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Don’t Put Your Device in Rice. Here’s Why…

Let’s work together to get rid of the myth that putting electronics in rice is an effective strategy for treating water damage. It’s not.

Here’s the deal with rice and water damage. Pancake batter on the counter on Sunday morning is relatively easy to wipe off. Dried pancake battery on Sunday night…that’s a different story.

The same thing happens with water/liquid damage. When we put a device in rice, it is the same thing as doing nothing. Except not the same, because we FEEL like we’re actively trying something.

Corrosion is instant when you spill water on your device or drop it in water. Sometimes the corrosion hits important components, sometimes not.

If we resist turning the device on until it dries on the counter, in the rice bag, or anywhere else—sometimes we get lucky.

If we had the device in the rice bag, we *think* the rice saved the device. But it didn’t. Even if the device seems to be working, it will have oxidized solder joints that are weakened and brittle. Corrosion will continue to spread inside the device. We have done nothing but experienced temporary luck.

The real secret to water damage?

You DON’T want to DRY it!

I know it is so tempting….let’s just put this device in rice, you never know, it might be okay.

You’d be hard pressed to find ANY EXPERIENCED professional in the repair industry that doesn’t roll their eyes when they hear the word “rice”

We see the sad result of phones/devices that have been carefully placed in the Mahatma bag with fingers crossed.

Your best strategy for liquid damage, is turn the device off immediately, unplug it from the wall, remove batteries if you can and then take it to Bentech Computers before it dries.