iPhone 3GS, 45-60 mins in hot tub - MY STORY

Racktacular

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 13, 2006
124
0
The date of the event was November 18th, 2009. It was a balmy 82 degrees in Farjardo, Puerto Rico where I was on vacation. The bell struck midnight and my wife and I decided to enter the hot tub. I patted down the two front pockets of my suit and felt nothing. Getting into the hot tub, felt great. We basked in all the warm goodness the hot tub offered for at least 30 minutes, perhaps even 45.

A little before 1 am, we entered the hotel room. I knew my iPhone battery was low, so I searched her purse for my precious iPhone. Blind grabbing turned into a focus searching within the bag. Hysterics started to kick in as, one by one, I started to take everything out. Nothing. Searched the floor. Nothing. HOLY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS BATMAN!! The hot tub!

I grab for the room card, threw on shoes and ran out of the room towards the scene of the crime. Upon arrival, the bubbles from the hot tub made the bottom of the tub opaque. I reached to the turn off the bubbles and slowly, a picture of the crime, started to develop. Face down, on the bottom of a 4 foot grave, lies my dear iPhone. I jump into the water as quickly as I could and picked up the phone and started to dry it off hastily with my shirt. Once dried, I had to check to see if still had a heartbeat. Pressed the power button. Dead. I walked back to the hotel room with my head pointed to the floor. Saddened. Devastated.

Once upon arriving back in the room, I shook the living crap out of the my baby. Water, blood if you will, spewed out from every pore, every hole it had. Under the screen you could see the distal water markings, evidence. Once no more water exited the body, I set the iPhone down on the counter of the bathroom and propped a hairdryer about 6-8 inches from it. Turned the hairdryer on HIGH speed, with the WARM setting, not wanting damage it from heat. I pointed the bottom of the phone at the powerful stream. I let it sit. 20 minutes later I pointed the top of the iPhone at the heat as to dry from the other entrance. 20 minutes later. I was tired. Didn't want to leave the hairdryer on overnight. For some reason, in my wifes purse there was 1 silica gel packet. Better than nothing. I took the hotel ice bag put my iPhone along with the silica packet in it. Squeezing out the air and wrapping it tight, I lay down to sleep. A tear hit my pillow.

The next morning. I apply my heat via hairdryer. Both sides. Probably about an hour. Went to one of the restaurants and asked for a ziplock of uncooked rice. They obliged. Wrapped a bag full of rice (enough to completely cover the phone), along with my 1 precious silica packet and gently buried my iPhone deep within those Asian pebbles. Let out all the air. Tied it up. And crossed my fingers.

November 21st, 2009. I got home late the night before. This was the day that I try to awake my prized possession from the dead. I knew my chances were slim. Reading stories on how 1 minute in water will kill an iPhone, I didn't have much faith that mine would live after almost an hour in a hot tub. Nevertheless, I proceeded.

Unwrapped the bag and removing the iPhone from within, my heart racing. Plugged the power cord into my macbook, just to give it as much juice as possible. Pressed the 'on' button. Now I wait. The screen is black, nothing happening. Tears welling up within my eyes. And then suddenly...the apple logo! Oh that mighty logo. Took a deep breath and watched the phone. It was fighting. It wasn't going to go down without a tussle. Time seemed to pass at a snails pace. 20 seconds. 30. 45. And then...my home screen. HOLY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS BATMAN! No way! Am I dreaming? I pinched myself. It hurt immensely. I wasn't dreaming! I slide that bar to the right as quickly as I could. My contacts! My apps! Everything was in order! I made a phone call. Perfect. Played a song. Perfect. Everything was intact! A miracle.

The only thing out of place is that there seems to be water markings under the glass. Actually, it's kind of cool. It gives the phone a 3-D appearance actually. It's like if you took the world map and laid it beneath the glass. Doesn't really interfere with anything or make it difficult to use. Would I rather it not be there? Sure. But my word, what a beautiful sight to see!

I thought I would share my story with all of you and if this story helps only 1 person save their iPhone from imminent death, then I'm glad I took the time to write this.

Godspeed.

- Rack
 

strike1555

macrumors 6502
Jun 29, 2009
326
0
I really like the way this story was written. Much more interesting than the typical water stories.

Glad your phone works, im not sure but over time I think the screen water will also dry out? I think it's the last part to dry.
 

ste1164

macrumors 6502a
Jan 4, 2009
732
3
Great story, I'm glad your iPhone works again. The water will probably dry out from under the screen eventually.
 

Resist

macrumors 68030
Jan 15, 2008
2,902
37
Great save of your iphone, but you will now never get Apple to do any warranty repair for future issues, as your water sensors have been triggered.
 

dazey

macrumors 6502
Dec 9, 2005
291
23
Glad your phone works, im not sure but over time I think the screen water will also dry out? I think it's the last part to dry.
I drowned my macbook pro (literally poured water out of it), it recovered but the screen marks have never gone completely.
 

rKunda

macrumors 65816
Jul 14, 2008
1,241
99
Great story. I mean, sorry about the ordeal, but way to share in a fun way.
 

Aldaris

macrumors 68000
Sep 7, 2004
1,763
1,171
Salt Lake
It's a Miracle!

Wow, glad you did the smart thing. I had my own 'accident' with an iPod... hastily I tried running it... alas, I was forcing it's death.

Drying it out, even over doing it, is the route to go!

It's the iPhone Jesus. lol
 

ed423

macrumors member
Nov 15, 2009
39
0
dude..thats amazing. i mean, ****. well written paragraph man, u shuodl write more iphone novels. LOl
 

army91c

macrumors 6502a
Mar 9, 2009
804
0
Pics of the phone... and wife.

After joining the "I dropped my phone in my own piss club" as Dane Cook put it, I submerged my i in alcohol then dried it out. Mine to worked after a few days in rice.... I also had the water marks under the screen. I did however swap it for a $199 oow i (3g). I have been fortunate enough not to have dropped my 3gs in any offending liquid.
 

MasterDev

macrumors 65816
Sep 14, 2009
1,036
0
Super well written! I usually just ignore these stories, but I started reading and kept on reading.

I'm glad it still works!
 

kAoTiX

macrumors 6502
Oct 14, 2008
487
0
Midlands, UK
holy shiitake mushrooms batman what a story! couldn't resist :D

Awesome story and very well written. I felt like I was with you every step of the way. I've never had anything happen this indepth but water damage is the worst kind. It's not the same if you smash the screen cos you know you can fix that but water is like the iPhone's cryptonite! I guess your iPhone had its weetabix that morning :p
 

Racktacular

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 13, 2006
124
0
Thanks for the replies my fellow iPhone companions/companionettes. After I got it working I decided to give it a shot and waltz into an Apple store to see if they would replace the phone for free. I know, I know- never gonna happen- but I felt lucky after 'my precious' raised up from the dead.

Me: "Woke up this morning and my screen started leaking."
Apple dude: "Strange bruh, looks like water damage." He shrugged.
Me: "Water damage?" Playing dumb, "my iPhone is scared of water."
Apple dude: "Perhaps you left it outside and it rained."
Me: "Not that I can recall."
Apple: "See that pink color, that means that there was damage."
Me: "Am I screwed?"
Apple dude: "Yes."
Me: "Thanks. Bye."

So I wasn't quite THAT lucky, however, 5 days later my screen completely dried out and besides for the water sensor, you would never know it took a hot shower and lived.
 

kAoTiX

macrumors 6502
Oct 14, 2008
487
0
Midlands, UK
Oh no! someone tried to 'defraud' a multi-billion dollar company of $500. The horror. Who cares? Get over yourself.

OP: Glad the iPhone is working and truely a remarkable story. Was always worth a try getting it replaced though.
 

mikereith

macrumors newbie
Nov 26, 2009
3
0
Dagenham, England
You can also drown it in a washing machine & it'll work!

My wife put her iPhone into our washing machine and let it do the full cycle (unintentionally), and the rice trick worked.

We left it a week before trying to resuscitate - and it returned to life.... also with the water-stamped background which is very attractive!
 

kAoTiX

macrumors 6502
Oct 14, 2008
487
0
Midlands, UK
I have a water damaged iPod Touch with the same water marks on the screen. It looks like a nice cloud in the bottom half, I quite like it :D
 

Similar threads

  • EsperanzaFloretta
1
Replies
1
Views
69
  • Elexion
4
Replies
4
Views
116
  • bingolittle
0
Replies
0
Views
124
  • Schmactor
1
Replies
1
Views
127
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.