Spilled apple cider on the iPad, now it can't turn on after a few days

Spilled apple cider on my iPad and a lot of it got in from the speaker. It's been at least a few days now and it worked until now the iPad won't turn on even when plugging it, what do I do?

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The real problem is the mineral deposits that can cause short circuits or the corrosion that is taking place as the water/cider evaporates. Leaving the power on the device accelerates the process. The longer you wait before cleaning the logic board, the more time you are giving corrosion to damage your logic board.

Here are some things you can try yourself:

  • Open your device and remove the logic board (follow this guide)
  • Inspect the logic board, especially around the connectors and look for corrosion.
  • Inspect both sides of the board. Unfortunately, much of the board is covered in shields but they can be easily removed. That's usually where the damage is occurring.
  • Put your board in a container with >90% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit for a while.
  • Use a soft brush, like a toothbrush and lightly brush away any corrosion you see.
  • Rinse in alcohol and repeat.
  • Let it air dry for a day.
  • Re-assemble and hope for the best.

You should also consider getting a new battery if it has swollen. Resist the temptation to pop it to let the gas out. A compromised Li-ion battery is a fire hazard. If the device appears to power up but behaves erratically, then use a tool like 3uTools to flash the firmware as it may be corrupted.

A professional repair shop that does water damage repair may be able to recover your device or the data because they have access to pro-level ultrasonic baths and specialized cleaners as well as the skills to troubleshoot your board. Many shops have a no fix/no fee policy so you don't have to spend money to find out if the phone is fixable or not.

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