You had no idea that your smartphone was perched so perilously on the edge of your bathtub. And you clearly didn’t think you might actually knock it over the edge and into gallons of bubble bath and water. Nevertheless, you did. Now your smartphone is ruined, right? Maybe not. Yes, water is certainly an enemy of your favorite electronic gadgets. But if you taking action immediately, you may be able to save most waterlogged of devices. Here’s how.
Saving drowned technology
First, make certain that no power is flowing through your iPad, cell phone or Tablet. This is especially important: Water isn’t what’s going to destroy your gadgets. The electrical shorts that water causes are going to do that. If a battery powers your device, quickly take it off. If not, be sure that your device’s power is turned off. You might be tempted to switch the power back on to see what damage has been caused. Resist the urge. You want that power to stay off.
Your next step will be to open up as many air holes as possible in the device. What this means is removing SIM cards, back covers, SD cards, and ear hole port coverings. The greater the number of openings you create, the more air will rush through the gadget. Secondly, vacuum out as much moisture as possible from your smartphone, tablet or iPod. Your ideal tool for this job is a vacuum with a small nozzle. The more thorough you are, the better. Finally, drop your device inside a bowl of something that will dry it. Many people recommend dry white rice. And this works, but Gizmodo comes up with a little something it says is even better—a bowl of dry Rice Krispies cereal. After a couple of days of drying time, turn your device back on. If you’re lucky, it might pop straight back into life.
Keeping it dry
Of course, much better than rescuing a gadget from water is keeping it dry. There are plenty of methods for this. The New York Times just ran a nice feature ranking the different waterproof cases that you can buy. Such options as the LifeProof, Joy Factory Rain Ballet and Liquipel cases can come in handy if you’re hanging by the pool with your favorite eReader. Our advice, though, is simpler: Keep the electronics away from the water. It is tempting to take your iPhone to the edge of the pool. But this type of move might prove terribly expensive.