What usually happens is that even once they've dried out there's still corrosion slowly eating away
at it until it finally gives out. By that point there's nothing anybody can do about it other than replace
the damaged part and this can quickly add up to a lot of money. customer who's son left the PSP in
the bathroom while he took a hot shower and the lot of drenching to cause a major problem.
One thing to keep in mind is that once it's gotten wet you have a much better chance of coming out
of it with no permanent damage if you don't try to turn it on or charge it until after it's been
thoroughly dried out and cleaned up. Remember even when everything seems dry as a bone there
can still be is the worst thing you can possibly do.
In summation, if your PSP got pretty well soaked you'll want to take the entire console apart as
soon as possible to let it dry out properly and then clean the various electrical components with
rubbing alcohol to prevent the corrosion setting in. Most people aren't up to this kind of work but
there are things you can do yourself before sending it to someone like me to do the job.
Number one is to take the battery out and leave it out until the console's ready to be used again.
Take out the memory card and UMD game if they're in there and leave the memory card cover and
UMD door open. Leave the battery cover off as well and of course dry it all off the outside as well as
you can and put it somewhere warm to help the water evaporate. If you happen to have a #000
screwdriver handy you can go ahead and take the faceplate off which isn't a big deal and will
certainly help a lot with the drying process. Once you've done all you can yourself get it to a repair
shop asap. If you're mailing it you can package it up for transit, doors/covers still open, in loosely
wadded up newspaper or paper towels to help it dry out a little more while it's on the way. The good
news here is that no matter how wet it got if you follow the instructions above there's a very good
chance it'll come back to life good as new without another major investment.
One thing I have to mention is that a few people on the Internet suggest putting it in the oven to dry
which can easily turn into a disaster if you're not careful. I've received partially melted PSP's and
there's just no hope at that point plus whatever you do please don't put it in the microwave :-)
Setting it in rice is another one which is OK except for the grains of rice making their way inside the
console. These can easily jam up the laser gears so I'd be cautious of trying this unless you have a
good way of ensuring no rice get's inside. Putting the whole thing inside a pair of pantyhose and
then in the rice might work or something along those lines. Personally I don't know if this would
really help or not but if you're careful it can't hurt.
That said, if you'd like me to take care of it I'll be happy to do so and with any luck it'll only come to
a $45 'labor only' repair if we get to it quick enough. Of course there's no guarantee it'll turn out
like that but I'll give it my best shot and there's no charge for it at all unless I succeed in getting it
going again. All you need to do is go fill out the form on the Repair services page to let me know it's
coming and then package it up loosely in newspaper or paper towels like I mentioned above. I'll
email to let you know as soon as it arrives and hopefully a little later I'll be emailing again with
some good news.