Very minor liquid damage

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  1. Cpanucci macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    A drop of liquid (iced coffee w/ milk) fell smack in the middle of the J key on my MBA (8th generation). I dried with towel right away but I’m positive a little rolled into the crack around the key.
    I did turn it off/flip it over. Will leave it off over night. It was working perfectly fine before I turned it off.
    Do you think I should be concerned over a single droplet? I read that milk is worse than water since it leaves behind a residue. I should probably bring to apple or an apple authorized service provider to have it checked out. How much do you imagine this will cost (roughly). It’s brand new of course haha (stupid I know). And will they have to take the laptop apart or can they just run a test? Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. mroy16 macrumors regular

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    Apple is notoriously bad with liquid damage. I would wait until you can see if anything is going wrong; I suspect the laptop will be just fine. If problems do show up, bring it to Apple or an ASP at that point.
     
  3. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!! That makes sense. I’ll see how it works when I turn it on tomorrow.
     
  4. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Laptop was working perfectly fine today. Fingers crossed it doesn’t become a problem down the road. Thanks!
     
  5. Macdctr macrumors 6502a

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    I would invest in getting a silicone keyboard cover so if anything like this happens again you won't have to worry about liquid getting inside the keyboard...
     
  6. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I had started looking at some, will definitely get one now
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I also use a silicone cover but it really changes the typing experience. It's much nicer to type without the cover but much safer in case of a spill.
     
  8. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    You can always prevent spills onto your computer equipment by keeping all drinks a safe distance away from the computer/keyboard. And you can reduce the chance of spills by using a covered drinking vessel (Contigo or a "sippy cup" type drinking cup. Liquid and electronics are never a good combination.
     
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    I don't drink anything near my MacBooks. I use the cover to prevent wear marks and keep it looking new.
     
  10. mac_in_tosh macrumors 6502

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    Do silicone keyboard covers affect the laptop's ventilation?
     
  11. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That’s what I’ve been reading online. Also definitely takes away the sleek look of a Mac but think it’s more important that it’s protected. Do you know of any good brands? There’s so many to choose from haha
     
  12. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I have tried two types: silicone and a soft pvc-type cover which was like a soft, vinyl shower curtain material. I prefer the pvc-type. I got them from eBay but it was a long time ago.
     
  13. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Saw some people saying that too, think that it probably does...
    Cool thanks!
     
  14. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I don't think it does because the backlight is attached to the back of the keyboard using adhesive which fills in the air gaps below the keyboard. The air intake is around the display hinge.
     
  15. Cpanucci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. I usually only drink from a water bottle with a lid, will be more careful. May not be a bad idea to get a cover anyway because I’ve read even dust can be a problem
     
  16. Macdctr macrumors 6502a

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    I have been using silicone keyboard covers for my MBA and MBP for years and have not had any ventilation issues for my laptops. As Audit13 mentioned above, the air intake is around the display hinge.

    If you had a "minor" spill on the keyboard assembly only you can get a paper towel to soak up the spill with the keyboard cover in place... a major spill where you spill the contents of the glass onto the top part of your laptop will not prevent liquid from entering the inside. I have seen reminants of liquid spills from the trackpad area and also from the back where the main ventilation for the laptop is...
     

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