Keep your BlackBerry dry this summer with a waterproof case (and what to do if your phone gets wet)

By Adam Zeis on 14 Jun 2013 12:33 pm EDT

Summer is just about here (though it feels like October in New Jersey) so many BlackBerry users will be venturing out to the beach, pool or lake and no doubt be taking their BlackBerry along for the ride. While most of us never lose track of our devices while we're out, you still want to make sure that you're protected should the unexpected happen. Just as forums member OmarVlogable had some bad luck and lost his Z10 in the pool, it could happen to anyone at any time.

Stay Protected

Common sense will tell you simply not to bring your device anywhere near a body of water. Leave it in your bag, car or somewhere far away where it's safe and dry. In some cases that may be difficult however, so something like a waterproof case may be a better bet. While they aren't the prettiest or most functional, you'll certainly be glad you had one if your phone happens to hit the water. I head to the beach every year and always toss my phone in one before I even set foot on the sand - better safe than sorry. 

There are cases to fit all types of devices from the BlackBerry PlayBook to the Z10 and Q10. These cases are watertight and will help keep your device dry if it decides to go for a swim. Some of our favorites include the Krussel Sealbox for the Z10 and the Aquapac waterproof case for the PlayBook. Just put your device inside, seal it up and be worry-free all day. Again - they aren't the most functional as your essentially using your phone through a rubber bag, but at least it will still be working at the end of the day should something happen.

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Waterproof Phones

For even more protection you can opt for a waterproof coating for your device. Companies like HzO have methods that will coat the internals of your device making it totally waterproof. Rather than just having a case for your device, the companies can coat the electronics inside the device keeping them dry even if a phone is underwater. Pretty cool stuff that we hope will just be added by manufacturers right off the line at some point.

Do's and Dont's

If you do happen to have an accident with your BlackBerry, there are a few things to keep in mind. In many cases you can save a wet device just by following a few simple tips.

  • DO Act Fast - As soon as your device hits the water - GET IT OUT. The faster you get it, the less water will get in and the more chance you have to save it.
  • DO Turn It Off - When it gets wet, take the battery out - or in the case of the PlayBook just turn it off. If you leave it on there is a better chance the electronics inside will get fried and that's bad.
  • DON'T Use A Hair Dryer - This also dries the device out quickly but again, you'll risk setting in corrosion faster and you don't want that. Also if you're not careful you may heat it up too much and melt some plastic.
  • DON'T Use a Charger - If your device is wet - do not plug it in and try to charge it. This fires up the electronics and you risk the chance of shorting something and causing further damage.

While the "rice trick" works for some users, we haven't always seen it being successful. You can certainly give it a try by putting your phone in a bowl of ordinary store-bought rice and leaving it overnight. The rice should pull moisture from the phone and dry it out quicker. Make sure you don't use a closed container (bowl with a lid or plastic bag) and the moisture will have no place to go. A better bet than rice would be a dessicant if you have access to any.

Aside from that trick, with your device off, hold it up and try to shake out any excess water. If you have a removable battery, take the cover off and the battery out. Wipe off any excess water and leave the phone open and let it dry naturally. After 24-48 hours inspect the device for any signs of moisture. If you don't see any, put the battery in, cross your fingers and power it up. If it's still not functioning then immediately turn it off and look for help on getting it repaired at a local shop or mail-in service. 

Have other tips or experience with a wet device? Let us know in the comments!

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Reader comments

Keep your BlackBerry dry this summer with a waterproof case (and what to do if your phone gets wet)


Nice post. I've been hoping for a life proof case eventually or even liquipel to start supporting blackberry z10.
Either way it is absolutely shitty in new jersey

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Life proof are apple fanboys.. I'd love to see a Z10 case but I doubt it'll happen in this lifetime.

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The thing is, the fact that Apple releases one phone a year plays to companies like Lifeproof. This gives them maximum sale time without having to come up with a new design. Also, you can often use a case from the number series with the number + S series. I know with the 4 to 4S it worked if you used the Verizon case.

I can understand BB releasing up to 4 phones a year, but I don't see any reason to release 6. Touch tier 1 and 2, as well as keyboard tier 1 and 2 I fell are enough. But then, my opinion doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of all things BBRY

I stood knee deep in the ocean last weekend to take photos of my son surfing last weekend. Yes, it was scary. But I'm known to have a Kung-Fu death grip on my Z10 and very rarely drop it.

Via Zeppelin 10

I have often said there is no substitute for a strict no-drop policy! From a 9700 to a 9930 to Q10 it has yet to hit the pavement.

I saved an iPhone that took a dip in a large cup of soda with an overnight in a bag of rice, luckily I was able to recover my brother's data

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When my iPhone pi$$ed me off it went for a "swim" in the toilet. Later, regretting what I did, I just ran the DryMyPhone app... 'cause... "there's an app for that"!

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Hey Adam, you left something out of your article.

Where is the part that says....

"For your chance to win a free Waterproof case from CrackBerry, all you need to do is login to CrackBerry and leave a comment to this post. Contest closes....."

This is an important line. You need to edit your post. LOL

I wonder what happens if your Z10 falls inside someone's butt crack...

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It's done for. No going back from that. You could disinfect it but would it ever feel the same again? Lol

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I had an amazing weekend of fishing last week and was even nice enough to let my Z10 go for a swim, if only for a few seconds as I pulled it from the fish guts near the shore. Immediately took out the battery, placed it screen up for a few hours on my trucks dash, flipped it over for a few more hours and by the time my fish was cold smoked by the fire, I was able to take pictures of the end result. Fish was amazing, pictures crisp with no side effects outside the date stamp on the pictures as I had no carrier signal.

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Aren't any waterproof cases for BlackBerry? What's wrong with all of these? :)

Although those are viable cases for a Z10, I would much rather an actual form fitting waterproof case with full access to all controls and inputs like a Lifecase. I like the Kressell, but it looks like it's just a box designed to fit a number of different phones and the Overboard models are simply bags. If I wanted a bag for my Z10, I'd just put it in a ziplock.
Hopefully Otterbox outputs a Lifecase for the Z10 soon.

If you used the direct waterproofing method (the one which makes the electrical hydrophobic) would a waterproof case still be necessary?..

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This is something I saw here in Perú. A friends 92xx decide to swim and after she take it out of the ocean and take the battery off she told to let a lot of alcohol (the one for wounds) runs over it and I means lots. The explanation she gave me was the alcohol will help the water runs out of the phone and the remaining alcohol inside the phone will evaporates fast. I wasn't sure about this but after a few hours the phone was just fine.

Leaked and unlocked Z10 STL100 - 3

My BlackBerry Storm got fully submerged in chlorinated water and I just pulled the battery out and set it on top of my PS3 for a few hours and it was fine. Acting quickly is key.

Wouldn't shaking the wet device in the air assist with water moving around internally to more electrical components?!

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Hmm good point but doesn't water like to stick together? So by shaking it if there is any inside it would separate them and mean it not only drys quicker but you don't get water concentrated on a small area which is more likely to cause damage?..

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In dealing with water damaged phones the best thing to do after the phone has been dried off is to take it apart. Then you want to use 91% rubbing alcohol not the 70% one and put it in a small bowl then put the motherboard in the alcohol and with a soft toothbrush clean the whole board. Also clean the flex cables that were attached to the motherboard with the alcohol to prevent corrosion down the road. I've had a lot of success with this technique and there are plenty of guides on the Internet to show you step by step how to take apart your phone. If you don't clean your phone with alcohol after it has been subjected to water damage then usually you will run into problems with it down the road due to corrosion that occurs on the motherboard.

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I miss the old days, where phones had a notch for a lanyard, like the Bold 9000. I'd tie it around my wrist to be sure I didn't drop it while I waded in bodies of water

Last Weekend my 3 year old decided to throw my Z10 off the boat into the lake, lucky for me the boat was parked at a friends dock. By the time that I retrieved it, it had been on the bottom about 10ft down for an hour (it was in Canada and the lake was cold 58F). I Pulled the battery immediately upon surfacing and eventually put it in a bag of rice and over a heater. I impatiently waited 36 hrs, put the battery in and it works perfectly. Good for BB I did not think it would so while I was waiting I bought a new Z10, now I have two (waiting for my daughters birthday).

What birthday are you waiting for??? Do you not think by the time your dgt is old enough for a cell phn they'll (sic) have better tech out (i.e. hardware that prevents kids from throwing phones in lakes). Ha, sorry. It's Friday and I feel like trolling. ;-)

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...Also put it down, upside down and the water can't travel farther into the device. (assuming it was facing up when it got wet)..

Well I went swimming with my z10 and got it out right away. Out it in the dash of my car for about one hour and then blew it out with compressed air. Been about 2 months now and still no effects from the swim.

Best phone ever!!!

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Ziplock bag kept my phone free from sand and water at the beach! And by the way, yes the touchscreen works while zipped in! Cheap and easy way to protect in a pinch....

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Tw1g 007....if you stick it there, ... it will make funny sounds later.... kinda burpy popping ones... lol

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Use distilled water or rubbing alcohol! When your phone gets wet its not the liquid that ruins it, it's the contaminants in the water that corrode your hardware. So if your phone gets wet put it in a bowl of distilled water or alcohol and then rice! I have had this work 4 out of 4 times!! Good luck

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Good tips; provided we are talking about freshwater. If you drop your phone (or any other electronic device, for that matter) into SALT water and take a while to get it out, you are better off to put it into a sandwich bag filled with the same water, and keep it sealed ( to keep the air out ) until you can get it to a repair center. If you let the air at it by trying to dry it out, you will possibly get most of the water out, but not the salt! I lost a good organizer this way years ago, and was given the above advice by the repair center. Too late to get my organizer back, but it may save someone else.

I put my Z10 in a water tight container when I went out swimming at beach. Opened the container and found it half full of water. I tried the rice trick for two days and it still wouldn't come on. I've took it to a cellphone repair centre and got message that my phone is done for. Anything else I should try beside replacing? BTW I've lost all data :(

The LED light still works when I plug the phone but the screen will not come on.

Use an air compressor and blow out the water after applying loads of alcohol as stated. Then do the rice thing.

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Alcohol, denatured pure alcohol.  Give the device a bath in it.  Not only does it evaporate quickly, it cleans out the contaminates.  Not regular alcohol, you need denatured pure alcohol, which you can find at a hardware or home store.

I dropped my Z10 in the toilet and I took it out and pulled the battery out to dry it off and I put it back in and turned it on. It came on and went off. I turned it on again, and then it made some popping noises and went dark. I went to the Internet and found I was doing everything wrong. So I pulled everything out and put it in a covered bowl of rice while my company ordered me another phone. The next day I tried again and it wouldn't work. I took the new phone and went on vacation for 5 days and when I returned I tried again. It worked! I sent the new phone back because it kept rebooting, and I kept the old Z10. That was a month ago, and all is still well!

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Or just give your phone a treatment from a company called Liquipel. Waterproofs any phone. Think it costs like $70. So go ahead and drop that phone in that pool. Klutz.And i don't work for them or own shares.

Aquapac for iPhone 5 fits the Z10 perfectly. It's good to 5 meters and has a small tab that allows you to pull the clear case flat against the camera for surprisingly clear photos. It has a tether so you can wear it around your neck. Perfect for boating, fly fishing.

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My Z10 is famous! I did the rice trick & the screen is back to normal (dry) but still won't function. I'm going to wait for another 24 hours & see what happens.

Last week while I was golfing,my electric caddy decided to take a spill into a pond ,as I was not paying attention to it, walking up to the green on a par 3,I decided to look to the left for some lost balls on the edge of the woods,all of a sudden I heard a Splash and rushed over to my golf bag ,and with some help from another stunned golfer, immediately pulled it out of the water. Well,my first reaction was,OMG, my phone!!!Fortunately it was in the top pouch of my golf bag and escaped the disaster ,and was dry.Unfortunately my GPS Bushnell rangefinder,499$ plus tax,was completely submerged,it,s still in rice and the moisture seems to have disappeared from the lense,I,m not in the mood to put it back together right now .I will be buying a waterproof case for my phone ,and use it while I,'m playing golf in the future.You never know when an accident might happen,better to be safe than sorry$$$$$

With as much rain as we've been getting over the past month, I'm seriously thinking about getting a waterproof case, just so I can go out on a daily basis!

Actually, I keep looking for a good waterproof case, since I have a mount on my motorcycle handlebars for my phone, and use it as a dash cam while riding (nice videos of windy mountain rides). I did get caught in a freak storm once when I had a Galaxy S (in a Seidio Active case) and it worked just fine the entire time (I count the faring as helpful with that).