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Repairing a Water Damaged Nintendo DSi
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
The Nintendo DSi is one of the most popular and innovative handheld video game units in the history of gaming, allowing you to take your favorite games on the road with you. The Nintendo DSi brings quality gaming experience to the portable small screen. Of course, the problem is that the more portable a unit is, the more likely you are to drop it in a tub or sink or some other water source, risking damage to the unit. Fortunately, if you act quickly, you may be able to salvage the unit.
First, remove every connection that you can from the unit. Cartridges, battery, cards, and power supply, and rotate the DSi a few times to allow as much standing water as possible to flow out o the console. Do not strike or bang on the unit as this may cause further damage and refrain from using heating devices such as hair dryers to dry out the DSi console. The best way to speed the drying process of the DSi is to open the unit and use a clean cloth to dry off the affected areas. Only do this if you are familiar with the inner workings. In all other cases, let evaporation do the job for you.
Do not turn the unit on. Too many people make that mistake when their unit gets damaged; they want to see if it is still working. Turning on a water damaged electronic device will likely cause additional damage and run the risk of electrical shock to the user. Give the unit time to dry completely before attempting to use it.
After allowing the DSi to dry for an extended period, about three to five days, turn it back on. The unit is fairly well insulated, so if the water exposure was minimal, then you stand a very good chance of having a working unit.
If the unit doesn’t work, the damage to the unit was just too great. Some electrical devices just cannot withstand excessive water damage and you have to move forward and replace the unit. However, even a damaged DSi may be of some value, as they can be sold on auction sites for surprising values, with repair shops and other gamers willing to buy damaged units to repair their broken ones. Just make sure you properly advertise the unit as water damaged, non-functional, partially functional, etc. In many cases you may be able to get a decent amount of money towards the purchase of a replacement unit.
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