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Man Drops BlackBerry In Toilet, Saves It With Rice

What do you do when you've got a hot first date and you drop your BlackBerry into the toilet? Turns out, it may be easier to fix than you'd think.

One Washington Post writer recently suffered a case of slippery fingers and dropped his beloved BlackBerry into the toilet. When he retrieved it (it was clean water, or so he says) it was completely unresponsive. He tried wishing - he hadn't stored his date's number anywhere else - then he tried blow drying it for a half hour. Neither trick worked.

Then, a friend told him to turn it off and leave it overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice, which would naturally suck out the moisture. The trick actually worked. Here's more:

I was able to turn it on long enough to retrieve the one number that might save me from offering the lamest and most embarrassing excuse for standing someone up. After sleeping in a bed of rice, my BlackBerry functioned well Sunday, except for the time function, which froze. It was flimsy on Monday, fading in and out, but sprang back to life Tuesday, after another night in the rice bowl.

The good news is, the girl agreed to a second date. The bad news is, his BlackBerry isn't going to last much longer. Have you ever tried drying out your phone after a spill or trip through the wash? If so, what did you do?

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gingy98 gingy98 7 years
I also got my blackberry curve in water & I put it in rice for about 3 days but its still not working just the light from the screen turns on. What's going on ? Maybe I don't its a way how to put the phone in rice ??? HELP
veryspecial veryspecial 8 years
I had to jump into a pool to save a drowning girl. She was fine. My blackberry wasn't. Thanks to quick-thinking, my blackberry was fully functional in 7 days. Here's what worked for me: 1. Remove battery, sim card, and memory card asap. Focus on the battery first. Try to dry them with a clean, dry cloth. 2. Leave battery cover off. You will lay all pieces down flat, with a focus on avoiding water drainage that passes through electrical components. Lay blackberry(keys down), battery cover (inside of cover facing down), battery (components up), sim card (components up), and memory card (components up) on a newspaper for 3 HOURS. Leave sim card slot and memory card slot in the upright position. 3. Replace battery cover and place blackberry in a plastic bag of rice for 8 HOURS. Cut a slit in the top of the bag, slide blackberry into bag (keys down), seal bag with a bread tie. During this step, leave battery, sim card, and memory card on newspaper. 4. Remove blackberry from rice bag. 5. Place blackberry, cover, battery, sim card, and memory card back onto newspaper as described in Step 2. Leave all pieces in this position for 7 DAYS. 6. Replace all pieces and power up the blackberry.
schoolgirl867869 schoolgirl867869 9 years
last thursday my dad washed my phone (btw im 15) in a pair of my jeans normally my mom does the laundry so i dont have to worry about empting my pockets but just this once he did the laundry and my phone got washed it didnt work even with a new battery but we have insurance so i got a replacement if ur clumsy back up all your pictures and stuff cause i lost all of my pictures not that any of them were really imprtant but still
MlovesCfo MlovesCfo 9 years
I dropped my VERY FIRST cell phone in a HUGE puddle when I was getting out of my car. I took it apart and put it on the heat vent over night and it worked the next day. But it was that one Nokia phone that you got for free like 8 years ago. So no cool stuff on it.
artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 9 years
:O omgosh thats sooo cool!!! :D nice tip and story! i wonder how his friend knew bout that rice thing? :P
midnight_star midnight_star 9 years
My mom's phone fell out of her pocket and into the toilet once... It still works.. kinda. The light doesn't work at all and the display is fading, but she refuses to get a new one. It's kind of funny though, when she tries to read anything on the screens...
MissKristina101 MissKristina101 9 years
hmm, i have yet to drop my tmobile dash in the toilet. but sounds like a great remedy. hehe!
jaydog jaydog 9 years
That's great.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
i once dropped my phone in a big glass of pop... sadly.. there was no saving it.. it was all sticky :( and it was a cool one too!! if it still worked now i would totally use it!
jeahh jeahh 9 years
Well my phone wasn't submerged into a toilet bowl, but a juice bottle leaked and my poor cellphone wouldn't work for quite a while. I had to take the battery out and I put it in the oven at 150-200 degrees and took it out every 15 minutes to check. Then I left it in the sun to air dry. After 2 days of doing this my phone turned back on! It still works fine except the screen is a little messed up... I think from the juice =/
Three-Eyed-Fish Three-Eyed-Fish 9 years
I just tried this about a month ago when I dropped my phone in a glass of soda!!! Rice is juts another way of ensuring that you get moisture out of the screen, so best bet it to slightly blow dry the inside then place it in rice because the worst thing that could happen to your phone is mold growing on the inside! Just be sure to stop every few seconds so you don't overheat your phone and melt it. Oh, and try not to have to turn your phone off after you drop it in water. After I turned it off a week later after dropping the phone in water the phone didn't recognize the battery due to water damage. Although I was able to shock the sales person who said there was no hope and I should just by a new phone. c:
KittyToy KittyToy 9 years
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
My phone got dropped in the pool once, I immediately took the battery out and blow dry the phone for phone came back to life!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
That's a good tip. I'll have to try that out sometime if I have get a blackberry. Hehehe....
faux_couture faux_couture 9 years
i can't imagine dropping my phone in the toilet. i had wet my moms cell on accident.. & it stopped working. i was freaking out so i took it apart and dried the battery as good as possible. then, i blow dried the rest of the phone. then, i rubbed the battery (i don't know why, but i just did) and it turned on, thank GOSHHH!
NikkiCouture NikkiCouture 9 years
I have one of those "limited edition" pink tattooed Razr's, and the first week I got it I took it to the gym. I left it in my locker and when i came back, it was making all these noises as if the buttons were being pressed. On the right side of the screen there is this button that activates the voice phone book (Say a name, and it dials the number). That kept poping up OVER AND OVER AND OVER and there was no way of stopping it. Finally, after a week of not being able to make phone calls or see text messages (cause of the stupid "No Voice Names are stored in Ph.Book" mocking me), I took it to TMobile and they said there was water damage. Apparently, the moisture in the air damaged my phone. To this day that STUPID STUPID STUPID thing pops up. Yes, I still have the phone because 1. I love it and 2. they wouldn't replace it cause water damage isn't covered in TMobile insurance policies. SUCKY.
CelestiaLuv CelestiaLuv 9 years
I like that innovative tip Kipwingerjr, now you can dry your phone on the fan, and cook the rice on the stove. lol
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I like these kinds of stories. Now can you women believe that it's great to keep "Huggy Baby Wipes" around for carpet stains and etc…? Someone had dropped red wine on the carpet, everyone was running to get something to clean it with before the stain turned permanent, which someone was yelling that it would be anyway because the carpet was light too. Anywho, I simply got up the main spot with a towel by lightly tapping on it, and then I pulled out a Huggie baby wipe and allow it to suck up the stain (Do NOT wipe, just lightly tap it). By the time I finished you couldn't tell that she had dropped any red wine. And this was a very light carpet that was not cheap. There are also other things around the house that you can use these wipes for. Amazingly Huggies is safe on baby bottoms, and cleaning household thing very, very safely, so you never have to worry about chemicals. Sometimes a child will complain if you clean an injury or a bad cut with tissue, towel, or cloth. But try a Huggy wipe, it's moist with no chemicals to burn your child. And it can clean them better with less pain before you add the medicine & bandage to help them. Now...Huggie baby wipes and all the things that they can do that nobody tells you about…. well don't get me started my friend....Let me know if you’ve experienced that one too.
tatiana_x tatiana_x 9 years
bahahah nyyyceee
veside veside 9 years
Don't forget that dousing the appliance in isopropyl alcohol as soon as it gets wet also works! The alcohol evaporates rapidly, taking with it the remaining moisture.
Penny4545 Penny4545 9 years
hmm i always have rice... i wish i knew this when i threw my $300 phone in the washer...
trala1 trala1 9 years
Good to know. I'm so into my blackberry, I don't know what I would do if it ever went out. Great tip Geek Sugar!!! =:star:
BlackCatMusely BlackCatMusely 9 years
i want to go throw my ipod in the toilet now to see if this tip works.
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