How to dry out your wet technology?

17 Jan 2014

What do you do if your smart phone or camera or tablet slips out of your hands and falls to the floor? A good cover or case will protect it from most short distance falls, but what if it ends up dropping into a puddle, or worse, the toilet? Here are a couple of smart techniques to dry out your soggy technology.

Retrieve the gadget quickly and dry it off as fast as possible, focusing on any possible water entry points. Find a hair dryer and blow-dry it quickly (use a low heat setting) again focusing on any points of entry where the water may have penetrated. Get rid of any obvious liquid.

Next, locate a bag of dry rice and a big container with a tight lid. The container needs to be big enough to hold the gadget. Place the gadget in the container and cover it with rice. Secure the lid and leave it over night. Dry rice makes a good desiccant, meaning it attracts water and removes humidity.

Gadgets are often packed with small sachets of silica gel (they look like little sugar packets) to keep moisture away during transit. So all you are doing here is replacing that with a large quantity of easy to obtain desiccant (rice). Of course, if you have buckets of silica gel sitting around for some reason, feel free to use that.

Another easy trick, by the way, is to dry a piece of wood in the oven and once it is bone dry, put it in your container with the gadget and seal it. The wood absorbs any available moisture.

The drying process may take 48 to 72 hours (or longer) for a very wet gadget to dry out.  There’s no guarantee it will work and do it at your own risk. But it’s a tip that might help bring your device back from a watery grave.