Until what point is the mba water proof?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imHappy, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. imHappy macrumors regular

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    Hey guys.

    I haven't spill water to my mba yet because im very careful about it. However i had my hands quite to almost non-wet because my coke was frozen. the thing is i rapidly notice that my keyboard keys and in-between-keys(in the center by the keys, "ert dfg") had very very very small drops of water which i cleaned them with my finger carefully.

    Basically, i would like to ask, in the case a veeeeeeery small amount of water drops could have get into, would that be an issue, or could there be short circuit as the day pass through, or by now, 8 hours have passed since this small incident i shouldn't worry about.


    Finally, how much water is it needed to destroy my mac?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not waterproof at all. Moisture and computers are not a good mix. Your MBA may have escaped unscathed this time, or you might have issues down the road.
    It depends on where it is. A small amount could be costly, if it hit the right spot.
     
  3. FX4568 macrumors 6502

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    I dont think theres a specific liquid amount. Its more about if you are lucky the water doesnt damage the motherboard.
     
  4. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

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    im getting paranoid with GGJstudio reply!

    Yes right now, all my keys work perfectly, but what he mentioned, "Your MBA may have escaped unscathed this time, or you might have issues down the road."

    damnit! haha
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, there's no way to know for sure, since it's unclear how much water got through and where it went. It would be irresponsible for me to say, "Everything's cool. You have nothing to worry about."
     
  6. islanders macrumors 6502

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    Wouldn't it be a good idea to turn it off and dry it out before using it?

    I would say take out the battery but it's soldered in. :eek:
     
  7. ResPublica macrumors regular

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    Problems tend to show up early rather then late. You usually experience problems immediately, and if you are very lucky things improve after a long period of time, rather then vice-versa.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    While that's generally true, many have reported problems that may have occurred early on, but they didn't discover until later.
     
  9. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i didn't shut it down because i had to keep doing a lot of essays(F you ib history)

    the drops were almost very, very, very little , so i didn't care that much until now..

    Ill admit it, im starting to baby my mba way to much now
     
  10. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You'll be fine, just grab a paper towel for your hands next time.
     
  11. ccsicecoke macrumors regular

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    Wouldn't it be great if apple makes MBA waterproof? That means we can use it when we take a shower
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you can't take a break from the computer long enough to take a shower, don't you think some therapy might be in order? :D
     
  13. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    I've actually got an older Toshiba laptop in my shower that I use to play pandora. That thing has seen it's fair share of moisture, especially when a song I cant stand comes on and I reach over to skip it. Water gets all over the touch pad and keyboard but the thing just keeps going and going. That said, I'd never do that to my MBA. It's my primary laptop in addition to my most expensive one. I use to use my old iphone for some tunes while in the shower but the speaker volume just wasn't cutting it.
     
  14. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    my friend gave a punch to his laptop at some point (drunk+angry=not good:p), and suddenly everything that normally would be black, was green instead! very wierd stuff! and anyway after around 3 months of using it that way, the screen just came back to normal :confused::confused: no clue why.

    @OP: ALWAYS HAVE DRY HANDS AND ENVIRONMENT NEAR YOUR LAPTOP.
    DO NOT use it open in the shower (if it's shutdown, it's ok as long as you let it dry up before opening it). water damages (AND steam damages!!) are not covered by apple's warranty (my toshiba is covered even from coffee spill ftw).
    Be careful with liquids around any kind of technology! But to be honest, that small amount from the frozen coke won't do that much harm, although dry them a bit on your shirt (it's water, not dirt..) before using the laptop..
     
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  16. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

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    welp, thanks for the replies guys, im much more calmed now! haha

    it booted normally so i guess it won't happen anything. But i will be totally after this month. If everything runs normally i believe nothing will happen later on.

    and yes atleast it was small little drops of water instead of coke!
     
  17. islanders macrumors 6502

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    relax, it would have shorted out when it was wet.. as the water would have conducted the electricity to parts that were not supposed to be connected.. once it dries there is no more bridge of water.. that's why it's a good idea not start something that has gotten wet until it has fully dried.. plain water doesn't leave a residue either so you are fine.. it's dry now, no harm done..

    good thing you are being careful and recognized the potential..

    I've managed not to spill anything on my lap tops for over 15 years.. knock on wook.. a new MBP is being delivered tomorrow and I'm going to be extra careful..
     
  18. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

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    thx for that post islander!

    but i don't know if i clarified myself totally. I took out the water in the aluminuim case between the keys and were holes are there. like i said before i certainly don't knwo if any little bit of water could have gotten into. But like u said, there was no short circuit or whatsoever so now, im calmed!!


    this mba better last me 4 years atleast haha
     
  19. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

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    Should be good to go for 5 or 6 atmospheres, at least.

    :p

    Is this a serious question?! :eek:
     
  20. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

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    No it is only good to 3 feet!
     
  21. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    is that true? don't the "salts" from the water leave something behind when dried? if no, that means you can give your laptop a bath and wait a safe time (a week?) before booting it and it will work?
     
  22. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    It seems like you're a very careful guy, the amount of water you're describing probably wouldn't reach the motherboard.

    Some notebook computers have an internal 'tray' to collect and channel spilt water away from the motherboard, I think that's a nice feature because accidents do happen. Not enough room in a MBA though- ;)

     
  23. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Depends on the exact sample of water, but most tap water probably doesn't have enough stuff in it to leave significant amounts after drying. That's why people drop iPods in water and can often escape unscathed if they leave them unpowered until they dry up.

    Actually giving your laptop a bath would be a different situation, there are probably 10 other ways it might render your laptop inoperable.
     
  24. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    I've never not seen tap water leave a residue if it's just left to dry.
     
  25. islanders macrumors 6502

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    I have managed to dry out cell phones from fresh water immersion. That's all I was trying to pass on. That had it been a soda or ocean water it's ruined. However you are implying that it would not help to let a device fully dry out after an accident? Why do you have a problem with others offering constructive advice after an accident?

    If you think a small drop of water is going to leave a residue and ruin the computer why don't you just say so without latching on to me?
     

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