Save Your Cell From Drowing!

By First Posted: Oct 31, 2007 Wed 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

It is not unusual to drop you cell in a bath tub by mistake or have a surprise encounter with thundershowers with your cell phone in your pocket! It then means you will have to replace your phone unless you act fast!

Yes, it is possible to save your drowned cell phone from dying of waterlogged lungs!

Get your phone out of the water as soon as possible. The plastic covers on the phones are fairly tight, but water can enter the phone over time. This time may be quite short - 20 seconds or less. So grab your phone quickly!

Remove the battery. This is one of the most important steps. Dont take time to think about it; electricity and water do not mix. Cutting power to your phone is a crucial first step in saving it. Many circuits inside the phone will survive immersion in water provided they are not attached to a power source when wet.

Remove your SIM card. Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) could be stored on your SIM. To some people this could be more worth saving than the phone itself. SIM cards survive water damage well, provided you need to take care of certain things. For example, dont heat it. Just pat it dry and leave it aside until you need to connect your phone to your cellular network.

Dry your phone. Obviously you need to remove as much of the water as soon as possible, so you can prevent it from getting into the phone. Use a towel or paper towel to remove as much of the water as possible.

Allow the phone to dry. Since you do not want to ruin your phone or lose all of the numbers in your phone book, you need to allow the phone to dry. Also, ringtones and graphics stay with the phone - not the SIM. Dont try putting the battery back on to see if it works as this would risk damaging the phone with a short circuit. Its a good idea to put the phone into a bowl of rice to dry it.

Wait. This is the hardest part - leaving your phone alone, with battery and SIM card out, while it dries slowly. Just put it someplace reasonably warm and dry, uncovered so water can evaporate, and wait.
Test your phone. After you have waited for a day or two, make sure everything is clean and dry looking and re-attach the battery to the phone and see if it works.

So, as you just saw, saving your cell phone begins with your quick action, continues with your smart thinking and succeeds with your patient dealing!

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