Fixing a Kindle After It Gets Wet

By Ashley Poland

Be careful when taking your Kindle out and about.
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When you've gotten your Kindle wet, you need to dry its inside and out for a chance to keep it in working condition. Take measures to drive out the water and dry out the innards of your Kindle, as water damage can short circuits and -- if left wet for too long -- cause corrosion inside the device. While many people have luck using a desiccant to draw the water out of their devices, there is no guarantee it will save your Kindle.


Remove your Kindle from the water. Any activity while wet can fry the device. Dry off the exterior. If you have a vacuum or a can of compressed air (commonly used to dust out computers and keyboards), use that to blow water out of the Kindle. Do not use a hair dryer, as the heat can damage your Kindle further.

If you can open the Kindle to remove the battery, do so -- removing the battery allows you to dry it out separately from the device. If you can't, simply dry the outside of the device and blow as much air out as you can.

Submerge the Kindle in rice, or some other desiccant; Popular Mechanics also recommends silica gel packets, if you have them on hand.

The Waiting Game

Leave the Kindle submerged in the rice for 24 hours. This gives the rice time to draw the moisture out of the device. When you remove the device, clear out all the rice -- especially if you took the Kindle apart to remove the battery before submerging it. With everything put back together, power it up and hope for the best.