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Phone in the river? No Problem

I don't know about you, but I have lost my fair share of electronics gear as a result of untimely plunges into rivers. No matter how fast you scramble up, it always seems like just enough water reaches your phone or your camera to destroy it. I solved the problem with my camera by getting one of the Olympus models that is waterproof and shockproof -- so I don't have any problem there.

But my phone remains a challenge. Usually, I'll tuck it into a dry bag and not worry about it. But every once in a while I'll forget or just say to myself,  "I'm only going to take a few casts" and 10 minutes later crawl out; soaked to the bone because I slipped on a rock. Well, that happened again this last weekend when I was doing my access point by access point recon of the Rapidan River as I get ready to write that book. The difference this time is that I had just watched a TV show called "Brink" on the science channel where they had a short blip on drying out wet electronics.

All you do is embed the phone or your camera in rice. Since rice is so dry, it absorbs the water out of the electronic gear. Be sure to take out your battery and make sure every orifice is open to allow the water to escape. I was a little skeptical of this, but my phone was wet so I gave it a shot. I was tickled that it came back! It worked! I left it immersed in the rice for two days - you may need to leave it in there longer if you really get your phone soaked.

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Make sure it is as open as it can be

Totally submerge in the rice.


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