Use Cat Litter to Save Your Doused Cellphone
Cellphones and other portable electronics are supposedly built to survive bumps, bangs, and drops we put them through, but they’re no friend to water. Save your drenched gear with this simple trick.
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We’ve shown you a couple aqua-fixing tricks over the years, including soaking your cellphone with alcohol and burying it in rice. In the same vein as the fingers-crossed rice soak, the Geek News Central site saved a soaked G1 phone with cat litter:
I remembered a tip I heard about sticking the phone in cat litter to help absorb the moisture. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I wrapped the phone in a towel and stuck it in our half-full cat litter container. Two days later I pulled out the phone, inserted the battery, crossed my fingers and turned it on. To my delight the screen came alive and was functional again – well almost functional. Everything seemed to work except I could tell the screen wasn’t quite right. There looked to be a few bubbles which I assume was water inside the display. I removed the battery and stuck it back in the cat litter for a few more days. When I turned it on this time, everything looked good and the water under the display was gone.
Thanks to dried clay, the principle thirsty component in cat litter, their G1 was as good as new. Two things worth noting: they didn’t actually bury the phone into the clay, it was just wrapped in a towel on top, and they go on to note that leaving it alone for more than two days would have been better and avoided any potential shorts. If you’ve managed to save a doused phone, iPod, or other piece of electronics with a trick of your own, let’s hear about it in the comments.