Arrgh!! iPod mini fell in a cup of mint tea!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Kingsly, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    My mom just dropped her iPod mini in a glass of iced mint tea. It was playing a song at the time. She grabbed it before it was completely submerged, but the tea got all the way up to the play button. I immediately turned it off and thwacked it against my hand to get the tea out. Hopefully it will be okay... any ideas about what I can do to save it?
    Its drying right now.

  2. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
    You are going to have to void your warranty by opening it and removing the residue with a q tip. By the way was their sugar in the ice tea?
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    OK, now it has to be called an iPod Mint.
    Hope it's green...
  4. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I love the title of this thread. As if the fact that it was mint tea bears some kind of important factor in the scenario :p

    Get it in a dry, warm place and wait for it to completely dry.
  5. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040


    Not to worry, its past its warranty anyway. I dont think there was sugar... why?

    :eek: The flavor of the tea makes ALL the difference! Shame on you! :p
    How long do you think before it dries?

    CanadaRAM, sorry, it's pink. If its any consolation, she wanted green originally. :)
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I'd give it a couple of days to be sure. When I got a mobile phone wet once I left it in the airing cupboard (where the hot water tank was) for a few days and everything turned out alright.
  7. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040


    Cool, I'll try that. What worries me is the prospect that tea got inside the HDD.
  8. fatties macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
    if you have a dehumidifier wack it on top of that. i dropped my md thing into a drink a long time ago and it completely recovered... but then again, it is less complex than a mp3 player (but more holes!!!!!!)
  9. unfaded macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    It's not always good to be mint tea fresh.

  10. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    good one :D that really did make me grin.
  11. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
    Sugar caramelizes and destroys the circuitry.
  12. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Anything other than distilled water can leave behind a residue which can prevent electronics from working properly.

    If your iPod still isn't working after you've dried it out (like people have said above), rinse it in distilled water for a while and then leave it to dry for a week or so. You can get distilled water in many shops, car accessory shops may sell it as "battery top up water".

    I've done this with countless gadgets and they've been good as new after, though none of my gadgets have had hard drives.
  13. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    I don't like to be mean but I have been watching you and you have been posting a lot of meaningless posts such as this one. Please stop.

    Kingsly, definitely take the iPod apart and use a cotton swab with alcohol to remove any minty residue from the inside of the iPod.

    If, after a few days, it still doesn't work, use the distilled water approach, but so this while the mini is taken apart so water will not get trapped inside it. Also, don't allow the screen to get wet, or if possible the hard drive.
  14. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
    Any news on how it is doing? Have to turn it on yet?
  15. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

    Apr 9, 2003
    I'm not sure you have to open it up. Back before there was an iPod, I dropped my Rio in some Ramen Noodles. After awhile it dried on it's own. The stuff dried around the buttons so I had to press them (not too hard) to break the residue, but after that it worked fine. I would assume Ramen is worse than tea, and an iPod would be more durable than a Rio.

    Good luck though.
  16. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    i heard that putting the iPod in the oven in the lowest setting for a few minutes could dry the iPod up faster...
  17. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    If she was going to drop it in anything (other than distilled water), iced tea was probably the best choice. It's probably better if it was herbal mint vs. black or green tea with mint, but the issue of if there was sugar or some other sweetener (especially honey) is more crucial.

    I've done the distilled water trick on a couple of things (calculators, phones, remotes) and had good results. The presence of sugar seems to make the process a lot less successful.

    Good luck.
  18. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    If you have any sort of a space dehumidifier in your house, put the iPod in front of that to dry out anything in it before you go in with a cotton swab.

  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Sorry, but I just couldn't help but [​IMG]

    Certainly a strange image the thread title brings.
  20. wattage macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
    My wife dropped her mini in the tub (totally submerged) while playing (the iPod i mean, my wife was soaking!!:D ) and it shut off when taken out. After about 2-3 days it woke up and is just fine.
  21. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Forget that. Go straight for the grill on high.

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