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Orange Juice + Laptop Charger = Sparks! Help!

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January 20, 2013 2:30:04 PM

Hello everybody!

I had my laptop in my backpack and a bottle of juice with badly closed lid. By the time I came home from the library, everything inside was swimming in orange juice. Laptop was in a separate compartment and was not wet, but the charger was pretty wet. I decided to give my things a good shower and then left them near the heater for 2 days.

But later when I went to the library and plugged in my charger into my laptop and outlet there were a few sparks, cracking sound and a strong smell of burned rubber coming from the charging brick. I unplugged it immediately (like after 1-2 seconds), but did not risk plugging it again. The laptop seems to be fine though. However, the outlet and the nearby lamp stopped working :o  Not to be a dick, I notified the librarian, but they said they would check it and did not seem to care much.

The question is what do I do now? Buy a new charger? Leave this one to dry some more and try again? Or definitely DO NOT try to use it again?

Thanks.
January 20, 2013 2:34:48 PM

I would buy a replacement. If you spill juice or "tap" water on your electronics its best to rinse clean with distilled water and then leave to dry. Regular water will corrode electronic connections.
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January 20, 2013 2:37:35 PM

Hi :) 

I own a laptop repair company...

Buy a good quality new charger and try it...if it works fine, if not, laptop repair company for diagnosis...

All the best Brett :) 
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