iPhone left in rain - did I luck out at all?

jharvey71884

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I left my iPhone in a thunderstorm last night, it sat for about 12 hours overnight.

Putting it in rice to see what will happen...it was in a Otterbox commuter.

But the one that I'm maybe wondering that I have going for me is - it was dead. No power.

Possible better results since it wasn't on?
 

AutoUnion39

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Hope for the best. Leave it in rice for a couple days

Dont touch the phone

Good luck!
 

GoCubsGo

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It was off the entire time? Why was it even out?

Even still, you need to leave it in rice for a few days for sure and at this point, I would open it up and make sure it's fully dry before you go plugging it in. Not sure if you lucked out. A phone left in a storm doesn't sound lucky at all.
 

jharvey71884

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It was off the entire time? Why was it even out?

Even still, you need to leave it in rice for a few days for sure and at this point, I would open it up and make sure it's fully dry before you go plugging it in. Not sure if you lucked out. A phone left in a storm doesn't sound lucky at all.
I came home after being out and about running errands. It died a few miles from my house.

The neighbors were out playing in their driveway with the hose and sprinklers. I literally took the phone out of my pocket and set on the car, to make sure it didn't get wet.

After talking with them for about 20 minutes, forgot it was there. Went inside had dinner and fell asleep early.

Will Apple replace it for the $199 rate? I really can't afford to not have a phone for three days.
 

hafr

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I left my iPhone in a thunderstorm last night, it sat for about 12 hours overnight.

Putting it in rice to see what will happen...it was in a Otterbox commuter.

But the one that I'm maybe wondering that I have going for me is - it was dead. No power.

Possible better results since it wasn't on?
If it was turned off it means there is no possible way it has short-circuited, on the other hand twelve hours before you put it in rice might mean that there is oxidation/rust on components that can eventually cause damage.

If you're not handy yourself, hand it in for a thorough checkup/cleaning before trying to turn it on.
 

jharvey71884

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If it was turned off it means there is no possible way it has short-circuited, on the other hand twelve hours before you put it in rice might mean that there is oxidation/rust on components that can eventually cause damage.

If you're not handy yourself, hand it in for a thorough checkup/cleaning before trying to turn it on.

I just looked and it looks like the little water indicator is still silver and not red?
 

Tyler23

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I just looked and it looks like the little water indicator is still silver and not red?
Keep it in rice for a few days. Don't turn it on,
Give it time to dry out. Hopefully you'll be lucky, you definitely caught a break that it wasn't on.

Good luck, hope everything works out! Keep us updated b
 

hafr

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I just looked and it looks like the little water indicator is still silver and not red?
Well, there really aren't that many places where water can get into an iPhone... How well does the case you had on cover those openings?
 

sulpfiction

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It'll prob be ok for a while if u let it thoroughly dry out. As long as it was off, no electrical damage occurred. Leave it off as long as u can and maybe even hit it with a hair dryer. The problem is with the inevitable corrosion that will set in at some point down the road. Rain water is nasty!!
 

jharvey71884

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Well, there really aren't that many places where water can get into an iPhone... How well does the case you had on cover those openings?
It's pretty solid.

http://www.geardiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/OtterBox-Commuter-DSC_0006-700x495.jpg

It's two parts - the first being a rubber casing around the phone, then a hard casing. The port would have been closed, and the ear jack would have been closed.

My neighbor said though when it was found it did have standing water on the screen and the case was damp on the inside.
 

hafr

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It's pretty solid.

http://www.geardiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/OtterBox-Commuter-DSC_0006-700x495.jpg

It's two parts - the first being a rubber casing around the phone, then a hard casing. The port would have been closed, and the ear jack would have been closed.

My neighbor said though when it was found it did have standing water on the screen and the case was damp on the inside.
Oh, well this is a different story :) But I would still recommend making sure all contact surfaces are spotless and dry before turning it on :)
 

barkomatic

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I'd say chances are good that it will be fine - since your iPhone was rained on and not submerged.

If not, Apple will replace it for $249 or $299 (can't remember which). Good luck.
 

jharvey71884

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I'd say chances are good that it will be fine - since your iPhone was rained on and not submerged.

If not, Apple will replace it for $249 or $299 (can't remember which). Good luck.
Apple opened up it up, found one little small water bead at the bottom, but all sensors had not been tripped. Describing what happened, they were amazed. The thunderstorms dropped some much rain. It's running fine and because the sensors aren't tripped, if I have any problems now, I can still take it back under warranty.