Why Rice Is Not Your Friend

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in General

The rice will absorb the water from the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and will transfer the the moisture it to the surrounding air, but it will not absorb the minerals found in liquids such as water, and it’s these minerals that cause the damage and oxidisation not the water. When PCBs are manufactured they get washed in deionized water to remove any excess flux. Once washed the boards are then gently heated in an oven to dry, the trick is the use of distilled water as it’s free from corrosive minerals, unlike what comes out of the tap. If you do try to use rice the oxidisation process starts almost immediately, sometimes taking as little as 12 hours to completely eat away at the components and PCB pads. Phones that have been wet and passed the 72 hours since drying time are usually very hard if not beyond the point of being recoverable. We have seen a lot of recommendations online to use this trick, although they mean well it is quite possibly the worst thing you can do apart from turning it on whilst still...

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Excessive Heat

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in General

Using excessive heat to dry it like a hair dryer is a bad idea. Another common mistake is to put it in rice or the airing cupboard until it’s dry, this will not fix your phone! You would have just wasted valuable time that could have been spent getting your phone repaired.

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Water and Electricity

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in General

If you are unfortunate enough to drop your phone in water or have it come into contact with any liquid the best thing to do is bring it to Crawley Computer Centre immediately. DO NOT try and turn it on, water and electricity is going to cause damage to your phone’s circuitry. This commonly known as a ‘short’, which can permanently damage the phone’s silicon chips, sometimes it may survive a small short but can get forced into DFU (Direct Firmware Upgrade/Restore mode) and cannot be recovered without erasing all of your...

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Keep It Wet

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in General

If you get your iPhone, iPod or iPad wet just put it in a plastic sandwich box and bring it to our workshop immediately, there is no need to book an appointment. Keeping the phone in the box will actually preserve the water protecting it for a short period until the repair is performed. However, extended periods of 24 hours or more in water is sufficient time to cause damage.

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