A rice and easy way to resurrect water-damaged mobiles

11 December 2009

Bitterwallet - using rice to fix your water-damaged mobileLifehacker are running their top ten lists of 2009 and through them we unearthed this corking gem of a hack from The Washington Post, with some advice on what to do should you drop your mobile down the toilet, as several of you invariably will while pissed up at the Christmas party:

My friend told me to leave it turned off overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice.

Rice, he explained, sucks out moisture. After sleeping in a bed of rice, my BlackBerry functioned well on Sunday, except for the time function, which froze.

It was flimsy on Monday, fading in and out, but sprang back to life on Tuesday, after another night in the rice bowl.

The health benefits of rice will probably only extend a mobile's life for so long after a swim, so it's probably best to concentrate on the job in hand in the first place.

[Washington Post] via [Lifehacker]

TOPICS:   Mobile

9 comments

  • Mark C.
    Cheesus H Rice thats good rice advice.
  • abc
    mmm blackberry and rice pudding.
  • Nobby
    Why not dunk it ina pot of salt? Silica gel would also be a good option, but not if you have an iphone, as any remnants will poison you when you are kissing it.
  • F.D. A.
    Salt is corrosive... Better not try that
  • adam
    Best thing to do is put it in the rice and pop it on top of a radiator or underneath a lamp. Leave it for as long as possible before turning it on.
  • goon
    sound advice there nobby. safety first. personally i would throw the piss soaked piece of shit away and buy a new one. but each to their own
  • Brian's U.
    rice is probably easier to get hold of than silica gel and also alot cheaper, probably.
  • Bill W.
    Nobby: Silica Gel is not a poison, it is actually one of the safest and most moisture absorbent products available. Rice will not pull all the moisture from the phone like Silica Gel will, Silica Gel will help in drying out the circuits, etc. Stuff is easy to get, and cheap: http://www.silicagelpackets.com/
  • Junkyard
    @ Bill - why do they always say "do not eat" on them in big scary letters then? Just curious. Anyhow, I don't understand the problem - just pop your phone in the microwave for ten minutes and it'll be good as new.

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