Water and electronics v.alcohol

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  1. kmad86

    kmad86 Swine Epidemic Survival Crew '09 OT Supporter

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    I was wondering about something. I hear people say that if they have electronics that were submerged in water they are pretty much useless. I also hear people say that a lot of the time they are fine after submerging the boards of the electronics in alcohol. Can anybody give me the rundown here.
     
  2. Doomsday

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    water has impurities that makes it inherently conductive
    when it dries up, it leaves these impurities as a residue, and that's what fuck things up

    alcohol and 'pure' water (deionized or such) doesn't leave this residue
    alcohol evaporates faster too
     
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    Also, alcohol will often dissolve the impurities that tap water leaves behind.

    In any event, as long as the electronics are clean and dry at the end of whatever boondoggle you've got in mind, they should work fine.
     

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