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Repairing a Water Damaged PS Vita
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
Playstation Vitas are a portable gaming device available today, but they do have a reputation for being unusually susceptible to water damage. Since by their very nature they are moved around a lot, it doesn't take much for them to be exposed to rain, snow, or ice, as well as the chance of their being dropped in water such as tubs, sinks, or even pools and rivers.
However it occurs, in many cases, water damage usually means the end of the unit. However, if you act quickly, there is a chance the unit may still function, at least partially. What is important is to not make rash decisions or actions.
For starters, turn the unit off. If it is already off when the damage occurs, do not turn it back on. It is tempting to see if the water did any damage, but if the water did not do damage initially, it may do considerable damage if the unit is suddenly fired up while circuits or the motherboard are still wet. If that happens, the unit will be irreparable.
Dry up any water that is on or around the unit. If possible, rotate the unit and allow any water that may be trapped inside to exit. If you are feeling especially technical, you may want to open the unit and use a clean cloth and some isopropyl alcohol to clean any affected surfaces.
Allow the unit to dry under normal conditions for a period of several days to a week before making any attempt to power it back up. Any sooner and you could damage the unit beyond repair. You have to make sure that all of the water has been dried up.
Water spilled on a PS Vita invalidates the warranty; however, functionality can sometimes be restored through repair services offered by Sony. It does come with a charge, but the charge is waived if the attempt is unsuccessful.
As is the case with most water damaged electronics, the unit may be powered back up after a week or so of drying. The unit will, hopefully, function normally. If it doesn’t, it simply means the level of the damage was too great to be repaired.
The good news is that most electric components may be sold off for a decent sum of money. Game collectors and repair shops will often snatch up these damaged units for parts, or to see if they are able to restore the unit themselves.
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