How to Save a Wet Cell Phone or Camera Battery

By Techwalla Contributor

Once your cell phone gets wet, you may suddenly find yourself cut off from outside communication. Wet camera battery? Your family vacation may be commemorated in your minds eye. A slip of the hand can lead to a wet cell phone in seconds... and we know that the warranty does not cover water damage. Is there help, can you avoid spending hundreds of dollars you don't have? Yes you can. Yes Virginia, you can save a wet cell phone.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft towel, hopefully lint free. Any cloth to absorb moisture will do. Even your clothes
  • Those silicone packets from vitamins, electronics, foods that absorb moisture. Yes, start saving them or frantically go through your house opening pill bottles and beef jerky looking for them.
  • 2 ziploc/plastic bags
  • Rice
  • Warm Dry Surface, like top of refrigerator.

Step 1

If you really want to save your cellular phone from water damage or save a wet camera battery (as opposed to needing an excuse to get another) Get the cell phone or camera out of the water without delay. Yes, even if you have to reach in the toilet or a 40 degree pool in December. Yes, I have a pool.

Step 2

Take the battery out and dry with cloth. Dry the sim card and any accessories as well.

Step 3

Dry the rest of the cell phone or camera with cloth. Water may seep out for a bit, dry thoroughly and carefully.

Step 4

Place battery, cell phone with accessories and silicone packets into one of the zip loc bags.(Bag A) DO NOT SEAL.

Step 5

Place a few handfuls of rice into the second zip loc bag. (Bag B) Rice absorbs moisture.

Step 6

Place the first bag- with battery, cell phone and packets into the bag of rice. (Bag A into Bag B) You want to avoid placing the battery and cell phone into the rice directly because the dust from the rice can get into the small areas of the phone and camera and do it's own damage. Do Not Seal either bag.

Step 7

Place the bags onto a warm-but not hot- surface such as the top of the refrigerator.

Step 8

Wait. At least 12 hours, sometimes up to 3 days. Try the battery. It should work. It worked on a phone that had been at the bottom of my pool for 5 minutes and left for dead. It worked on a digital camera that fell in the bath.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paper Bags can be substituted for plastic
  • It works for all phone types, even those with sim cards
  • Don't use a hair dryer on your phone or battery. While it may sometimes work, it may also fry the electrical system.
  • Same advice for the oven- don't put your phone or camera in the oven. Slow, dry heat and patience are the key.

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