Hardware Question: I was charging my n3DS and accidentally spilled water on it.

Hardware Question: I was charging my n3DS and accidentally spilled water on it.

astrangeone
Feb 5, 2019
Woke up at 2 am, got a drink of water. Spilled it, and I think I spilled it on the floor. I wiped it up, and went back to bed. Woke up, made breakfast and just now (12:30) picked up my 3DS only to notice water near the 3D slider and on the inside of the console near the buttons. Immediately disassembled it, even removing the cover plates and batteries, and wiped everything down with 91% rubbing alcohol. The bits and pieces are sitting on top of my desk now, drying...

Any chance of saving this system? It's my favourite form factor.

I will be waiting a month before I turn it back on. Wish me luck!

What a terrible way to start the Lunar New Year.

» 7 Answers

  • bananapi761
    Feb 5, 2019
    If it was charging and/or in sleep mode before you spilled it then it very well might be dead. If not, and you're sure it's completely dry, there is still a good chance of it working, as long as no corrosion has occurred. A month seems quite long to wait, you could always try the rice bag trick.
  • AmandaRose
    Feb 5, 2019
    The rice thing is a myth and does nothing to help at all. It's basically a placebo. The phone naturally dries exactly the same as it would if not in the rice. Just Google rice and electronics. What does work is silica gel. That is why most electronics come with a little packet of silica in the box.
  • astrangeone
    Feb 5, 2019
    I have a giant thing of silica gel from another project. But I have a dehydrator and am running it on the lowest heat to help dry it out. (It's a fan with a heater in it). 35 degrees C.

    I hope it was done charging for the evening, but yikes.
  • Ryccardo
    Feb 5, 2019
    Define water (which is an excellent insulator, if it wasn't for the other chemicals present in most forms of what people call water)

    Disassembling it, giving it a good wash in clean water (to remove any contamination), and letting it dry (which may take quite a bit if it got under a BGA chip) is a smart idea...
    ...of course, maybe you'll then notice it didn't even get on the boards :)

    [QUOTE]What a terrible way to start the Lunar New Year[/QUOTE]
    Hey, doesn't the moon have a reputation for attracting water? :P
  • shinonome
    Feb 5, 2019
    If it was just clean water there is a chance that everything be okay. Hope You are lucky!
  • astrangeone
    Feb 5, 2019
    Definitely clean drinking water. Not salt water/similar. It's stuck in my dehydrator now, probably waiting a couple of days before I turn the beasty on. Luckily it's not a connected to an NNID system.
  • chandlercomicman
    Feb 6, 2019
    I had the same problem with my old 3ds. Except it wasn't water, it was dog pee. I got a new one after that anyway. It was getting pretty old.