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Saltwater damage

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21st July 2014, 10:01 PM   |  #1  
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I fell in the water with my phone. Salt water at that. Once I came to, my phone had a blinking light coming from the camera flash. I took battery out and let dry. Today I got up, took phone completely apart, cleaned with contact cleaner. Was ALOT of salt inside the phone. Anyways I got it cleaned up as best I could, pretty clean. Let dry again for a few hours.

Its back together now, turns on. Screen goes all crazy, pink and fuzzy. Pulsing blue led on front for about 10 seconds. Then nothing. Tried USB to PC nothing.

I found these phone don't come fully apart. I can take out main board, camera and a few plastic parts. But that's it. Lots of phone to take apart but no guides past this point and all the teardowns bring me to the same point.

Any ideas? Maybe bath the screen and what left for electrical components in alcohol?

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21st July 2014, 10:02 PM   |  #2  
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Can a mod move this to galaxy s3 i747 section? My bad

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22nd July 2014, 03:51 AM   |  #3  
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Sea water messes up components, think you should consider a new phone
22nd July 2014, 07:15 AM   |  #4  
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Yea bro I'm gunna say that trying to fix it is more money and effort then just buying a new one
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I already bought a new phone. Got another i747m. $400 didn't wanna mess with used phones again, last 3 used phones all ended up having an issue one way or another. Save a few bucks gain a few headaches.

Thanks for confirming what I thought though.

I am going to investigate fixing the phone. Still.
I got it to boot more now, pulsing boot led, vol buttons make a sound when I press them. I used my multimeter to test most of the connections. Everything I could check is fine. I think there is more salt behind the screen and behind the 2 small PCB chips that I couldn't get off. Going to try excessive force this time. Nothing to loose.

Is it safe to use the battery still? Its not swollen or nothing. Or should I not bother being as the water mark on the battery is pink?

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22nd July 2014, 03:37 PM   |  #6  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ronedogg

I already bought a new phone. Got another i747m. $400 didn't wanna mess with used phones again, last 3 used phones all ended up having an issue one way or another. Save a few bucks gain a few headaches.

Thanks for confirming what I thought though.

I am going to investigate fixing the phone. Still.
I got it to boot more now, pulsing boot led, vol buttons make a sound when I press them. I used my multimeter to test most of the connections. Everything I could check is fine. I think there is more salt behind the screen and behind the 2 small PCB chips that I couldn't get off. Going to try excessive force this time. Nothing to loose.

Is it safe to use the battery still? Its not swollen or nothing. Or should I not bother being as the water mark on the battery is pink?

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The battery *should* be fine for a while. I've used a water damaged one for the longest time but it did spend a couple days in a bag of rice.
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