Throw it in the bathtub.....or a glass of beer at a bar
* In a Swimming Pool |
* In the lake
* In the Ocean
It's still possible to resurrect a BlackBerry that's damaged by liquids. You must IMMEDIATELY remove the battery. Then you must go to the drugstore immediately, buy a jug of distilled water, totally disassemble the BlackBerry with a Torx T6 screwdriver, and immediately put the BlackBerry motherboard into the distilled water.
If submerged completely in chlorine or beer or cola or salt water, your window of time is much smaller, so if your BlackBerry is soaked, then running the BlackBerry under tap water
will get rid of the salt water faster, buying you enough time to get the distilled water and the Torx T6 screwdriver. (Tap water is a lesser evil
than saltwater/cola, so wash the BlackBerry immediately). When it's disassembled, shake the motherboard under distilled water for 10 minutes. Then put the motherboard on a paper towel and bake at about 150-180 degrees F (NEVER above boiling point!). A preheated oven with a thermometer, will do - but turn off the heater and cool the oven down below boiling point before you put the motherboard in. Bake for about 2-3 hours, briefly turning on the oven for about 30 seconds once in a while to maintain the approx 150-180 degree F temperature. This dries out the BlackBerry.
The moral of the story is.... Wash dirty water (pool/ocean/lake) with progressively cleaner water till you're washing in distilled water, then bake the water out to dry. Especially with ocean water, put the BlackBerry under tap water IMMEDIATELY, because you have only a few minutes before the salt water corrodes. Tap water won't completely irreparably damage a motherboard for a few hours, buying you enough time to get distilled water and a T6 screwdriver.
The screen of the BlackBerry is a sensitive matter. The ribbon cable of the 950 was poorly water resistant, for example. Don't wash the screen if you can avoid it, but you have to anyway if you got salt water exposure (better safe than sorry).
You have approximately a 50-50 to a 75-25 chance of resurrecting a BlackBerry this way. The most important thing within the first 15 seconds of water exposure is REMOVE THE BATTERY. (Short circuit danger) Resist temptation to test the gadget after it's been exposed to water.
The true story of fixing my BlackBerry with a 10-minute distilled water bath is located here: BlackBerry Motherboard Distilled Water Bath REPAIR Method
These instructions apply to PalmPilots, PocketPC's, Treo's, digital cameras, and other gadgets that get internally contaminated by liquids.