Here’s a tip. Don’t spill coffee on your labtop computer. Nothing good will come of it. I have vast experience. That also includes phones; they don’t like liquids either.
A couple of weeks ago I spilled coffee on my laptop keyboard. With a laptop, that means coffee all in the interworkings of the computer. Startled by my blunder, I immediately tipped the computer up so the coffee would drain out, hoping my quick response would prevent any damage. My second blunder, however, was turning the computer back on.
It has been pointed out to me that the last thing you want to do is turn the computer on – if, in fact, it will come on. The reason is that the liquid, acting as a conductor, will send current all through the computer, frying all sorts of essential parts. Which is exactly what happened to mine.
I sent the laptop to my tech guy up in Anderson, SC and he gave me the bad news. The computer was shot. But the good news was that he could retreive all the data and transfer it to a different, compatable computer. The key word here being compatable. With older software new computers won’t work even though they are the same brand. So you face a dilemma: Do you buy a new computer and pay to upgrade all the software, or find a good used one and put the old stuff back in?
I opted for a used one.
So, my clumsiness is costing me big bucks. I don’t have a choice. My laptop is essential to my work, especially on weekends, and it’s difficult being without one.
Concerning my phone comment above, I’ve had two experiences with them. The first time, after talking on my phone while driving one early, dark morning, I put it down in a cup of coffee (maybe I should quit drinking coffee). Somehow I managed to keep that one functioning but only after several days of drying it out. The second incident happened at the beach when I decided to go swimming with my ‘new’ phone in my pocket. They don’t like salt water. Oh yeah, I didn’t mention I dropped one in the water while fishing one day. I never got a chance to save that one.
Speaking of my computer, my tech guy also said never turn one back on and immediately remove the battery. I initially thought about removing the battery but when I accessed it through the back of my computer a warning label said ‘do not remove the battery for any reason.’
The best advice I’ve found about liquid in a laptop, and I presume a phone too, is to cut the power off, remove the battery, remove all external power sources, turn upside down to drain and let dry for several days before using again. If you can clean parts of it, that’s a plus.