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Old 01-16-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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So I dropped my Stil and Home Dock into a pan in my kitch sink which was full of water. I was trying to get it near a window so I could listed to it outside over an fm radio.

Both of them would not work at all for a couple of hours. The Stil finally started to work but none of the buttons would do what they are suppossed to do. I almost had a breakdown, there was water or moisture inside the display window.

Anyways I let it dry out overnight, took a hair blower to it and it finally came online. I left it plugged in the home dock and on for about 8 hrs straight and the moisture finally went away probably from the heat of the unit. It works fine now.

Lesson, never put this thing near water. I think I got lucky.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:56 PM   #2
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When I saw the thread my first thought was "sucks to be you"

Glad it came back, you should play the lottery, you were indeed lucky.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:57 PM   #3
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So far I have fished 2 cellphones from the toilet(niether one worked again) sooooo....WOW! Dude I hope it continues to work for you...maybe in the next chat you could ask for a "wetsuit" upgrade
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:47 AM   #5
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So I dropped my Stil and Home Dock into a pan in my kitch sink which was full of water. I was trying to get it near a window so I could listed to it outside over an fm radio.

Both of them would not work at all for a couple of hours. The Stil finally started to work but none of the buttons would do what they are suppossed to do. I almost had a breakdown, there was water or moisture inside the display window.

Anyways I let it dry out overnight, took a hair blower to it and it finally came online. I left it plugged in the home dock and on for about 8 hrs straight and the moisture finally went away probably from the heat of the unit. It works fine now.

Lesson, never put this thing near water. I think I got lucky.
Man you got lucky!
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:19 AM   #6
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All of the electronics are sealed, it is just a matter of drying it out. The issues come with power on and shorting out various components.

I once spilled a coke on a fancy calculator. Support told me to take out the batteries and let it soak in hot water for a few days. Then let it dry out for a week. Good as new.
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My daughter ended up in the pool once with her motorola cell and after letting it set turned off for a few days it started working and by the end of a week it was 100% and worked till we upgraded a few months later so ya my get luckier than most sometimes
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Whenever you get electronics wet, you should allow them to dry out completely BEFORE testing them or powering them back on. Pull the battery ASAP and be patient. Like Me_Rubin said, the damage doesn't come from the wetting, but from the water causing components to short out.

Most people's first reaction is to turn it on right away to see if it still works. Usually it will for a second or two and then shorts out... Glad to hear you dodged a bullet.
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This summer I went water skiing with my Cell Phone and my Car Keys (door remote) in the pockets of my bathing suit. As I was climbing back into the boat, my Cell Phone started ringing and that's when I remembered they were in my pocket.

Same type of thing - the screen on my cell phone fogged over for a few days then everything was fine. My key fob never worked again - thankfully Mercury gives you two of them with the car. But even better - never of them ended up on the bottom of the Lake!

Congrats on not having a very expensive paper weight!
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My I.T. guy at the office was telling me about resuscitating drowned components. (A coworker tried to kill his PDA by drowning it.) The I.T. guy said that he was reading on one of his nerd webs that you should remove the batteries and dunk the wet gadget in alcohol. (I can’t remember which type, but it can probably be found with a Google search.) The alcohol drives the water off of the components and allows the device to dry better. It’s supposed to help ward off corrosion too. After the alcohol bath, you’re supposed to let it air dry for a day or two.

If I find the link, I’ll post it as an edit.

See below. My IT guy had a link to a geek pay site, but this will do.
http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Wet-Cell-Phone

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The way I feel is that the longer the electronics are submerged in the water, the less of a chance there will be to get the machine to work. I once took a cell phone in the pockets of my swimsuit into a hot tub for what was over an hour. Someone else fished it out later unable to work. Thank you for insurance.
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I've heard stories of people trying to dry out electronics with hair dryers and putting them in ovens.

As a kid, I once worked in a jewerly store and someone brought in a watch that they had accidentally gone swimming with. They tried to dry it off in the oven and melted the plastic crystal.

I'm sure everyone has heard the urban ledgends about drying out their pets in the microwaves. Let's hope this is not true,

But I do understand it is a problem with old folks trying to dry out their hearing aids in the microwaves and distroying them in that. I've even heard of labels on cell phones warning users not to dry them out in microwaves.



It's Best to leave the units alone and let them dry themsleves out over a period of time. No additional heat needed.

And Please don't use the microwave.
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I have always had good luck by putting the electronic device in a sealed zip lock bag and letting it sit in a humid place for a day or two. The water will condense on the inside of the back and the device will hopefully work. Turning the device on when wet will almost always lead to a short.
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This link explains how to -
http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Wet-Cell-Phone

The link from my IT guy is to a subscription site that the office pays for.
Same general info can be found on this site though.
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I accidently (not something anybody would do on purpose) dropped my S100 in the toilet last night. I took the battery out as fast as I could and did everything possible to dry it out. After about 24 hours, its dry. Not even any moisture on the screen. However, I got the black "screen of death" so I plugged in to my computer and allowed the system to be reloaded, etc.

All of the keys are working fine now. No signs of water damage.

The problem I'm having is that I have no channels. I waited several minutes and the channels never reloaded. I was sure not to press "internet radio" before i pressed "satelite radio".

Do you think I need to have Sirius send another initialization signal to the unit? I'm taking the battery out over night and will try again in the morning.

I think I'm passed the water damage issue and now its a software/operating system issue that I need resolved.
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