Do you know how to get water out of a charging port? The experts here at History-Computer are pros at cleaning charging ports, and we’re happy to teach you how! One thing electronics hate is water. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to keep your electronics away from H2O and other liquids, so it’s unsurprising you may need our help getting water out of your charging port.
If you’ve dropped your phone in water, or you dropped a glass of sweet tea on your phone (guilty), don’t worry. It is possible to save your phone, computer, or tablet. Of course, you’ll need the right tools and know-how to get your charging port clean and operational again.
So, let’s dive into how we’ve saved hundreds of electronic devices using a few straightforward methods.
Things to Know About Getting Water Out of a Charging Port
Getting water out of a charging port isn’t as straightforward as one may think. Moreover, there’s some pretty terrible advice floating around the internet (microwaving a phone is a bad idea).
The fortunate part of getting your phone wet is that most models these days are designed to get a little wet. So, your internal hardware is likely undamaged. However, using improper methods can harm your device.
Let’s talk a bit about things to know before getting water out of the port.
A Wet Charging Port Is Sensitive
Charging ports are delicate. If you use chemicals, air, or tools, you could damage internal parts that make it work. This is especially true with most Android devices. Unlike iPhones, the charging connectors are in the center of the port and can be bent easily. Don’t insert anything into the port, and be mindful of the internal components.
Furthermore, the charging port can rust if you don’t remove the liquid adequately. It’s imperative that you get as much water as you can out of the port as fast as possible. However, you also don’t want to use any chemicals or tools that may cause further damage.
Power Off the Device First
When you notice water or liquid in your charging port, power off your device. Fluid can cause many more problems if the device is still running. So, whether you have a computer, phone, or tablet, turn it off.
Moreover, don’t plug your phone in while the port has water in it. While this may seem obvious, plugging your device into its charger can cause more damage than the water itself.
Liquid Damage Indicators
iPhones will tell you when there’s water in the port. However, all smartphones have a Liquid Damage Indicator (LDI). This is an excellent place to look if you’re concerned about the internal components of your device.
If the device was submerged entirely, or you suspect that the water got inside of it, you can check the LDI. If it’s tripped, your problems go far beyond the charging port. Most smartphones have the LDI visible inside of the SIM port. Remove the SIM tray and shine a flashlight inside the port. Look up (near the opening). If you see a white sticker (or white with pink X’s), your phone will be okay. If you see a pink sticker, it may be time to start shopping.
The Best Tools to Get Water Out of a Charging Port
Now that you know more about safely removing water from your charging port, it’s time to talk about tools. Naturally, you don’t want to insert anything into the charging port because you could damage the prongs or push water deeper into the phone’s housing (leading to motherboard damage and other problems).
The best way to remove water from a charging port is to let it evaporate. However, there are some tools you can use to expedite this process:
- Silica packets and a baggy
- A phone stand with an open bottom
- A fan or blow dryer (set on the lowest setting and room temperature air)
Most of us have at least a few of these items, and what you don’t have can be improvised (a well-placed stack of books can act as a great stand). You likely have silica packets in an old purse or shoebox, which works far better than rice.
How to Get Water Out of the Charging Port
We’ll need to act quickly to remove water from the charging port. Fortunately, we have some tried and true methods to remove liquid from the charging port. Follow the steps below to salvage your device.
Step 1: Gently Smack the Phone Against Your Hand
Brute force rarely works to fix electronics. However, sometimes a little force does help. Hold your phone with the charging port facing your palm. Then, gently smack the device against your palm, expelling any water or liquid.
Note: We use our palms because they’re soft. Don’t smack your phone against a hard surface.
Step 2: Allow Your Phone to Air Dry with the Port Facing Down
After getting the water out of the port, it’s time to ensure the port is as dry as possible. We don’t recommend using spray cans or drying agents for this because you could cause further damage. Instead, prop your device up with the port down but not blocked where the water can’t escape.
Turn on a desk fan or another neutral airflow source. Leave the phone like this for a while until you’re sure the majority of the liquid is gone.
Note: We don’t recommend using a blow dryer with the heat turned on. Charging ports are soldered to the motherboard, which may damage the port.
Step 3: Use Silica Packets
We’ll just come out and say it: rice is pretty useless. However, silica packets are fantastic and do an excellent job drying charging ports. Because we work in tech, we always save silica packets from shoeboxes, handbags, and more.
You can put your device in a plastic bag with silica packets or prop the silica packet against the charging port (if you don’t have a bag). The silica packets will expedite the drying process.
Hopefully, you’re already working on your hydrated charging port. Of course, if you’re still here, remember that your charging port is a vital component of your device, and leaving water in it can cause severe damage. Get all of the water out of the port first, then follow the remaining steps above to ensure it dries naturally.
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