Worried about damaging your iPod or Iphone with water due to toilet mishaps, rainstorms, kitchen nightmares, etc? Keep these simple tips in mind, and you might be able to save yourself the cost of another $800 spent to replace your device. After these tips, we’ll let you know what options are available if it turns out that you really DO need to repair your water damaged iPod or iPhone.
Without further ado, here’s what you need to know:
ABOVE ALL ELSE: DO NOT PANIC. Quickly remove your iPod from the water or water-filled situation. If it’s fallen in a toilet, well, you have to make a split-second decision about how badly you really want your device back. Remember that hands and iPods can be disinfected, but a new iPod is expensive.
TURN OFF THE DEVICE. When an electronic device like an iPhone or iPod is operating and water gets into its circuitry, the electrically-conductive nature of water can quickly cause a short-circuit that will do more damage to the device than the water itself. This is the real danger of water and electronics – if the device is off, a little bit of water won’t do too much damage to it (provided it is removed/dries up quickly). NOTE: This isn’t a dare. Water and electricity should NOT BE MIXED, and we can’t be held responsible if you decide to experiment and something bad happens – and it will.
REMOVE ALL THE WATER YOU CAN. Using the most porous object around you – toilet paper, a kitchen towel, or your shirt – remove any and all water that you can from the device. This will prevent any more water from getting into your ipod or iphone than already has gotten in.
FIND A DESICCANT. A desiccant is a substance that draws the water out of the surrounding air/material. Remember those packets marked ‘Silica Gel – DO NOT EAT’ that we used to get packed in alongside certain products? Their purpose was to keep your shoes/clothes/electronbics at the right humidity inside their packaging. But, since most of us don’t have a bunch of Silica gel in our pockets, the next best thing is grains of dry rice. Even if you don’t have any on-hand, you should be able to find some dry rice at any supermarket and at many corner stores for less than $5 – probably much less. Just make sure that it is actually DRY rice, otherwise it won’t work properly and you’ll get a delicious-smelling but non-functional iPod/iPhone. Grab a jar, and fill it up 3/4s of the way with dry rice grains and then shove your device in (make sure it’s off!). Close or cover the jar and leave it alone for at least 48 hours, to allow the rice to pull all the moisture out of the device.
It is important not to let the water simply air-dry. While this MIGHT work, it’s far more likely that it will cause oxidation – in other words, your device will start to rust from the inside out.
CAREFULLY TEST AND EVALUATE. Once you’ve finished drying it out, power it on and check to make sure it’s still fully functional. This is a real possibility – I once dropped my iPhone in an icy puddle in the middle of the street in Feburary, and using these tips, I was able to save it from destruction. If, however, it turns out that something isn’t working the way it should – or, in the worst-case scenario, it won’t even turn on – there is a lot you can do to repair the damage before you start to consider buying a brand-new iPod or iPhone. Stay tuned for our next article, which will be all about how to repair your iPod or iPhone at home, which can save you a lot of money in repair costs.