How to repair a wet eReader

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eReaders are electronic devices that allow us to read digital books, and that we usually take to many places where liquids are present, such as the bathroom or while drinking a soda or coffee. Like any other electronic device, they are susceptible to water or liquids, and can be damaged if they get wet. Here We explain what to do and what not to do if your eReader gets wet and the possible consequences...

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Consequences of getting your eReader wet

When an eReader gets wet, water can enter the device and cause short circuits in electronic components. This can result in a number of problems, such as loss of functionality, data corruption, or even complete death of the device. Damage can range from minor issues, such as an unresponsive touch screen, to more serious issues, such as the inability to turn on the device.

What to do if your eReader gets wet?

If you have not been able to avoid the incident and your eReader gets wet, and it is not a resistant model, then you must take action following these steps:

  1. Turn off the device immediately- This can prevent short circuits and further damage. It is important to do this as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of damage.
  2. Remove the battery if possible: Some eReaders have removable batteries. If this is your case, remove it to avoid further damage. If the battery is not removable, do not try to force it or it could be worse.
  3. Dry the exterior of the eReader- Use a soft, dry cloth to remove all visible water. Make sure to dry the ports and slots as well. If it has a case, remove it so you can access the entire device, and so that no moisture is trapped between the case and the eReader itself.
  4. Let the eReader dry naturally- Place the eReader in a dry, well-ventilated place and let it dry for at least 48 hours. If you can, place it upright to help the water drain. But do not use other methods, do not expose it directly to the sun, or dry it with heat guns or hair dryers, as excessive heat can also damage it.

What NOT to do if your eReader gets wet?

Remember, keep in mind what you don't have to do in any case:

  • Do not try to turn on the eReader: This can cause short circuits and irreparable damage. It is best to wait until you are sure the device is completely dry.
  • Do not charge the eReader: If it gets wet, do not charge the eReader, and if it was charging when it got wet, immediately unplug the power adapter and remove the cable.
  • Don't press any button- This could push water further into the device. Avoid the temptation to check if the device still works.
  • Do not use rice to dry the eReader- Although it is a popular trick on the internet, rice is not effective at absorbing moisture and can cause further damage by leaving residue on the device. Also don't trust too much other tricks that circulate on the Internet, and far from being effective, they can cause more damage. It is best to have the device turned off and let it dry naturally…

Is the alcohol trick effective?

Yes, submerge a wet electronic device in alcohol can be useful in some cases. Alcohol can reach the same places as water and help evaporate it. However, there are some precautions you should keep in mind:

Alcohol can help dry out moisture on a wet electronic device due to its chemical properties. Alcohol is a solvent that has a faster evaporation rate than water. This means that it can displace or mix with water inside the device and then evaporate quickly, helping to remove moisture from the device. Additionally, alcohol is less likely to cause corrosion to electronic components compared to water. This is because water can leave behind mineral residue when it evaporates, which can cause corrosion. Instead, the alcohol evaporates completely and leaves no residue. It is important to note that this method should be used with caution and only as a last resort. It is always best to take the device to a professional if it is wet and you are not sure how to handle it properly. Also, not all types of alcohol are suitable for this purpose. Isopropyl alcohol, which is a type of alcohol commonly used for cleaning electronic components, is the most recommended.
  1. Do it with the device turned off- To avoid short circuits, make sure the device is turned off before submerging it in alcohol.
  2. Remove the battery if possible- If your device has a removable battery, remove it before submerging the device in alcohol. If the battery is not removable, it is better not to use this method.
  3. Don't leave it too long- Immerse the device in alcohol only for a couple of minutes.
  4. Let it dry completely- After removing the device from alcohol, wait for it to dry completely before attempting to turn it on. The alcohol will serve to help remove traces of moisture more quickly.

It is important to remember that this method may not be effective if the device has been submerged in water for a long time or if the water has caused significant damage, especially if that water is salty, such as sea water, since this leaves residue and is the most harmful. If you have any doubts, it is best to take the device to a professional for repair.

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