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How to Save a Wet Smartphone or Tablet

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Save your wet smartphone with this kit.

No matter how careful you are with your smartphone it’s only a matter of time before you drop it into a pool, toilet or glass of beer. If not you, then a family member or friend, and as a reader of GottaBeMobile we want to make sure you are ready to save wet smartphones and tablets, no matter who they belong to.

We’ve found a cool product that will help you save a wet smartphone or tablet and a testimonial you can trust. The DRY-ALL Wet Smartphone Emergency Kit and Wet Tablet Emergency Kit offer an easy way to quickly save your drowned device. These kits contain a number of small beads that draw the water out of your phone, pulling moisture out of the nooks, crannies and circuit boards to get your device back in shape.

The smartphone version can dry your phone in as little as 6 hours and can be reused up to five times. The wet tablet rescue kit is a one time use bag can accommodate ereaders, iPads and other tablets.

Given our obsession with using our smartphones it’s no surprise that numerous surveys point to the popularity of using our iPhones, iPads and Android devices while on the toilet, in the tub or by the pool. After you get over the fact that some of these users won’t be washing their smartphone off before they head out of the bathroom you’ll realize the high likelihood of loosing a cell phone to water damage.

The DRY-ALL rescue kits claim a 100% rescue rate if you follow all of the directions. We haven’t tossed our own smartphone in the water to test it yet, but GearDiary put the Wet Smartphone Emergency kit to the test and successful revived an Android smartphone after a soak in the swimming pool.

As for directions, they are pretty simple.

  1. Turn off smartphone immediately.
  2. Smartphone wet by Salt Water, Soda or Beer? Rinse smartphone with distilled water.
  3. Towel dry smartphone.
  4. Place smartphone in kit with the screen facing up.
  5. Seal smartphone kit.
  6. Wait 6 to 48 hours.
  7. Open kit . Repeat Step 6 if moisture remains
  8. When dry. Turn on phone.

While you obviously want to get your wet smartphone or tablet into the drying kit as fast as possible, you can follow the first several steps and then go get your ALL-DRY Smartphone Emergency kit at a local retailer like Walmart or you can order one online and put your phone in it as soon as it arrives in the mail. If you are a high risk user, you may want to invest in the $25 Wet Smartphone Emergency Kit right now, just to be safe.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

3 Comments

  1. Alain Chappaz

    07/04/2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hmmm, success or failure of the rescue attempt would actually depend on whether the device was turned on when dunked. Your odds of a successful ressuscitation will likely drop by a factor of 100 if the device is on when you dunk it. I’ve been lucky so far (knock on wood), I’ve only blown away two Blackberries. One was left near a sink, I was a bit too splashy when I washed my face, bye-bye Blackberry. The other one was a straight drop into water, I called that one the “insta-cook” Blackberry. No amount of drying out ever amounted to anything. Plus warranty was voided thanks to exposure to water.

    What I’m trying to say here is no one should be lulled into a false sense of security just because they own one of these kits. Electronic devices and H2O are mortal enemies, so be careful out there !

  2. Mickey Segal

    07/06/2011 at 12:35 am

    I wonder whether there is some off-the-shelf equivalent such as kitty litter.

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