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Bahrak 07-24-2012 06:24 AM

How well does the J3 handle water?
Long story short: I accidently went swimming with my Cowon J3.

Now it looks like it's pretty much filled with water. There's some air bubbles behind the screen and that's it.

Has anybody else had experience with J3 + water. What result did it yield and what did you do?

I'm considering laying it outside in the shadow (Where it's 35 C / 95 F right now). But I'm afraid that it'll end up harming the hardware, thoughts on that?

If I'm not doing that, then I'm gonna just wait for the water to evaporate and then I'll turn it on to see if it still works (will post results).

Also, there's an additional micro SDHC card in it, if that's off any relevance.

El C 07-24-2012 06:41 AM

Just don't turn it on until it's fully dry (could take a few days). Some have even suggested putting it in a bag of rice.

WalkGood 07-24-2012 07:23 AM

I’ve put my devices that have fallen into water into a jar with rice in the car for a week or till dry. Chances are if it got really wet the battery is dead and needs to be replaced but as long as you haven’t turned on the device and fried any boards it should work fine with a new battery.

Bahrak 07-24-2012 07:31 AM

Alright thanks, that's what I was thinking too, but it's always a relief to here it from others. I have had success with phones that has had this treatment too.

Just one thing then (if no one has comments about putting the PMP out in scorching heat):

Where do I get another battery? (it's not against the rules to have a website recommended is it?)

I live in Denmark (Scandinavia (Northern Europe)), and you can't even get a Cowon J3 with 32 gb of internal memory here anymore.

WalkGood 07-24-2012 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by Bahrak (Post 617280)
... Where do I get another battery? (it's not against the rules to have a website recommended is it?). I live in Denmark (Scandinavia (Northern Europe)), and you can't even get a Cowon J3 with 32 gb of internal memory here anymore.

I haven't seen just the battery for sale but I have read about others in the EU send their players into Cowon for a battery replacement. I'd send them a pm via their online support to ask about price and where to send.

I'm not sure if this info is still correct, hopefully another member will correct me if I'm wrong:
Cowon Europe GmbH
Mergenthalerallee 55-59
D - 65760 Eschborn bei Frankfurt/M.

Telefon: +49 (06196) 76916-60
Telefax: +49 (06196) 76916-11
E-Mail: info.de@cowon.com

Syndrome 07-24-2012 12:23 PM

You can find batteries that might fit on ebay too, as long as the voltage is the same and if will physically fit inside the J3 then it will work.

Bahrak 07-25-2012 02:24 AM

Alright, thank you.

DragonBottles 07-25-2012 07:33 AM

You might want to take off the back plate (if possible, I don't know the anatomy of the J3) and put it in a bag of rice for at least half a week so it can soak up the water deep in the parts/board.

I left my Samsung YP-P3 under an open attic window by accident, and of course a thunderstorm brewed by. It was about 3 weeks until it worked again, but the battery only lasted 30-60 minutes after that. I ended up replacing it with the Cowon X7 which was the best thing I think I've ever done.

But yes, if you were to get a new battery, it theoretically should still function if you give it sufficient time to dry.

Bahrak 07-25-2012 11:07 AM

Hmmm. I already looked at it, and I don't see how I could take the back plate off without tools. Also, as weird as it may sound, I won't have access to a bag of rice before early next week. But I will certainly follow your advice as soon as I can.

Syndrome 07-25-2012 05:02 PM

Oats will work as well.

Tapeworm 07-25-2012 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by Syndrome (Post 617445)
Oats will work as well.

How 'bout grits?

Although it'd be a shame to waste good grits. :p

Angelopsaro 07-25-2012 07:21 PM


Bahrak 07-31-2012 03:51 AM

Okay thank you everyone. But it looks like it sustained permanent damage. The screen is flickering, and not responding at all, and when I take disconnect it from the recharger, it just shuts off in a blink. It also says "battery full" whenever I try to recharge it. So it looks like a whole bunch of stuff is out of order, including the battery.

Bahrak 07-31-2012 04:25 AM

The screen is responding now. It still flickers, it shifts between normal background light and very low. The speakers sounds fine, and it sounds great through my headphones. So that's a positive. I've mailed the repair center (thanks Angelopsaro).

Bahrak 08-02-2012 06:12 AM

For some reason, I can't contact them through their mail. I keep getting a "delivery failed" message.

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