I spilled coffee in a new Sharp desktop calculator this morning. Is there anything I can do to revive it. I have turned it upside down, sprayed it with the canned air and left it unplugged to dry. Is it hopeless?
I've wetted a wide variety of gadgets, and I've found that generally- not always mind you- leave it to dry for a few days, it could come right on. DO NOT plug in the machine until you're certain there's no remaining liquid inside, and when you plug it in do so at your own risk; be aware that some conductive mineral in your coffee might have been deposited inside, across a circuit and short the whole thing. A short may result in fire. You can make the process alot safer by plugging into a GFCI outlet (one of the ones with the breaker built in, like in a kitchen). I've had calculators and phones, cellphones, a playstation and even a network card survive a drop into water (and other liquids >
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do not power on the device, it is crucial that you leave it to dry and as soon as possible put it in a bag of rice. The rice will absorb the moisture in the device. You should give it about two weeks (the longer the better) and you should have completely removed all battery components at this point if there are any. After a generous waiting period of two weeks or so, take it out of the rice and give it a try. I spilled a full 8 oz cup of hot coffee RIGHT into my laptop keyboard and it immediately shut off but I followed the above steps and I am using it right now just fine and it is a year later. Good luck!
I am not sure if you will depends on how much water coffee reached the motherboard inside. Sometimes you can open them up with a screwdriver and let it air out for 24hrs and then try. If after 24hrs it doesn't come back on you might have to get another one. It truely depends on if anything shortened out.
Your only hope is to open the case and wash out all the coffee with plain water. Don't forget to clean all the keys and switches under them. Dry and reassemble. This is a last chance procedure and may fail. Don't spill liquids on electronic gadgets as the result is either much work or must replace.
I had the same problem happen to me. What I did was carefully take the calculator apart using a T-10 Torx screwdriver to remove the back cover. I then used a compressed air can and blew air into all the crevices and holes in the calculator. I was able to dry almost all of the soda the spilled, however some of the soda dried and turned into somewhat of a sticky mess. I was able to carefully wipe the sticky parts clean with a tissue. After doing all of that my calculator worked perfect.
Don't know what model of Sharp you have but most sharps you can take keyboard apart and clean the rubber keypad magnets and the mylar circuit with warm water. let dry and reinstall. Check to see if Coke did not get in other parts. Do not use anything strong such as thinner. Rubbing alschol is good because it evaporates. Good luck