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2008\07\04@085848 by Cedric Chang

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I ran my cell phone through the laundry** and immediately pulled the  
battery and sloshed the phone around in distilled water.  I am still  
using the cell phone months later albeit with a different battery.  
The first battery was DUI.   ( Dead Upon Immersion )
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** not on purpose

2008\07\04@131000 by andrew kelley

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Funny, must have been that particular manufacturer.  Sandisk's USB
survives the washer and the dryer. (verified at least twice)

--andrew

2008\07\04@154007 by Herbert Graf

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On Fri, 2008-07-04 at 13:09 -0400, andrew kelley wrote:
> Funny, must have been that particular manufacturer.  Sandisk's USB
> survives the washer and the dryer. (verified at least twice)

I don't know about USB keys, but I do know that CF and SD cards don't
seem to mind the wash/dryer very much, have had multiple cards go
through the process... they smell so good afterwards... :)

2008\07\07@042518 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I don't know about USB keys, but I do know that CF and SD cards don't
>seem to mind the wash/dryer very much, have had multiple cards go
>through the process... they smell so good afterwards... :)

Doe sit brighten the colours in the pictures?

Do the videos become 'smellyvision' ??

;))))

2008\07\07@044229 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Cedric Chang <spam_OUTccTakeThisOuTspamnope9.com> wrote:
> I ran my cell phone through the laundry** and immediately pulled the
> battery and sloshed the phone around in distilled water.  I am still
> using the cell phone months later albeit with a different battery.
> The first battery was DUI.   ( Dead Upon Immersion )
> cc
> ** not on purpose

Last time my younger brother has a Samsung cell phone going
through a Samsung washing machine. Just like your experience,
the first battery was dead. The phone could not be used either but
I helped him to keep the phone for 6 months along with the spare
battery. His new phone (another Samsung) was grabbed by my
youngest brother 6 month later. So he was thinking of buying a
new phone. Then I took out the old phone and it actually worked
fine after 6 months of nature drying process. So he saved the
money and continued to use the phone for quite some years.

Xiaofan

2008\07\07@053129 by Tamas Rudnai

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Many years ago I dropped a Nokia 2010 into the River Danube. Well, the phone
was clipped into my belt and I was trying to put my son into a boat, so as I
leaned over the clip just released the mobile. When I saw the phone falling
I was thinking that I cannot catch the it without dropping my son to the
river, so I just witnessed as the phone bounced like tree times on the edge
of the boat which finally ended up in the water instead of the boat.

Anyway, the water is shallow there, so jumped into to find the phone, but
only after half an hour intensive search could get it out. Well, I took the
battery off immediately, and at home I disassembled it to see any damages.
Most of the fine wires on the foldable pcb just disappeared, so it was
impossible to save it. Phone is like a cat: does not like water...

Tamas



On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Xiaofan Chen <.....xiaofancKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:

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2008\07\07@053759 by Jake Anderson

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Xiaofan Chen wrote:
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More than once I have "repaired" somebody's MP3 player by pulling it
apart, cutting the battery wire and leaving it in the sun for the morning.
Solder the battery wire back on and all is well again.

2008\07\07@104923 by Bob Axtell

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My SanDisk flash drive has survived three washing/drying cycles in the
pocket of my shirt.
I am amazed every time.

--Bob A

On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 2:37 AM, Jake Anderson <EraseMEjakespam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTvapourforge.com> wrote:

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2008\07\07@114254 by Brian B. Riley

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 ... and will continue to be amazed until you finally o it once too  
often and trash it! [grin]

Several years ago Maximum PC magazine did a series of test on ten  
different brands of flashkeys. The ten tests involved, washing  
machines, steaming mugs of coffee, being dropped from the third floor  
in open atrium, driven over by a Toyota Landcruiser, etc. The tests  
were all reasonable daily hazards for an on the go propeller head.

The most interesting (to me, anyway) aspect of the tests was the  
'winner,' if you will of each test was a different brand/model. No one  
flashkey survived every test. Each seemed to have its own achilles  
heel. there was no clear cut winner. I seem to remember that one of  
them 'won' three tests. I am sorry but don't remember which brand.

cheers ... BBR


On Jul 7, 2008, at 10:48 AM, Bob Axtell wrote:

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2008\07\07@130751 by piclist

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On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, Bob Axtell wrote:
> My SanDisk flash drive has survived three washing/drying cycles in the
> pocket of my shirt.
> I am amazed every time.

I am not terribly suprised based on my experiences with water and
electronics, which is substantial due to my being clumsy. :-)

Water kills powered electronics dead by forming shorts and burning out
bits of the hardware.

With an unpowered flash drive, you are down to damage due to corrosion and
damage with water mixing into components, like those axial tin can caps.

Most flash drives are a small board with some SMD components, and most of
those are build in tiny plastic shells where water can't get in.

If the device was rinsed and dried, it should still work.

Hmm.. I wonder if the tempature of the water or dryer is hot enough to
cause reflow problems with the solder?

--
Ian Smith
http://www.ian.org

2008\07\07@135931 by Gacrowell

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If you call in for warranty repair on your cell phone, they'll ask you
to open the battery compartment and tell them if you see a red dot.  If
you tell them yes - too bad, warranty is off.  The red dot is normally a
white dot... until it gets wet.  They won't ask if the phone has gotten
wet, too many people would lie about that.  They don't tell you what the
dot is for - they just ask the color.

I just looked at my new(er) Samsung phone and the 'dot' is a small
square, but its there.  I think I've found it in all but one of the
phones I've owned (~6).

The dots are a 3M product.

GC

2008\07\07@141125 by Clint Sharp

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<RemoveME755cfb060807041009v1242e047tad93852e4e101336TakeThisOuTspammail.gmail.com>, andrew
kelley <spamBeGoneleetslackerspamBeGonespamgmail.com> writes
>Funny, must have been that particular manufacturer.  Sandisk's USB
>survives the washer and the dryer. (verified at least twice)
>
>--andrew
My Sandisk Cruzer has survived once but I did disassemble it and wash it
off with Isopropyl alcohol while it was still wet. Oh, my Motorola
Bluetooth headset was resurrected after a wash cycle by the same
procedure.
--
Clint Sharp

2008\07\08@054700 by Alan B. Pearce

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>and will continue to be amazed until you finally o it
>once too often and trash it! [grin]

I guess if you are going to do this often you should get one of the
ruggedized ones which get given away each week on the UKs TV Gadget Show ...

http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/flash.aspx

Or maybe if you need to back things up, get one of these ...

http://gadgetshow.five.tv/jsp/5gsmain.jsp?lnk=101&id=941

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