Spilled water on MBA (picture)

Nick5a1

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Hi,

My girlfriend spilled water on the keyboard of my 2012 13" MBA. It did not shut down. I immediately toweled it off, shut it down and then left it sitting in an airy spot in an upside down V. I then started googling and after about 20minutes placed the keyboard half in a baking dish and covered it with rice (attached pic).

I don't have the tools or experience to open it.

I've read conflicting information. Is this sufficient, or do I need to buy a plastic bag to seal the MBA in with the rice? Is rice better than ventilation? Any other suggestions? I'm planning on turning it on again in 24 hours.

Thanks very much. I appreciate there are a lot of threads on this and I've read most. I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.

Nick
 

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Josh220

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Oct 29, 2008
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Step 1: Find new girlfriend.
Step 2: If you can seal it somehow, it'll absorb better. Even cling wrap or something would aid the rice with the current step.
 
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jnl1211

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Well, with phones you're supposed to put them in bags of rice for AT LEAST 24hrs. I assume so the rice, not air, absorbs the moisture.
 
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Nick5a1

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Thanks for the idea to use plastic wrap. I'm not sure if it will help but it can't hurt.

The only bad thing is when I closed the lid it pushed some rice onto the power key and it turned on. At least it did actually turn on though.. Not sure whether to think this was a good or bad thing.

EDIT: Looking at the pic now it seems all that's left to do is put it in the oven.
 

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Josh220

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Oct 29, 2008
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Just leave it off and check on it tomorrow. I think it'll be fine- just clean it out well and maybe even try some compressed air in case the rice didn't get it all. Are we talking about a little water or like she dumped a whole glass on there? I ruined an apple wireless keyboard but it took quite a bit of soda to kill it.
 
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GoCubsGo

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Step 1: Find new girlfriend.
Step 2: If you can seal it somehow, it'll absorb better. Even cling wrap or something would aid the rice with the current step.
:rolleyes: I bet she's better than a computer. But your step 2 is good.
 
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Mrbobb

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Aug 27, 2012
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LOL. Who came up with these rice trick? I like it. U seem to have done everything by-the-book. Be patience, give it a few days.

I hope u didn't have PowerNap enabled with battery!

That's one bad thing with these non-removable battery devices. In my old laptop, I would immediately pull the battery out. They should at least give us a disconnect switch somewhere.
 
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Nick5a1

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Jun 11, 2012
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Just leave it off and check on it tomorrow. I think it'll be fine- just clean it out well and maybe even try some compressed air in case the rice didn't get it all. Are we talking about a little water or like she dumped a whole glass on there? I ruined an apple wireless keyboard but it took quite a bit of soda to kill it.
Compressed air is a good idea thanks for that. It wasn't a tiny amount of water, probably half a cup. Most of it fell across the keyboard so to speakand into a pile of paper, but there was certainly enough on there that I needed a good towel to wipe it all up.
 
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David085

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Nov 9, 2009
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Hi,

My girlfriend spilled water on the keyboard of my 2012 13" MBA. It did not shut down. I immediately toweled it off, shut it down and then left it sitting in an airy spot in an upside down V. I then started googling and after about 20minutes placed the keyboard half in a baking dish and covered it with rice (attached pic).

I don't have the tools or experience to open it.

I've read conflicting information. Is this sufficient, or do I need to buy a plastic bag to seal the MBA in with the rice? Is rice better than ventilation? Any other suggestions? I'm planning on turning it on again in 24 hours.

Thanks very much. I appreciate there are a lot of threads on this and I've read most. I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.

Nick
What I want to know if is a accident or she did it on purpose :D pics of g/f see if it's worth it like other poster said.
 
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Nick5a1

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I hope u didn't have PowerNap enabled with battery!
PowerNap only works when in sleep mode not when shut down so that should be ok.

The girlfriend is pretty good but I have told her many times that my MBA is my most prized possession!
 
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Josh220

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Oct 29, 2008
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PowerNap only works when in sleep mode not when shut down so that should be ok.

The girlfriend is pretty good but I have told her many times that my MBA is my most prized possession!
Make sure she doesn't see this or the MBA may go missing. "Pretty good" is the equivalent of hate in their eyes.
 
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EJ8

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WHY is there a cable going into your laptop that is covered in rice? Forget to unplug something?
 
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Nick5a1

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WHY is there a cable going into your laptop that is covered in rice? Forget to unplug something?
I plugged something into all the deep ports - the headphone jack, USB ports and SD card reader - as I read that rice can get stuck in them.

And Josh - she won't see this :).
 
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David085

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some people really... don't have sense and spill water into there apple products that they paid a thousand dollars for. I don't get how people can easier spill simple water into it I can see if is coffee that is easy to do.
 
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K0BI

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My wife just got back from the apple store after having spilled iced tea on her 11" MBA. The computer was totally soaked and the screen would not turn on when powered up. They are sending the computer in for depot repair; $655 for "tier 4 accidental damage" and $100 for labor, plus tax.
 
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Mrbobb

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some people really... don't have sense and spill water into there apple products that they paid a thousand dollars for. I don't get how people can easier spill simple water into it I can see if is coffee that is easy to do.
Am ashamed to say a month into my brand new machine, I was eating a bowl of noodle soup and surfing at the same time. Then I dropped the dumpling and it made a splash and pieces flew toward my brand new Air! LOL. I can laugh about it now because obviously am still typing on it, but what a dumb a**!

I still eat and surf, gotta have the freedom but now I pay attention not to hurry and don't make any sudden moves. :)
 
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Agent-P

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Compressed air is a good idea thanks for that. It wasn't a tiny amount of water, probably half a cup. Most of it fell across the keyboard so to speakand into a pile of paper, but there was certainly enough on there that I needed a good towel to wipe it all up.
I'd say leave it for 48 hours rather than 24 based on how much water you said got on it. But really you did everything exactly as you should've. Hopefully everything is alright. Keep us posted.
 
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Nova Sensei

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I say fire it up and start playing some Civ V (late in the game preferably).

Any moisture inside will evaporate in about 3 seconds flat.
 
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Nick5a1

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I say fire it up and start playing some Civ V (late in the game preferably).

Any moisture inside will evaporate in about 3 seconds flat.
LOL so true. I have Civ V I think I will actually do that when I do fire it up.

I'd say leave it for 48 hours rather than 24 based on how much water you said got on it. But really you did everything exactly as you should've. Hopefully everything is alright. Keep us posted.
Thanks I think you might be right. Other threads suggested 24 hours minimum. It will be tough going 48 hours. I'm using my old crappy HP :(.
 
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