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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Washed my Bluetooth

The inevitable happened...with all my craziness going on, i accidentally left my bluetooth device in a pocket and it went through the wash. I dug it out of the machine yesterday afternoon and left it alone. Just now, I tried to turn it on, no lights. I figured, lemme charge it. Plugged it in, and the red light shows it's charging!

I wasn't too in love with it though, as it turned out, it doesn't staying my ear as much as I thought, and the sound is very muffled and bass sounding. So if it's fried, I'll just get another eventually.

Anyone else ever wash a device and have successful results?

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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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take it as a sign. those gizmos take the "wired" thing too far.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've had 50/50 success with such mishaps. Let it dry out for at least a week before trying again. Fingers crossed. Merry Christmas!
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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Now that you washed it - is it a white tooth now?

+1 on the "Let it dry out for at least a week before trying again. Fingers crossed.
Merry Christmas!"
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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My girlfriend washed her Ipod when she did laundry at my place one time and the screen stopped working, but everything else functions normally.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, consider it a blessing! Those things make you look like a Star Trek dork, I can't stand to see people walking around stores wearing them...just way to dorky.

It says "Look at me! Look how many people want to talk to me!".
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Old December 25th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My last one got washed and dried. Still charged, it worked fine, except I couldn't get it into pair mode, so I had to replace it when I got the new phone. IIRC, it was a Jawbone.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Washed my old 3rd gen Ipod nano TWICE. only damage was lost the backlight in the screen. Thank goodness it wasn't a classic!
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Old December 25th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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One of the best ways to dry it out is to seal it up in a jar, buried in uncooked rice. The rice draws the moisture out, it's often recommended for electronic devices that have gotten wet like that. Another recommendation I've seen is to use those silica desiccant packs (the ones that come packed with cameras, etc.) in lieu of rice. Neither method has a 100% success rate, but it's worth a try.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I had it charging when I wrote my post, but now took it off since you all say give it a good week before trying to use it.

How do I know when it's dry? It seems so on the outside, and I don't want to pry anything apart for fear of breaking it. The rice thing sounds cool, would a plastic container work just as well?
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Old December 25th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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One of the best ways to dry it out is to seal it up in a jar, buried in uncooked rice. The rice draws the moisture out, it's often recommended for electronic devices that have gotten wet like that. Another recommendation I've seen is to use those silica desiccant packs (the ones that come packed with cameras, etc.) in lieu of rice. Neither method has a 100% success rate, but it's worth a try.
The rice works pretty good, and it doesn't necessarily take a week. 24 hours should be plenty. I've done that with 10,000,000 cell phones. The good news is it sounds like you haven't totally shorted it out, but if the speaker is distorting you may have some permanent damage. Cheaper to replace than a phone though!
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Old December 25th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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at my last job we used vacuum ovens...putting an electronic device (usually phones) in them at maybe 50C under vacuum dried them out and they worked fine
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Old December 25th, 2010, 01:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I now have it buried in uncooked rice in a sealed ziploc container. It did charge before, but I haven't tried it yet. I will leave it in the rice for today and check it out tomorrow.

Stay tuned!
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Old December 25th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Haven't wash my bluetooth or Cellphone.

I have however wash money
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Old December 25th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've issued general instructions that if anyone ever sees me wearing a "bug" and walking around in public talking to "myself", that I should be shot immediately.

I'd consider it a Christmas blessing that you washed yours ;o)
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Old December 27th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Update, I just tried the bluetooth after having it sit in a thing of rice for a day...it works, doesn't sound bad or shorted out, at least not yet!

To those commenting that they look redic and all, I wholeheartedly agree with you...I don't like having to use it, but it's a necessity for driving, and long calls apparently, to avoid brain tumors and such (or something). So, I will use it when I have to.

Thanks for the tips!!!
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Old December 27th, 2010, 04:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
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True Story-
I used to frequently make drives up north. I get sleepy, so I pick up the washtub-sized cup of Mt Dew.
I like to make good time, so I don't stop. The gigantic container of Mt Dew, if you haven't already guessed, has a dual purpose.
My cell phone was on my dashboard, I turned and, and as if in slow motion, I watched it slide from left to right, ricochet off the windshield and drop into the cup of now recycled Mt Dew I had carefully placed in my console.
Oh, that's magical!
It was a company cell, I reported it broken and got it replaced.
I let it dry for two weeks, turned it on and it powered up.
So I threw it away.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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So I threw it away.
LOL!

Nothing wrong with a bluetooth headset as long as you only wear it when you are using it. For a while there in 2006-2007 I was afraid they had become the new wristwatch.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Try blasting it with a blow dryer for about ten minutes or leave it on a hot-air vent for a couple of days...I've saved a couple of cell phones that way in the past...
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True Story-
I used to frequently make drives up north. I get sleepy, so I pick up the washtub-sized cup of Mt Dew.
I like to make good time, so I don't stop. The gigantic container of Mt Dew, if you haven't already guessed, has a dual purpose.
My cell phone was on my dashboard, I turned and, and as if in slow motion, I watched it slide from left to right, ricochet off the windshield and drop into the cup of now recycled Mt Dew I had carefully placed in my console.
Oh, that's magical!
It was a company cell, I reported it broken and got it replaced.
I let it dry for two weeks, turned it on and it powered up.
So I threw it away.
So wrong on so many levels...
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