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Initial post: Sep 23, 2008 5:35:40 AM PDT
Jim Seedsman says:
My Kindle has been imersed in muddy water for about 2 minutes what can I do.Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 5:49:57 AM PDT
bbug says:
Take it out!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 10:24:28 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
bbug, what a smar***! Are you related to me? lol!
Jim I hope someone who knows what they are talking about will answer, I would call customer support & see if they know what to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 10:34:49 AM PDT
Teninx says:
What CAN you do? Pull the battery, drain the water, let it dry out (for several days at least) and hope that the dirt didn't penetrate too far into your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 10:39:05 AM PDT
someone posted this on a thread where coffee was spilled on a Kindle:

<<If this happens in the future do the following:
Immediately pat it dry with paper towels, take off the cover and remove the battery. Continue with paper towels until visibly dry. Put some uncooked rice in a tupperware-type container that is large enough to hold your Kindle. Place the Kindle into the container so it is completely surrounded by the rice and seal it for 24 hours. The rice will draw the moisture out of the case. If this is done fast enough the moisture won't have a chance to corrode any components.

This also works if, for example, you drop your cell phone in the toilet.
Don't ask me how I know. >>

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 10:50:22 AM PDT
sometimes electronics dry out after being in water and are ok - sometimes not ... but do note that there are water submersion stickers on devices that alert vendors/repair techs to the water submersion and this does void warranties and the like

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 12:41:39 PM PDT
Luciferal says:
Take apart its obvious components (i.e, battery, whatnot) and lay them out on a table top to air dry. Use a hair dryer to evaporate microdroplets, but don't apply it too closely to the Kindle.

This is the method by which I saved my cellphone from having dropped into a bucket of dirty mop water. A day later. . . it was back "online".

Hope its salvageable...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 1:28:10 PM PDT
Diana says:
I am glad you got some good, helpful responses. I read these threads because I tend to have "accidents" and figure it is good information to know.

Bbug, you had me in stitches!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 6:40:12 PM PDT
In my Coast Guard days, one of the sailors dropped "the" cell phone (back when a cell phone cost $2000 and you needed a mule to carry it) in the boat slip. They brought it over to my shop. I took the battery off and then took a hose and flushed out the salt water (needless to say, the sailor's eyes about bugged out watching me stream water into the cell phone). After a thorough flushing I drained as much water as I could out, placed the unit in a box of desiccant. The next day, we re-assembled the cell phone, attached the battery and low and behold....it didn't work...naw, just kidding, it did work, to the relief of the sailor. So, all is not lost, though I wouldn't recommend this procedure for just a drop in a mud puddle!!! <smile>

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2008 3:48:18 PM PDT
Capt.D says:
I would start by saying that the sooner the "fix"is done the better the chance of success!
I've had great success by the following process, (but use at your own risk):
1. Remove battery and any other sub (no pun intended) assemblies.
2. If salt water is the problem flush in cleanest water you can get;I use Rev. Osmosis water.
3. Dry with hair dryer on Warm setting, (do not burn or toast anything) to get rid of excess water.
4. Use canned compressed air to help blow out any remaining water.
5. Put some WD-40 in a Tupperware or Ziploc bag and place device inside and seal it.
6. Allow parts to remain sealed up at least overnight for microscopic moisture to be absorbed by WD-40.
7. Recharge battery seperately if possible, or reassemble and recharge and test unit out.
8. Try turning it on and you should have no problems...
p.s. Many years ago, when an outboard motor got submerged, I learned all these things from an old guy who always added an extra step; he advised selling the outboard or trading it in ASAP...
Good Luck
+ be sure to check out the forum "Wish list for the next kindle"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2008 6:00:43 PM PDT
Teninx says:
I don't think that WD-40 should be in contact with the Kindle case or screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2008 11:33:51 AM PDT
Judie Brown says:
I spilled a cup of water on my Kindle, I mean a whole cup of water on the front. I picked in up, layed in face down on a towel, removed the battery and the sd card. Dried the battery and sd card. shook the Kindle in the towel and then got out the hair dryer and dried out the kindle with the hair dryer on the low setting. I wrapped a dry towel around the Kindle and went to bed. The next morning I reinserted the sd card and the battery, which I had wrapped in wash cloths. Turned on the Kindle and it worked pretty good, had a few glitches but almost all went away in about two days. I still have a little bit of a problem waking up the Kindle when the sleep pictures are on the screen. It has now been better than 2 weeks and I feel so relieved that I did not completely ruin the Kindle. Wish I had know aor thought of the rice in an air tight container. That might of helped.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2008 9:19:33 PM PDT
MonaLS says:
Great advice!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2008 5:21:54 AM PDT
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Jim Seedsman says:
Thank you to everyone who sent their ideas,I used some of them.1 week after getting drowned in muddy water ,my Kindle works.My battery takes charge,my pages turn,(sometimes they roll back for no reason),when the Kindle goes to sleep,I cannot wake it up by pressing the buttons at the bottom of the keyboard,I have to turn it over and reset it then go to the Index,pick the book I am reading,annd go from there.Also,I have lost the silver cursor marker that goes up and down the side bar,the cursor works,but I cannot see it.Apart from those problems,I can still use it.I am living in Bali until early December,so I might post it to Amazon,and see what they cann do.Thank you all jimbosee

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 8:03:50 PM PDT
how do you take the back off of a kindel

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 8:06:06 PM PDT
You can't off the K3.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 8:07:37 PM PDT
its an original is that a k3

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 8:09:19 PM PDT
The first one is a K1. Someone else will have to help--Sorry. The newest one out is the K3.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 11:59:51 PM PDT
Jackie says:
I'd suggest that you google the "how to take the K3 apart"
here is the url: http://www.eevblog.com/2010/09/03/eevblog-109-amazon-kindle-3-3ggsmwifi-6-teardown/

click on the youtube play/link to view

using a small knife, seperate the edges, then slide/wiggle the back towards the bottom end (there are 2 clips near its middle)

yes the video shows how

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 12:10:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2011 12:11:15 AM PDT
Diana says:
If you want to take a Kindle 1 (the original Kindle) apart, the instructions are here:


Posted on Jun 27, 2011 7:05:27 AM PDT
This is an old thread (Sept 2008) -- responses above are for K1. I've read here that the best advice for newer models is dry them off immediately, do not push any buttons, attempt to open unit, apply heat, or attach power cord. Put it inside a plastic bag or other container completely covered with uncooked rice or those silicon drying packets that come inside new shoes, etc. Leave undistrubed for AT LEAST 3 full days. This method often, but not always, works.
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