May 30, 2014 12:25 AM Subscribe
I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined?
posted by Snarl Furillo to Technology (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was feeling very happy about my new nightstand charging station until I spilled a full glass of water all over it. Water got on or underneath everything but nothing was submerged. Most things got water on top of them or under them including the following and their attendant cords:
-fancy dual alarm clock/bedside light
-older model dumbphone
-computer speakers and subwoofer
-laptop (water on top of closed case, bottom and the cloth carrying case it was resting on were dry)
-power strip all that stuff was plugged into, plus the chargers/plugs for everything, plus the charger for my tablet
I dried everything off, unplugged everything, and put my cell phone in a bag of rice since it seemed to have turned itself of and lost the charge in its battery and the thing I think is the water detection sticker had red xes on it when I took the battery out.
How do I know if the other stuff is ruined or damaged? Is there anything else I can do to protect the stuff other than what I already did (rice baths for everyone!!)? Can I let it dry overnight and then plug it back in or is that dangerous? Do I have to just get rid of all the stuff (!!!) because it's not safe to plug back in? Oh help.