How a bowl of rice saved my dripping-wet mobile phone
4 days ago, 17:29
Last week, my phone ‘decided’ to take a swim in a sink full of water.
As it plopped into the sink, I have to admit, my heart stopped; the gadget is a swanky new smartphone with all the specs of a high-end Android device, but none of the water-proof stuff.
Time is of the essence in this circumstance. Everything must be done quickly and carefully to minimise damage. The device needs to be buried in an absorbent medium within minutes of getting wet, and if possible, the battery taken out. My device sat in the rice for two nights and a full day before I had the courage to switch it on. And when I did viola! It worked like a charm.
Although it helps a lot, rice is not the most ideal option as it has dust specs that could get into the device. Silica gels — tiny sachets that come with new electronics and shoes to keep them dry — are the best suited for the task.
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