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Best way of dealing with water damage

I've been repairing phones for a year now, the usual things screens, batteries etc. I have a previous customer dropping a water damaged phone to be tomorrow (dropped down the toilet). He's asked me to see what I can do, can you more experience repairers give me your top tips on how to go about this, what equipment should I invest in and what processes have worked best for you.

Any advice would be great, thank you.

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Ideally, the phone has to be properly decontaminated and then tested. Some shops don't bother with water damage repair and only focus on data recovery. I do water damage repair but you have to be able to say "enough" when you can't find the issue, especially if you are no fix/no fee.

You need the following:

  • Ultrasonic bath...a real one with sweep frequency. Popular models are Crest and Branson,
  • Proper cleaning solutions - Branson EC
  • Good micro-soldering setup to remove shields and fix the board as necessary. The Quick 861DW is good value for Hot Air and a temperature controlled soldering iron. I like the Hakko for the micro-tweezers. You can spend a lot of money here so you have to consider carefully.
  • Stereo Microscope with Zoom
  • Good assortment of parts or donor boards. Personally, I like to use new electronics components sourced from DigiKey or Mouser rather than donor boards. Some times though, you have no choice but to go donor board.

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