Last week my friend/business partner and I went to a conference in California. One morning she got a Facebook message from her husband that said:
Your son may or may not have dropped the phone in the toilet.
You guys I can’t make this stuff up! Now we had a good laugh over that, but I’m pretty sure there are plenty of you reading this that have done the same thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read “What do I do? I dropped my phone in water!” on Facebook. Maybe the toilet isn’t the place you dropped it, but since over 100,000 cell phones accidentally get wet each day in the United States, it’s just a matter of time if you haven’t experienced it. I know my time is coming yet.
But no need to panic, especially not for Texans because you can save a wet phone using DryBox.
DryBox is a self service machine that removes all moisture from a wet phone in just 30 minutes. Since 2015 they have saved thousand of wet phones across Texas. Customers can find their machines in major shopping malls and grocery stores. In fact they just went into Walmart Super Centers in the DFW area this month.
The DryBox machine is operated with a credit card which opens the compartment, you then place the wet phone in the machine and wait the 30 minutes while it does its thing. The patent-pending drying chamber rapidly removes moisture at the molecular level. Go walk around Walmart, do some shopping (or in other areas of Texas, get your groceries as the kiosks are at selected H-E-B stores) your phone will be safe as the only way to open the door to retrieve it is with the same card that was used to open it.
This is a great video showing how it works!
The cost to save a wet phone
Acting quickly can make all the difference in being able to save your phone from water damage. There are no guarantees; but DryBox claims a 70% success rate restoring phones if they are put into the DryBox within 24 hours of getting wet. Compare that cost to the chance of having to buy a new phone. At the very least, it would allow you to sync it for a back up or get your important information from the phone uploaded to the cloud if it works! I am sure that not everybody is good at backing up their phone photos and data 😉
If you find yourself in the situation where you need a DryBox because your phone has come in contact with water, here is what you should do:
- Remove the battery (if possible).
- Do NOT charge phone or try to power it back on!
- Bring phone and charger to a DryBox Rescue station ASAP.
- DO NOT TRY RICE!
DryBox wants you to be able to get your phone back to it’s pre-waterlogged state so they have allowed me to give you all a code that you can use at a DryBox Kiosk. Enter TDD25 and you’ll save 25% of the price to save a wet phone.
Psst…. DryBox doesn’t just dry out phones! iPods, cameras, Gameboys… they can be put in a DryBox too!
You can learn more about DryBox, find locations near you, and follow them on social media at these links:
Have you ever dropped your phone in water? Were you able to fix it? Would you have used a service like DryBox if it was available to you?
DryBox did compensate me for sharing this information with you. But you guys honestly if I end up dropping my phone in a pond searching for an elusive Pokémon you KNOW I’m going to try DryBox out right?! Yes, yes I will (if only to make sure that my screen shots of my captured Pikachu are safe), I’ll even use my own code TDD25 to save money because yep I’m frugal like that.