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Old 07-04-2007, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So anyway its the 4th of July, My B-day is on the 10th, so were having a small party for the both holidays. I didnt really want any gifts. But i thought id get a good laugh, making sure nothing was in my moms pockets, i decide to throw her in the pool. Well in turn she decides to get her Boyfriend to throw me in the pool. Little did they know not only did i have my wallet in my pocket, but also my pearl.

Phone doesnt work, everything in my wallet is wet. Happy B-Day to Me!

I took out the battery, sim card, memory card. Dryed it with a hair-dryer for a little while, and now im letting it sit. Anything else i should do? unscrew it mabe?
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i put the battery back in for like one sec. though after taking it out, then removed it again. oo I hope that didnt do anything...there is water under the screen too.....GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Putting the battery back in to soon is usuallythe mistake. We're talking days--not hours--needed to dry. Find a warm dry place like on top of a TV or stereo sysytem. Open the back cover and leave it.
Good luck.
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Putting the battery back in to soon is usuallythe mistake. We're talking days--not hours--needed to dry. Find a warm dry place like on top of a TV or stereo sysytem. Open the back cover and leave it.
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yea i just put it back in for one sec. then removed it again. Im placing it on top of my DirectTV box, its the only thing i know of that stays relativaley warm.
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Not to finger wag, but for anyone else reading this, the biggest mistake people make is yielding to the temptation to put the battery in and fire up the phone to see what happens. [See threads where people have taken a bite of the poisonous apple despite all the warnings].

Again people, when the Pearl gets a soaking rip the battery out as fast as humanly possible. Then let it dry in a warm place for at least five days, if not more. And don't be tempted to check on things two to three days into the drying process.

A good drying spot is a cable TV converter box or the top edge of an LCD or plasma monitor, or even atop of a TV cabinet or CRT monitor.

Some of the more adventurous and mechanically inclined disassemble the Pearl to manually dry parts, etc., but the above is for the 90% of people whom do not posses the skill to disassemble cell phones.

Bonus Comment: It does not sound good, on your phone. But see those posts were some people have reported their phones working even after it appearing to be toast. So one never knows.

Based on your description you may want to consider disassembly and drying it out [per the posts that describe how to do that].
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From lots of experience with getting my phone wet including my pearl once or twice i would just leave everything apart and if its sunny, the best thing to do is put it on your dash. The heat and direct sunlight take out the water quick. With a full soak i would say let it sit on a dashboard of a car for at least a day. I spilled water on mine and had it completely dried out and working like new in 4 hours. So DEFINATELY dont put the battery back in as they said because that is the most common mistake
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@ raider:

get a container that you could fit your pearl in. place the pearl in it. fill the container up with UNCOOKED rice. place the container (containing the pearl & the rice) on top of your desktop tower, television, fridge, heater, vcr (do they have those, anymore?), dvd player or you could always just leave it out in the sun, somewhere (just make sure you keep an eye on it so nobody will steal it).

if you leave it anywhere in your house where there will be other ppl (children, friends, family)... just make sure you label the container & warn all others to keep their hands off it. they might mistake it for food & just dump the rice (and berry) into a pot of boiling water.

the heat from those areas mentioned above will cause the leftover water to evaporate (slowly)... and the uncooked rice? well, rice is known to suck up moisture very quickly; especially when you cook it. so heat + rice + water + berry? berry flavoured rice!!!

i'm just real tired, don't mind the puns...
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Everyone pretty much coverd the basics. I had an N Gage that my girl gave a trip through the washer cause she didn't check my pockets. And I let that dry for a week then tried it. Only got a white screen. Got a new phone then after it sitting for like a month I found it in my drawer and figured eh can't hurt let's try it. Worked almost perfect. Only prob was the backlite never went off lol. But after using it for awhile it was fine. So if it don't work in a week keep it around and try it down the road it just might come back to life.
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it been almost 2 days. i guess ill wait until Monday or Tuesday before i try and put it in again.
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WELL I DESPERATLY NEEDED MY PHONE TODAY.....so i dared give it a shot...and............

IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!

YES YES YES YES YES YES
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I still think you are taking a BIG risk. I really do hope that it works out for you. I can't imagine going days without my BB but I would have a hard time sucking it up and buying a new one because I was impatient.

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Not to finger wag, but for anyone else reading this, the biggest mistake people make is yielding to the temptation to put the battery in and fire up the phone to see what happens.
He's taking your advice!
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it been almost 2 days. i guess ill wait until Monday or Tuesday before i try and put it in again.
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WELL I DESPERATLY NEEDED MY PHONE TODAY.....so i dared give it a shot...
I'm glad the phone works, but I find it hilarious how impatient people can be.
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Yep, a little impatient. The hot car dash is a great idea...hadn't thought of that one. It only takes one small drop in the wrong place to fry it internally. As for the screen, that will dry out after a week or so.
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The rice trick works with anything. Watches especially. My Dad (born 1924) taught me that one a long time ago so it is time tested.

Keep those silica packs around as well and it will suck the moisture out the way it went in. Hot dashes are common in the summer but in the winter the rice is always an option.
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@ raider:get a container that you could fit your pearl in. place the pearl in it. fill the container up with UNCOOKED rice.
Given that 80% of society are mid to low IQ [meaning morons] you know that someone, somewhere is going to miss your point about NOT cooking the rice.

I can just picture the scene, fool is "cooking" the Pearl while thinking "This can't be right, how is this drying out the Pearl. Oh well, I'll give it another 30 minutes."

And eventually someone will ask you "Can I use a rice cooker for this method of drying out the Pearl?"
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WELL I DESPERATLY NEEDED MY PHONE TODAY.....so i dared give it a shot...and............
When you get an hour I would take apart the handset (carefully, with a Torx) and take a little bit of gun oil (not solvent!) and gently rub some on any exposed metal with a q-tip or soft pipe cleaner. That should help curb any corrosion which might to edge it's way inside...

(you should be able to find a tiny bottle for cheap at any local shop that sells ammo or parts, even Walmart should have it)
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Never tried it myself but sounds good in theory:

Dunk the wet phone in alcohol and then let it dry

In theory the alcohol will replace the water on, in and around the phone. And since alcohol evaporates much quicker than water, it will help restore the phone back to its former glory in a jiffy.

... in theory.
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Would you suggest Vodka over Beer? Or would Rum work better?

Seriously now, if you can avoid it, don't dunk the pearl into anything, not even alcohol. You wouldn't want the alcohol interacting with the nice color LCD that the pearl comes with.

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Given that 80% of society are mid to low IQ [meaning morons] you know that someone, somewhere is going to miss your point about NOT cooking the rice.
Actually, the way the IQ scale is set up, 50% are below the mean.

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Would you suggest Vodka over Beer? Or would Rum work better?

Seriously now, if you can avoid it, don't dunk the pearl into anything, not even alcohol. You wouldn't want the alcohol interacting with the nice color LCD that the pearl comes with.
My gf will disagree with you. Her Pearl took a dive into vodka & cranberry and found it delicious.

It did stop working a few days later, though. I kept telling her not to put the battery in until it dries, but she just wiped the battery and SIM and put them in like 15 min after the incident.
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women ^


and they say we are impatient....
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