Thanks, everyone for the helpful tips! I've rinsed and bathed the
Zoom in fresh water and its now buried in a large bowl of uncooked
white rice (medium grain is all I had at hand), where it will remain
for at least 2 days. If this doesn't work, would you recommend
opening the zoom and spraying the circuit board with an electrical
contact cleaner, followed by another bath/rinse in distilled water
and 2 day rice burial?
On Sep 9, 2012, at 11:56 AM, Hood, Mark wrote:
> I would recommend distilled water for the de-salting bath as
> opposed to
> plain tap water, which still contains many dissolved salts and
> that will coat switch contacts and the like.
> I recall a sweat-drenched Sony wireless body-pack transmitter that
> completely ceased to function after being strapped to a particularly
> athletic theater performer (despite being wrapped in TWO protective
> condoms). Assuming it was permanently DOA and having nothing to
> lose, I
> bathed it repeatedly in distilled water and blew the vapors off
> with a can
> of compressed air. It then spent a few days in the hot, dry
> airstream of
> an amp rack. It powered back up and performed without complaint
> for the
> rest of the tour.
> I've never tried the rice drying technique, but it seems credible...
> Mark Hood
> Assistant Professor of Music
> Department of Recording Arts
> IU Jacobs School of Music
> On 9/8/12 9:40 PM, "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> My son walked into my brother-in-law's pool with his Blackberry.
>> We pulled the battery, ran it under fresh water, and then very gently
>> with a hair dryer to no avail.
>> Two days in a cup with uncooked rice and it's been working ever
>> With chlorine or salt, you need the fresh water ASAP.
>> I don't know what this will do to the mics, but I think his
>> mic is even OK.
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