Kevin Kempf's Blog

July 28, 2009

Blackberries & white rice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — kkempf @ 1:44 pm

blackberry 8830
I have a Blackberry 8830 from work. All in all, it serves its purpose well, and, although I generally despise talking on the cell phone, it goes with the job. Over the 4th of July weekend, I had an unexpected capsize (does one ever expect one?) on Lake Murray, and after some time in the water realized the device was in my pocket. All told, it was probably submersed for a minute or less, and this is freshwater. Saltwater submersion, from what I’ve read, will eventually corrode the innards of this device, whereas with freshwater, you at least have a chance.

I googled around to get opinions on how to salvage the device and confirmed a suggestion from the host of the party I was at prior to my aquatic incident. I removed the battery, and sealed the phone in a ziplock contrainer filled with white rice. The idea is that the rice will absorb the moisture inside the phone, so I left it in there for a day and a half. When I took it out… it worked again, for the most part: the LED in the top right is stuck “on” in red, and the speaker is quieter than ever. Not saying this will work in every situation, just vouching that it can work…

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