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Batteries Can't Swim

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  1. Sallyem

    Sallyem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    California
    It's 90 degrees here today, so I took my battery for a swim....sunk to the bottom in a hurry.
    Does anyone have any idea how to save it?

    (Actually, it accidentally flew out of my hand while I was walking past the pool).
     
  2. SnowDragon

    SnowDragon Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jul 28, 2010
    Boise, Idaho
    I don't know if this will work, but it does a great job on cell phones. (Dropped mine in the river a few times) First of all is the this a bling battery or a standard?

    If it's a standard, pop the ash cap off and put it in container of white rice, the starch should absorb the moisture.
    I would probably use a high ball glass, put an inch of rice on the bottom, then put the battery in the middle of the glass, battery connector end down and surround it with rice so it's entombed.

    Use the kind of white (Hinode or CalRose) rice you would put in a rice steamer as it has plenty of starch and let it sit in the rice for 2 days. As long as you didn't try and draw off of it, it probably didn't short out.

    Hope that works......
     
  3. Mirage Hart

    Mirage Hart Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2011
    KC, MO
    WHEW!!! I have finally found something that makes me love my jewelry better than a battery!! I can get my jewelry wet!! I have been craving every color battery, just like I have in gems... now maybe I can release my battery addiction!

    And Sally... I really REALLY hope you can salvage your battery!! It will likely happen to me one day, and I am hoping to know how to save it!
     
  4. Sallyem

    Sallyem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    California
    It's a manual XL battery, Snow. As a modern American cook, I have Marie Calendar's meals, but no rice.
    I have rice-a-roni....would that work? (without the roni, of course). I have instant potatoes...that's
    starchy. I can put it in that. What do you think?

    I put it in a boxfull of Rice-a-Roni. Oh well. The light still comes on when I push the button....oops...
    I shouldn't have pushed the button??? Something about black batteries and my luck....I have broken,
    lost or drowned them all.
     
  5. SnowDragon

    SnowDragon Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jul 28, 2010
    Boise, Idaho
    O.K. well if it's a manual XL just take a sewing needle and look for the small rectangular notch on the edge of the Ash Cap and pry it off, it should come out pretty easily and it just pops right back in when you are ready.

    Sorry Salleyem, but those won't work....I wish they did just to save you the trip to the store. Rice-a-Roni, Uncle Bens etc. is already washed and has very little to no starch powder. And corn starch is too powdery and may clump in areas on centralized moisture.

    Japanese white rice is coated in a starchy powder, the rice is so large it won't fall into the battery or harm the electronics, and because of it's shape it allow air wick out.

    In your area Von's should carry a small bag, I think they're under $5.00.
     
  6. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    There was a thread a while back about a guy who dropped his batt in the toilet! He said he dried it and for a few days and is vaping it!
     
  7. Morandir835

    Morandir835 Idiot Guru ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Outside DC
    Hope your batt comes back to life Ms. Sally.

    I'm not vaping anything dropped in toilet... Ever...
     
  8. Mirage Hart

    Mirage Hart Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2011
    KC, MO
    Now THAT is some funny chit!!!!
     
  9. jamvector

    jamvector Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Sally, I am personally deeply offended that you are insinuating that batteries can't swim. You did not raise it very well, you must constantly reaffirm that it CAN swim, if it tries really, really hard! :laugh:

    I give it 20-80 odds it will work after drying out.

    I have a black XL from spring 2010, it fell out of my shirt pocket last June at the recycling center, found it the next week near the dumpster. It had been run over numerous times, all scrunched up and mangled - I'm vaping it right now. There is hope; talk to your battery, tell it how special it is, coax it back to the light, good luck!
     
  10. Sallyem

    Sallyem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    California
    Thank you all for your suggestions and wishes. Jam Vector....I have to admit I have
    been remiss by not training my batteries to swim. I am a bad battery-mother. :-(
     
  11. SnowDragon

    SnowDragon Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jul 28, 2010
    Boise, Idaho
    Now don't you listen to Jamvector, you are too a good battery mother. Jamvector basically abandoned his battery near a dumpster, flyers?, search party?, lost and found ad?...I think not. Then after a week of being run over by cars, left to the open elements, and only when it's convenient on his terms with the least amount of effort does he retrieve it.

    That poor abused battery, yet does it still provide Jamvector the power to vape?....Yes.

    Why I'll bet you instantly sprang into action and retrieved your battery, holding it gently in your loving maternal hands, grief stricken over the catastrophic flash of events as you gently dried off the offending water. Your a good battery mother Salleyem!

    Shame on you Jamvector!!!!! :glare:
     
  12. jamvector

    jamvector Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Yeah, I'm pretty ashamed; I should have gone back for it right away.

    It now leads a privileged life, hanging by my home computer, where all my special batts lie....
     
  13. AdAmA

    AdAmA Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2010
    Alabama
    I just make mine wear floaties when they wanna try and swim...and the rice idea sounds like a winner to me if anything is going to work :)
     
  14. plantlvr

    plantlvr Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    Northern California
    I watered my batt last summer while watering plants at work, wish i would have saved it and tried to revive it, but I tossed it like yesterdays trash :(.
    On a funnier note one of the County Ag inspectors accidently dropped the car keys to his County vehicle in the stores toilet a few years back, and it was an automatic flush toilet, good-by keys :laugh:
     
  15. keelalagirl55

    keelalagirl55 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2011
    Sally...another thing you could try if you have any of it...the silica stuff that comes in some electronics boxes, vitamins, etc...you know the little packets that say "DO NOT EAT"....lol....those work really good too at drawing moisture. We keep them in the workshop with the ca glue (super glue) as moisture is it's WORST enemy.....I have even found them in shoe boxes.
     
  16. krazie_Kid

    krazie_Kid Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    Long Island
    LOLOL That was me!!! I dropped my e cig in the toilet and it vaped right after I grabbed it out of the toilet. (Of course I threw out the carto) But it was fine.

    Didn't you find yours in the snow after it all melted MK?
     
  17. hairball

    hairball ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 17, 2010
    Other Places
    Put it in some rice for a few days or those gel thingys if you can find them. I hope you can save it. I ran one threw the washer and dryer and didn't know it until I got the clothes out of the dryer. Mine was manual. I took the cover off the end of the battery and let it sit for a week...it works just fine.
     
  18. Sallyem

    Sallyem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    California
    :lol::lol::lol: You crack me up Snow! Love U!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  19. Sallyem

    Sallyem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    California
    Thank You, Keelalagirl55!! Yes, I know what you are talking about....but I'm afraid I toss those things as I find them. From now on I am going to SAVE them (along with all the other things I save).
     
  20. Morandir835

    Morandir835 Idiot Guru ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Outside DC
    Krazie sir I'm saying it again, I'm not vaping anything that has fallen into a toliet... I dropped a batt on the bathroom floor at work, I refused to vape it until it had been cleaned in alcohol and the carto was tossed into the trash....

    I'm with Snow sir on this one, you weren't a bad mom just clumsy, sounds like Jamvector sir was trying to do a back alley abortion on his batt but when he found out it was still alive out of guilt (and hope the cops wouldn't arrest him) he took the little fella home... Way more abusive....
     
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