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Old 05-23-2008, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

So I got pushed into the pool last night with my less than 2 weeks old Curve :( I got it as a replacement for my Curve that stopped working few weeks ago.

I read some sites which suggest that you should let the phone dry out for few days and that you SHOULD NOT put the battery in the phone during that time at all... well not knowing that last night, I put the battery in and the light blinked red few times and it turned off.

Is there anyway I can rescue my Curve? :(
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Hey guys,

So I got pushed into the pool last night with my less than 2 weeks old Curve :( I got it as a replacement for my Curve that stopped working few weeks ago.

I read some sites which suggest that you should let the phone dry out for few days and that you SHOULD NOT put the battery in the phone during that time at all... well not knowing that last night, I put the battery in and the light blinked red few times and it turned off.

Is there anyway I can rescue my Curve? :(
Your chances went way down when you put the battery in but you might still get lucky. As stated let it dry for 3 to 5 days, then cross your fingers and put the battery in. You can accerlate the drying process by putting the device on the back of a warm appliance or a car dashboard in the sun (make sure it isn't TOO hot out).

Good luck and report back!

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your chances went way down when you put the battery in but you might still get lucky. As stated let it dry for 3 to 5 days, then cross your fingers and put the battery in. You can accerlate the drying process by putting the device on the back of a warm appliance or a car dashboard in the sun (make sure it isn't TOO hot out).

Good luck and report back!

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Thanks. I'm going out of town with a friend 'till Monday so I'll leave the phone in the car for next few days... that should dry it out
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Try puting it in some uncooked rice to help pull the moisture out
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If the car gets hot inside, that'll dry it out too. I'm with the others, though, you may have cooked it when you put the battery back in it.
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So, who pushed you into the pool? Drunken friend? Bitter ex?
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So, who pushed you into the pool? Drunken friend? Bitter ex?
Drunken Girlfriend that is NOW a bitter ex! :P Well unless it dries out and works then maybe they will give them another chance! Ha!
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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As with all things electronic. The chances of it surviving or not that great if it was turned on at the time (which in all actuality for the most part, BB's would be on). Next thing to do is to let it dry out COMPLETELY. Then attempt to turn it one. I would let it dry out for a week or more just to be on the safe side.

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I would invite her to that same pool and drown her... See if she comes back after drying.
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I would look at it as a good reason to get the new one
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1 - DON'T SWITCH YOUR DEVICE ON! REMOVE THE BATTERY NOW!

2 - Drain all water, or whatever, from your device. If there could possibly be any residue from the dunking [ie. drink ingredients, pool chemical, soap, or whatever], rinse your device thoroughly inside and out with distilled water or maybe isopropryl [sp-sorry] alcohol and dry it out again.

3 - leave your device in a warm spot, but away from a direct heat source [I think that leaving it in a sun-heated car is a bad idea...too hot! Plastic melts!] for several days...maybe a week to ensure it is thoroughly dried out. During this time, shake it up and turn it over to make sure there are no lingering pools of liquid inside. a bag of rice or silica gel nearby in a closed container might be helpful too.

4 - When you are sure your device is thoroughly dry inside and out, replace the battery, hit the 'on' button and hope for the best.

I rescued my wife's Palm this way after she spilled a drink into her purse thoroughly dousing it. She had even tried switching it on [it came on very briefly] and suffered no ill effects. YMMV. Good luck....
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According to the Budget Travel Magazine, electronics that get wet should not be turned on or plugged in after getting wet, remove the battery and put in gel kitty litter for 24 hours, which is supposed to pull out the moisture.
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Sounds to me like it is time to buy a replacement!
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Rice is better than kitty litter, expecially of beforesaid litter is used. ;)
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I have heard the Kitty Litter tip before, but I could never have my phone smelling like "Fresh Step". Rice is the way to go, or if you are fancy try desiccants or silica gel (not really gel). The two latter items can be purchased on the cheap at your local craft store, and are typically used in drying flowers for crafts.
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take apart (battery most important) and lay it out and let air dry, be careful not to put in battery too early, could short the phone.

my uncle did this with a digital camera, and it works awesome.
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I dunno, if you put rice in it and then put is in a nice hot car -- you end the day with a tasty snack!

FWIW - one important step when you soak an electronic device is to immediately set very low expectations. Odds are - it's hosed - so getting it working again is a bonus and not the other way around.

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