Tip & How-To about RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 Smartphone

Repairing liquid damage.

The best treatment for a liquid damaged cell phone is to remove the battery and dry the phone out. We take these devices for granted and use them a lot without thinking anything should go wrong. They are so inexpensive that electronic manufacturers would rather just sell you another one every time the lens is scratched. First back up all the data if the unit powers back on. Then either take the phone apart if you have some electronics experience, or take the phone to a service center and hope the technician can salvage your phone. Sprint is one carrier that still has walk in service. The techs are busy (and under paid). If you think the cost for repairs is too much, shop for a replacement.

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dropped phone in water now the screen wont respond


Very importat!!! Do not power the device on if it is off. If it is on, power it off. Next dry it off as best you can. If you can remove the back and battery case, do so and remove any additional liquid in those areas. After that, place your phone in a bag of rice. The rice will absorb the additional moisture that is trapped inside the phone, and after about 24 to 48 hours, if there was no damage done to the circuitry inside the phone, it should work just as good as it ever did.

Nov 14, 2014 | Alcatel One Touch C750 Cellular Phone

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mobile in water not working now


Remove The Phone From The Water

The first step is to remove the phone from the water as soon as possible. The less time the phone spends submerged, the greater chance it has of being saved. The plastic covers that come with cell phones do provide some protection, but it takes a mere twenty seconds or less for water to get through these barriers and start causing damage to your phone.

Once you pull the phone from the water, remove the battery immediately. Cutting power is a crucial step when attempting to save a wet cell phone. There are many circuits inside cell phones that can survive getting wet, but only if they are not attached to a power source.

If your cell phone comes with a SIM card, remove it promptly. Do not heat the card, simply pat it dry with a soft towel, and put it aside until the rest of your phone is dry and back to working order. The good news is that SIM cards recover well from water damage. If for some reason, your phone doesn't survive the accident but the SIM card does, there are plenty of places that sell unlocked cell phones. Simply place your SIM chip into the new phone and go.

Salt Water Accident

Please take note; if your phone was submerged in salt water, you must rinse it in fresh water before the drying process begins. Even after the phone is dry, crystals can form and continue to cause damage and erosion.
Let Your Phone Dry

The next step you must take to save a wet cell phone is to allow the phone to dry. A great method in providing an optimum drying environment is to set the phone on the vent found on the back of a television set or cable box. The low heat emitted will gently dry your cell phone. Another trick to help speed drying is to place the phone in a bowl of dry rice. This will help draw out the moisture. You can also try placing the phone in a plastic baggie with a few silica packs that come in purchases such as shoes and electronics. Silica, like rice, absorbs moisture.

The important part of the drying process is to place the phone uncovered, in a warm, dry place and allow the moisture to evaporate completely. Another alternative is to place the phone on an air conditioner. The cold air will not damage the phone and the air from an air conditioner is very dry allowing the water to evaporate quickly.

Drying should take approximately three days at which time you can check to make sure the phone is clean and dry. It is at this time that you can re attach the battery and check if the phone works. If it doesn't, wait a few more days and try again. If the phone still doesn't work, take it to your local dealer, they may be able to repair it. Be prepared; getting a cell phone wet will void your warranty and most cell phones are equipped with a water damage indicator so the dealer will know the phone has been H2O compromised.

Alternative Drying Methods

There is an alternative way to save a wet cell phone that includes an alcohol soak. Alcohol is hygroscopic which means that it attracts water. Soaking your phone in denatured alcohol, or a 95% alcohol solution (regular rubbing alcohol is about 75%), soaks up all the water in the phone. When the liquid is dumped out, only alcohol, which will evaporate, remains. Make sure that the alcohol you use is denatured with only methanol as the chemicals found in other types can be damaging. This kind of alcohol can be purchased at your local hardware store. The alcohol soak may work best for phones that have been damaged by salt water or other liquids such as coffee.

Battery Caution

When attempting to save a wet cell phone, make sure you do not heat the battery as it could leak or even explode. Lithium-ion batteries are especially sensitive. In addition, many cell phones have plastic parts that can melt. Above all, do not try to save a wet cell phone by placing it in a microwave. You will destroy the electronic components and possibly the microwave in the process.

The above steps will help to save a wet cell phone, but be prepared. Often the phone will survive but the battery will not and the purchase of a new one may be in order. Good Luck!

Dec 05, 2010 | Nokia 2690 Cell Phone

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My samsung has coffee damage and won't light up pass the samsung opening screen. I would like to try and disassemble it as well but i don't know how. Please help!


Ok, liquids and phones don`t mix. The only thing you can do is to dry it out.Remove the battery panel and battery.
Wipe inside battery compartment and battery with kitchen towel, then move all pieces to a warm room(not on radiator) and leave for 24 hrs.
Then fix in battery and battery panel.Turn on ,that will be the best as you can get this phone.
Fingers crossed!

Dec 15, 2009 | Samsung Rant Cell Phone

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cell pjone water damage


Turn your phone off for at least a day. Dry off your phone if you haven't already. Take out the battery, dry out the inside of the phone. If you have a sim card, take that out and leave to dry. Leave the battery out of the phone for a day as well. Put it back together after a day and try to power it on. If it doesn't come on, try plugging it in without the battery in. If it works that way, you simply need a new battery.

If this doesn't work you're probably going to have to get a new phone. Your cell phone provider will be able to tell if it's water damaged, so check with them to see if they replace water damaged phones.

Nov 30, 2007 | Samsung SGH-t629 Cellular Phone

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Frozen?!


Sounds like liquid damage, may be able to dry for phone and with the battery removed clean the contacts in the charging/data connector with 99.9% rubbing alcohol and a tooth brush, keep away from the baby, dry out in gentle warm moving air for a while and hope for the best. Good Luck!

Jul 11, 2007 | Sanyo SCP-3100 Cellular Phone

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