What to do if Your Electronic Device has Gotten Wet

So I was doing my laundry the other day and I realized I had accidentally washed (for an hour) my Prius Car Key Fob. These little guys are not cheap, $250 each. Not exactly in the mood to have it replaced. There is a little known trick that you can do to save wet electronic devices, and it has saved me many, many times. This technique has saved a camera and a very expensive cell phone (it was dropped by a friend into the ocean, totally underwater).

If your electronic device gets wet while the power is on, you can pretty much kiss it goodbye.
If your electronic device gets wet while the power is off, you may be in luck, as long as there is no water short circuiting the device.

The key…is patience and whatever you do- DO NOT TURN IT ON WHILE IT IS WET. This is the most common thing people do, they get it wet and turn it on to see if it still works, and this is where the damage usually happens because they are sending electricity through the device and shorting everything out.

Remove the batteries as soon as you can, and then open your device up as much as possible. Remove all the water and then give it a day or two to dry out more before trying to turn it on. If it is completely dry, and no short circuiting has occurred, it almost always works.

I did this with the Fob and its fine again- I just saved $250.


T2i Video ISO Menu

A sincere thank you to JP and Kev for bringing this to my attention. I stand corrected and will even leave the post below to show that yes, I was wrong on this. I typically assume I am wrong on at least 50% of everything I think, do and say, I just usually catch them on photography issues before I post them on the internet for the world to see. I welcome criticism (as well as hate mail) and have no hard feelings towards you.

I’m relieved this happened because if I had a hard time with it, I think others will too. This is where I went wrong:

Ive been shooting video with the 5Dii for so long now that every time I hit the “ISO” button in video mode, the ISO menu pops up. The same is true with the 7D, there is always this visual reference of your ISO and your options. Not so with the T2i, you press ISO and it indicates your current ISO, without the menu. This is what threw me off. I kept mashing that thing waiting for the menu to pop up and it just looked back at me with “Auto ISO”.

Here are video menu screen grabs from each:

So when you are shooting in Manual with the T2i, you are going to rotate your primary selector wheel to change your ISO- There is no ISO menu as on the other cameras. This is the first time Canon has done this with manual ISO controls.

So yes, the T2i IS the awesome video package I initially thought it was! Glad we got that all sorted out. 🙂

Canon T2i Video Manual Controls – Auto ISO

Yes you do have ISO Controls in Video – See Post Above

Update on the T2i testing…this is disappointing- While yes, there are Manual Controls for Shutter Speed and Aperture, you have no control over ISO. What this means is, the camera is going to be moving this around as it seems fit, and your “Manual” video controls are more of a glorified version of exposure compensation.

Canon, I love you guys- Please change this in an update, manual controls should include ISO control as well.

Day 339 – Find Some Quiet Time

I know Ive been slacking on my 365, so close too! Just need to buckle down and finish that project. Sooooo many different projects going on. The Canon T2i Crash Course DVD is nearly completed, Ive been working non-stop on it since I got it last Tuesday. I expect to get a green light from the disk manufacturers next week, after which they will go on sale immediately.

One thing I cannot recommend higher, as a Maven, is to find some quiet time once a week to yourself to get away from all the noise, clutter, TVs, computers and just go spend some time thinking with a pad of paper and pen. I typically review my goals and plans for the next week, read, or design new products. Nearly all of the ideas I implement into my business come from these brainstorming sessions. When you have problems you are struggling with, open your mind to the universe and just listen, you will naturally have some wonderful insights and ideas come.

I would also say that if you are starting a new photography business, this is the most important thing you can do to organize and get a plan of action together. There is something about goals that they really do not matter until you write them down. Image was taken on a Canon 5Dii, 1/3 Second, f22, ISO 50 with a Circular Polarizer