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Will rice really work? (I-phone-water)
Old 09-12-2019, 06:27 PM
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Ugh! I dropped my phone in water. 1-3 seconds. Immediately turned it off, dried it off, put it in rice. Took it out of rice to blow dry it. Now sitting in rice overnight. Will leave it there...

Had to scramble to find another alarm source. Found an alarm clock radio I received from my mom/dad when I was probably 13 years old. (40 years ago!). It works. (I've always loved the blue background and couldn't bear to part with it). I also have an alarm set on my computer.

What are the chances my phone is ok? DH is out of town...

Don't tell me I should have taken the phone apart, battery out, etc. Did I mention DH is out of town? I don't mess with electronics!

Real life, positive ending stories appreciated.


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Old 09-12-2019, 06:44 PM
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Yes, I have heard this actually works for a lot of people. I would suggest taking it as apart as you can though, and putting the separate pieces in rice after drying them out. That is, if anything can be taken apart. I have a Samsung and they quit making the kind where you can easily take the battery and such out a long time ago, but IDK about iphone.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:48 PM
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It worked for me one time! Mine wasnít totally submerged in water (it fell in large puddle of water on counter from a spill).
I put it in rice over night and it was fine the next day. Fingers crossed yours will be too!
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:07 PM
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Once I left my iPad outside in a downpour . when I was visiting friends (who live a 3 hour drive from my home). I dried it off best as I could, did not try turning it on and then I put it in a bag of those little packs of silica gel when I got home. I left it in there for a couple of days. It worked fine and still does a year later. I have heard that with using rice you risk getting a grain of rice stuck where you donít want them.

Lesson- save those silica gel packs!

Good luck I hope it works out for you.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:08 PM
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I saved a flip phone, a flash drive, and a guitar amp with rice!


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Old 09-12-2019, 07:14 PM
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Yes, it certainly can work if you were quick about it and didn't try to use it too soon. I would definitely take it apart, though. If the battery comes out or there is something to open, I would do it. Otherwise the wetness inside doesn't get to air out as quickly and that could cause damage.

We have saved at least one electronic with rice. We also were unsuccessful after a phone was dropped in the ocean. Salt water isn't good for electronics It's corrosive. Plain water? You have a good chance that you are good to go! But don't try to turn it on too soon- you'll need to leave it there for quite some time. The longer the better.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:32 PM
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We used rice and silica packs to save my last iPhone after I dropped it in the toilet. It is still working - I passed it on to my dad. We just took it out of the case and left it in the bag overnight. Hope it works for you!
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:17 AM
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My DD saved her phone with rice....3 times. When she tried it for the 4th time it didn't work.
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:28 PM
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Don't think I'm going to be lucky.

As further bad luck would happen, I came home to find a dead deer on my fence and had no phone with which to call anyone! Had to use Next-door and thankfully someone came through for me.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:52 PM
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I'm so sorry! And a dead deer, too?? Yikes! I'm glad someone came through for you.

Here's to a better weekend for you!!


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