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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:08 am Reply with quote Back to top

Let's just say...hypothetically of course.....that a cacher goes for a deep water crossing and forgets to remove his cell phone from his pocket.

Hypothetically of course, said cacher curses the cache owner and mostly himself for forgetting to remove the phone and for going across the deep water instead of the tiny little puddle. Cell phone seems shot.

Guess what? Take the phone apart (remove battery and back) place those pieces in a bag of rice for a day or so, charge up the phone.......it works!

So, if anyone hypothetically finds themselves in this situation, give this a try before cursing the cache owner.

Members of the younger generation hypothetically said this could work IF the cacher did not try to turn the phone on after it got trashed. Just sayin'. Is all.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:22 am Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Let's just say...hypothetically of course.....that a cacher goes for a deep water crossing and forgets to remove his cell phone from his pocket.


If said water was salt water, hypothetically, then it will be a good idea to completely disassemble electronic device and rinse components with fresh water as soon as hypothetically possible.

Hypothetically, salt water is very corrosive and will hypothetically damage said electronic device.

In a hypothetical situation as addressed above, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT attempt to turn on a device to "see if it still works". Immediately remove the battery and let it dry out for a few days.. That cannot be emphasized enough.

I'm not saying I've ever dropped my cell phone in the toilet or anything, I'm just saying. Hypothetically, of course.
 
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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:


Members of the younger generation hypothetically said this could work IF the cacher did not try to turn the phone on after it got trashed. Just sayin'. Is all.

Yep the LAST thing you want to do is power it up and see if it works while its wet. You will likely short it out. Let it dry for about two days or so first (the description above does seem to meet with success often times).
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

And if said phone was on when it went for a swim?????

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:13 am Reply with quote Back to top

HeliDood wrote:

I'm not saying I've ever dropped my cell phone in the toilet or anything,


Wow, it's really good to know that I'm not the only one that's done that...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

My inlaws septic still owns my pager from the mid 90's..not really up to retrieving that.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:30 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hypothetically wet phone was indeed on, so I'm told. Hypothetically.

Hypothetically, this was the first and only major cell phone incident for this hypothetical person, although there are two here who may just recall a brush with near disaster last winter in Rochester MN.

One of those two is also the cache owner who got cussed out royally in this hypothetical incident. Are your ears ringing? Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

What part of the state has salt water toilets?

HeliDood wrote:
Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Let's just say...hypothetically of course.....that a cacher goes for a deep water crossing and forgets to remove his cell phone from his pocket.


If said water was salt water, hypothetically, then it will be a good idea to completely disassemble electronic device and rinse components with fresh water as soon as hypothetically possible.

Hypothetically, salt water is very corrosive and will hypothetically damage said electronic device.

In a hypothetical situation as addressed above, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT attempt to turn on a device to "see if it still works". Immediately remove the battery and let it dry out for a few days.. That cannot be emphasized enough.

I'm not saying I've ever dropped my cell phone in the toilet or anything, I'm just saying. Hypothetically, of course.

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HeliDood
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

EnergySaver wrote:
What part of the state has salt water toilets?


Submarines have salt water toilets.
 
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CodeJunkie
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

HeliDood wrote:
EnergySaver wrote:
What part of the state has salt water toilets?


Submarines have salt water toilets.

Do cell phones work in submarines? Laughing Laughing Laughing

But I think this may be a solution (hypothetically of course). Insert your cell phone into a submarine and send it across the water. Laughing Laughing Laughing
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

One thing I've done (not hypothetically, but actually) is put my phone inside a plastic "snack size" ziploc bag when crossing water. I carry a few of these bags in my caching kit just for emergencies. They aren't perfectly waterproof, but cheap and do the job. A cheap ziploc bag can save the phone from the whoops moment. I wouldn't trust it to keep it submerged, but short dippings seem to fair well. I also carry the ziploc sandwich size bags for things like my wallet, TB's, etc. They also serve as replacement bags when a cache needs one.

Hypothetically speaking this may have saved one cell phone for a hypothetical canoer (what they may have done before becoming aware of geocaching) when they ran atop a hypotethical log sticking out of the water at a hypothetical 30 degree angle. Hypothetically in high water, this could be a very dangerous situation for many hypothetical situations. Hypothetically, if you can remove your cell phone and hypothetically toss it to dry ground it will hypothetically be ok. Hypothetically this is a good thing, because you could then call your spouse from the next road crossing to come pick you up now that you're wet and muddy.
 
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HeliDood
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

CodeJunkie wrote:

Do cell phones work in submarines? Laughing Laughing Laughing
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In port? Yes. Sometimes, if you're near a hatch you may get reception if you're lucky. When you're at sea submerged with the hatches closed? No.


But when we were transiting on the surface, I was usually one of the guys up on the bridge. I would have my cell phone up there with me.. But I've never had reception further than about 12 miles from land.
 
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TyeDyeSkyGuy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:09 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hypothetically speaking, if you have a cell phone you really can't stand, but the significant other doesn't want you buying a new one just yet, you could, hypothetically, put it in a loose pocket and go climbing on the rocks of a large breakwater searching for a cache. You should also make sure the phone is turned off so it can't be called to be found. Hypothetically. Very Happy
 
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Jstajlr
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

TyeDyeSkyGuy wrote:
Hypothetically speaking, if you have a cell phone you really can't stand, but the significant other doesn't want you buying a new one just yet, you could, hypothetically, put it in a loose pocket and go climbing on the rocks of a large breakwater searching for a cache. You should also make sure the phone is turned off so it can't be called to be found. Hypothetically. Very Happy


Hypothetically I've thought about this so I could replace my iPod 5th generation with a new iTouch. Hypothetically speaking of course.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Suppositiously, if said phone ever has to be taken in for repair for any reason, you will hypothetically have issues because the moisture detection sticker will probably have been "triggered". This, of course, is all conjecture and theory.
 
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