Dropped iPad3 LTE into bathtub, no problems?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by winterny, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. winterny macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    The whole unit was submerged, while the screen was on. It was under the water for maybe 5 seconds.

    It never powered off, LTE still seems to work, but the water sensors do look to be tripped.

    I'm debating having it swapped out with Applecare+ anyway so that I can guarantee having a jailbreak (after 5.1.1 is replaced, jailbreak will likely not be available, and the unit may have problems in the future?)

    What would you do?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I lol'ed when I read "the water sensors do seem to be tripped." You think? :D
    If you have AppleCare + and it is covered then hell yeah I would. That thing may not show problems now but electronics and water rarely, if ever, mix.
  3. winterny thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Yeah, really.

    Out of iPhone, iPhone 3G, 4, 4S. iPad and now iPad 3, this is the first time I've ever had any sort of serious damage to any of them.

    I'm stunned that it seems to work perfectly, though!
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Hey I use my iPad in the bath sometimes. Well, it's on a table by the bath but still, with that stupid ass smart cover it is easily tipped.
  5. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks

    bathtub and iPad...:eek:

    i wanna be the genius on that call...:D
    maybe use a large ziplock bag next time...just sayin...
  6. winterny thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    That is exactly what happened.
  7. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    It WILL die - the water will turn acidic and etch the components - destroying them.

    Rest assured, if water is inside, the clock is ticking. Give it 1-3 days and it'll be dead.

    If you have coverage - do it now, because if you do not, you need to either get some pure isopropanol and submerge it in that to extract the water, or open it up and let the components dry out.

    Using it when wet, will accelerate its demise. Power it completely off until you're in the clear. (to be honest, disconnecting the battery is the only "real" way)

    At the very least, shake out as much water as you can, and used compressed air to blow out the remains - that will buy you some time.
  8. TZeruk macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    My wife's iPhone 4 went through a full cycle in the washing machine and still works to this day (of course, we "vacuumed" out all the moisture a day or so later).

    So no, it won't absolutely fail in the future ... but if you have applecare why not use it?
  9. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    You have a LOT more battery capacity in the iPad3, and volume - that translates to more water likely trapped inside, and a lot more juice to promote electrolysis. Once the battery is dead (likely what happened with your wifes phone) the chemical reaction slows to a relative crawl.

    Besides, for every person who got an iDevice wet and did nothing - with no ill effects thereafter - there are at least 10 who didn't have such a happy ending.
  10. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'd try to swap it out. Though, you said that its currently working fine without an issue -- I'm not sure they will swap it until it starts to malfunction in some way. I bet the iPad is nice and clean now though. :)
  11. Hello... macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    I never had any damage at all to mine however I know better then to use it next to water.
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Never had an issue with happy endings in a bath. I'm just sayin'.
  13. DUCKofD3ATH Suspended


    Jun 6, 2005
    Universe 0 Timeline
    Spot on. I dropped my iPod touch 2G into a sink when the faucet was running. In the wet less than three seconds and quickly dried, it seemed to work. A week later the WiFi simply died. After three months of usage, the other functions work but WiFi is gone. I'd still be using it but my kids got me a 4G as a gift.

  14. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Bath tubs are drained afterwards I've come to realize, just don't be male and shoot for a happy ending in a hot tub. Let's just say, lesson learned.
  15. CallOfDuty macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2012
    Yes it may not show any damage now, but mineral deposits in water can quickly short circuit any electrical item. You have a few days left before this happens, perhaps 2-3 days.
  16. Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    Does AC+ cover water damage?

    I thought it just covered physical damage (broken screen for example)?
  17. Ipadfever macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
    You can through your iPad into the lake as long as you retrieve it lol, it is absolutely covered under acc+
  18. Bradllez macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2012
    I'm on my iPad while in the bath right now!

    Maybe I should throw it in right now to see if anything happens.
  19. chevy57 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2009
    Someone's iPhone is working to dried from rices with plastic zip bag from overnight and then the screen show the volume kept clicked higher and won’t let me to turn down the voice, also the battery is hot and won’t able to charge fully and the battery's running out really fast. That suck. What is he doing with it? fix it? or new one?

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