Wally MegaDork
June 11, 2013 8:44 p.m.

Somehow the wife's nook ended up in a lunch bag full of iced tea. It doesn't do anything and the Nook guy says it's toast. She got a replacement but I am curious if there is something I can do with this one besides a paperweight? Is there something I can change to make it work again, either as a Nook or maybe a cool spokesmen for something

turboswede PowerDork
June 11, 2013 8:47 p.m.

pull the battery and dry it out in a bag of rice for a few days.

Then replace the battery and see if you can get anywhere. The screen may be hosed though.

Curmudgeon MegaDork
June 11, 2013 8:53 p.m.

The rice thing brought my stepdad's smartphone back. Can't hurt to try it.

friedgreencorrado UltimaDork
June 11, 2013 8:59 p.m.

Rice loves water, even when the water's not hot. Try it!

Derick Freese SuperDork
June 11, 2013 9:09 p.m.

Nice, a Max Headroom reference.

The rice thing is hit or miss, but it's the first step. To pull the battery in a Nook, you have to fight that stupid rear cover. Its tabs have a habit of breaking, so be careful.

DILYSI Dave MegaDork
June 11, 2013 9:39 p.m.

SVreX MegaDork
June 11, 2013 9:52 p.m.

Where else can we see wet nookie, Max Headroom, home fixes involving uncooked rice, and Asians fixing ducks, all in 1 thread?

GRM. Priceless.

Appleseed UltimaDork
June 12, 2013 12:43 a.m.

There are so many dirty wrong answers to this question. Where to begin?

GameboyRMH UltimaDork
June 12, 2013 7:39 a.m.

Your wife's nook is wet and you want to know what to do with it you say?

Yeah try the rice thing, if that doesn't work, try rinsing with distilled water and rice again, if that doesn't work...it's toast.

Jerry HalfDork
June 12, 2013 8:17 a.m.

93EXCivic MegaDork
June 12, 2013 8:19 a.m.

If the rice doesn't work, target practice!

4cylndrfury MegaDork
June 12, 2013 11:54 a.m.

what can you make with this? a hat, a brooch, a pterodactyl

4cylndrfury MegaDork
June 12, 2013 11:58 a.m.

seriously tho, there are smartphone repair kiosks popping up at malls here in Cincinnati, theres likely some near you. They may be able to help if the rice bit is a no-go.

June 12, 2013 12:55 p.m.

I was able to save a computer that had a drinking problem and tried to chug a racer 5 IPA.

First thing to do is pull the battery and get the power out of the circuits. Second wash whatever contaminants away with distilled water. Thirdly wash the nook out with either plastic safe electric contact cleaner or denatured alcohol. Fourth let dry for a few days. Fifth pray it works.

Worked for me!

Osterkraut UberDork
June 12, 2013 1:01 p.m.
SVreX wrote: Where else can we see wet nookie, Max Headroom, home fixes involving uncooked rice, and Asians fixing ducks, all in 1 thread? GRM. Priceless.

Semantics: it's "Actual Advice Mallard" talking about asians fixing electronics, not an asian duck. Which look a lot like this:

Curmudgeon MegaDork
June 12, 2013 3:05 p.m.

No personal experience, but I've also heard of the distilled water flush followed by a slow bake in a 100 degree oven being done with PCMs etc. Be sure to protect it from the heating elements, put it on a baking rack with a cookie sheet underneath and make a little tent of aluminum foil over the top. The idea is to dry it out slowly.

SVreX MegaDork
June 12, 2013 3:07 p.m.

Other magic rice trick saved my GPS after being fully submerged for 20 minutes. I think it is like a miracle grain giver of E-life, or some such thing.

4cylndrfury MegaDork
June 12, 2013 3:13 p.m.

When I worked at a large electronics retailer, we always had big pouches of that silica desicate that went in the trash after opening bulk packs of computer parts. I put an old phone that went to a watery grave when it fell out of my pocket in a rainstorm into a tuperware bowl with a bunch of that stuff, and put the lid on it. Left it in there for about 2 days. They keypad never lit up after that, but I still used that phone for 2 years afterward. You could probably get some of that stuff for free from the local computer parts store.

Apexcarver PowerDork
June 12, 2013 3:16 p.m.

I would soak in distilled water before the rice thing, especially if it was sweet tea.

Just to flush the nasty stuff out that could create a sticky short.

patgizz UberDork
June 12, 2013 8:51 p.m.

i dropped my iphone in the bathtub. it got mad, and slowly functions came back one by one. in a month it was like no bath happened.

Curmudgeon MegaDork
June 12, 2013 8:57 p.m.

[Homer] 'Mmmmm.... wet nookie.... mmmmm.' [/Homer]

June 12, 2013 9:30 p.m.

Put it in a sealed container with an open container of 99% or even better, anhydrous, ethanol or isopropanol. The alcohol will soak up a good amount of water from the air and dry anything in the container. If you're really crazy you could soak the device in alcohol and dry it out, I'd just be concerned it might berkeley the LCD up.

BAMF HalfDork
June 13, 2013 3:26 p.m.

My Bluetooth headset went through the wash in my pants pocket the other day. It went through the dryer too. Works as well as ever.

If you have a dryer with a non tumble rack (I don't), it might be a good place to dry it.

GameboyRMH UltimaDork
June 13, 2013 5:55 p.m.
Kenny_McCormic wrote: If you're really crazy you could soak the device in alcohol and dry it out, I'd just be concerned it might berkeley the LCD up.

That would melt all kinds of things...it'd be a good demonstration of how much adhesive is used in the components.

poopshovel MegaDork
June 13, 2013 6:37 p.m.

+1 for denatured alcohol...or vodka in a pinch. Wtf are you "melting" with alcohol???

I've personally witnessed the Canexican's rednextel phone thrown of a 3rd story balcony, smashed to bits (like, 3 big bits) a couple of which went into a retention pond. He fished out the wet bits, brought them up to the hotel room, soaked them with vodka, and let them rest on the back of the fridge near the coil to dry.

Next day, buttoned her back up and called the berkeleyer who threw the phone. That piece of E36 M3 lasted forever.

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