phone is marked for water damage.

    3.Remove the tape if you ever have to return your phone for repairs or warranty. (See the note in the 'Warnings' section about doing this!)

    4.The best way to dry out your phone is to place it in front of an air conditioner or air conditioning vent. Cold air won't damage your phone (hot air can warp or in extreme cases even melt plastic), and air from an air conditioner is dry, and so will evaporate water faster than you might think (which is why a car air conditioner will de-mist the windshield so effectively, even if the engine hasn't warmed up yet). Warm air from a reverse-cycle air conditioner works even better, of course. If you dry your phone in this way overnight it should be fine by the morning.

    5.Use a hairdryer set on warm; it won't melt your head so your phone should be safe.

    6.Use a food dehydrator.

    7.Use the oven on the warm setting (make sure to take out the battery)

    WARNINGS:


    1.Don't heat the battery or it could leak acid. If you use an oven or hairdryer, make sure to remove the battery first.

    2.If you use alcohol make sure to do so outside, and do not apply heat in any form, not even the gentle heat of a monitor. Do not hook up the bettery till the alcohol smell dissipates.

    3.Do not apply heat to your phone other than mentioned above. You don't want to melt or burn your phone.

    4.Warranty fraud is naughty! If you dropped your phone in the can with your other 'droppings'--are you really going to send it in for a warranty tech to have to open? Yuck!

    5.FYI, Most modern phones have more than one liquid damage indicator on them, only one visible to you (and sales/technician agents), and chances are, if the sticker under the battery is triggered (or would be, with the scotch tape trick), then the odds are that the internal stickers you can't access are tripped as well. This will still result in you paying a voided-warranty fee in the long run, and it may be best to just learn from your mistake (and not make it more financially severe!).

    6.Even if all these steps are followed, minerals dissolved in the water can precipitate on solder and component pins, causing corrosion or shorting. Components pins are packed so closely together in a modern cell phone that even a small encrustation can create a short, rendering the phone inoperable.
    06-14-08 12:54 AM
  2. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Good post, ought to be a sticky.
    06-14-08 12:59 AM
  3. rockigirl's Avatar
    wow i wonder if anyone has had any success with these tips. i cant imagine someone putting the battery in a food dehydrator or the oven! soaking the battery in alcohol also sounds scary. well thanks for the tips!
    06-14-08 01:00 AM
  4. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    wow i wonder if anyone has had any success with these tips. i cant imagine someone putting the battery in a food dehydrator or the oven! soaking the battery in alcohol also sounds scary. well thanks for the tips!
    I did the alcohol thing. Once you understand the concept, it's not nearly as scary.
    06-14-08 01:03 AM
  5. my_handle's Avatar
    I turned a blow dryer on low speed and high heat. About 1 1/2 - 2 feet for about 15 mins did mine good. Half hour and it was just like normal and no problems. This was months ago.
    06-14-08 02:54 AM
  6. SilverSurfR's Avatar
    I've only ever had to do this once with an i90 from nextel. GF's son dropped in a cup of iced tea when he was around 3 years old. Snatched out the battery fast as I could, tore the phone apart (out of warranty so I didn't care) and used alcohol and compressed air to dry it.
    06-14-08 03:20 AM
  7. Calderon's Avatar
    Wow good find. Although I don't think I will carry around alcohol with me incase I do get it wet. Still I vote to sticky or FAQ.
    06-14-08 03:21 AM
  8. ScandaLeX's Avatar
    Wow good find. Although I don't think I will carry around alcohol with me incase I do get it wet. Still I vote to sticky or FAQ.
    I agree. But let me ask this, what prevents the 95% alcohol from destroying the housing? I've used 95% before not realizing just how much stronger it is; by the time I was done, it had removed the polish my my nails.
    06-14-08 03:39 AM
  9. Skormm's Avatar
    Bump. (Ten characters.)
    06-14-08 03:44 AM
  10. Calderon's Avatar
    I agree. But let me ask this, what prevents the 95% alcohol from destroying the housing? I've used 95% before not realizing just how much stronger it is; by the time I was done, it had removed the polish my my nails.
    I'm not certain but it may have to do with the fact that it descinegrates quite quickly.
    06-14-08 03:56 AM
  11. yogi's Avatar
    Thank you for the complete informations.
    06-14-08 09:17 AM
  12. kickinitlive247's Avatar
    yeah 95% will evaporate w/o leaving as much residue as 70%
    i work with alcohol quite a bit
    06-14-08 09:22 AM
  13. keywest610's Avatar
    Where does one find 95% alcohol? I only know of the rubbing alcohol. This is a great post and I think I want to have the 95% alcohol on hand just in case....hope I'm not jinxing myself here!!
    06-14-08 09:27 AM
  14. Skormm's Avatar
    Where does one find 95% alcohol? I only know of the rubbing alcohol. This is a great post and I think I want to have the 95% alcohol on hand just in case....hope I'm not jinxing myself here!!
    Just find a lil bit of the old Shine
    06-14-08 02:53 PM
  15. FTWrath's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure there's rubbing alcohol at 90%
    Just found this guys, didn't write it myself.
    Make sure if you do it that you take the batter OUT as soon as possible and then set the phone in alcohol. I don't believe leaving the battery in would be a good idea.
    06-14-08 03:43 PM
  16. keywest610's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure there's rubbing alcohol at 90%
    Just found this guys, didn't write it myself.
    Make sure if you do it that you take the batter OUT as soon as possible and then set the phone in alcohol. I don't believe leaving the battery in would be a good idea.
    You actually submerge the whole phone minus the battery?
    06-14-08 03:58 PM
  17. FTWrath's Avatar
    Soak in Alcohol. Alcohol is hygroscopic (attracts water), it will dissolve all the water in the phone, which will then pour out of the phone with the alcohol. Any remaining alcohol will evaporate. Alcohol will not harm your phone but may mess up glue (from stickers and the like). Use 95% alcohol, not the regular 70% rubbing type. Do it outside!. If you use alcohol, do not follow the rest of the advice here, instead leave your phone outside for a day or two to dry.

    That's what it says.
    So I suppose you put it in minus the battery, remove and set it on a cloth maybe? the alcohol dissolves the water and then dissolves itself after a while.
    06-14-08 04:16 PM
  18. keywest610's Avatar
    Soak in Alcohol. Alcohol is hygroscopic (attracts water), it will dissolve all the water in the phone, which will then pour out of the phone with the alcohol. Any remaining alcohol will evaporate. Alcohol will not harm your phone but may mess up glue (from stickers and the like). Use 95% alcohol, not the regular 70% rubbing type. Do it outside!. If you use alcohol, do not follow the rest of the advice here, instead leave your phone outside for a day or two to dry.

    That's what it says.
    So I suppose you put it in minus the battery, remove and set it on a cloth maybe? the alcohol dissolves the water and then dissolves itself after a while.
    Hmmm....It sounds like a scary thing to do, but if your BB might be totally screwed up anyway, guess it's worth a try. Hopefully, I'll never have to do it. Good post though. I've seen many people post for help on this topic on CB.
    06-14-08 06:17 PM
  19. TampaDude's Avatar
    Alcohol may damage internal parts. Use reverse-osmosis or distilled water instead. Open the unit, remove the battery, SIM card, and MicroSD card (if present), then rinse the whole unit thoroughly with distilled water and let dry for at least 72 hours. Reverse-osmosis or distilled water is VERY pure and will dissolve away any dirt or impurities and not leave any residue. I have saved electronics and watches this way. It works. DO NOT use regular tap water or bottled water, only reverse-osmosis or distilled water.
    06-14-08 08:47 PM
  20. FTWrath's Avatar
    IDK about that because the point is to remove WATER not put it in.
    Water period damages your phones internal systems.
    06-15-08 01:11 AM
  21. saurellia's Avatar
    posted this on another thread, duping to spread the love and thanks!

    I know this is an older thread but I am sure someone will find it via google like I did today. My 8330 got wet yesterday. initially it was fine, but about an hour later the buttons stopped responding. I googled the problem and found crackberry.com. read a few wet blackberry posts and, being impatient, went with the fastest approach. blowdryer for 30 minutes, medium heat, about 12-18 inches away. of course took the battery out first. i turned it every 5 minutes or so to get even heat distribution (and to somehow reassure myself that it was not getting too hot.) let it cool off for a few minutes, put the battery back in and it is working like new was so thrilled i joined crackberry just to let everyone know what worked for me and to say thanks to you all for your help!
    09-09-09 01:13 AM
  22. rcsetzler's Avatar
    So if I had beer spilled on my phone would the alcohol trick work or be smart to complete?? Anyone?
    04-13-10 12:45 PM
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