Water, the source of all life on earth and the base on which we all rely on a daily basis. Indeed, without water we simply would not be in existence. That said water sometimes has some pretty undesired effects. Sometimes our treasured water falls down due to the power that is gravity. sometimes under the treasured water is a laptop, an iMac, an iPhone and so on.
As you all know, water and electrical DC circuits are completely and utterly incompatible. That is not about to change before we find a parallel universe in which water is not conductive. So until than here are a few solutions that might be of use in case water or another liquid got a little too close to your precious laptop, phone or tablet:
First thing first, identify the enemy:
Not all liquids are created equal. Sure, they all have H2O in them but they can also contain sugar, alcohol (a form of sugar), fruit (again, sugar) and so on. Different materials will interact differently with an electronics board such as a motherboard.
The rule of thumb is, the purer the water the more you are likely to save your laptop phone or tablet that had water spilled on them. That happens because water does potentially cause short-circuits but it does not create corrosion imitatively. that will take several days in most cases.
If sugar is joined into the mix corrosion will be created much much faster. a glass of zine or fruit juice spilled on a laptop, be it a mac an HP or a Lenovo, can create an impressive layer of corrosion on the motherboard.
This is probably the time to tell you all that it is the corrosion that will destroy your laptop, not the liquid itself.
So what should I do if I spilled water on my laptop or mac?
I will start by saying what not to do. putting your phone/laptop/mac/tablet in a bag of rice might be a very cool way to pass your time but it will do nothing to prevent corrosion. What it will do is ABSORB MOST of the water but residue will remain and that residue will create corrosion within a few weeks and all of a sudden your precious gadget will be damaged beyond repair. In case of spillage involving wine and other goodies the rice will allow you a day or two of use at best before you can say goodbye to your hardware.
So no rice please.
The one thing, the only thing to do, is to immediately power of your device and if possible remove the battery as the battery might still release small amounts of charge even if the device is off. If a short circuit happens on aboard there is almost no way to recover from that.
So again, turn the device off immediately. like right now, you can come back to read after that's done.
You turned off your device? Good
Now you need us. To treat a water damaged motherboard you need to use specialized chemical compounds that make sure that 0 residue is left and no corrosion will develop later on. As this requires a complete dismantlement of your electronic device it's best if done by a certified technician.
I happen to be one, so if you spilled water, spilled wine or a smoothy on your laptop, your mac etc just contact brussels-computers and we take care of the problem for you.
We offer door to door pick up and return, a kind and professional level of service at fair prices.
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