You dropped your phone into a puddle. Doom is upon you, right? Perhaps not.
Maybe you spilled some water on your phone, or, God forbid, it fell into an open toilet bowl. What to do now, throw it away? Shell out some dollars and buy a new one?
A new product, the Bheestie Bag, may offer a better, more economical solution than tossing out a seemingly bricked phone.
At around $20 a pop, the Bheestie Bag is much cheaper than buying a whole new phone, and it's manufacturer claims it to be far more effective than home remedies (like putting your device in a bowl of rice). But does it really work?
I was skeptical, so I decided to test it out on my old, discarded BlackBerry. Since I had just bought a new phone, my thinking was if it didn't work, I wouldn't really be out a phone. Basically, I had nothing to lose.
Here's how it works: You turn off the device, wipe off any visible moisture, place the phone in the small bag, zip tight, wait for 24 hours and... that's it. Supposedly, desiccant in the form of water-absorbing beads physically bond with and remove the water in your device. Then your phone is good as new. I filmed a video to document my attempt:
Let me warn you, that the directions to the Bheestie aren't so 1-2-3. And I removed my phone's battery before I soaked it in water. I didn't have a chance to test it with a soaked battery, so the jury is still out there. Plus, it's not foolproof. On the back of the Bheestie Bag, a disclaimer reads: "We can't promise your electronic gear can be saved."
But it worked for me. So check it out, try it and let me know if it works for you.
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