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Topic # 245338 30-Jan-2019 02:16
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One of the family members dropped their phone into a salt water pool at the beach. Phone is no longer functioning.


So far I've tried


  • Rice dry out
  • Silica (kitty litter) dry out
  • Clean out with Isopropyl Alcohol.

Now the phone wasn't crazy expensive, but it is under 6 months old. Any other repair tips or is this time to completely give up on it?

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  Reply # 2170017 30-Jan-2019 07:13
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My daughter dropped one into a bucket of distilled water, I removed the case and battery, let it dry, it was fine. iPhone 4S I think.


Salt water? A big ouch, no matter how well you clean it, there will be corrosion from residue big time. If its not working, salt is a conductor, so I imagine that the phone was not very water resistant and it possibly fried something



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  Reply # 2170033 30-Jan-2019 08:41
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Yep, probably the salt has corroded/shorted something.


Dunking it in a bath of Meths would have been my first step, after removing the battery (if possible).


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  Reply # 2170070 30-Jan-2019 10:07
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My go to is the drown the thing in CRC - CO Contact Cleaner (not to be confused with Lectra Clean which will melt plastic or 5-56 the penetrating oil).

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