Testimonial: Rice Resurrects Even The Most Soaked Of Gadgets

Nobody wants to lose their favourite new electronic gadget to a dunk in the drink. One Lifehacker reader saved his phone after an astounding 30 minute soak by sending in to the dry-rice spa.

Two years ago we shared a handy trick for saving your gadgets after an unfortunate run in with water — using rice to soak up the moisture. Lifehacker reader Dietrich recently put that tip to use with impressive results:

For the last 2 days it has been a monsoon in my city. Today, during a rushed last minute shopping spree, I dropped my phone in a puddle. I didn't realise I had dropped it until I got back to my car 30 minutes later.

I remembered articles on Lifehacker about what to do so I immediately popped the battery out and dried the phone. When I got home I put my Palm Pre in a bag of rice for 10 hours. Adding insult to injury, I forgot to take the phone battery out of my pocket and put it through the washing machine. 10 hours later I'm typing this on my Pre. Good job Palm on making an excellent phone.

Revival after 30 minutes is a really impressive feat. Our own Lisa Hoover saved her son's phone from a water-logged fate after it took a dunk in a swimming pool by using a container of rice, but it definitely wasn't at the bottom of the pool for half an hour. Check out the original article for the how-to on using rice to dry out your electronics and if you've used the trick yourself, successful or not, let's hear about it in the comments.


    just the other day, my brothers friend jumped in our pool with his ipod nano.
    the old rice trick managed to bring it back to life!

    interesting... and now when i think about it.. it's probably true since having rice grains in the salt shaker keeps the salt dry and crisp!

      marztar: rice in a salt shaker isn't there to act as a desiccant so much as to regulate the flow of salt between shakes.

    I dunked my phone recently, but didn't know about the rice trick. I did however dry it asap, and get it out into the sun - it was thankfully a very hot summer's day and about 20 mins later, it worked as if never dunked.

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