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Old 12-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I was on my way to a bus stop with my BB in my pocket (never doing that again) and I realised we will be late so we start running. I realised i'd lost my BB and later find it in a muddy puddle.

I went home and took out the battery and dried as much water off as possible. I then stupidly turned it back on and started using it as it seemed to be working ok. I went into the 02 shop and they said If it did break , it's water damage and not under warranty (the thing inside is red so they know). A little while after, the 'H' turned into a 'Y' and it kept on freezing and i had to keep re-booting it.
About 4 hours after the incident I took out the battery and sim and left them in my bag. I then came home, put all parts in a bag of rice and am planning on leaving it for 3 days.

IS THERE ANY HOPE? thank you.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Sorry about that..

Check out this post - Got Your BlackBerry Wet? - BlackBerryFAQ
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You may have killed it when you began using it again. By the sound of things the keyboard fault may be due to moisture that remained.

The correct procedure (a bit late now) is outlined here: Got Your BlackBerry Wet? - BlackBerryFAQ

You may wish to replace problem parts to see if it fixes the problems, such as a new keyboard, although this does not guarantee to fix it.

You can buy parts from places such as ebay.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Okay. I only used it for about 3 hours and I didn't leave it on for the entire time. I am leaving it to dry - how long would you reccomend leaving it for?
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's not the water that kills the blackberry, instead its when the water is present and electricity is introduced which can damage components. IMHO you seem to be quite lucky that your device appears to have only the one fault.

I recommend that you remove the battery and place the device on top of a warm radiator wrapped inside a cloth or tea-towel for atleast 48 hours, probably more.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Or, following the information in the FAQ, put it in a bag of rice, sealed and without the battery, for 3-5 days.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I recommend following the guidance as found in our FAQ and covered by NJBlackberry above.
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My apologies for not doing so, will remember for next time.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

thank you all so much - I will just get a cheap replacement in the meantime and update you in about 4 days
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what is it about uncooked rice that helps with a case of water damage?
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It draws out moisture.
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Err..why not get yourself some silica gel desiccant?
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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It's a matter of what's easy for just about anyone, and just about everyone has rice, or can very easily get it. Not so desiccant.

@ gambit, water evaporates until the vapor pressure reaches saturation and vapor and liquid are in equilibrium. Uncooked rice is dry and will absorb a lot of water by weight. Hence, water vapor is absorbed by the rice, lowering the water vapor pressure, additional liquid evaporates to maintain equilibrium...vapor is absorbed...more liquid evaporates...and eventually all liquid has evaporated and been absorbed by the rice.
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Good news everyone - I left it in rice for 3 days and it seems to be working perfectly. Fingers crossed it keeps going. HAPPY 2011 EVERYONE :D
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I'm amazed. Good luck. Hope it keeps working.
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It worked, I'm shocked. Its time I put some rice in my pocket.
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Default Re: Dropped my Curve 8520 in a puddle - HELP!

Be prepared for the device to start failing in a month or so. It might not happen, but start preparing now.

Backup the device regularly so that when it fails, you won't lose all your data. And start saving to purchase a new device.
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