Soaked gadgets? You can save them

It sounded like a good idea to bring your iPad to the neighborhood swimming pool. Until, of course, you dropped it in the water. Now it seems like a terrible idea. But don’t panic. You may be able to save that iPad. It’s true: Water certainly isn’t a friend of electronic devices. But it doesn’t have to be their end, either. If you act quickly, you may well be able to save your waterlogged tablet, phone or iPod.

Saving drowned technology

First, ensure that no power is flowing through your iPad, smart phone or Tablet. This is especially important: Water isn’t what will destroy your electronic devices. The electrical shorts that water causes will do that. If a battery powers your device, quickly remove it. If not, make sure that your device’s power is switched off. You will be tempted to switch the power back on to see what damage has been caused. Resist the urge. You want that power off.

Other steps

Your next step should be to open up as many air holes as possible in your device. This means removing SIM cards, back covers, SD cards and ear hole port coverings. The more openings you create, the more air will rush through your device. Secondly, vacuum out as much moisture as you can from the cell phone, tablet or iPod. Your ideal tool for this job is a vacuum with a small nozzle. The more thorough you are , the better. Finally, drop your phone inside a bowl of something that will dry it out. Lots of people recommend dry white rice. And that works well, but Gizmodo comes up with a little something it says is even better—a bowl of dry Rice Krispies cereal. After A couple of days of drying time, turn your device back on. If you’re lucky, it might pop back into life.

Keeping it dry

Better than rescuing a gadget from a water grave, though, is keeping it dry from the start. The best way to do this? Leave the smartphones, tablets and readers in a dry place when you’re at the pool or getting ready to take a bath. Yes, you might want to read that latest spy thriller on your tablet while you’re relaxing in the spa. But we wouldn’t recommend it. You can also invest in one of the many waterproof cases available for electronic toys. The New York Times recently took a look at some options, including Liquipel, LifeProof and Joy Factory Rain Ballet. Each will work. But again, it might be preferable to keep your gadgets far from water.

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