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Cats, Leather, Mogwai, and Computers. What are things that don't get along with water?

Few people have been lucky enough to get through their whole life without spilling something on their computer or phone. As much as we warn people not to bring liquids near their devices, it’s inevitable that liquid damage still happens. In fact, spilling a glass of water on your laptop while working is the least of what we see. Just some examples from the last couple of months:

  • Jumping into swimming pools with their cell phones in their pockets
  • Having beer spilled on your laptop bag at the bar
  • Working at a restaurant and spilling soup all over your laptop
  • Going boating without waterproofing your electronics

 

And that’s just a couple that stand out. But don’t worry, there’s no need to panic if you spill water on your phone or laptop. So what do you do if you get water on your electronics? First, disconnect the power, and remove the battery. Cutting off the flow of electricity will prevent the worst possible damage, burned out circuits and components. Then, turn your device upside down and let it drain on to some paper towels. Once most of the water is out, you can either open it up and dry off what remains with paper towels and a hair dryer (set to low heat!), or if it’s a cell phone or PDA you can put the device into a small tupperware container and cover it with rice. The rice will remove moisture from the device and get it dried out in no time. Note: even if you find a large enough box and have a LOT of rice, we don’t recommend putting your laptop in it. It’s just not a good idea.
The other important thing to keep in mind is that not all liquid damage is created equal. Water, for example, causes the least amount of problems. Since it’s mostly inert and dries off completely, it is unlikely to do major damage provided you follow our suggestions. Next up on the list are flavored beverages without a lot of sugar. Things like seltzer water or unsweetened tea. As the sugar and general thickness of a liquid increases, the odds of it doing damage also greatly increases, because they have the risk of forming a layer of deposited crud on your electronics’ components. Worst of all is anything with a high salt content like sea water. Salt is highly corrosive to electronics, and unless it is cleaned off immediately, any contact with sea-water by your laptop or cell phone is usually a death-knell for your devices.
Whatever you spill on your device, bring it by. we’ll open it up and scan your components to make sure that there’s nothing left on them and there’s no damage, and if there is we’ll clean it and repair the damage, and make sure your device is safe to use again.
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