Saving water damaged electronic equipment
I have been amazed to find that about 1/3 of the queries that I get on the website are from people who have put their iPod shuffle’s through the washing machine. I was not the first person to do this, and definately not the last.
So, here is a list of my suggestions as to how to minimise damage to an iPod (or any other electronic device) that has got wet. I hope you manage to minimise the water damage. I cannot guarantee that they will fix your iPod, but by following the instructions, you should have a pretty good chance of it working again.
Instructions to (hopefully) save your device:
- Don’t rush
- Remove the battery and power cords immediately (for the iPod you are pretty much stuck there). Most damage occurs not because it got wet, but because the water (which conducts electricity) shorted out a component .
- Open it up as much as reasonably possible (eg: remove the covers from a cell phone, open a computer and remove the boards etc). The aim here is to allow for any trapped water to be removed.
- Gently shake off any excess water.
- With a hair-dryer on low to medium, gently blow dry the item for several minutes. Concentrate on the joins and around buttons and connections (ie: anywhere water could have gotten in). Make sure it does not get too hot.
- Leave it for several hours to dry (at least a day), perhaps turning over occasionally to let any trapped water drain off. This is where you must be patient.
- Re-assemble and plug it in and hope for the best. At the first sigh of smoke or a burning smell, unplug it immediately. If this happens, its wrecked and should be disposed of.
- If it still does not work, repeat the process, but also start thinking about a replacement.
- Don’t leave it in direct sunlight to dry – too much head can damage the battery.
I hope you have success, good luck! Ps: please let me know if you have any joy.