Water Damage Doesn’t Mean Death, Here’s Our Hack:
Cell phones seem to go everywhere with us these days: to the bathroom, charging overnight beside us in bed, clinging to the inside of our pockets even when we’re on vacation. And as a result, there’s an endless repository – both online and from our friends, family and colleagues – of disaster stories documenting phones being destroyed after getting wet. In fact, we bet at least one of these scenarios is familiar to you:
- You go to the bathroom. Your phone is in your pocket. You stand up, it falls right into the toilet.
- Checking your Instagram feed while bathing the kids? It’s a recipe for disaster.
- You’re hanging out with friends on a hot summers day, by the pool or the lake. Wanting to cool off, you jump into the water – forgetting your shiny smartphone is in your pocket!
If none of these scenarios have happened to you, they’ve probably happened to a friend or family member. They have definitely happened to thousands of phone owners who experienced that dreaded drop in their stomach when they realised hundreds of dollars’ worth of technology is possibly destroyed within seconds. According to research undertaken by a US insurance company , fixing smartphones with water damage accounts for 25% of phone damages, following close behind cracked screens. You only have to do a quick online search to find endless threads asking advice on how to save a phone from a liquid-based tragedy…
The most memorable advice that you have probably heard is to place your phone into a bag of uncooked rice as soon as possible in order to draw the moisture out, but there’s very mixed reactions on the validity of this method. It makes for a fun story, but it probably won’t save your phone! Other methods we’ve heard of is using a hairdryer – a guaranteed way to fry the internal components – or even putting it in the microwave. It may go without saying, but don’t do this: it won’t just ruin your phone beyond repair, it’ll likely damage your appliance as well!
We’ll be straight with you: there is no miracle fix for water damage. But we do have a simple hack that might just save that soggy phone!
Moisture Grabbers are a desiccant, designed to attract and absorb water molecules. This unique storage technology, engineered to capture and reduce moisture in small, confined areas, has got us out of lots of sticky situations but we recently discovered our favourite use yet…let’s walk through it step by step.
1.Uh oh, that’s not good….
2. Get your phone out of the water as soon as possible. During this test our phone was submerged for 4-5 seconds before we took it out and dried it off lightly with a towel.
3. Place one Moisture Grabber pouch into a Tupperware or sealable container, sitting the phone on top.
4. Close the container and put in a warm, dry place for 24 hours.
5. Check on the phone after one full day without use: ours worked perfectly!
Of course, it may be that your phone is just too far-gone to save if it sat in the water for a significant length of time or if you didn’t attempt to dry it out quite quick enough. But if you move fast, and have Moisture Grabbers on your side, at least you – and your phone – will have a fighting chance.
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