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Old 01-09-2010, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read the water FAQ and several related threads, but I have a question I haven't seen addressed.

My BB8820 spent 5-10 minutes in a washing machine. When I removed it, it was wet, but the clothes were not immersed (the drum rotates about a horizontal axis, unlike the usual vertical way I see on most machines). I don't know if it had started to apply detergent yet, but the phone was not sticky or anything. Assuming the worst, that there was detergent in there, does it need some sort of rinse (alcohol or otherwise) before I dry it, or can I get away with skipping straight to drying it?

(Yes, I've read the threads about how to dry it...I'm just asking if rinsing is required first. I'd have done it anyway, but I only feel confident doing a partial disassembly: removing the first 4 torx and the back/side panels.)
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My opinion: I wouldn't risk making things worse, for now. I would dry it and then see what you got. If everything is fine, good. If not, then at that time consider what exactly isn't good and then look at what might fix it.

That said, hopefully someone will come along and say, "Let me tell you what happened to me and what I did . . . "

Good luck.
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Wirelessly posted (well lookie here!)

Most short circuits are actually caused by the particles within the water

If you have the ability a bath/rinse in distilled alcohol will help

As said above you may be able to use without more or less a judgement call
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Remove battery and put in a bag of uncooked rice for a few days.
I agree with aiharkness. Less may be better.
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Thanks, Ira and tsac. I'm keeping the guts of it between 110-120 (not because that temperature is special, but because those #'s will be easy for me for the next 24 hours) with a package of desiccant nearly as big as the phone itself in a ziploc bag, and I'll report back in a day or two.

Thanks, ezrunner. That makes sense. Based on what I'm hearing, I'll try that if it doesn't work the first time I power it on. Some people had scary things to say about trying to reattach the LCD (don't recall if it's the same model, though), so I haven't fully disassembled it yet, but I'll do it if I have to... I assume I can't soak the whole thing. I can get alcohol more concentrated than 99% at an electronics store here (Fry's).
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Thanks, Ira and tsac. I'm keeping the guts of it between 110-120 (not because that temperature is special, but because those #'s will be easy for me for the next 24 hours) with a package of desiccant nearly as big as the phone itself in a ziploc bag, and I'll report back in a day or two.
I dried it a couple days, as described, and it's been working well. Thanks for the help!
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Desiccant is the best but cost more than rice but glad to hear your back up and running.
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