You had no idea that your smartphone was perched so precariously on the edge of your bathtub. And you certainly didn't think you might actually knock it over the edge and into gallons of bubble bath and water. Yet you did. Now your phone is ruined, right? Maybe not. Yes, water is undoubtedly 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
After you fish your device out of the water, do 1 thing first: Make certain its power is off. If a battery is fueling your gadget, quickly yank that battery out. If your device does not feature a battery, make sure it is switched off. You might think it is the water that causes gadgets to go haywire. It's not. The electrical shorts water causes is what scrambles your devices. Whatever you do, do not to switch the power back on to see what damage has occured. By doing this, you'll only make things worse.
Once the power is off, remove whatever else . that you can from the device. This means taking off back covers, removing SIM cards and taking off ear port coverings. As Gizmodo explains, there is a good reason for this: You need to open up as many holes as possible in your device. This will allow water to dry out more quickly. It will also let more air into the device. Next, vacuum as much moisture out from the device as you can. A vacuum which has a small nozzle is ideal for this. Finally, you're ready to dry your device. Gizmodo offers a unusual recommendation for this: Rice Krispies. Yes, dropping your iPad or smart phone into a bowl of dry Rice Krispies will suck water right out of them. After A couple of days, give your device a test. If you are lucky, it might work.
Keeping it dry
Of course, the easiest method to protect your devices from the water is to keep them dry to begin with. This can be done by purchasing waterproof covers. There are several of them out there. In a recent story, the New York Times reviewed three options, LifeProof, Joy Factory Rain Ballet and Liquipel. All have their pros and cons, but each ought to keep your device dry if disaster should strike. But our best advice? Resist the urge to bring your electronic gadgets to the pool or the side of the bathtub. Why take the risk?
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