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Helpful Hint for Wet Electronics

My Friend Debbie      Have you ever had an experience like mine? A few years back I had an MP3 player that I would use during law school to listen to study aids, sermon lectures and the like. Being the true multi-tasker that I am, I was getting a pedicure but wanted to maximize the time so I brought along my MP3 player so I could listen to a law lecture at the same time. The woman that was doing my pedicure seemed very uncertain of herself and her skill. Once I sat down in the chair and placed my feet in the water she grabbed on to the chair and spun it so I would be facing forward. Yes, you guessed it, the MP3 player slipped off my lap and down into the basin of water. I really wanted to yell at her carelessness, but Christ in me won out and I assured her that it was an accident and I forgave her.

     The rest of my time was not nearly as relaxing as I had hoped, but I remembered this trick that somebody had told me so I tried it when I got home. I am pleased to report that this helpful hint actually worked and my MP3 player was salvaged.

     Here's what you do. If you have a piece of electronic equipment that gets wet (think cell phone in the toilet, MP3 in the pedicure basin or telephone in the bathtub), the MOST IMPORTANT thing is DO NOT try to turn it back on.

My Friend Debbie      You will need to gather a container that you can seal, like a Tupperware or the like and those packets that come in shoe boxes, medicine bottles and various other consumer goods. You know, the ones that say "Discard with Care" or "Do Not Eat." If you run into this problem but haven't saved these packets, I suggest going to a shoe store and asking them if you can have some. You'll want to have a number of them. The more you have, the faster it will work.

     Next, take apart your electronic device as much as possible. For example, if it is a cell phone, remove the battery, take it out of the case etc. Now, place the item along with the packets in a sealed container for AT LEAST 24 hours. Reassemble your item and turn it back on. Víolá! The moisture packets draw the liquid out of your electronic device and since you followed the most important rule of NOT turning it on while wet, the circuits are not fried.

     Next time a mishap like this occurs, try this helpful hint. It might just work, like it did for me. If it doesn't work for your item, all you are out is 24 hours. And don't forget to save those little packets for a or rainy day . . . in this case a "wet" day . . . you never know when they might come in handy!

Copyright © 2008-2015 Kerriél Bailey, Esq.

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