How to know if a cell phone was wet?
Many times they bring me cell phones to review because “strangely” they do not turn on. Sometimes the problem is that they let the battery run out, if that was the case I can still do something. But the great majority of the problem was that they exposed the team to an “underwater incursion”.
There are at first sight some labels that change color when a cell phone is exposed to water or humidity. Some of these labels are inside the equipment and are only visible by the person who opens and disarms the phone.
For example, this battery was exposed to moisture, the edges of the “crucitas” are not well defined and begins to form as a spot on the label.
This other one was probably submerged, because the label of the battery and the one of the telephone changed completely of color.
Wet cell tags
When a cell phone gets wet or is exposed to moisture these labels change color.
A battery that has been wet begins to have problems:
It may be that it does not hold the charge, that is, it says that it is fully charged and the battery life is very short, hopefully a few hours but sometimes it only lasts for minutes.
It can be bloated. They have brought me equipment in which the battery is so deformed that the lid can not be placed on it.
It just does not charge.A wet phone will most likely not turn on.
If you want to take your equipment for warranty, or offer them a used phone, first check these labels, at least you know what they are keeping 🙂
Stains and smell of coffee inside the phone. It is not a good sign.
Wet cell phone, tag activated with crosses
Under normal conditions this label would be white, but as it was exposed to humidity, the colored crosses appear.
To make a guarantee effective many times it is not enough to check the labels that are on the outside. Inside the phone itself there are usually more labels indicating whether the phone was wet or exposed to moisture.
example of internal labels
These are fine, if they were exposed to moisture they would be pink or red.
Of course, opening your phone also voids the warranty, so it’s better to be honest and if you got your phone wet you have no choice but to learn a hard and expensive lesson.