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What to do with a mobile dropped in coke!

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smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 22:57:16

This is me giving the advice!
dd was on holiday with her school last week and on Thursday night she dropped her precious LG chocolate mobile in a glass of coke (full fat not diet.)

It worked initially but then not a dicky bird.

24 hours later she arrived home with her now deceased phone rather upset. We tried drying it out in the airing cupboard and putting it in a bag of rice to dry it out. Three days later it would not be revived.

It seemed really sticky. DH immersed it in a bowl of warm water (minus the sim card and the battery) and swooshed it round for about 20 secs and then shook it. It coughed and switched on for a while but then died again and could not be revived. We tried the drying out again but to no avail.

Last night it was sitting on the lounge table when I was on my laptop late last night. I casually picked it up and flicked the on button.

It sprung to life and has been working ever since!

Here endeth the lesson.

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:06:19

Thought someone might be vaguely interested; sort of story man in the pub tell but this is TRUE!

<sulks and pours another glass of wine>

modernart Fri 18-Jul-08 23:09:54

Well done you! I'm impressed. My DS dropped hers down the loo last week. Don't think I'm going anywhere near it, let alone putting it in my rice grin

pinkyp Fri 18-Jul-08 23:11:58

perhaps it still was a tiny bit wet (inside) on a important bit lol? Glad it is alive again!

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:12:29

Hmm don't think I would be that keen to revive that sort of "floater" either modernart!

(but you don't have to actually eat the rice after!)

modernart Fri 18-Jul-08 23:14:40

Waste not want not smartie!

Oh and typo - DD

AbstractMouse Fri 18-Jul-08 23:15:13

Yay electronics can be remarkably robust (found this out after dd poured a cup of coffee in the sky box lol)

TheRealPhartiphukborlz Fri 18-Jul-08 23:15:31

bag of rice?
might try that for my dd's mp3 player that when phut on her school residential! shock
tried airing cupboard to no avail.

rice here we go

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:21:52

I googled "what to do with a wet mobile" or something like that and the rice idea came from that. Apparently it draws out the moisture (like that silica gel stuff).

TheRealPhartiphukborlz Fri 18-Jul-08 23:27:10

like you put rice grains in a salt cellar.. clever
and (shock) that you googled it!

donovan Fri 18-Jul-08 23:30:23

I acidentally put mine in the freezer for three days. It took about a month to be 100% fine, but worked ok after defrosting.

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:35:35

Why are you shocked I googled it?

I was desperate! She was skint and I was not really very happy about buying her a new one.

She is 12 and it's the start of the summer holidays. She is not allowed out without a fully charged up mobile.

12 year old+ housebound for 6 weeks= AHHHHHHGGHHHH!

TheRealPhartiphukborlz Fri 18-Jul-08 23:37:00

well not shocked but um not somethign i would have thought of - good one though,

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:39:51

How did you manage to put a mobile in the freezer and do without it for three days?

My mum "lost " some toilet rolls in a chest freezer for a while when I was a child but there again she didn't need them to keep in contact with anyone!

donovan Fri 18-Jul-08 23:42:31

I unpacked it with my frozens after shopping and as I very rarely use it, I never missed it. I only found it when going into the freezer for some meat three days later.

smartiejake Fri 18-Jul-08 23:52:01

Good job it wasn't then thrown into the microwave to be defrosted along with the meat!

brimfull Sat 19-Jul-08 00:01:20

my dd dropped hers down the loo

completely buggered despite airing cupboard and rice thing.

smartiejake Sat 19-Jul-08 00:05:14

Obviously an inferior make gg! How long did you persevere for?
It took a week for my dds phone!

Strange as lots of people have told me how crap LG phones are.

brimfull Sat 19-Jul-08 00:11:00

was in the bag of rice in the airing cupboard for a week whilst we were away on holiday.

she's using an old one now but may get her to try it again

brimfull Sat 19-Jul-08 00:11:22

can't remember the make

smartiejake Sat 19-Jul-08 00:15:17

Actually just remembered dds first phone. Was an old one of DHs that we had bought a pay as you go sim card for.

She left that one in the garden for two weeks when we were on holiday. It was lovely where we were but the weather here was wall to wall rain.

That one was also ok after a few days in the airing cupboard.

We must have the magic touch!

pucca Sat 19-Jul-08 00:22:36

DH knocked a can of stella over his nokia N80, took it apart and dried it, and a couple of days later was working fine. smile

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