Spill-proof a macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jlinford, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. jlinford macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    My girlfriend is the worst for killing electronics with liquids. She recently poured coffee down her Macbook's keyboard, completely killing the motherboard. Question: is it possible to spill-proof a Macboook? I found the iSkin protectors (http://www.iskin.com/product_kbrd_macbook.html), but this girl is something else. I'm hoping I can liquid-proof the whole machine and prevent her next Mac from following the cellphone she dropped in the toilet.

    P.S: My first post! If this is in the wrong forum, please correct me.

    P.P.S: I searched the forums for solutions and found many posts about recovering from liquid damage. I'm looking to prevent here.

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Welcome, you're in the right place... for everything!

    The only way to foolproof...ly... guard against spills is to never actually have liquids around it. If you're taking your MacBook to a bar (pub), you might want to rethink actually doing that.

    Neoprene is waterproof... when it's closed. I got a neoprene zipper sleeve for my MacBook Pro when I'm in Ireland (rainy place, eh.).
  3. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
    I like to keep a 3 foot minimum for liquids around my computer.
  4. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    The MacBook keyboard has lots of places for liquid to drop through and onto the logicboard underneath.

    However these holes have another, more important function - they allow air to be drawn in by the fan and blown out the back of the machine.

    If you make it spill-proof then you are going to restrict the amount of cold air that the machine can suck in and it will start to overheat.

    Somebody fancy trying it ..............
  5. mixmacface macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2008
    in the 7th layer of hell.
  6. macindork macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2008
  7. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    How about a BIG ziplock bag. One big enough where it will still be completely covered even while open.
  8. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    You're right. Anything that covers the keyboard will interfere with the airflow, and also act as a cozy blanket. That's why I also never use my MacBook in clam shell mode.

    To spill-proof a MacBook: don't drink beside it. Personally, I don't eat close to my MacBook nor do I drink near it.
  9. jlinford thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    Ye with keyboard covers, please speek out.

    Ok, so is there anyone out there with one of these keyboard covers who can confirm or deny overheating or other undesirable side effects? I'll tell her to keep liquids away from her new Mac-baby, but she's such a coffee addict I doubt it'll work.
  10. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Sounds like what this girl needs. Or just get her a Panasonic Toughbook.
  11. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    I would be interested to get the input of those who use keyboard covers as well. Unfortunately (so far), I have never met a Mac user, nor a PC notebook user for that matter, who uses one.

    Tell her to switch to espresso. Lot's of caffeine, less "liquid" and usually drank in short amount of time :D
  12. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    I saw some videos of that, and I was amazed. I can't wait till that comes to the consumer market. It will trully be a new day for electronics everywhere. Especially cellphones! No more toilet-y graves.
  13. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2006
    ThinkPads are probably a better choice; they can have a similar form factor to the MacBook but are liquid proof. However, you end up dripping liquid all over the desk, as the liquid flows through special channels in the laptop and exits from the bottom.

    As for spill-proofing a MacBook, my keyboard protector mitigates the damage (I spilled a large cup of water on it and only the enter key stopped working; no water got to the logic board), but it doesn't keep everything out.
  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  15. Zer0 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    I'm using a keyboard cover. Not the one linked here, but a regular one and it has been fine. Not totally spill proof, but definitely gives the macbook a chance incase of a spill!
  16. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    The title reminds me of the spill proof baby bottles.
  17. Breegy macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2008
    I've got an idea..

    Wrap it completely in seran wrap.

    Or dump your girlfriend.

  18. Rmpl macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2007
    I thought MacBooks were spill proof! I spilled an entire glass of water on mine and most of it went into the computer and....nothing happened. I was swearing at myself, waiting for something to happen, and it never did. I turned it upside down and shook the water out. A nice bath.
  19. applecupcakes macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    ON, Canada
    Simple solution

    Based on the other posts here we can safely assume you can't spill-proof a mac. If you can't spill-proof your girlfriend (by getting her to keep liquids away from the computer), spill-proof her drinks - buy her a sippy cup.
  20. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    simply brilliant :D
  21. jlinford thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008

    Just wanted to report a major success story. I took the MacBook my girlfriend baptized in coffee and left it out to dry for about 3 weeks. Then I completely disassembled it. There was corrosion and crusted coffee creamer all over the two memory banks and the center of the logic board where the keyboard ribbon connects, and coffee stains on the hard drive. I carefully cleaned everything with a toothbrush and a needle to scrape off some of the tiniest terminals. I used a paper towel dampened slightly with Windex to remove coffee stains and creamer. I blew compressed air over everything and reassembled it. And it worked! The MB is back online and passed several runs of memtest without a hitch.

    Now I gotta make her buy one of these nifty iSkin keyboard condoms: http://www.iskin.com/
  22. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Good to know that you got her computer fixed. I just want to give you a heads up that the MB sucks air through the keyboard, so the iSkin may obscure that.
  23. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    As a happy MacBook user who also uses a keyboard cover (silicone) - I am happy to confirm that it works as advertised. It doesn't seem to get noticeably hotter wearing it. I'm not using it now and my MB is still as warm as usual. No real difference.

    I also own a 2.5 year old ankle bitter who only yesterday threw a bottle of apricot juice at my MB and it survived due to the cover.

    I will be keeping the cover.
  24. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Personally, I've found using a cover can sometimes affect the heat - this appears to have caused slight marks (as if caused by smoke or scorching) in between some of the keys.

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