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My husband dropped our on stage icro remote in the hot tub, and it is now not working. Is there anything we might try to get it to work? Do you think replacing the battery might make a difference? Or, are just out of luck?

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  • beckyu222 Mar 22, 2011

    Thank you! We did take the battery out yesterday after it was dropped in the hot tub, but we'll trying blowing it out and see if that helps. If that doesn't work, do you think the battery could be ruined now, and do you think getting a new battery might get it working again?

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Go and take the battery out of it RIGHT NOW and then come back and read the rest of this answer. In my experience, water by itself doesn't harm electronics much, but what usually kills small electrical equipment is corrosion of the parts due to the battery voltage. Think of it as a kind of 'accelerated rusting' process. Unfortunately, some of the components and circuit board tracks on miniature equipment are so small, that they can 'rust' away in a very short time.

Your task, if you're going to recover it, is to dry it out before it corrodes. The reason I told you to go and take the battery out is because of the accelerated corrosion process that takes place in the presence of a voltage. With the battery removed, you have a much better chance of having it dry out before too much corrosion takes place.

Your best bet to dry it out is to vacuum or blow according to what you have available. You want to remove the water if possible, partly to speed the drying process, and partly to eliminate the salt residue caused by simply waiting for it to evaporate. Depending on what you have, try to vacuum through the device - use the battery compartment opening - to **** out whatever water you can. When you've exhausted that, also blow if possible, to blow out any remaining dampness.

Try the battery briefly - any good? If not, leave it for a while, preferably in a place that has some air movement. Try it again after a few hours, but don't leave the battery in, for the reason I mentioned.

If it's not working for you, try opening the device up. I confess I don't know how this opens, so I can't help you (yet) but obviously opening it will speed up the drying process.

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  • Andy Mar 22, 2011

    I'm sorry, but it's unlikely to be the battery itself, unless the terminals are corroded themselves. I know you'd like it to be the battery because that's the easiest thing to replace - but it's far more likely that it's something inside the electronics. You were smart to take the battery out when it happened, it would be a shame if your quick thinking wasn't rewarded :-( These things work on very small currents of electricity, so just a bit of tub water will 'short things out' and stop it working. Drying out the inside has to be your goal, does it look like the kind of remote that you could pry open to dry it properly?

  • beckyu222 Mar 22, 2011

    Unfortunately, there doesn't appear a way to pry it open without breaking it. I did find a number for JBL parts department, that I'll try calling tomorrow (if it's still not working), and see if we can purchase another remote! I appreciate your honesty about the battery. I just as well not spend our time trying to track down a batter, when it probably won't solve the problem!

    Thank you for your answers. It is greatly appreciated! :-(

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