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Old 02-11-2009, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, Iím in a bit of a trouble here. My friend dropped my BB Javelin into the pool three days ago. I pulled the battery out of the phone right away and I've been drying it for the past 3 days (I put it below a desk lamp). This morning, I tried to start the phone again but nothing works except for the flash light that is glowing very bright. Any idea guys what I should do? Is it basically broken or do I still have a chance to make it work? Thanks for the input
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It doesn't sound good but, get some rice and put the phone in a jar with rice I have heard that it will draw out any moisture that is inside the phone. Try not to turn it on for a couple more days if possible.
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Don't know if this will help, but a friend of mine did something similar with his phone. We pulled the batter and left the phone and battery under the hood of my car, in a very warm but not-too-hot place, for a few hours while we went to a baseball game. We we got back we fired it up and everything worked! So a good drying did the trick. A year later everything is still fine.
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first.. kick your friends ass.

second, follow recommendations above.
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I accidentally put my Pearl into the washing machine. (Luckily the battery fell out from the tumbling - it was a front loader)

Here's what I did. Took apart the phone and got the main IC board out. I put that under a hair dryer on low about a foot away for about an hour. The LCD screen had some water in it too, so i dried that a bit too.. There was still some left when I assembled it, but it went away after a couple of days.

After reassembling, everything powered on, but with the water in the LCD, I left it off a couple more days.

It was very clean after the little incident..
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my friend, you are in a potential world of hurt but not totally without hope. I strongly recommend that if you have a branded phone, YOU NOT RETURN IT for a handset exchange. They will find evidence of water damage and you will pay. However, if you take a chance, and let the phone dry out for 8-10 days, it will begine to operate as it once did before. At first it will only do it for short periods of time, but progressively it will lengthen and before long remain on and fucntioning.
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If you bought the insurance (I did for my new 8900) they'll replace it. The deductable is $130! They'll even replace it if lost or stolen they said. I too washed a pearl and dried it out for 3 days in rice. I didn't work.
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Well, I am embarrassed that I took my phone off my belt in the restroom and I don't want to say where it fell. (Fortunately, the water was clean). I am proceeding with the drying out procedures.
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I sunk my BB in a boat, and it was underwater overnight. I let it dry out for a few days with the battery out, and the thing worked.

I think it's luck, either it shorts out before too much of the phone is damaged, or it doesn't.

Side note, the battery in that phone didn't hold a charge for as long as it would before I sunk it
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Wife dropped hers in the toilet on the 3rd day of having it. We took the battery out and let it sit for a week. Tried it, and no go. Most of the keys didn't work and it was very very non responsive. We let it sit for 2 more weeks, tried it again and it works as good as new.

The key is keeping the battery out as long as possible in between attempts. It WILL eventually work again, but it may be a while. I've never tried the rice idea but it sounds like a great idea to dry it out faster. Once it's completely dry, it'll work again, from my experience.
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are you guys making love with your devices and making it wet? Just kidding folks
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I got my phone dried out VERY quickly in a warm car whilst at work and noticed the moisture indicator (the white square in the battery compartment) was only the tiniest bit pink on one corner. I took it to the AT&T repair center and they said that so littl e moisture seemed to have gotten in there that they wanted to try to fire it up. Amazingly, it worked!

Since I had the phone less than 30 days, and I bought it from a corporate store, they sent me to the store for a 30-day replacement. Looks like I was very lucky.

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Hey guys, Iím in a bit of a trouble here. My friend dropped my BB Javelin into the pool three days ago. I pulled the battery out of the phone right away and I've been drying it for the past 3 days (I put it below a desk lamp). This morning, I tried to start the phone again but nothing works except for the flash light that is glowing very bright. Any idea guys what I should do? Is it basically broken or do I still have a chance to make it work? Thanks for the input
Any luck with your LCD turning back on with the dry rice?
Dropped my 8900 in the water and now the LCD doesn't work :(
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While playing golf one weekend, my BB 8900 was soaked with heavy rain. The keyboard was not working after that. I use the rice method for 2 days and then I formated it to factory default. Now it works fine for most days, somedays some keys not responding to what it should be. I don't know how long this will last or will it get better in future.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:45 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Well, I am embarrassed that I took my phone off my belt in the restroom and I don't want to say where it fell. (Fortunately, the water was clean). I am proceeding with the drying out procedures.

same story except i should have flushed it before i used it. so there is a still a hint of 8 dudes pee on my phone. so it could be worse... yeah i got it out with my bare hand.
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i've never heard rice but I keep silica packets from electronics I buy in a cool/dry place in the house. I dropped a Razor in water, put in a ziplock bag with about 8 of those silica packets. The phone dried out pretty good rather quickly.
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Rice does work, which is why people sometimes put it in their salt holders to stop it lumping from moisture in the air.

The problem with pools is, they are either chlorinated or salt-water treated, both of which sooner or later cause corrossion. I remember someone telling me once, if you drop a phone/electronic device in a pool with chlorine or salt, you should rinse it under the tap to get the chemicals out then dry it. otherwise you dry the water and the chems stay behind and start eating away at stuff.

I wouldnt try it now though as that phone is probably pretty much dry. Hope it starts working again. Its why I dont like using/holding other people's phones.
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