iPad in the swimming pool? There is hope

It seemed like a great idea to bring your iPad to the neighborhood pool. Until, of course, you dropped it in the water. Now it feels like an awful idea. But try not to panic. There’s a chance you might be able to save that iPad. It’s true: Water certainly isn’t the friend of electronic devices. Even so it doesn’t have to be their end, either. If you act quickly, you may well be able to save your waterlogged tablet, smart phone or iPod.

Saving drowned technology

The tech Web site Gizmodo recently delivered a good tutorial of what you can do to save the gadgets that they have accidentally dropped into bodies of water. First, and most important, you should immediately shut down the device’s power. As Gizmodo explains, it isn’t the water that destroys your electronic toys– it’s the electrical shorts that the water causes. So if your device incorporates a battery, quickly remove it. If it doesn’t, make sure to turn the power off and keep it off. Don’t be tempted to check to see if your device still works.

Other steps

Once the power is off, remove anything else you can from your device. This simply means taking off back covers, removing SIM cards and taking off ear port coverings. As Gizmodo explains, there’s a valid reason for this: You want to open up as many holes as you can in the device. This will allow water to dry up more rapidly. It will also let more air into your device. Next, vacuum as much moisture out from the device as possible. A vacuum with a small nozzle is ideal for this. Finally, it’s time to dry your device. Gizmodo offers a unusual recommendation for this: Rice Krispies. Yes, dropping your iPad or cell phone into a bowl of dry Rice Krispies will suck water out of them. After 48 hours, give your device a try. If you’re lucky, it could possibly work.

Keeping it dry

Of course, the best way to protect your devices from the water is to keep them dry from the start. You can do this by using waterproof covers. There are plenty of of them available. In a recent story, the New York Times reviewed three options, LifeProof, Joy Factory Rain Ballet and Liquipel. All have their good and bad points, but each should keep your device dry if disaster should strike. But our best advice? Resist the impulse to take your electronic gadgets to the pool or the side of the tub. Why take the risk?