Water spill on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by benwiggy, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    My daughter poured a pint of water over my wife's MBA. It shut off immediately and was absolutely soaking.
    I took the back off, and there was water everywhere. All over the battery pack; all over the logic board, every point from the keyboard downwards.
    I took the battery pack out, dried everything with tissues as well as possible, then put more tissue between the closed halves and left it on a radiator overnight.

    I kept changing the tissues, as they were still coming up damp. Eventually, after more than 2 days, the tissues were staying dry. I put the whole thing back to together and pressed the power button.

    It worked! I'm amazed, given the state of it, but it seems to be 100% fine. If the glass had contained cola, or fruit juice, or milk, it would have been a different story.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Even with water you will run into corrosion issues as water contains minerals.

    My advice is...

    Power it off ASAP and remover the battery.

    Now pop to Tandy or RadioShack or maplins and grab some contact cleaner or circuit board cleaner and use this on the logic board etc. preferably with them removed from the top case.

    Dry them out thoughrly in a warm place.

    Now reassemble and use as normal.
  3. mreg376 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Your current story may not yet be fully written.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I was expecting to read you say you sold your daughter for a new computer or something along those lines. :eek: :p
  5. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I wouldn't be surprised if the battery life took a hit. I imagine a few weeks down the road you will run into a problem that can be attributed to this.
  6. cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    The battery cells actually are sealed very well compared to everything else inside the air
  7. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    I thought that the MBA was soldered together so that taking it apart like described wasn't even possible. Guess not.
  8. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Tandy? Really? That's pretty 80's of you...
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I'm old! If I say to someone of a similar age Tandy, they know what I mean ;)
  10. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Haha, I remember Tandy. I went in once with a group of mates and formatted all of the drives in their crappy pc's using a little program we made at college. Loaded it on and walked away, 2 mins later the drives wiped. Fun times. :)

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