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Water spilled on back of my iPad2. What should I do?

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Actually Human Calculating status...
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Jul 28, 2012 5:23 PM

I'm scared to turn my iPad on. About an hour ago, I noticed the top of the water bottle in the bag with my iPad leaked all over inside of my bag and the iPad was indeed sitting in there. I'm scared to even try to turn it on. I'm thinking maybe I should leave it off overnight and try to turn it on tomorrow to see whether it's ok? Advice please. I'm scared to death and I really need to use my iPad for critical work I am in the midst of right now. Help!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,985 points)

    1. Wipe iPad dry

     

    2. Fill a cotton bag with plenty of silica gel (desiccant)

     

    3. Put iPad and silica gel in a plastic bag; the silica gel will very quickly absorb all the moisture in the iPad

     

    4. You can also put the iPad in a Dry Cabinet (those use by photographer to prevent fungus in lenses)

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,985 points)

    I my part of the world we can get it from a camera shop or supermarket (those you put in cupboard to prevent your cloths from getting mouldy.

     

    I'll put in inside bag for 24 to 48 hours.

  • david from flower mound Calculating status...

    Dry it off!

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Diavonex wrote:

     

    I my part of the world we can get it from a camera shop or supermarket (those you put in cupboard to prevent your cloths from getting mouldy.

    In the U.S., a camera shop is the best bet.  The supermarket is worth a shot but I don't recall seeing it there (I admit that I never looked).

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,985 points)
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Diavonex wrote:

     

    I got this from the supermarket

     

     

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee374/Diavonex/cf5a16a3.jpg

    I don't recall seeing that product here but, at my age, I can hardly remember what I ate for breakfast!

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Actually Human wrote:

     

    Someone told me to put it in a sealed plastic bag with rice and leave until tomorrow. Does this essentially do the same thing as the dessicant you all are suggesting? And on that subject, perhaps this is a stupid question but gotta ask... if rice is a sufficiently absorbant material, does it matter what kind of rice? Am assuming instant white rice is just as good as brown basmati et al but... had to ask...

    I don't know for certain but I don't think that instant rice is as good as regular rice.  Brown vs. white probably doesn't matter.  In either case, you're better off if you get something designed to be a dessicant.

     

    I wouldn't worry about the wate you saw on the back and on the front.  The big worry is water getting in through the connectors.

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,985 points)

    Rice is not as efficient as desiccant and it's also dusty.

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,985 points)

    I am not too sure how good the rice works.

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