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powerful stream of water, not a fine mist. If the unit was immersed in salt water and
it contains a power transformer, then dunk the part of the board containing the
transformer in distilled water. The idea is to dissolve any salt deposits that may be
forming between the windings. Follow up with a rubbing alcohol chaser to displace
the water. Now, examine the board for deposits between the traces. If you spot
any, remove them with Q-tips and either rubbing alcohol or an alcohol-based
cleaner. Dry the device with paper towels and place it in front of a fan in a warm
(but not hot) room. Don’t use a heat gun or stick the board in your oven.
Physically check the device after four or five days. It should be bone dry. If it
isn’t, then put it away and check it in another few days. When you’re satisfied that
there’s no water in the device, drop in the batteries and power it up. Hopefully, all
will be in working order. If not, well, most warranties don’t cover water damage
anyway. At least you’ve learned something from the teardown. If you have any tales
of your own water rescue attempts, or you’ve developed a killer process for saving
dunked electronics, please consider sharing them with our readers. NV
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