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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Yep, I'm the guy who just washed his new iPhone 5 in the washing machine.

Super load, warm/cold, heavy wash. Tide.

This is what my 2 week old iPhone 5 has just endured. I took my wet clothes out only to witness to the sheer horror that was sitting helplessly at the bottom of my washing machine.

That was this morning. I put a load of clothes in before I went to bed, so it had been washed and sitting there for around 7 hours. I have a Commuter Otterbox case, which may be it's only hope for survival. Other than a small amount of moisture around the camera lens, I really couldn't see any damage on the outside. Once I was done screaming obscenities, off came the case and it went straight into a sealed tupperware of rice. I didn't try to turn it on or press anything. The battery probably would have been dead by this time anyways, it was low last night.

Everything I've read from people with similar water damage experiences say to be patient, which is exactly what I plan to do. I'll give it a shot in a few days. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I admit, I've done some pretty stupid things to my phones before... but this takes the cake. I'll post an update soon, if anyone cares.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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Super load, warm/cold, heavy wash. Tide.

This is what my 2 week old iPhone 5 has just endured. I took my wet clothes out only to witness to the sheer horror that was sitting helplessly at the bottom of my washing machine.

That was this morning. I put a load of clothes in before I went to bed, so it had been washed and sitting there for around 7 hours. I have a Commuter Otterbox case, which may be it's only hope for survival. Other than a small amount of moisture around the camera lens, I really couldn't see any damage on the outside. Once I was done screaming obscenities, off came the case and it went straight into a sealed tupperware of rice. I didn't try to turn it on or press anything. The battery probably would have been dead by this time anyways, it was low last night.

Everything I've read from people with similar water damage experiences say to be patient, which is exactly what I plan to do. I'll give it a shot in a few days. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I admit, I've done some pretty stupid things to my phones before... but this takes the cake. I'll post an update soon, if anyone cares.
Wow!! good luck.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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did it get the scuffs off?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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did it get the scuffs off?
Clean as a whistle. Tide is great for getting those really tough stains out
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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that sucks man, i feel for ya. I once knocked a glass of ice tea all over my brand new macbook keyboard. totally fried it. Anyways, good luck and worse case scenario $229 for an out of warranty replacement. Could be a lot worse
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:36 AM   #6
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I'd pop the display off in order to get the most from the rice's moisture absorption. The front glass& LCD lifts off similar to the 3G & 3GS did. All you need to do is remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom near the lightning connector & use a small suction cup to remove it. Doing this will expose the battery & logic board.

If you don't have a pentalobe screw driver check a local repair shop that would probably give you one.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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Forget the important stuff like "does it work". I want to know, "Did it Bend?"
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:58 AM   #8
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I'd pop the display off in order to get the most from the rice's moisture absorption. The front glass& LCD lifts off similar to the 3G & 3GS did. All you need to do is remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom near the lightning connector & use a small suction cup to remove it. Doing this will expose the battery & logic board.

If you don't have a pentalobe screw driver check a local repair shop that would probably give you one.
Good call! I'll try that.
Thanks guys
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:15 PM   #9
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emergency water damage kit radioshack

That sucks! im sorry that happened to youre brand new iphone 5.

The other day i was at radioshack actually returning a samsung galaxy s3 so i could get the iphone 5 instead..they sell an emergency water damage kit for only 5 bucks!

the rice is tried and true, but i would give this a shot, for only 5 bucks you cant go wrong and it might just be what your new iphone needs. Hope this helps! good luck
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:26 PM   #10
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Do you have Apple care+? My daughter did the same thing, hers was in a otter box as well. Didn't try the rice thing, just got a replacement a couple of hours later for $49 since she had AppleCare +
Good luck, accidents happen...
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 02:27 PM   #11
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Sucks dude.
I dont think it will ever work right again after a wash cycle.
I'd bring it to Apple to have it replaced by paying the fee.
Assuming you didnt have applecare plus.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 02:52 PM   #12
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Assuming you didnt have applecare plus.
Naaa no Applecare+.... I figured if I had an Otterbox I was fairly protected from my own clumsiness....I just didn't factor the stupidity
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 03:01 PM   #13
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Naaa no Applecare+.... I figured if I had an Otterbox I was fairly protected from my own clumsiness....I just didn't factor the stupidity
Lol
Happens to all of us sometimes.
I left my brand new iphone last year in a mall bathroom right on top of the urinal
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:13 PM   #14
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Yeah, my iPhone already went to the toilet... but at least it didn't stay there for 7 hours!

Let us know any more news about this! And yes, open the top assembly and let the rice do their magic inside!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:19 PM   #15
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Sorry to hear of your loss, I hope it gets better soon .

I must say what a refreshing change to have a post about damaging a phone and then not blaming it on poor build quality, software or after market equipment but on good old stupidity.

Hats off to you Sir

( Just put mine in a Griffin Survivor to help alleviate operator stupidity and clumsiness!)
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:36 PM   #16
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The worst I've done was swimming at a friends house and ran and jumped right in with my phone in my pocket (thankfully this was before iPhone but still). I remember my brain visualizing my phone in my pocket just as my body was touching the water. As soon as I came up for air I was yelling at myself. I didn't try to get it to work after that. I decided I'd rather find out what a 3 wood would do to a flip phone on the driving range.


OH OH OH! I almost forgot, luisadastwin reminded me, another older phone took a dip in a toilet at a restaurant. I had my phone in a pocket of a light jacket that was zipped up. I lifted it up a bit to do my business and I guess I was either standing way too close or it bounced off my arm (don't remember) but thankfully I hadn't started going yet.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 09:52 PM   #17
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:53 AM   #18
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Sorry to hear of your loss, I hope it gets better soon .

I must say what a refreshing change to have a post about damaging a phone and then not blaming it on poor build quality, software or after market equipment but on good old stupidity.

Hats off to you Sir

( Just put mine in a Griffin Survivor to help alleviate operator stupidity and clumsiness!)

Aaaaaaaaand dead.
Who woulda guessed??

I'd like to take this time to blame this unfortunate loss not on ignorance or washing machines, but on poor build quality, software or after market equipment. Apple really seems to be losing their focus on putting out a decent product.

After 3 days in the rice ICU, I tried to power on, then plug in and power on, but it was completely fried and I got nothing. I didn't end up taking the display off, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have mattered.

I sucked it up and took it to the Apple Store, where I dropped 229+50 for a replacement phone and Apple Care (they taunt you for not buying it before by now offering it for half price). They took a look at it and told me that it was completely dry, which is a good testament to the rice bath, but that the processor was completely fried and even had burn marks all around the interior components. It was basically reduced to a very clean, very dead, paperweight. Pretty likely that it was a goner long before it ever hit the rice to dry out. Maybe I lacked patience, but I was also fairly certain that this was the case, which is why I didn't bother with any professional repair services.

Moral of the story??
Check your damn pockets when it's laundry time. You might find something a little more valuable than a crumpled 5$.

Thanks for all the feedback!
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Aaaaaaaaand dead.
Who woulda guessed??

I'd like to take this time to blame this unfortunate loss not on ignorance or washing machines, but on poor build quality, software or after market equipment. Apple really seems to be losing their focus on putting out a decent product.
You're not serious, right? Apple should be making a waterproof phone now?
Sucks about your phone but you own this mistake, not Apple.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:03 AM   #20
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You're not serious, right? Apple should be making a waterproof phone now?
Sucks about your phone but you own this mistake, not Apple.
Of course I'm serious!!

It's 2012, phones should be able to withstand washing machines, blenders, trash compactors, drops from airplanes, unprotected scuba dives, predator missles, and bear attacks

(sorry for the sarcasm, couldn't help myself . I know I'm an idiot, only joking....)
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WOW... completely fried CPU.... ouch

Really bad luck!!! At least you didn't have to buy a new one
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 09:38 AM   #22
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Super load, warm/cold, heavy wash. Tide.

This is what my 2 week old iPhone 5 has just endured. I took my wet clothes out only to witness to the sheer horror that was sitting helplessly at the bottom of my washing machine.

That was this morning. I put a load of clothes in before I went to bed, so it had been washed and sitting there for around 7 hours. I have a Commuter Otterbox case, which may be it's only hope for survival. Other than a small amount of moisture around the camera lens, I really couldn't see any damage on the outside. Once I was done screaming obscenities, off came the case and it went straight into a sealed tupperware of rice. I didn't try to turn it on or press anything. The battery probably would have been dead by this time anyways, it was low last night.

Everything I've read from people with similar water damage experiences say to be patient, which is exactly what I plan to do. I'll give it a shot in a few days. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I admit, I've done some pretty stupid things to my phones before... but this takes the cake. I'll post an update soon, if anyone cares.
Dude-this is horrific. sorry to hear. are you insured?
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You're not serious, right? Apple should be making a waterproof phone now?
Sucks about your phone but you own this mistake, not Apple.

have you ever heard of sarcasm?
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You're not serious, right? Apple should be making a waterproof phone now?
Sucks about your phone but you own this mistake, not Apple.
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have you ever heard of sarcasm?
The post I responded to in no way suggested sarcasm. I stand by my comment.
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