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Gadgets Now Bureau11 Jul, 2023, 04:03PM IST

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Several parts of the country are facing floods or flood-like situation. The Indian Met Department has issued a flood alert for almost the entire North India. This means heavy rains. In this weather, it is important to keep your gadgets safe from water. Also, even if your device is IP-rated, no brand covers water damage under warranty. This means that if your gadget is damaged, you will not get anything under warranty. Here are simple tips to keep your smartphones, earbuds and other gadgets safe from water damage as well as what to do in case they get wet.

Keep a silica gel pouch around

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Keep a silica gel pouch around

Silica gel is a good absorbent of moisture. Keeping it in the pocket or bag will ensure that the water or moisture around the gadgets is absorbed properly, in case they get wet and end up protecting them from getting damaged.

Avoid using your earbuds if they are not water resistant

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Avoid using your earbuds if they are not water resistant

Most modern TWS earbuds come with some sort of IP rating. However, not all IP ratings are good enough to protect them from getting water damage. If your buds have an IP67 or IP68 rating, then, you can use them, but for a limited time. For all the other ratings, avoid using them during rain.

Smartwatches too are prone to water damage even if you can go swimming with it

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Smartwatches too are prone to water damage, even if you can go swimming with it

Most modern smartwatches claim that users can go swimming with them. So ideally, it should survive in flood like situations. Well, not actually. Smartwatches do have relatively better IP rating and some offer water damage protection up to 5ATM, but again this does not make them completely ‘waterproof’.

Keep your powerbank wrapped in a waterproof bag and dont use it for charging if wet

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Keep your powerbank wrapped in a waterproof bag and don’t use it for charging if wet

Powerbanks usually don’t have any water and dust resistant rating. Using it when wet can damage the charging system of the phone and also damage the power bank completely.

Enable easy pattern or PIN lock for your phone

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Enable easy pattern or PIN lock for your phone

Change your phone’s lock to an easy pattern or PIN. As this means that you will not be using your wet hands too much on the phone.

Turn off the smartphone if it gets wet or falls in water

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Turn off the smartphone if it gets wet or falls in water

Turning the device off is the first thing you should do. This may go a long way in saving its life. It may prevent short-circuit that may happen due to water or moisture entering into the phone’s body. Also, if the phone is off, don’t try to turn it on while it is wet.

Remove phones cover

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Remove phone’s cover

Another thing to do instantly is to remove any external accessories like cover, screen protector (if required) to release any water droplet trapped in it. This will prevent water from entering into the phone’s body and cause long-term damage.

Never use hair dryer to dry your phone

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Never use hair dryer to dry your phone

Hair dryers can damage the phone’s internals as the temperature of the air is a little too high for the phone. In fact, it can loosen up the water sealant of the phone and let water and moisture enter the device and damage it.

Keep the phone in uncooked rice bag

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Keep the phone in uncooked rice bag

Uncooked rice is great absorbent of moisture and water droplets. Keep the phone overnight to let the phone dry internally as well as externally before turning it on.

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