macbook liquid damage repair

Waterproof Devices – The Real Truth!

Are electronic devices waterproof?

Most newer devices boast to have waterproof functions - however this is quite misleading it seems. Whilst some newer devices are built to handle liquid better than previous models they are certainly not waterproof. 

So why do manufacturers say that they are?

Large manufacturers can be quite misleading with their marketing approach when promoting the waterproof function of their devices. The truth is no commercial mobile phone or tablet to date is fully waterproof. 

How is water resistance measured?

Water resistance is measured by its IP rating (Ingress Protection).  IP ratings take into account the level of resistance to dust and liquid. With regards to the liquid element of the rating this is scored from 1 - 9.

An IP rating of 1 would indicate a device that can withstand vertical droplets of rainfall falling onto its surface for 10mins. The amount of water corresponds to 1mm per min rainfall. That’s the equivalent of 10mm of water in 10 mins. A very tiny amount. 

A level 9 water resistance rating can withstand powerful water jets at close distances of 0.1 - 0.15m. This is also tested at high water temperatures above 70 degrees celsius. This is your highest electronic water resistance rating. 

How they get away with it?

The play is on the word waterproof. If a device has an IPX1 rating, legally this device is water resistance so you can market your product as being waterproof or water resistant. However as detailed above a device with an IPX1 rating can only withstand 10mmn droplets of water over a 10minute period on its surface. 

So you go to the beach or into the shower with your device, mislead that your device is waterproof.  Lo and behold your device stops functioning properly. You are now left shocked and confused. You even start to think the fault is unrelated to the fact that the device was immersed in liquid. 

Below is an  iPhone 8 that has come into contact with liquid. Waterproof according to the manufacturer so explain how liquid has penetrated through to the logic board?

iPhone 8 liquid damge repair
Unrecoverable iPhone 8 Logic Board.

What do I do if my device comes into contact with liquid?

Well first of all DO NOT put your devices in rice. The rice tale is a myth that I wish I could pull from every blog and video on the internet.

Take your device to a reputable repair company that has good experience and understanding with how to assess, diagnose and repair liquid damaged devices. I know of one called Gadget Rehab if you would like a recommendation.

Gadget Rehab has huge success rates (approx 80%) recovering data from liquid damaged devices and can often also recover the device itself depending on the extent of the damage. 

Lastly, read our blog Liquid Damage - The do's and the dont's. This will give you a firm understanding on what to do immediately after your device has been in contact with liquid. 

Laptop and Macbook Repairs

Here at Gadget Rehab our technicians LOVE  completing Laptop and Macbook Repairs.

We cover repairs such as;

  • Screen repairs
  • Keyboard repairs
  • Port repairs
  • Liquid damage
  • Data Transfer

As well as;

  • Storage issues
  • Backup
  • Data recovery
  • Motherboard repairs

The above listed is only a short list of repairs that we do here at Gadget Rehab. Our team will be more than happy to diagnose your device and we never shy away from repairs and try our very best to help where possible.

For further information

Call 01494 534008

Email info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

Data Destruction and Recovery

Internationally Certified Data Destruction and Recovery

Here at Gadget Rehab our in house technicians can help you find your lost files. We know that sometimes we can accidently lose files or ‘delete’ them however no need to fear these files have, in the majority of cases, just been hidden or stored beneath the surfaces. We work with software and expert skill to retrieve this missing/deleted data.

Causes of data loss are:

Over two fifths of data loss are caused by hardware or system malfunctions, this is why it is important that you keep your computer systems up to date and regularly service it. Here at Gadget Rehab we offer expert advice on ways to keep your system healthy. Some more causes are listed below;

  • Human errors – also known as user interference i.e deleting a file by mistake
  • Software corruption – we have all experienced this, when halfway through an important report the application just shuts down, resulting in all our hard work being lost, or is it?
  • Computer viruses and malware – data protection is an important thing with our computers containing some of our most private information, banking detail and addresses, therefore it is vital that you have a well known and respected, established security system on your computer such as the likes of NORTON, AVG  

Due to this we also highly recommend that you backup your data. This is such an important thing to do and in today’s modern world with cloud storage and auto backups it quite literally at your fingertips. There is no excuse not to do so! If you need help with iCloud storage and automatic back ups we are more than happy to give you some free advice or we can help you set this all up for a small fee.

Data Destruction:

We understand that on many of our devices we have sensitive data, especially our corporate clients, so we also offer a data destruction service, which completely destroys all data, what this means is no one will ever be able to access those sensitive files, as they will no longer exist.  Gadget Rehab are partnered with some of the most secure data destruction providers which meet international data privacy regulations including ISO 27001 and ISO 27040.

We cover flash drives, hard drives and mobile devices and will provide an industry recognised certification for each device where that we wipe the data for. If you are a personal or corporate client that requires a trusted data destruction service then please give us a call for a quote using the details below:

For more information contact us on

Phone – 01494 534008

Email – info@gadgetrehab.co.uk