iPad survived winter

Discussion in 'iPad' started by shareef777, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. shareef777 macrumors 68000

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    My kids lost my iPad last December. By the time I realized it was missing the battery had died and find my iPad didn't report its location because it's been over 24 hours (a limitation I think Apple should remove).

    This morning my youngest son wanted to play outside in the snow and this is what we happened upon inside the kids' playhouse, the case literally frozen to the ground that I had to cut off the flap:
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    After thawing out:
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    There's some minor condensation under the digitizer on the right side, but otherwise fully functional. Wondering if I should bother removing the digitizer to get that cleared up. Kinda counting my blessings and don't want to make it worse.
     
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    Kids I tell ya!!

    That's pretty awesome.
     
  4. sjleworthy macrumors 65816

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    i hope you severely reprimanded to the little 'uns and stopped their allowance for a couple of years as punishment?

    aahh see? parental respect. they wont do that again in a hurry ;)
     
  5. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    How long did you let it thaw for? If there is still moisture inside, there is still the potential for damage or for it to quit. I'd probably leave it powered off for another week until that condensation is gone.
     
  6. shareef777 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I left it inside my house for about an hour and then used a hair dryer to get most of the condensation out. At this point I restored the device completely and have it syncing my entire photo library over. I'll probably power it off and place it somewhere safe for a week (per your suggestion).
     
  7. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    I'll cross my fingers for you that nothing gets shorted out during your sync. I know the phones are pretty tight for space inside so water can get trapped behind components where it's not easy to dry out. Hopefully the iPad has a bit more space wiggle room.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    In a warm place in a bag of rice mate that'll get the moisture out
     
  9. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    It certainly did nothing for my wet phone (and any of the phones my teenage daughter's friends have drowned) other than fill the crevices with rice dust and make it difficult to clean out. After that I read more on it and the rice trick seems mostly debunked, especially for water inside and under components.

    I also thought I read that a hair dryer was not a good as the heat can damage inner components? Not sure how much of a risk it is. Might be something for the original poster to research prior to using the hair dryer again.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Then you did it wrong. You need a tub big enough for the device, you then put rice in the bottom and then cover this with tissue or kitchen towel. Then place your device on top and seal the container. Place in a warm place and it'll work just fine.
     
  11. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. We rescued my daughter's phone twice using a different trick. I have a friend who runs some franchise Telco stores and he told me to do this;

    1. Power off

    2. Remove anything that is removable. Case, SIM, battery (if possible).

    3. Place a sheet of parchment on a cookie sheet and place the phone on the parchment.

    4. Preheat your oven to 180 F.

    5. Put the cookie sheet and phone in the oven for an hour. It's not hot enough to damage the device but it is enough to expedite the evaporation of the water inside it.

    6. Allow phone to cool and check for signs of moisture behind the screen. If you find some give it another hour in the ove.

    7. Once you are certain all the water is dried out reinstall the removable bits and restart it.

    It worked for us twice. Once when she dropped it in the dish sink and another time when it fell into the water at our cottage to a depth of about 3 feet. This was the same iPhone 4 twice.

    My wife's 3S went through the washing machine once too. The above procedure got it working for about a week but the cycle in the washer was just too much and we had to replace that phone.
     
  12. shareef777 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I put the hairdryer on low and not directly on the screen. Just hovered it over the glass at an angle so that a warm airflow swept over the top. Worked really well. Going to leave it powered off and in a drawer for a week to see if I can get the last bit of condensation removed.
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    Wow, I'd be too terrified of having the battery explode at 180 degrees. Considering how little condensation there is, I'm just going the air temp method for a week.
     
  13. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    Well the container was plenty big enough, but thanks for the lesson. ;) anyway, people can do their own research and decide if they want to do it or not. But from what I've read, there are better desiccants than rice and getting water from underneath tight components is especially difficult unless you can vacuum it out. I've read that leaving it out in the air can be more successful than a desiccant.
     
  14. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    This it's what I would do. Place it in Large ziplock bag with uncooked rice. Turned off iPad. The rice will soak up the moisture. I would wait a few days with it in the bag with rice, longer if just left out.

    YMMV
     
  15. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    No judgement to the OP, I think it's perfectly admirable that you are willing to share your iPad with your kids, but I could never imagine just handing my iPad over to my kids and letting them leave with it. I'm just way too anal about dings and scratches, and there is a 99% chance they'll do what your kids did to yours. I will share just about anything with my kids except for my Apple stuff. I'm sure they'll get me back for it later when they have access to the car keys.
     
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  17. shareef777 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Of my rMBP, iPhone, Watch, and iPad, the iPad is the least critical in my life. I wouldn't let my kids anywhere near my laptop/phone. And like you said, good to teach them responsibility now (also why I took the picture to show them when they get older). Always good to rub it in their faces when they ask for stuff :)
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    Damn, that last paragraph will now have me concerned forever.
     
  18. Akira_808 macrumors newbie

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    Not a good idea to do so. I have a friend who repairs these and he said that putting an iPad in rice won't do a thing. What happens is gluten from the rice seeps in and makes the problem worse. In fact, rice does nothing as moisture will still be inside and the gluten from the rice will cause major damage and corrosion. This will render the device useless and it can't be repaired. Moisture is the number one killer, as it can cause the logic board to short out.
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    Rice does nothing as you found. It makes the problem worse as gluten from the rice seeps in. This in turn will cause major damage to the internal components and it can't be fixed. If the device was dropped in salt water, kiss it goodbye, as salt water will cause major corrosion and permanently damage everything.
     
  19. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    rice also doesn't contain gluten
     
  20. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    180 Faherenheit. 1 hour only. Battery was no problem. As I said we did this with my daughter's (two separate incidents) and my wife's phones. For my daughter the first time it took 2 sessions in the oven. But it works.
     
  21. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As stated most rice is gluten free. Rice does also draw in moisture if it's fresh from a sealed bag. The reason I said rice not silica gel is most people have rice to hand. Yes it's not as effective as silica but it still works to a degree.
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    Yep works well if your oven can go that low that is.
     
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  23. shareef777 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Had it powered back on for almost a week now. Absolutely no indication that it was a popsicle just a couple weeks ago. Battery charges just fine, and drains normally (watched a 2 hour movie and it dropped from 100 down to 80%). Absolutely love this and will look forward to the next iPad to upgrade.
     

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  24. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    This whole gluten argument is overrated. It was designed to sell food products and nothing else. A big advertising campaign. The only people who need to avoid gluten are those with Celiac Disease.
     

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