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Old 07-28-2013, 07:08 PM
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Taking your key fob swimming.

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I'm sure that only an idiot like me would forget that his key was in your swimming trunks pocket and jump into the pool. Well, I did that, within 5 minutes I realized it.

Put in the sun to dry out, after an hour or so tried it and it worked. Later drove home and upon arriving see that the key/fob isn't working. Opened it up, removed battery, "wet inside", took a hairdrier and "warmed it up". After an hour it worked and has worked the next day.

ADVICE, if you happen to do this, immediately remove the battery, Dry it out with whatever you happen to have, IMO the less heat that you have available, the longer that you wait to put the battery back in.

I must say that I am impressed that it worked at all. Took a HTC smartphone swimming last year and it didn't survive
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:13 PM
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Let us know if eventually some parts rust and stop it from working.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:15 PM
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Putting electronics in rice is a good way to dry them out.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:24 AM
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My son threw the fob to his mom. She missed. They were on a boat slip on the Hudson River. The brackish water was about 3 1/2 feet deep. Since it was dark, I went back the next day with a row of magnets taped to the bottom of a hockey stick blade. I assumed it was a loss. A week later I put in a new battery in. Three years later and that fob still works perfectly. No issues with the comfort access either.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:45 AM
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Putting electronics in rice is a good way to dry them out.
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pull the battery, rinse with distilled water if it was dunked in anything with salt or chlorine in it, then seal it in a bag with uncooked rice.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:43 PM
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pull the battery, rinse with distilled water if it was dunked in anything with salt or chlorine in it, then seal it in a bag with uncooked rice.
Uncooked rice is hard, and doesn't taste very well. I much prefer rice with olive oil, saffron, and some basil. Maybe a lot Cayenne if I am feeling spicy
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:38 PM
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My son threw the fob to his mom. She missed. They were on a boat slip on the Hudson River. The brackish water was about 3 1/2 feet deep. Since it was dark, I went back the next day with a row of magnets taped to the bottom of a hockey stick blade. I assumed it was a loss. A week later I put in a new battery in. Three years later and that fob still works perfectly. No issues with the comfort access either.
I've lost a set of keys and a camera to boating mishaps. I've really impressed you found the key, and even more impressed that it still works!


Rule of thumb, pull battery and set the fob aside for a day longer than you think it needs to dry out.
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I've lost a set of keys and a camera to boating mishaps. I've really impressed you found the key, and even more impressed that it still works!
I'm very impressed. As a scuba diver, who hits murky/silty waters all the time, I can tell you it's very hard to find something in there. Especially if he left and came back a day later - that's a very good memory.

My suggestion: When you go on a boat, put your keys in a zip lock. If they fall, the air in the bag should help them float. Even if they don't float, if the seal is good, then they shouldn't flood.

Tricks for electronics:
1) Try and setup a blowing device to blow dry the air out. Keys are small and shouldn't be an issue, but for larger devices, if the air is blowing in then it might push the water in to a crevice.

2) Rinse it with distilled water, prior to drying (it's wet anyhow). Thoroughly get it all out - silt, dirt, salt, and particulates are all electronic killers

3) After drying, see where there may be grease applied and re-apply some

4) As others have said, stick it in a bag of uncooked rice... If you don't have that, then there are hardware stores that sell moisture absorbing powders. Laundry detergent works, but don't let the grains get on the electronic. Sit it in the bag with it (carefully). Put it on top (with a piece of paper in between). Keep it in a cool/dry area. In direct sunlight may cause condensation.

5) Discard the batteries. They tend to rust quickly, and if water managed to get inside the chemical portion then you def don't want to use it.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:52 PM
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Putting electronics in rice is a good way to dry them out.
Doesn't all that steam get into the fob?
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:32 AM
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pull the battery, rinse with distilled water if it was dunked in anything with salt or chlorine in it, then seal it in a bag with uncooked rice.
Uh oh.
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Re: Taking your key fob swimming.

I pull out the shop vac and try to suck out as much of the remaining liquid. Seems to work well with a phone - haven't tried a fob.
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