My Baby Dipped USB Wire In Water. Still Good?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Bali Cockfight, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Bali Cockfight macrumors regular

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    My baby girl dipped the USB wire for our Canon digital camera and immersed the USB connection in a glass of water. I let it dry the past couple days but I don't know if it'll work. I haven't plugged the wire in because I fear the possibility it'll damage the USB port on my Powerbook. Anybody have any experience with this problem? Any help would be great. I just don't want to do any damage to my Powerbook because would rather buy a new wire than deal with a damaged port on my computer.


    Thanks!
     
  2. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    as long as there is no water in it right now, plug away. (though if you aren't sure if its water free, just get a new cable, its a standard you can pickup anywhere)
     
  3. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Bless the little children...

    If given a chance to dry out fully--mind the humidity too--then I don't see a problem. Mechanically remove the water via centrifugal force (whip the ends around a few times, preferably with Devo playing in the background). If the connector ends don't spew water, then you're fine.

    I hope the cord was disconnected when dipped...?
     
  4. EngBrian macrumors regular

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    Well my wife dropped our whole canon digital camera in a puddle and it still works after we let it dry for about 5 days...I know it isn't the same but I just thought I would let you know that canon's seem okay in puddles.

    But really if you are concerned a new usb cable isn't going to be that much I found one for mine on sale for 5 dollars once. I am not an electrical wiz but I can't imagine that the cable will hurt your computer if it has had a chance to dry. But don't hold it against me if your computer blows up...
     
  5. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    as long as there is very little or no power in most electronic devices you can put it in water let them dry out and be fine. the key is that there is very little or no power going through them
     
  6. flinch13 macrumors regular

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    When it's dry, it should be completely fine. Unlike a piece of electronic equipment which could short circuit, degrade moving parts and all sorts of other bad stuff when exposed to water, a solid-state wire should not be damaged at all by a little water. Don't fret!
     

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