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#1 atlpaintball24

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:24 AM

I accidentally had left my phone in my pocket while getting into a hot tub with some friends. Now, it's just a blinding piece of metal.<br><br>The battery is in a bowl of rice (heard that helps soak water up), and I just tried turning it on again. The boot-screen comes up, and then fades away in an odd grey-black color.<br><br>If you have any suggestions pertaining to making my phone not dead, please help me out. I don't wanna go back to the old flip phone <img class="bbc_emoticon" alt=":(" src="http://www.techpb.co...t/sad.gif"><br>

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:00 AM

If you have a warranty, use that otherwise you're fucked.

The rice thing is not going to help you at all with the battery and I'm pretty sure it's just a myth.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:39 AM

Putting electronics in rice WILL help absorb the moisture. You're actually advised to do this for several days, maybe even a week, before you turn it on. Yes, turning it on before all the moisture is absorbed can cause it to short. Once all the moisture is absorbed you can try it out, BUT there are NO guarantees it will work. Some devices are more likely to survive than others. Also, Google tricks on drying out water-damaged devices. I know there are more out there I just can't remember. Good luck.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:53 AM

Well, I'll just let it dry for a couple days.

If not.. Time to start saving for a new phone I guess.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:56 AM

Putting electronics in rice WILL help absorb the moisture. You're actually advised to do this for several days, maybe even a week, before you turn it on. Yes, turning it on before all the moisture is absorbed can cause it to short. Once all the moisture is absorbed you can try it out, BUT there are NO guarantees it will work. Some devices are more likely to survive than others. Also, Google tricks on drying out water-damaged devices. I know there are more out there I just can't remember. Good luck.

That sounds like it would dry out at EXACTLY the same pace... just sayin.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:08 PM


Putting electronics in rice WILL help absorb the moisture. You're actually advised to do this for several days, maybe even a week, before you turn it on. Yes, turning it on before all the moisture is absorbed can cause it to short. Once all the moisture is absorbed you can try it out, BUT there are NO guarantees it will work. Some devices are more likely to survive than others. Also, Google tricks on drying out water-damaged devices. I know there are more out there I just can't remember. Good luck.

That sounds like it would dry out at EXACTLY the same pace... just sayin.


Believe it or not, it does work. My brother jumped into a pool with his phone, then put it into a Tupperware full of rice for 3 days and it was working like a charm.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

Believe it or not, it does work. My brother jumped into a pool with his phone, then put it into a Tupperware full of rice for 3 days and it was working like a charm.

Right but letting it sit out will work exactly the same in the same amount of time.....

Seriously, I had a sony ericsson w300i that I dropped in a sink full of dishwater and I left it out on the counter for 3 days and it worked just fine.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:09 PM

Rice will absorb more in the same amount of time. Get two bowls of water. Pour rice into one bowl. It will absorb the water must faster than they water will evaporate.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:47 PM

Rice will absorb more in the same amount of time. Get two bowls of water. Pour rice into one bowl. It will absorb the water must faster than they water will evaporate.

Well no crap, but the water in the phone has to evaporate to get to the rice..... that would be like saying if you dried yourself off with towels as opposed to air drying but you guys don't take into consideration the fact that the water doesn't come directly in contact with the rice unless it drips out because of the phone case.

Example, throw a wet rag into a ball with holes in it not big enough for rice to get through and surround it with a tub of rice and just throw a rag that is just as wet into a ball with holes in it and set it on the counter.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Took it all apart, left it in the rice and it worked! :tup:

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:48 PM

Rice absorbs moisture out of the air. When the less moisture there is in the air, water evaporates.

A wet towel at 80 degrees in Arizona will dry very quick because the air has little moisture. A towel in Florida at 80 degrees will take a much longer time bacause the air is already highly concentrated with moisture.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:30 PM

Rice absorbs moisture out of the air. When the less moisture there is in the air, water evaporates.

A wet towel at 80 degrees in Arizona will dry very quick because the air has little moisture. A towel in Florida at 80 degrees will take a much longer time bacause the air is already highly concentrated with moisture.

Right, but if whatever is to be dried is having problems with moisture in the air wouldn't rice also soak up the moisture as well? There is no such thing as human selective properties you know.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:49 PM


Rice absorbs moisture out of the air. When the less moisture there is in the air, water evaporates.

A wet towel at 80 degrees in Arizona will dry very quick because the air has little moisture. A towel in Florida at 80 degrees will take a much longer time bacause the air is already highly concentrated with moisture.

Right, but if whatever is to be dried is having problems with moisture in the air wouldn't rice also soak up the moisture as well?



Yes, it would soak up the moisture, that's the point of dropping something in rice. I don't see what point you're trying to make.




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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

Yes, it would soak up the moisture, that's the point of dropping something in rice. I don't see what point you're trying to make.

The point I'm trying to make is if the thing you're drying with rice because the item won't dry because of humidity then the rice would suck up that water from the air as well therefore rendering it's job useless and then even so much as possibly causing MORE water to accumulate.

And even then, the rice would rely on the water in the phone to evaporate effectively taking as long as it would normally.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:16 AM


Yes, it would soak up the moisture, that's the point of dropping something in rice. I don't see what point you're trying to make.

The point I'm trying to make is if the thing you're drying with rice because the item won't dry because of humidity then the rice would suck up that water from the air as well therefore rendering it's job useless and then even so much as possibly causing MORE water to accumulate.

And even then, the rice would rely on the water in the phone to evaporate effectively taking as long as it would normally.


But it IS there to absorb the humidity.

If you decrease the amount of moisture in the air, water will evaporate faster.

If you decrease the amount of moisture in the air around an electronic, the water within it will evaporate faster.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

But it IS there to absorb the humidity.

If you decrease the amount of moisture in the air, water will evaporate faster.

If you decrease the amount of moisture in the air around an electronic, the water within it will evaporate faster.

True, but it will only help for so long before it hurts in that case. And also, I'll take Wisconsin and our 0% humidity here. The rice won't do shit as it will be just as lacking in humidity deep in the thing of rice as it is 10 feet away. In Florida where it's 100% humidity after about 28 hours the rice will all become mushy if you aren't constantly running AC.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:54 PM

My mom had Dropped her phone in the Toilet (Fail I Know). She then had a Brain fart and Started rinsing it in the Sink. She took out the battery and took of the Back part and left it in the Rice for two weeks.She charged it and it worked.




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