I've spilled tea on my Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Liam Steven, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Liam Steven macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012

    I've spilled a cup of tea on my Macbook Air (2011) and everything is fine but now when I close the display it turns off and when I open it boots from scratch.

    Have I damaged a sensor?

    Many thanks
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    You've damaged more than a sensor.

    Take it to your nearest apple store or AASP for a quote.
  3. UAV macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2015
    just goes to show how well built it really is, or in this case how well it really isn't built. should have gotten something with a bit more better build quality like thinkpad
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    What does build quality have to do with designing something that's spill-resistant?
  5. UAV macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2015
    well usually when one designs something with quality they do put some thinking on what could accidentally go wrong. looks like IBM has a better design team than apple
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Lots of things are high quality and well-designed but aren't water/spill proof.

    Also, there's a distinction to be made here between build quality and design.
  7. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Must be one heck of an IBM. They haven't had anything to do with Thinkpads in more than a decade!
  8. tmarks11, Apr 4, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015

    tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2010
    Yeah. Sure. I spilled a cup of milk on my brand new Lenovo think pad about 4 years ago. It fried. Required logic board replacement.

    BTW, IBM hasn't been that brand holder for 10 years. Lenovo bought the division from IBM in 2005 and moved what was left of the brand overseas in 2012. There is no such thing as a "IBM think pad", and the "IBM design team" no longer makes laptops. And I am here to tell you anecdotally that that video is pure bunk.

    You want a "well built machine designed to accommodate physical attacks", than you should be buying a panasonic tough book (with all the ugliness that implies), not a svelte thinkpad. Thinkpad isn't built for or sold to the audience interested in that kind of design (the linked youtube "testing" not withstanding).

    My MBA is a far more robust laptop than my Lenovo was, and the design team did a far superior job in overall construction and build quality. I have had both of them apart.

    Back to the OP, remove the back and let it dry out. put a fan next to it to blow air across. There is probably some moisture trapped in the wrong place, and getting more airflow will hasten its evaporation.

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