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How to Get Water Out of Charging Port

With the increased popularity of smartphones, damage to our phones from water has become a common occurrence. This is especially true if you accidentally drop your phone in a toilet or sink, or if it gets exposed to any amount of water at all. Once that happens, there’s no turning back because it will never be the same again. In the worst case scenario, your phone could be completely ruined and become a paperweight.

In attempt to minimize the damage caused by water, many people place their devices in a bag of uncooked rice overnight, hoping that will suck out the moisture from inside. However, it never really works as well as we hope because what actually happens is that the rice absorbs some of the moisture that’s already on the outside of your device. There are much better ways to fix a wet smartphone or tablet, but you have to know where to look for those solutions first.

In this post we’ll show you how to revive a water-damaged phone or tablet as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible.

What to do if Water Gets in Charging Port?

Steps to take immediately:
If you’re lucky enough to have a bag of rice nearby, begin by taking out a handful and lining the inside of a container with it—a Tupperware type will do if need be. Next, place your wet smartphone inside and seal it up so no moisture can escape.

Doing this overnight will usually dry your phone better than leaving it in front of an air conditioner or fan because transferring your device into rice is more efficient at moisture absorption than those two things are at drying. If you don’t have any rice on hand, silica gel packets work well too as they absorb moisture even better than rice does.

It’s worth noting that most electronic devices with these packets pre-installed come with warnings not to eat the contents. If you’re not sure if your phone has them, err on the side of caution and refrain from eating anything that comes out of it.

While waiting for your phone to dry, take measures to prevent re-wetting by placing it somewhere dry until it’s ready again. Also, try to resist the urge to check up on it every hour or so because removing the battery can cause irreparable damage in some cases.

What NOT to do if Water Gets in Charging Port?

Another thing you should not do is turn your device on. The reasoning behind this is that even though the water may have dried by then, electrical components can malfunction when exposed to liquids because of corrosion charges. Even if nothing happens after turning it on, your hardware could be gradually getting worse with each power up.

You should also avoid using a hair dryer or any other form of heat to speed up the drying process. This will likely lead to discoloration and other types of damage, as it’s common for people to see these types of problems following an incident involving water damage. So please refrain from doing things like placing your smartphone in front of a heater or directly under the sun.

phone under water

Can Charging Port be Damaged by Water?

We are frequently asked by customers if the charging port of an electronic device can be damaged if it gets wet. The short answer is yes, water can damage electronics.

The longer answer is that each device manufacturer handles the design details of their charging port differently. We cannot comment on how specific devices are designed or tested for water resistance because we do not have any insight into those processes. However, there are certain things you should do to protect your devices from water damage and some things you shouldn’t do.

Charging ports come in two forms: sealed or unsealed/openable ports. Sealed ports are typically found on fitness trackers with small holes for transmitting data between the tracker and its charger/computer, but they are not designed to be exposed to water. Sealed ports are generally covered with a rubber gasket to keep moisture out, though it is doubtful that the charging port was designed for complete submersion in liquid.

Unsealed/openable ports like the charge port on all ChargeTech product are specifically designed to allow their users to connect cables while they are wet or submerged in water. The depth at which each device manufacturer tests their products for water resistance varies greatly. Some manufacturers don’t even claim excess of IPX6 (water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction), while some other manufacturers boast of devices tested for complete immersion in 5 feet of water (and beyond). We can keep guessing how deep each manufacturer has tested their devices but some people forget that manufacturers are required to put their claims into perspective.

What Should You do if The Lightning Accessory or Charging Port is Wet?

  1. All cables and attachments should be removed from your iPhone and refrain from reconnecting them until it has been completely dry.
  2. To drain any extra liquid, carefully tap your iPhone on your hand with the lightning connector facing down. Place your phone in a dry, ventilated area.
  3. At least 30 minutes have passed, and you’re ready to charge the phone using a lightning cable or a lightning accessory.
  4. If you still get a notification, there is still liquid in the lightning port or between the pins of your lightning cable.
  5. For up to a day, put your iPhone in a dry and well-ventilated location. You can retry charging or connecting a lightning accessory at this stage. It might take up to 24 hours for everything to dry completely.

What Should You Avoid Doing When The Charging Port or Lightning Accessory is Wet?

Here are some things that you should never try to get water out of the charging port:

  1. Do not blow dry your iPhone or use an external heat source to do it.
  2. It’s not advised to insert a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or paper towel, into the lightning connector.
  3. Rice bags are not recommended for placing your iPhone in. Minute rice dust, on the other hand, might cause your iPhone to be destroyed.
iphone under water

Is the iPhone 12 Waterproof?

We used a drone to capture footage of the phone while it was submerged. The screen turned off after a few seconds, and we did not see any other activity on the iPhone. After 30 minutes had passed, we retrieved the device from the water, and were relieved to see that it still worked fine. There was no damage except for some minor condensation underneath the glass covering of the display.

In testing, if you’re planning to put your phone in this kind of danger, make sure that you buy one with a headphone jack or Bluetooth headphones so that you can listen to music during your adventures without worrying about how long you’ll have them.

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