Liquid spills are the root cause of most (60%) laptop repairs, Here we lists the Top 10 list of liquid spills that damage laptops and notebook computers, and offers advice to laptop owners on what to do if they spill liquid on their computer.
We recommend laptop users drink their coffee black. No sugar, means less corrosion.
The average cost to fix a dead-on-arrival laptop computer from a liquid spill? About $600. And while liquid spills represent fully 60% of laptop computer repairs, these Top-10 liquid-culprits may surprise you.
#10: Nail Polish Remover (less than 1% of spills). This liquid is designed to dissolve lacquer, so it easily dissolves the coating on your notebook computers’ internal logic board, faster than you can accidentally change lanes while painting your toenails.
#9: Bodily Fluids (1% of spills). Yes, one woman claimed breast milk killed her laptop. Most common bodily fluids that kill laptop computers cannot be listed here–way too gross.
#8: Hard liquor (2% of spills). Hard liquor runs the gamut from pure ethyl alcohol (Grey Goose or Kettle One vodka) to syrupy, sugary goodness (brandy, White Russians, Pina Coladas, and other drinks served with an umbrella). The more sugar in the drink, the worse the corrosion that occurs to laptop’s internal parts. The sugar, usually sucrose, dries to form a natural bridge across circuits, assuring a very sweet short-circuit.
Expert lush tip: The more likely the drink is to be served with an umbrella (you tough guy) the more important it is that you keep it away from your laptop.
#7: Hot Tea (3% of spills). The tannic acid is again a effective conductor that will bridge circuits, create shorts, and burn out components.
#6: Sea Water (5% of spills). Salt water is among nature’s best conductors, and one of the most corrosive liquids known to man. It’s the NaCl (Sodium Chloride) that works the magic. Ever wonder why most ocean going vessels not painted faithfully look like floating buckets of rust? Dear Lord, leave your computer in your hotel room on vacation. Ocean versus laptop? Ocean wins. Every time.
#5: Beer (6% of spills). Beer drinkers can’t seem to hold their liquor around their laptops, either. Beer is part water, part sugar, part brown goo. American lagers, as well as Mexican beers such as Corona or Dos Equis, are lighter than many imported brands, and may do less damage to laptops.
#4: Wine (10% of spills). It seems laptop owners drink even more wine than beer. Wine is the double-fisted Kung Fu punch of liquid spills–sugar and acid combine into a corrosion stew. Like the hard liquors mentioned above in #9, wines contain ethyl alcohol (12-20%), along with remnants of the processing including yeast, sugar, sulfite preservatives, grape parts, and acetaldehyde. Together, these work as both a corrosive soup and a circuit shorter.
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