Water Damaged. Rice a Myth? Or is this a better solution?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nostresshere, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You have to turn it off anyway before placing it in rice. Doing so otherwise is moot because of potential shorting of the components. You also need to use unopened bag of rice because otherwise it'll already have absorbed the moisture.

    Do you really believe an article containing advice from TekDry and DryBox who'd rather that you shell out your hard earned money to buy their products instead of a $5 bag of rice?
  3. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    didn't read the article, but yes, the phone must be turned off ASAP and left off until it dries completely. Lots of people swear by the rice.
  4. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    I had it happen to me, i was caught in a heavy downpour with the phone in my pocket and the screen was very patchy when i came to use it. It does kinda work - it seems to pull out the liquid, but basically it dulls the screen to the same extent all over.

    In the end i took it in for replacement.
  5. Ashtar macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2014
    It works. I did it for my mother-in-laws iPhone 3GS. Worked like a charm. She still uses it as her only phone and operates as smooth as butter. Can't get her to upgrade.
  6. Count Blah, Dec 19, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014

    Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    A good 10 ounces of water was poured into my 2008 15" MBP by my son. I powered if off as soon as I could and waited. I tried powering it on after two weeks - no go. I tried again after three weeks - no good. I tried again after a month - still no good.

    At that point, I wrote it off and started looking for its replacement. I was almost going to pull the trigger on a purchase late one night, and opted not to because I was too tired to fill out the info. The next day I was in my office, intending to place the order when I said "what the heck, I'll try one more time." And hit damn, it turned on!!!!

    Six weeks after taking its bath, it was up and running again. The battery lasted for another two years, and the misses is still using it(RAM and SSD upgraded) today - six years after purchase, and three years after it's bath.

    I did not use rice, but it was in a dry place.
  7. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Hawthorne, CA

    I've actually had a relative who dropped their phone in the toilet, did the rice thing and it worked fine.
  8. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    they have like "BHEESTIE bags" that supposedly work better then rice. theres another bag like called iresq or something ? i don't know the name. they cost a lot more then rice, heh, when my iPhone got wet and i turned it off, i was looking all over the stores for that bag but couldn't find it anywhere.

    anyway, it might get in the way of drying it out, but don't forget to tape your ports and speaker holes closed. i put my iPhone in rice and a small piece of rice got into my lightning port. and that was it. i couldn't charge or sync. and i damaged the lightning port trying it get it out.

    i ended up having to pay the $269 replacement fee to swap it out. but it wasn't such a big deal. i only had to pay the $50 deductible (grandfathered plan) and square trade reimbursed me the $269

    i took real good care of that iPhone 5 replacement and sold it on swappa for $280
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The iPhone, having a built in battery and no "hard" power switch, is somewhat disadvantaged when wet.

    I have seen an iPhone that was so wet that the screen no longer worked and you could not turn the device off or pull the battery. It was horrible watching my friends phone die such a horrible wet death.

    The rice thing is a good idea for phones that can be saved but most rice in a box or opened plastic bag may contain too much moisture but is better than nothing.
  10. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    I spilled tea on my wife's macbook and it worked it's way inside..I kept it in rice for 4 days and it worked fine after, and it's still working almost 1 year later (there is one small stain ~1/2 inch in diameter on the screen behind the glass)...It might have done the same without rice but it's a cheap fix and it worked so I figure it can't hurt to try.
  11. saberz macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2012
    My sgs3 fell in the toilet (toddler tried to grab it off the counter as I was taking him potty).

    I quickly grabbed the phone from the toilet, phone was off. Took it apart, cleaned /disinfected and let it stand in a bag of rice for two days. The phone was able to turn in but touch was unresponsive. Took it apart again and let it sit for another few days and it worked like normal.

    Rice works, just need time to let it do its thing.
  12. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    But I wonder if it was the fact that you let it sit for another few days that did the trick, rather than the rice?

    Kinda like diet pills taken to lose weight that always advise a proper diet and exercise. What works, the pills or the diet/exercise regimen?
  13. pdxmatts macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR
  14. Dominat0r macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
  15. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    I'm a freshman in highschool now, but I remember way back in fifth grade, my friend, for whatever reason, put his iPod touch 2nd gen in his lunchbag in a rush out of the lunchroom. Long story short, his water bottle broke open and soaked his iPod, and it would not turn on. He was freaking out and I told him to put it in a bag of rice, he did for a few days and it turned on again, good as new.
  16. Roquefort macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    U.S. west coast
    CNET posted a story saying the same thing. They recommend collecting silica gel packs from products you buy (leather goods, electronics, medicine bottles, etc.), so you have them when needed.

    If a phone is wet, CNET says to power it down, remove all removable parts, and put them all in a zip-lock bag for 72 hours with a handful of those packets.

    If your silica gel packs stop working after being used for a while, you can supposedly recharge them, but I'd just collect more new ones.
  17. Khalanad75 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    land of confusion
    Rice worked for me after my 6+ took a swim while I was washing my toddler. I quickly powered it down as soon as I got it out of the water. next morning I powered it up and the speaker wasn't working and the screen was splotchy.

    I powered it back down and left it in rice for another day and everything worked fine after that . This was about 6 months ago and it's still fine.

    I will swear by rice from now on.
  18. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    You can also buy silica gel. Amazon, Walmart, etc... Personally, I'd start with rice, go get the gel, and finish with that.

  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Turning you iPhone off first is kind of common sense . . . . .

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