Your technology is designed to withstand the occasional rain splatter without damage but a full drop into the sink or the swimming pool on holiday can be a totally different thing. To have any hope of recovery, you'll have to work fast. The steps listed in this article are no guarantee but depending on the nature of the damage, they may just save you the cost of a new replacement item if you're lucky!
- TURN IT OFF: If it was on when it got wet, immediately turn it off. If it wasn't already on, don't try it yet or you can easily short your item out.
- RINSE IT OFF: If the moisture is from any kind of sticky or corrosive liquid like seawater, soda or beer, lightly rinse it with distilled water first, then tip and drain it and towel dry.
- KEEP IT WARM: If you think that water hasn't penetrated the outer case, place your item in a dry warm place overnight and resist the desire to turn it on for 24 hours. If it seems full of water, tip it up until all the water has drained.
- IMMEDIATELY IMMERSE IN A DRYING AGENT: If by astute planning, you've prepared for this eventuality and pre-purchased a kit with a drying agent just for such a time as this, use it now. Failing that, the word on the street is that immersing your item into bag of uncooked dry rice and sealing it up for two days can help take the moisture out from the inside of your item. This is not a time to be impatient. Wait for it. After at least two days, attempt to turn it on again. If your item doesn't work yet, change the rice and give it another couple of days.
Now that you've probably heard "I told you so," far too many times from your friends and family, there are a few precautionary measures you can take to waterproof your NEXT piece of technology for the future. Unless you've invested in an underwater tablet, there are a number of options to waterproof your technology:
- Investigate some of the up and coming patent-pending "nano" spray-on coating options that make your technology impervious to moisture.
- Buy a protective case that you can slip your item into when going out.
- At the lowest end of the price range, simply zipping your item into a Ziploc bag is a great low cost holiday solution especially if you're just going to an amusement park with 'splash' rides.
Remember that your tablet doesn't enjoy the rain, sun and sand nearly as much as you do. An ounce of prevention may be better than a pound of cure so heeding a few simple tricks to keep your tablet safe from the elements could save you a lot of hassle in the long run.