Dropped 3gs in water and it works perfectly except...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by whitlecj, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. whitlecj macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    I dropped my 3gs in the lake by accident last weekend. After doing the rice trick and drying it out for a couple of days, it works perfectly except the battery indicator is acting screwy. The phone appears to be holding a much better charge all of the sudden (as in the battery life "appears" to have improved.) I turned it on this morning at 6:00am and it is still showing 91% charge. I have used it quite a bit today also normally I would expect it to be at about 75% by now. The charge meter also doesn't seem to be updating as often. Any ideas on this? Am I just getting false readings now? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Anyone have any insight on this. It seems my battery meter only changes in big chunks. It goes from 100%->84%->78% etc. The battery life still seems okay though. Thanks.
  2. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    I have no idea if this would help or maybe shed a little light on the situation, but have you recalibrated the battery since the phone dried out? Like run it all the way down to 0% and then charge it fully? I don't know if the battery meter will be accurate enough to tell when it's fully charged, though... hmm....

    Curious to hear the results once you get some other suggestions, though!
  3. whitlecj thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    Thanks for the responses. I did give that a try but it did not help. It is odd. Right now I have my phone plugged into the computer and the little charge complete symbol is showing on the battery meter icon, but the charge % shows at 92%
  4. shvartsies macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    Is it dying when it's not at 5% or close?

    Hahah maybe potentially ruining the phone improves battery life LOL
  5. whitlecj thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    When I ran the battery down so that I could recalibrate, I believe it died at about 2%
  6. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Hey, the battery meter may be off, but at least you got a working iPhone after dropping it in the lake. ;)
  7. rogue7 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2009
    try to restore it i had a similar situation and that did it for me
  8. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I second the restore method. When all else fails....
  9. TSX macrumors 68030


    Oct 1, 2008
    Wow improved battery lice after it's been droppedin water. Drop it back into water and see if mms gets activated. J/k
  10. whitlecj thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    Funny guys. I will try to restore it now and see what happens. Should I restore from back-up?
  11. whitlecj thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    I restored from backup and it does seem to have helped some. The jumps don't seem as often. What I mean is it went from 100% to 94% instead of 100% to 85% like it had been doing. This could all be in my head though.

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