Blowing out the dust in the charger port bad??

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  1. fuzion11 macrumors 65816

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    Is it bad to blow out the dust from the charger port, or headphone jack port??

    Sometimes I'll feel a little bit of saliva spit out, I see there is water sensors in the both ports...just wondering if anyone has triggered these sensors by trying to blow out the dust?

    Also is it necessary to blow out the dust from the two ports? I mean is it going to effect my phone if I have a lot of dust in those ports?? Could the dust work its way under the screen via either of the ports??
     
  2. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

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    If you are seeing enough saliva flying out to possibly incur water damage, you are doing it wrong :p. I do it sometimes (don't know why though since it never seems to work). The best way is to just use a needle or a fine toothpick to pick out the dust, works great and keeps your phone saliva free.
     
  3. sawah macrumors 6502a

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    I blow the dust out of my charger port all the time. However, my water sensor is tripped on the bottom from one drop of water while installing a wet screen protector, so I don't really worry about the sensor anymore.
     
  4. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Dust can get into just about any space. About once a month or so, I use canned air to blast out any dust bunnies hiding in the ports. What I noticed is dust started making its way into the phone itself (I have a transparent backplate on my phone) Nothing major however I noticed little bits here and there getting in. I took off the backplate and did the canned air thing on the whole phone and that seemed to work out just fine.
     
  5. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Using canned compressed air is known to introduce dust into the unit.

    I use a clean artists painting brush to gently sweep away surface dust from the 30 pin dock connector port and earphone jack.
     
  6. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

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    Using canned compressed air is known to introduce dust into the unit.

    ^definitely true, from what I've read, but I did it anyway one time out of desperation because my old iPhone 4 looked like an abandoned house on there, and it actually blew the whole dust out and nothing went inside thank god
    I don't know what I was thinking, it was probably luck, I won't recommend this to anyone
     
  7. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

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    using a needle to pick out the dust is probably better than using compressed air since you are not forcing the dust in any further and they'll just collect together so you can just pull an entire dust bunny out. :D
     
  8. akdj macrumors 65816

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    Isn't anyone else curious? How in the world are you getting saliva in to your charger/HP ports? Sounds to me like you may be holding the phone incorrectly. Saliva, when speaking in to the phone, should just blow by without concentrating in to the charge port.

    Sorry...had to ask the OP.

    band of brothers is correct. Canned air should be your last option. Find something small and rigid (toothpick, paperclip) and pick out what's in there (dust-wise)...and then, try to "Spit" a little less?:confused:

    j
     
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    Another way to remove dust is with a paper clip or of that kind, get some small cotton, wrap it around the paper clip and gently clean out the dust. Sure the cotton may get stuck but you have the paper clip in to take the cotton out.

    I have a small rubber cap that covers the port when not in use so I don't have to worry about dust ever going in. :D
     
  11. TG1 macrumors 6502a

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    I think this is the best tip. A small dusting attachment should do the trick nicely.
     
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  13. fuzion11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes you are correct...I had the clear ones for the charger and headphone jack ports...they worked great! But don't fit on the phone with the bumper attached.

    To the dude who said "suck don't blow".....genius, simply genius! Thanks.
     
  14. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

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    I've actually held a vacuum up to mine and hit it with canned air to dislodge the dust. Then it just gets sucked away. Have to use the can with the straw to get the air right at the port though or the air moving from the vac will render it ineffective.
     
  15. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

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    protectors damage pin connectors, I've seen threads about this
     
  16. Pez555 macrumors 68000

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    use a soft bristled toothbrush (dry obviously).
     
  17. thanachai macrumors member

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    Blowing into the port will definitely reduce any flashing blue screen.
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I use compressed air when I get home, not my mouth.
     
  19. Daikyouju macrumors member

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    I also use an artist paintbrush to remove dust from connector on my iPhone 4s. I did it very carefully and removed some remaining lint by pulling it with a toothpick. And now it's clean.

    However although i did it with care, I am concerned about electrostatic discharge by brushing the connector. Is that possible?
     
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    And a flexible plastic drinking straw taped to the nozzle of a Shop-vac works great, sucking the debris OUT of those small ports rather than driving it deeper into the phone.
     
  22. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    I have been using my iPhone 4S from the day it was introduced and NEVER cleaned the charging port. A little dust will not stop it from charging. The phone is a tool to be used and if it working good the. It does not need blowing out.

    Could be a little OCD happening if you are huffing and puffing that much where you are worried about setting off the moisture sensor!
     
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    I use a little keyboard vac I had. A friend of mine who had been using compressor air replaced the screen and there was quite a bit of duct in the phone from blowing it in.

    I also use a case that keeps the ports covered.
     
  25. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    It never dawn on me that electronic wipes can trigger the sensors, the method in which I clean my 4S. Can someone tell me how I go about verifying if the sensors were triggered? Thanks.
     

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