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What if the key fob gets wet?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Viperbrad, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Viperbrad

    Viperbrad Member

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    So I went to the waterpark with my kids. Having a great time until I see my son playing with what looks like a little boat. At a closer glance I realize it's my coveted Tesla key!! Good news is...It still worked after being submerged in water for a long time.
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  2. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR

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    So far, so good!

    ...but I'd recommend that you open it up, remove the battery and let it sit and dry out completely for a day or two before trying to use it again.
     
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  3. PaceyWhitter

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    If you can throw it in a cup of rice that would be even better.
     
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  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    ^Definitely do this!

    Agree. Unless you have any of those little hydro-absorbing gel packets that come packaged with various electricals.
     
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  5. lorih

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    I wonder if Elon's son's tried this before the design was finalized.

    :wink:
     
  6. epares

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    Last week I ran over my key at the garage here in NYC. ( the parking guys hide it on top of the tire). I realized it too late,,, went back and picked up the squashed key. That was two weeks ago, havent had any issues with it working... something tells me I should replace it..... these things are tough...
     
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    I'd like to see Tesla or a 3rd party sell a waterproof key fob.
     
  8. NotMandatory

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    Sounds like the key fob gets a 5.4 out of 5 star safety rating, as well.

    :tongue:
     
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    scaesare Well-Known Member

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    #9 scaesare, Aug 26, 2013
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    Model S Keyfob Relatively Water Resistant

    I have it on good authority that if you get thrown in to a pool with a Model S keyfob in your pocket, it will continue to work. :eek:

    I immediately fished it out of my pocket and threw in on to dry land... I then removed it from it's Fob Pocket and pulled the battery cover off and blew it out the best I could.... and let it dry. It still seems to operate the car just fine...

    I don't recommend this, however... :wink:
     
  10. pete8314

    pete8314 Vendor

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    I can confirm the FobPocket is waterproof, and floats :)

    I've been making a silicone rubber mold of the key for future projects, and it is fairly watertight, but there's no actual seal on the battery door, it's just a good fit, so it's not a good idea to submerge it for long. A very small amount of the rubber made it into the interior compartment, but it set long before it got too far.
     
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    #11 AC1K, Aug 27, 2013
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    its bad to get any electronic board wet that has a power source.

    if you submerge it, take the battery out, dump everything into a bag of rice or a bag full of those silica packs (the dry packs that come with laptops and other things)

    leave it there for at least 24-48 hours to be safe, if its your phone, 5 days, if its an iphone, forget it, you cant take out the battery, the voltage/current on the traces will start frying smd's immediately.

    BTW now that you guys mention it, i think im getting this after work

    http://www.mec.ca/product/5025-317/aquapac-keymaster-case-608/?Ns=p_min_sale_price&h=10+50004+50617+50042&f=10+50004+50042
     
  12. NigelM

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    I just purchased two outdoor fans for installation on our front porch. Both boxes contained a big bag of that stuff. :rolleyes:

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  13. Jkam

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    I mistakenly left the fob in my jeans pocket. Subsequently my jeans and the fob went for a wash in the washing machine and a spin in the dryer. My fob did not make it out alive. I had to get a new one.

    Thought I would learn my lesson, but NO....I did it again. Fortunately the fob (a different one) survived the 2nd time I did it.

    The first time it went through the wash/dryer it was a better quality machine than the 2nd time. That might have something to do with the fob surviving the 2nd incident.
     
  14. wcalvin

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    For dehydrating, put it in the refrigerator (not freezer). Same thing for paers/books that get wet.

    BTW, how does one pop the case on the FOB?
     
  15. pete8314

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    There's a small recess on the underside that a (sturdy) thumb nail or a small screwdriver can get under, just lever it a bit and the battery door pops off (towards the keyring end).
     
  16. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    I (unintentionally) ran one of the keyfobs through the washing machine and the dryer.

    It was fine. Quite impressive actually.
     
  17. damienvu

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    Can the key fob survive the washing macine and dryer?

    YES!!! Thank goodness.
     
  18. wycolo

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    Printed circuit boards take to soap & water very well. Salt water not so much.

    Better if the fob is riding in the jeans watch pocket. To avoid that happening I put a sticker next to the washer ON button as a reminder. So far so good.
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  19. Galve2000

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    My heart broke ever so slightly just reading the title to this thread. :(

    I would follow wycolo's above suggestion. Please don't do this to your FOB...
     
  20. kota23

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    Mine has gone through the washer/dryer cycle and come out okay. Not sure if it's the recommended cleaning method though.
     

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