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Help, my LG VX3200 phone went through the wash

by ThatDangCat / February 19, 2005 12:03 AM PST

My LG VX3200 phone accidentally went through the laundry machine (only the washer, not the dryer) and now it is not working. Switching batteries does not make it work. It doesn't work when plugged in to charge. If I let it just sit out to dry, is there a chance that it might work? Or is there something else I should be doing? Or should I just start shopping for a new cell phone?

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Phone Wash
by birdmantd Forum moderator / February 19, 2005 8:51 AM PST

Best advice is to take apart as much as possible (battery, cover, case) and attempt to dry out. No promises, but it can't hurt. You might need to start shopping for a new one though.

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C|Net awaits . . . what is the word?
by jbroshear / February 28, 2006 10:30 PM PST
In reply to: Phone Wash

Did it dry out? Is it working?

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LG phone through the washing machine
by karenccthompson / April 10, 2005 3:46 AM PDT

Did your phone ever work again? I just washed my son's and have the same questions you did.

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washed mine too
by labguyone / May 8, 2005 2:45 AM PDT

My LG flip phone went through the washing machine this morning. I was able to take it apart - the keypad and screen halves were both just screwed together - and dry it and it seems to work. It may be a little quiet on the speaker part, so others can't hear me as well as they could, but I hope that will dry out more and work better too. I figured there was nothing to lose by taking it apart. And it worked.

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I heard that if u bake it

I heard that if u "bake" it, put it in the oven WITH OUT the battery or battery cover for about an hour at like 400 degrees! and let it sit for about 24 that it should work! but it's not for sure that it will work.

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by jenseits / March 12, 2006 8:33 PM PST

are you serious?! Hilarious.

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mmm... yeah
by 21012561490841956051018971183198-Rydog171 / April 1, 2006 11:41 PM PST
In reply to: bwahhahaha

Yeah, my friend did that, GUESS WHAT? it worked.

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dont worry!
by killty / February 26, 2006 12:47 AM PST

my cell phone got dropped in a pool, all you have to do is dry it out for a few days & hopefully it will turn on, because thats what happened to mine. just let it dry out & give it some time & im sure it will be alright, the phone is really durable

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So... what eventually happened
by wirelesswendy / March 14, 2006 11:20 PM PST

Can we get an update? Did you let it dry out? Did you bake it (as someone suggested)? Or did you end up buying a new handset?

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If it does not work, DON'T but a new one from WIREFLY
by benthampl / March 16, 2006 2:27 PM PST

Watch out if someone tells you to try Wirefly for a replacement phone.....they suck

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dunked Nokia 6102 - How to avoid 'down time'
by wblais1 / March 17, 2006 3:25 PM PST

well amongst all of the water logged conversation, I'd like to point out a few things.

- if you get the phone wet period... to even have a chance of it working again, take apart everything you can get off of it immediately. do NOT reassemble OR attempt to charge it for at LEAST 3 days. this will POSSIBLY prevent shorts.

- you will probably need a new battery even if the phone will turn back on... shorted out batteries will "charge" but only hold on for MAX 30 mins.

- after talking to many "cell phone repair experts" (aka my uncle who is a cingular network/phone tech, and multiple 'cell phone repair shops' here in Memphis) the general consensus is WET PHONE = SCREWED.

- $4 bucks a month or so for insurance and AT LEAST a $50 copay to replace a phone with either a new or 'refurbished' phone maybe doesn't sound reasonable, but looking at the alternative of my accident prone fiance... we've lost one phone and counting, and thank heavens I don't have to buy a new $180 phone at retail price...

1) wet phone = the PHONE ONLY is screwed (the SIM CHIP will usually SURVIVE!!!)
2) if possible, keep an older phone around to serve as a backup (if you have any for the same network from 'upgrade' offers)
3) SERIOUSLY consider insurance depending on the phone cost / who is using it...

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Wirefly doesn't sell replacement phones
by mightyphung / March 23, 2006 5:32 AM PST

Wirefly only has deals for people looking to switch carriers when their contracts are up. Not the place to go for replacement phones.

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LG phone in the washer
by loggedphone / April 21, 2009 9:15 PM PDT

My son's LG VX9400 went through the washer. I took the battery off and scrounged up some desiccant packets from some of my shoe boxes, put the phone, battery, and desiccant in a ziplock baggie, and sealed it tight. After two days, I took the phone and battery out of the baggie and covered them in a bowl of uncooked rice. After one day, I put the battery back on, powered the phone, and it worked!

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