Can't Seem To Recover Wet Ipod Touch
Posted 22 May 2011 - 04:56 PM
Posted 22 May 2011 - 05:35 PM
It is likely partially toast. Was the iPod Touch being used when he dumped it in the puddle? Even if it was not actively being used, iPod Touches are generally never turned off strictly speaking (you can, but you generally only do it to "re-boot" it). It is possible that the screen and the home button where shorted out by the water, but that other stuff still works. If so, then in theory, it might be possible to replace the screen and home button and get it back working...assuming that it is just the screen and button.
Which generation of the iPod Touch is it? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (current)?
There are services (besides Apple) that can do this. There are also sites to get parts if you want to do it yourself. I will note that monkeying with the iPod Touch requires soldering for most things, including replacing the battery...thus, there is a high chance of completely bricking it.
Here is one such site:
They also have instructions for doing the repairs typically.
Posted 22 May 2011 - 05:52 PM
Posted 22 May 2011 - 05:56 PM
My friend recently fell on his iPod (he had it in his pocket), and cracked the screen. Luckily, the touch screen still worked, along with everything else. He brought it to the Apple Store and got it fixed for $50.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 05:56 PM
Posted 22 May 2011 - 06:13 PM
A standard option to 'dry out' electronics is to warm an oven (not anywhere near BAKING hot) and put it in there. The hot, dry air will do wonders. If you have a sneaker rack for your clothes drier, that would work better. Ideally your friend would have popped the battery out instantly after dropping it in the water, but that's not going to work with a built-in battery.
The important bit is not to 'cook' the gadget. Just keep the warm, dry air moving around/through it to get the rest of the water out. A hair dryer on low taped to a counter, and a foot or two away from the device might work, too, as long as it's blocked up off the table. Anything to encourage the water to steam out and evaporate.
The 'big problem' might be the mineral contaminants dissolved in the puddle and left behind inside. They will be tough (or impossible) to remove.
Posted 22 May 2011 - 06:48 PM
Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:33 PM
If you live in a hot, arid place, just outdoors will do, but not where it will bake in direct sunlight, and face the display down.
If this doesn't work, it'll have to be taken apart and hand cleaned with q tips and (preferably pure, not denatured) alcohol. Though relatively 'high octane' rubbing alcohol from the pharmacy/drug store will work OK in a pinch. Not the stuff you find in bulk at the hardware store, or anything below 80% alcohol.