How to fix a Wet charger for laptop, Android and iphone?
If you have dropped your phone or laptop charger in the water and now you are trying to bring it back to life, there are a few ways to fix your wet charger. In this article, we will tell you some tricks on how to fix a wet charger.
Let it Dry
If you want to fix your mobile charger, the most effective way to fix it is to dry it out under a warm lamp or the sun over 2–3 days. The heat will evaporate the water slowly, and it is essential not to use the charger at that time. After drying up your charger, plug it in without the phone. If it does not catch on fire, you can try a phone. At some point, you have to try it. It’s better to try the charger on a cheap phone. But at some point, you will have to try it.
If you want to fix your laptop charger, then see if you can open the brick and dry it with hot air from a hairdryer. The brick needs to be completely dry. After you dry it, close it before trying it again. When you do try it, first plug it in without the laptop and be careful. If it doesn’t power on, trips a breaker, or gets hot during the test, it is recommended not to use it on your laptop and discard it.
Clean with Distilled water
It might sound strange to use water again for your water-drenched charger. Still, the water you have dropped your charger probably contains salts, dirt and other residues, which is the main reason for short-circuiting the device. Distilled water helps remove the residue and minimizes the chances of short-circuiting.
After that, you should also use some isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to dry all the components and remove the remaining residue. Isopropyl is safe to use for cleaning motherboards. But make sure not to use IPA for screens as it can damage them and damage the rubber seals that prevent any dust inside the phone.
Deep clean the charging port
Now, if your phone still charges slowly after trying all the fixes above, that means your charger is working at its best: you need to tackle your phone itself.
Start by inspecting the charging port for debris, pocket lint, dust, and other foreign particles. The presence of such things inside the port can hinder your phone from charging faster.
Follow the steps below to check and clean your phone’s charging port;
Note: Please operate this cautiously as it may damage your phone if it is handled improperly
- First, get an adequate amount of natural light or use touch to scan inside the charging port. If you find any lint or foreign particles inside the port, turn off your phone and get ready to do some environmental work.
- Now, get a stick of toothpick to remove a sizable chunk of the particles. Avoid using any metallic object. Next, grab a small quantity of cotton swab, sprinkle it with alcohol, then dip it inside the port. Clean the charging port with the cotton swab in a circular motion to remove the remnants. Do it gently to avoid breaking the port.
Check power outlet
If you have cleaned your charger and your phone charging port, the problem can be in your power outlet. Sometimes the problem lies in the outlet, not in the charger itself. First, you should:
- Try using a different outlet.
- Hit the reset button on your outlet if you have one.
- Reset a tripped breaker in your fuse box.
- Make sure the light switch that controls the outlet is in the On position, if applicable.
Replace the Fuses
When you open the fuse box, look for a flipped breaker and flip it back. The switches in one column or row typically point in the same direction. If you see a fuse with its handle pointed in the other direction, it has likely been tripped. Find the fuse associated with the outlet you’re using and reset it. It pops back into place with a springing sound.
Check it with a Voltmeter
Test with a multimeter. With a multimeter, you can check the cable and wall outlet to narrow down potential problems.
To check the outlet, connect the probes to the multimeter, set it to AC voltage, then insert the black probe into the neutral port and the red search in the hot or positive side of the outlet. If the outlet works, check the cable.
Turn the multimeter’s central knob to the resistance setting (Ohms, or Ω) to check the cable. Then, touch the same pin on opposite ends of the cable with the multimeter’s two probes. If the multimeter shows 0, the wire is functional. An infinity means the wire is broken and needs to be fixed or replaced.
Check the adapter. With the multimeter set to detect AC voltage, plug the adapter into the wall and check the contacts conducting power. If you don’t get a measurable voltage from the adapter, it may not provide energy, and you’ll need to replace it.
Try replacing the components
Check the components. Temporarily remove the adapter, outlet splitter, power strip, surge protector, and extra parts, so only the charger is plugged into an outlet known to work. If the outlet works but the charger won’t activate, the problem isn’t with the wall socket.
If the charger works when plugged into the wall, the problem lies in one of the removed components. Add the other pieces back one by one until the system fails, but don’t stop there. Try adding the pieces in a different order or a different place.
Check the charger port condition
As you may have noticed, the parts that connect usually cause problems in electrical connections if it gets wet. Your charging cable connects to the charger head in what is generally a USB-type connection.
Ensure that this connection is entirely dried up and that the charging cable has good contact with the charger head. You can even clean out this port with a brush or a canister of compressed air if you notice some gunk or water droplets inside the port.
You can try to swap charger heads to confirm that they’re working. If these processes still don’t fix the issue, change your charger head with another that you know to be working. If your phone starts charging on a new charger head, then you know what’s wrong.
Check your charger compatibility
Check the charger compatibility. It’s easy to mistakenly use a physically compatible cable that doesn’t entirely work. Laptop chargers are pickier, as you can rarely swap one with another without issues.
Furthermore, only the right combination of adapter and cable can take advantage of all the device’s features. If you have a new cable and try to use it with your laptop, make sure it is compatible with providing the same power as the older one.
What happens if you don’t dry it out?
Suppose you charge your phone while the charger is wet. In that case, the pins on the charger head or the cable can corrode and cause permanent damage or stop functioning, causing connectivity issues for your phone or accessory.
Although you shouldn’t charge your phone with a wet charger, you might need to in an emergency. Suppose you reconnect your phone to the charging cable or accessory. In that case, you have the option to override the liquid detection and charge your phone in an emergency. Still, there are chances that your phone will get short-circuited.
The safest move to charge your phone is with a wireless charger; you can still use that to charge your phone. For best results, make sure that the back of your phone is dry before you place it on your Qi-certified charger.
So, in this article, we talked about ways to fix a wet charger. Here is a summary of all the points you should consider :
- If you have dropped the charger in water, the first step is to dry it out completely. Put it out on natural light for 2-3 days, and make sure to blow dry it again.
- If it still doesn’t work, you can open it up and give a thorough cleaning with distilled water to wash out any residue of the electrical components.
- If the charger is still not working, clean the ports. It may have dirt and grime in there.
- Try replacing the fuses, as the fuse might need to get replaced to prevent any short circuit. Also, replace the components one by one.
- Check the power outlet by plugging in any other device and see if it works or not.
- Also, check the compatibility of the charger you are using with your phone. The charger might not support the accessory.
If none of these tricks works, then it is time to buy a new charger. Hope you find this article informative. Comment down if you have any other tips. We would love to take a look into this.