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DaNinjaSmurf Level 1 Level 1

OK, so the story starts at my friends house on a monday, and short story short i let go too soon and my Ipod touch (64GB 3rd Gen) fell straight into a glass of diet coke. It fell in and was completely submerged for about 2-3 seconds before i snatched it out and then attempted to turn it off as i saw the screen slowly dim out and i couldn't see it. we put it in rice for an hour and a half (i know they say a week) and took it home, put it in a bag of rice for another 2 days. take it out friday the same week and i see the apple logo as i turned it on (probably not the best idea) and everything works, except for the LED backlight. i can adjust the brightness meter but it does nothing, and for the first few hours every now and then the screen would freakout like... the bottom half of the screen would be scrambled up lines vertically facing, but it has done nothing else that shows it's damaged otherwise. my question is, based off of this, what could be wrong with it, and how to fix it without burning my wallet out, i am a college student after all and i cant afford to buy a new ipod. My last note would be, if i turned it off completely, put it in water, kinda shook it around in there for a few seconds then rice again... would it get rid of the sugar that might still be present inside?

 

P.S. i've done some looking around at people's questions like this, and have had no luck anywhere, so not to be rude but i'd like people to post helpful info that will encourage progress thanks!


iPod touch, iOS 5.0.1
Reply by lllaass on May 11, 2012 11:14 AM Helpful

Dry it in rice longer, like five more days and change the rice daily.

The try a restore to factory defaults. If it works then OK, if not then the iPod requires service/parts replacement.

Apple will exchange it for this price:

Apple - Support - iPod - Repair pricing

A third-party place like the following may be less expensive

iPhone Repair, Service & Parts: iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook Pro Screens

FIx it yourself. Howevery, yu really do not know what parts require replacement.

iPod Touch Repair – iFixit

Reply by cliftonfromrichmond on May 11, 2012 5:06 PM Helpful

varjak paw wrote:

 

I missed the "diet" part, but there is a lot of other stuff that will leave a residue and quite possibly short out the circuitry, as well as the corrosion from the acid. Again, it's very unlikely that any amount of drying is going to help.

I agree.   In a former life in the US Navy I was a Miniature/ Micro-Miniature Electronics Repair Inspector/Instructor.  I also have a pretty good background in chemistry, and I can state unequivocally that ALL carbonated drinks have some amount of carbonic acid in them.  Carbonic acid is formed when carbon dioxide combines with water.  A natural example of this can be seen in places like Lurray Caverns.  As rain falls through our atmosphere, carbon dioxide is entrained in the drops, forming a weak solution of carbonic acid.  As the rain water percolates through the ground it dissolves minerals and carries them away... And when that mineral laced water drips through the ceiling of an underground cavern we get stalactites and stalagmites....

 

The bottom line is, your iPod is toast.  The display must be replaced, and acid has had plenty of time to do its dirty work....

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  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    Dry it in rice longer, like five more days and change the rice daily.

    The try a restore to factory defaults. If it works then OK, if not then the iPod requires service/parts replacement.

    Apple will exchange it for this price:

    Apple - Support - iPod - Repair pricing

    A third-party place like the following may be less expensive

    iPhone Repair, Service & Parts: iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook Pro Screens

    FIx it yourself. Howevery, yu really do not know what parts require replacement.

    iPod Touch Repair – iFixit

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    It's very unlikely that drying is going to help, since the sugar and other ingredients in cola will leave a residue, and the acid in cola will probably corrode the components. You're almost certainly going to have to pay to have the iPod replaced.

     

    Regards.

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    There is no sugar in diet coke.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    I missed the "diet" part, but there is a lot of other stuff that will leave a residue and quite possibly short out the circuitry, as well as the corrosion from the acid. Again, it's very unlikely that any amount of drying is going to help.

  • cliftonfromrichmond Level 3 Level 3

    varjak paw wrote:

     

    I missed the "diet" part, but there is a lot of other stuff that will leave a residue and quite possibly short out the circuitry, as well as the corrosion from the acid. Again, it's very unlikely that any amount of drying is going to help.

    I agree.   In a former life in the US Navy I was a Miniature/ Micro-Miniature Electronics Repair Inspector/Instructor.  I also have a pretty good background in chemistry, and I can state unequivocally that ALL carbonated drinks have some amount of carbonic acid in them.  Carbonic acid is formed when carbon dioxide combines with water.  A natural example of this can be seen in places like Lurray Caverns.  As rain falls through our atmosphere, carbon dioxide is entrained in the drops, forming a weak solution of carbonic acid.  As the rain water percolates through the ground it dissolves minerals and carries them away... And when that mineral laced water drips through the ceiling of an underground cavern we get stalactites and stalagmites....

     

    The bottom line is, your iPod is toast.  The display must be replaced, and acid has had plenty of time to do its dirty work....

  • the fiend Level 6 Level 6

    cliftonfromrichmond wrote:

     

    In a former life in the US Navy I was a Miniature/ Micro-Miniature Electronics Repair Inspector/Instructor.

    Oh! the temptation for an obvious joke there, Clifton...

     

    I must resist...

    I must resist....

    I must resist.....

  • Apple kiwi Level 3 Level 3

    iPods falling out of 42 story buildings and now iPods diving in coke bad day for some people

     

    You would probably need to pay to get it repaired

  • cliftonfromrichmond Level 3 Level 3

    Apple kiwi wrote:

     

    iPods falling out of 42 story buildings and now iPods diving in coke bad day for some people

     

    You would probably need to pay to get it repaired

    Dogs and Cats living together!  Its Doom's Day!  Give away your belongings and run for the hills!!!

  • DaNinjaSmurf Level 1 Level 1

    Ok, i'll restate this... i'm well aware of the acid that possibly ate away at the curcuitry, but here's the status of it right now... it's been 3 weeks since the incident, and it has shown no sign that it is being eaten away at, and everything is working fine BUT the LED backlight. theoretically, i could just forget repairing it and use it the way it is... everything works otherwise (bluetooth, wifi, settings, apps, etc.) and nothing shows sign of failing... but i wanna know if i turn it off completely and swish it around in water for a few seconds then put it in rice for a while longer, would that flush out anything that remains of the soda? again the ipod IS fully functional except for the LED.

     

    P.S. hehehe the ipod will never be toast! hahaha i've had this dumb luck of never having a device fail me of any kind before... i intend to keep it that way >:)

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    Using distilled watter might help in washing away the acid residue in the iPod. However, you need more than a vew seconds.I doubt it will do any good unless you disassemble the iPod ands then wash/rinse the iPod internals.

    Sometimes it takes montks for corrosion to cause problems.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6

    Three words to remember for the near future ...

     

    Backup

    Backup

    Backup

  • DaNinjaSmurf Level 1 Level 1

    Believe me i have haha.. and to IILaass, if it DOES take months to do actual damage, would rinsing it out like how you said, fix the problem?

  • apple guy 2000 Level 1 Level 1

    well i've had to ipod go through the washer, and let me just say there was no hope

  • DaNinjaSmurf Level 1 Level 1

    MP3 player went through washer twice, dryer once, dropped, thrown at walls, that sansa clip is still kickin it to this day! XD

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