CA – MAY 15 – CONSUMER TIPS
- Posted by CERC India
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How to prevent water damage to cell phones
Mobile phones are very vulnerable to water damage which is at times irreversible. Here are a few tips on what to do if your phone gets wet:
- Get it out of the water ASAP: Plastic covers on phones are very tight. However, they do leave scope for water to enter within 20 seconds or less.
- Remove the battery: Attaching the power source to the phone may lead to severe short circuits, which may damage the internal circuit.
- Remove the SIM and memory cards: SIM and memory cards can survive water damage. Pat them dry with a napkin and put aside until you reinstall your phone.
- Remove external connectors and covers: This makes way for water to come out from the slots and crevices in the phone, speeding up the drying process.
- Wipe carefully: Many a time, dust or salt particles get deposited on your phone owing to the type of water damage. Gently wipe the phone with a damp tissue (with minimum fresh water) before crystals form. These might pose electrical hazards if neglected.
- Get the water out: Shake the phone carefully. Use a dry paper napkin (not your hand) to wipe off as much of the remaining water as possible.
- Use a vacuum cleaner/hair dryer: This will help draw away the residual moisture from the internal circuitry. You may do this by holding the appliance two inches away over the affected areas for up to 20 minutes.
- Let the phone sit on absorbent surfaces: Check the absorbent material (napkins, towels, or tissues) every hour for four to six hours. Keep changing the absorbent material as and when needed.
- Use a water soaking substance: An overnight dry soak in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice or with desiccant gel works well. It helps draw out the remaining moisture.
- Test your phone: After a day or so, reinsert the battery and try turning it on. If it does not work, try charging it without the battery. If it works, get a new battery. If not, get it serviced.