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    Desiccant Sachets: what they are, how they work and what they are used for

    A desiccant is basically a substance that either causes something to become dry or which keeps something in a state of dryness.

    The most commonly used form of desiccant sachet is the ubiquitous silica gel sachet which contains many granules of silica gel. The granules have a porous structure and an extremely large surface area relative to their size which enables them to absorb water efficiently. These granules literally attract water on the basis of vapour pressure, drawing it within their structure. Silica gel will not absorb water indefinitely but will stop at a given threshold. For this reason it is necessary to change silica gel sachets according to the conditions under which they are used and to vary the amount used depending on how much moisture a given environment contains.

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    Laptops and Water, What to do Next!

    Whether you are using your laptop for leisure at home or busily typing up notes on the train the chances are that at some point you have come close to spilling a drink (or maybe a vase of flower water) on your laptop. The confluence of liquids and electrical goods is never a sign for celebration but if the worst should happen what should you do next?

     

    This article outlines some tips and advice for minimising the damage that a spillage on your laptop might cause.

     

    Speed

     

    It is important to move fast and get your laptop away from the spillage. Leaving the laptop in the liquid whilst you attempt to wipe of the surface might be a knee-jerk reaction but it could be worsening the problem as liquid seeps into other areas of the device. Time is of the essence so move it first and clean it later...but not that much later.

     

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    Cameras and Water, Protection and Drying

    Waterproof camera


    A waterproof camera may be an option for you if you are considering any form of aquatic or near aquatic photography. Perhaps you want to take that epic shot of your partner under a waterfall drinking a large and precariously held martini whilst they shoot at you with a water pistol? Perhaps you want to stand in car wash and take photographs of frantically wet bristles? Maybe you are just worried that you’ll drop your camera down the toilet when you are taking a picture of your poo to send to a friend? Either way a waterproof camera might be something worth considering.

    Many of these cameras are not only capable of withstanding splashes of water but are also capable of being operated safely under water. Normally there are depth restrictions applied so if you are seeking a camera specifically for diving then it is well worth checking whether they have capability for such things. 

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    Drying Methods for Electrical Devices

    Rice

     

    Rice is a commonly recommended absorber for use in drying wet electronics. The first thing to point out is that it is very important to use dried rice to absorb liquid from electronics. It’s probably common sense (or at least it should be) but there you go. It is also worth mentioning that dry rice can have some powdery residue on it which is best removed before placing your device within it. This dust-like material could form a bit of a sludge when it comes into contact with moisture which may worsen the problem. You will often read that it is important to cover the device with rice completely and whilst this may be optimal it may not be practical. If you only have half a cup of rice then put it in a smaller container to maximise the contact whilst you acquire more rice...

     

    ...or Silica gel

     

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    Spilled Drinks on my Tablet...What can I do?

    Fashion GirlsSpilled drinks on my tablet...what can I do?

    There is always a risk that at some point, the combination of a leisurely drink whilst browsing or tinkering on your tablet will end up with the two combining. If spilling a drink on your tablet is unavoidable or at least a distinct possibility it should come as some relief to learn that there are steps you can take to prevent your spilled drink from damaging the tablet beyond repair.

     

     

    Power down

     

    Firstly switch the device off if it is on. This advice is generally offered up for other wet electronic equipment such as mobile phones or laptops. Restarting the device may cause short circuits that could cause further damage to the tablet. Also be aware that switching it on at this point will not give you an indication of how well it will function in the future. The main goal at this point is to return it to the condition it was in prior to your beverage meeting it.

     

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