What to do when your GoPro Gets Wet

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And so it happened! As I was ascending from my final dive in Guam, I saw salt water inside the waterproof housing of my gopro camera!!!  But after some water damage control on the GoPro, it still works!  How did I do it? Read on…

*Dozens Of Helpful And Inspirational Comments Made By Gopro Users

Steps On What To Do When Your GoPro Camera Gets Wet!

1. Take the camera out of the housing.

2. Take out the battery and SD card (VERY IMPORTANT!!! if you have any gopro extensions such as the LCD backpack, take that out too)

3. Soak the GoPro and other components that got wet (except the battery) in clean freshwater for 30 seconds to a minute to prevent corrosion inside. (do this step if soaked in seawater)

4. Drive out the water from the insides of the gopro by swinging it. (goal here is to use centripetal force to move water out through openings such as the sd card slot.)

5. Let it dry… Remember, there are many ways to dry… *I put my gopro inside a car on the dashboard for 3 hours during a  hot day on it’s side with the SD card slot facing up so that the water would evaporate and steam would exit out of it. It was summer and it was pretty hot. Do not ever turn on your camera if you suspect there is water inside… you can fry the circuits inside!

(If the climate is pretty cold where you live I would recommend putting the GoPro in a tight sealed box with some silica packets for several days. The silica packets should absorb most of the moisture from the inside of the camera.) If you don’t have desiccants, try using rice or pasta as some have recommended in the comments below.

6. Take the camera out of the car and let it cool off in a dry place at room temperature and don’t touch it for 24 hours.

Because saltwater can cause severe corrosive damage to metallic components inside your camera, try to do the following above as soon as you can. Speed is the key. I rescued and soaked my camera approximately an hour after getting it wet in the ocean.

An Important Note About Wet GoPro Cameras

Although I think I was very lucky, this may not work for everyone. But if flooding occurs while you’re diving, surfing, or just doing anything in the water, you may try what I did with your own discretion. Remember, I won’t take any responsibility, I’m just sharing what I did so you could save your electrical devices if it ever gets wet especially with sea water! Plus I really like electronics so I like experimenting with them once they become spare parts!

Btw, remember to NEVER TURN ON YOUR CAMERA IF YOU SUSPECT THAT IT IS STILL WET! Give it time to dry.

(I’ve noticed some blog posts and videos out there copying my exact same methods that include changing words around and claiming it’s “their” method. It’s all good to spread the word but  I would appreciate it if you give some credit to this blog which  I dedicate a lot of effort to anyone interested in electrical gadgets including the GoPro camera! Please note the date of this post!) Cool

How did my GoPro Flood???

Before I go any further, for you to realize how stoked I was when my camera filled with water, please see some of videos I have made with only the GoPro!

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Thomas
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Thank you
Adam,

Thanks for the post mate! If it wasn’t for you, my gopro would have ended up in the trash!

Cheers!
Thomas

crazydiver007
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You’re welcome
Glad to hear it worked out! These gopro cams are pretty tough. As long as you perform some damage control ASAP, the chances of it working are high.

Also, check out gopro support and see how they can help. Those guys are awesome!

Adam Go

mariano
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help
Hi , a have a gopro 2 brand new and i dropp it underwater , it works but the lense is with fog.please help

crazydiver007
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response to mariano
[quote name=”mariano”]Hi , a have a gopro 2 brand new and i dropp it underwater , it works but the lense is with fog.please help[/quote]
Try leaving your gopro in an air sealed case with a lot of silica gel in it. Leave it there for a couple of days. That could help take out the moisture.

a
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problem
[quote name=”a”]My camera fucking works! Back from the dead!!! These things are warriors!

Thanks![/quote]
I agree! These little cams are worth every penny. You should try out the GoPro2!

Tim
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good advice
I used the recommendation listed for waterproof cameras after salt water use and submerged it in freshwater for a few minutes to work all the salt water out.

I then dried in warm shady area for a few hours and put it in a pack of rice for a few days – come out all good.

crazydiver007
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Thanks for the rice advice![quote name=”Tim”]I used the recommendation listed for waterproof cameras after salt water use and submerged it in freshwater for a few minutes to work all the salt water out. I then dried in warm shady area for a few hours and put it in a pack of rice for a few days – come out all good.[/quote] Thanks for sharing your tip! Never thought rice would act as a powerful absorbent. BTW, I’m glad to hear your gopro came out okay! Also, soaking for more than a minute in freshwater is good tip to completely wash… Read more »
Guest
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Question
I dropped my gopro in salt water with the lcd on, is it ok to submerge the LCD in fresh water as well to prevent corrosion?

Guest
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Question
What do I do about the lcd bacpac that I dropped in saltwater? Should I use the same method and soak it in freshwater just like the actual camera?

crazydiver007
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Should I soak in fresh water
The same happened to me so I put my lcd in fresh water to take out the salt. It worked fine after drying it out.

RMQgopro
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saltwatered gopro
hey! thanks for all the tips shared… already on it, this weekend my hero2 got wet with salt water… it´s already inside a bowl of rice. but i have a question… how much time passed before you took measures??? mine got wet on saturday noon and i´m cleaning it today sunday at night.

AdamGo
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saltwater
Thanks for the question.

I took measures within an hour of getting it wet because salt water may corrode components inside of the GoPro within hours.

As a rule of thumb, you should immediately rinse out any salt water from your gear.

Please tell me how it works out. Quite interested!

carlos centeno
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” hot ” error
hey, great post…
my go pro gives me a “hot” error only when in video! need help to resolve this…i tried diferent bateries and cards still doing it!
any tips to solve this???
best regards

adamgo
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reply to hot error
Hello carlos,

Thanks for your comment. Did you get your camera wet or is it just getting a hot error without any incident?

If it’s the latter, I would suggest using your 1 year warranty to get it fixed.

I used to have a similar problem with GoPro and I just shipped in and they gave me a new one!

RMQgopro
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saltwatered gopro
it´s alive… tough little camera, all functions up and running, txs for all the tips.. followed them step by step and even used a bit of wd40 before leaving it on rice for five nights. now i´m giving it a lot of use to see if it fails… hope not, so far so good.

adamgo
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great to hear
RMQgopro,

Glad to hear the GoPro is still alive! Congratulations!

The use of WD-40 (water displacement-40) sounds like another good idea but I’m really curious to know how it worked out.

Good luck with the testing and don’t get it wet again! 😆

Dylan
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Battery
The camera got wet, should i replace the battery too?

Is it common for any GoPro, when it gets wet, for it to have a red light when the camera is attempting to charge. I was retarded and tried to charge it after being impatient with it.

adamgo
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Battery
Thank you for your comment Dylan!

Although I had no problems with my battery getting wet, just to be safe, I would replace the battery.

If anything, buy a new battery… it costs about 20 bucks and the old battery could be used as a spare if it is still usable!

Teona
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GoPro
So I dropped my GoPro in my pool by excident and the camera worked but not my LCD,i took of the LCD and i dried with my towel and when I came home i dried it with my hair drier and it started to work for few seconds and that it stopped.I don’t know what to do should I try these??

adamgo
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LCD
Hello Teona,

Thanks for your comment but I’m sorry to hear that you accidentally dropped your GoPro in the pool.

Glad to hear that the camera still works but I would advise that you never turn on your electrical device while it is wet because this can severely short circuit (fry) the electrical components inside.

Even though it seems like you did just that with the LCD, try drying it up as mentioned above in my blog.

If possible, I would like to hear how it turns out!

Good Luck!

sean
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Video
Was anyone able to save the video from these wet go pros? If so, what did you do?

adamgo
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SD cardHello Sean, My videos were fine. I was using a class 10 Transcend 32GB SD card and all the videos I had in it were fine. I could have been lucky because the card wasn’t waterproof but I kept the card dry and clean after getting it wet. Just to let you know, I continue to use the same card today on my GoPro HD Hero (Mark 1). If you are really concerned in protecting your videos among the elements especially from water, I would suggest you try a Sandisk card which is waterproof… but at a depth of… Read more »
sean
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SD Card
Thanks Adam. Just had an unfortunate where I had 3 go pros hooked up for a special waterski thing. All clips of when the cameras all got wet do not appear finished and are causing issues. Do you know of a way to make the video before the soaking reappear?

adamgo
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SD Card Data damage possible solutionHello Sean, It seems that your cards have been damaged by water. But I wouldn’t give up yet. Although there are no guarantees, here are some possible solutions… just make sure your card is DRY first. First, try uploading all the data into your computer. My explanation to this is that the data when viewed directly from the SD card is not being read well because it’s possible the connections have started to corrode. However, the footage in the card could still be okay. If you can, try to upload your footage into a dry… Read more »
Chris
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2 Gopros
I recently went scuba diving in Fiji and two go-pros suffered water damage!! I will deff not be buying another one of them. I managed to save one by cleaning in fresh water and putting it in a bag of rice, but the second one I left for 3 days before cleaning with fresh water, which was too late for the poor little go-pro.

AdamGo
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2 GoProsHello Chris, Sorry to hear about you losing one of the 2 Gopros that got wet but glad you got one of them to work. I guess the lesson we all learned is that if we get our GoPros wet in salt water, we should try to soak it in fresh water as soon as possible to prevent corrosion of the internal components. Salt water is a real bitch to electronics and I think 3 days was a bit too long. Anyway, thanks for sharing your story. Really appreciate it! Btw. Fiji is a nice place to dive! Enjoy… Read more »
les W
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MrI got caught – first time underwater with the LCD back on . So I Googled on my iphone and got your blog. I immediately put the kit under the fresh water shower at the beac. I’m home now – and again rinsed the kit under the fresh water tap I have used the hair dryer – on medium heat. Question – do I unscrew the 4 screws on the camera and the LCD screen and look and check ? or do I leave it in the rice for a few days and hope for the best? I bought it… Read more »
adamgo
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reply for MrThanks for your question. First off, I would not unscrew anything unless you absolutely know what you are doing. What I did to get the excess water out of the camera after rinsing it in fresh water was swing the camera with my hand several times and let centripetal force drive out the water out of the sd card port. I then put the camera and the LCD bakpak in a dry environment, i.e. an air tight silica gel filled box. I was on vacation at the time my gopro got wet and so I didn’t have silica… Read more »
Pequod
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Love you Video
Thanks for the post thats great to know for a future reference, now the video with the sea turtles I Love It, can you tell me what you did for it to be like that, like the settings and the lens you used, and if you used a program, that’d be great, THANKS!

AdamGo
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Video of Sea Turtle
Hello Pequod,

Thanks for the compliment for the video. I appreciate it!

For information on how I filmed “Guam Diving” and what programs I used, check out the article I made on how I made it in the link below.
http://adamgo.com/hd-video-camera/gopro-camera-for-scuba-diving

Play it safe and share your adventures!

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Lionel3000
Got my GoPro 2 wet and followed these instructions and it lives!!!! You Rock!! That little bugger is indestructible!!

AdamGo.com
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You’re welcome
Glad to hear my instructions helped. GoPros are really bombproof!

Live it hard!

Ben
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Help
Will I need a new battery for this. Also before seeing this I turned mine on however, there are still signs of life and my SD card works any thoughts.

Thank you anyway

Adamgo
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Ben
It all depends on the condition of the battery.
My battery works fine but noticed a bit of corrosion on the contacts of the battery.

Just to play it safe, I’d get a new battery if you’re in doubt.

In regards to your gopro still being functional even though it got wet… Did you get it wet in fresh water or salt water?

It is risky to turn on any electrical device while wet.

Let us know how it all goes. Good luck!

Ben
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Help
It was salt water but only a little bit.

I have tried it but there is still only two red lights showing.

Do you think it still has hope?

AdamGo.com
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Ben Part 2
The salt water is worrying me. Even if a little got in, it has the possibility of corroding internal circuits inside your camera, which is bad.

With your camera lights, that doesn’t tell me the whole picture. Does your camera work as it’s supposed to? Is the quality of images and video tip top?

When I dried out my camera after rinsing it out with fresh water, it worked like nothing ever happened to it.

There’s always hope if you give it a shot and if don’t give up right?

Let us know how it goes!

Live it hard Bro!

Ben
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Thankyou
well it turns on now however, the SD card won’t go in any solutions or ideas. otherwise I’m gonna have to buy another one not to unhappy about that but would prefer not to.

Thanks for all your help

Ben
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Thankyou
Scratch the last comment got the SD card in.

Hasn’t turned on full yet but promising signs every day it seems to improve I recon a new battery will do the trick.

Thanks so much..

AdamGo.com
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You’re welcome
Hello Ben,

You’re welcome and I appreciate helping out! I know how it feels like when things like these happen.

Btw, assuming you mean can’t read with “won’t go in” for the SD card thing…
If the data within the sd card have been corrupted by the water, you could try some recovery software for damaged sd cards. Just google it and there should be some good ones out there.

Good luck and hope that helps.

Christiane
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SADNESSI didn’t have a chance to read all the comments above; I’m still quite depressed about what happened to our GoPro. Husband and I were in Maui and last week (on 10/3) we went snorkeling. He put the LCD door on the housing – which we didn’t realize has FOUR holes in it. I didn’t check it before he brought it in the water, and since I’m the Techie in the family, he doesn’t think to check these things. To his defense, if you’re looking at the door attachment under poor light, it is quite difficult to notice holes are… Read more »
Tom W.
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Buy the dive housing
Just buy the GoPro dive housing to prevent this from happening ever again. No more mix ups.

Christiane
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SADNESS part II

We were on vacation without easy access to the internet. The battery had already corroded (green goop) when I checked it back on land. Took everything apart & tried to dry off. Didn’t know about cleaning it out w/ fresh H2O bc I couldn’t think of dunking it in water again. So now, it’s almost a week later. I know the battery door is warped bc it won’t shut right. Do I still have a chance?!

adamgo
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maybe there is hope[quote name=”Christiane”]… We were on vacation without easy access to the internet. The battery had already corroded (green goop) when I checked it back on land. Took everything apart & tried to dry off. Didn’t know about cleaning it out w/ fresh H2O bc I couldn’t think of dunking it in water again. So now, it’s almost a week later. I know the battery door is warped bc it won’t shut right. Do I still have a chance?![/quote] Hello Christiane! Thank you for sharing your experience! I have to say that one week is a bit too… Read more »
gyuri
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in the poolToday I went with my son to the public pool with my Hero2 as always. But I forgot, that I changed last week for skeleton housing… After two seconds, I realized, what happened, I pulled the camera out, removed battery, card, tried to dry in a towel, and now as I arrived home, closed in a jar with 4 packs of silica gel, so I have a GoPro “jam” for the cold winter evenings 🙂 I put it to a warm place (max 40 Celsius) for a week, or two and now I wait and hope. Adam, thanks… Read more »
AdamGo
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for gyuri
Hello Gyuri,

I’m glad you like the site. I hope my blog post helps and that everything turns out okay!

I appreciate your comment post gyuri! If you have any more questions regarding this matter, feel free to ask!

Live it hard!

Glenne
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4 Hours Underwater
Hey! Thanks for this!

My GoPro fell in the water while i was taking a video of myself surfing. Another board had hit it so the case opened and it was the camera that went under without the case. I found it four hours later (i continued surfing and then had lunch), it was around 7 feet underwater. I did everything you said and the camera still works. The battery’s dead though so i have yet to find out if it will work with a new battery.

😀

Adamgo
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WOW!!!
Hello Glenne!

That’s the first time I heard about a GoPro surviving despite being submerged in salt water for four hours!!! I’m really glad your camera still works!

Btw, I notice you posted twice and I think maybe my blog’s comment security is a bit demanding so I apologize if that inconvenienced you in anyway!

Finally, thanks for the comment! I really appreciate you sharing information such as this.

Where do you surf at?

Mattias
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GoPro Hero 3 survived!Thanks for your tutorial Adam. I forgot that i had the skeleton backdoor on the housing when i dipped my Hero3 in a creek for under water view. The gopro died after i stoped recording, then i realized that the skeleton backdoor was attached and i thougt that it was toasted… I red this blog and it gave me hope. I slunged it and dryed it in 4 days. Yesterday i put the battery and SD card back, charged the battery and the gopro fired up. It works perfectly as new, pheew. Link to the video i… Read more »
Mattias
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Saw the vid! Thanks!
Hello Mattias (aka The Lucky Bastard) lol,

I’m glad it worked out alright in the end!

Thanks for sharing the video. It was actually really cool! Through your video, I’m quite impressed that the GoPro didn’t die out as soon as it went in the water!

Say hi to Qonrad for me!

Ana
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Lost my gopro today.. still unrecoveredHi everybody I just lost my gopro2 (6 months I had it) today in the ocean and Im very very sad cause it’s still unrecovered… Today i went to the beach to film the waves smashing against the concrete piers and as I grabbed myself to the handrail because the wind was so strong, dont know how but the gopro just slipped of the vented helmet strap mount and was blown into the water! right next to the beach but the waves were so strong (AND COLD) i couldnt get myself into the water (red… Read more »
Ana
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lost gopro today part I corrected
Sorry.. correction
*If I happen to find it tomorrow?

that was a question. Thank you!

AdamGo
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Give it a shot[quote name=”Ana”]Sorry.. correction*If I happen to find it tomorrow? that was a question. Thank you![/quote] Hello Ana, Sorry to hear about the unfortunate experience. I think everyone knows that feeling when a GoPro get wet! My advice is if you do find the GoPro camera, try following the steps above. [b]However, remember to follow safety first.[/b] You did mention concrete piers and waves. It’s most likely the waves might have swept the camera away to a different location and since you had the skeleton backdoor on, it’s very likely a lot of sand got in the camera.… Read more »
Ana
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thanks!
Thank you for your support and advice. Sadly it was unrecoverable… Somewhere in the Atlantic Im sure. Lesson learned about floaty back doors.
Im sorry to know about your friend.
Best regards*

Fernando
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Water in when surfingHi. Today I was surfing when suddenly my camera started to turn on and off several times. I was worried so I went out of the sea to do something about it. Before I did something I notice that 5mm of the white rubber around the case cover was “stucked out of the case”. I stayed in the sea for just 30 minutes and there was just a little bit of water inside it. Before I could get out of the sea, the camera stoped to turn on and off by itself (hope just the battery died).… Read more »
Adam Go
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replt to fernandoHello Fernando, You are smart by playing it safe. It’s hard to say if you should be worried or not but I would. If your GoPro was turning on and off, that is an indication that something is not right. So it is most likely your camera did get wet. However, it seems you took immediate action so the camera could still be useable! Let us know how it goes. A lot of people who read this blog had high success rates in reviving the gopro from the dead. Thanks for reading my blog and feel free to… Read more »
Fernando
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Hoping for the best. I will let to know by the end of the week. Thanks a lot

Fernando
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IT´S ALIVE!!!Hey..After 6 days in some silica I tried to turn it on again with another battery and it works normally. I am very happy about it cause my camera is just one month old. Another very cool thing is that even the battery that got wet is working. Thanks a lot for the help. I would NEVER clean the camera with fresh water if it wasnt because of you. Check out this video and you will understand why the white rubber of my housing got stuck outside causing the water leakage. https://www.dropbox.com/s/m3leqelum8adzrv/V%C3%ADdeo%2020-11-13%2000%2003%2005.mov I hope it never happen again and… Read more »
Adam Go
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Congratulations[quote name=”Fernando”]Hey..After 6 days in some silica I tried to turn it on again with another battery and it works normally. I am very happy about it cause my camera is just one month old. Another very cool thing is that even the battery that got wet is working. Thanks a lot for the help. I would NEVER clean the camera with fresh water if it wasnt because of you. [/quote] No need to apologize for the English. Your written English grammar is so good, I didn’t even notice you were from Brazil! But importantly, I’m really glad you got… Read more »
Samuel
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eng
GoPro is not a waterproof camera is a HD camera with a waterproof case. Makes no sense that being a very expensive camera entirely depends of a plastic case to avoid serious damage. It’s unbelievable how much bullshit they sell with their marketing videos.

GoPro?? get your “super” (“up to 60m waterproof camera”) but be careful to get it wet without the plastic case (it’s not cover by their warranty) hahahaha! just ridiculous!

Tyler
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Mr
Hi i have just got a go pro hero 3 + black edition for christmas and the white rubber has been caught on the outside. it has been out of the salt water for a few hours now but if i was it in salt water will it been salvaged

adam go
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yes it can
Tyler,

Try the steps I described above. Several hours is not that bad considering some users were able to recover their GoPros after it being wet for up to 12 hours.

Let us know how it turns out and Merry Christmas!

Gogo
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Help
[quote name=”adam go”]Tyler,

Try the steps I described above. Several hours is not that bad considering some users were able to recover their GoPros after it being wet for up to 12 hours.

Let us know how it turns out and Merry Christmas![/quote]

How bout .more than 24 hours?? I still can turn on my camera but i cant charge it. I use Gopro Hero 3+ . Please help

AdamGo
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GoPro will not charge
24 hours is a bit long but these little cameras are very durable!

Btw, I’m guessing your charge port on the Hero 3+ is damaged on the camera but there’s an easy fix!

Just get one of these from Amazon [url]http://amzn.to/VSGjfD[/url]

Hope that helps. Let us know how that turns out!

Karen
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Many thanks
My sons new gopro got wet with salt water because the housing must have had a leak. The gopro wouldn’t turn on so I did as you suggested and now it works even after three days , thanks so much

Adam Go
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After three days?
[quote name=”Karen”]My sons new gopro got wet with salt water because the housing must have had a leak. The gopro wouldn’t turn on so I did as you suggested and now it works even after three days , thanks so much[/quote]

Hello Karen,

It’s great to hear that you got your son’s camera working after three days! That must be a new record!!! Congratulations! Live it hard!

Ray J
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Thanks So Much!Hi AdamFound your blog 12 hours after getting my Hero3+ blank edition wet.I followed everything in your instructions word for word plus sealing it in rice for 36 hours.Bought a new battery and just tried to turn it on for the first time.OMG my gopro is back from the dead!!I was actually worried it was not going to work coz after getting it wet in the swimming pool (due to the white rubber seal partly getting stuck on the outside of the casing) I did the stupid thing of trying to switch it back on whilst recharging the… Read more »
Jay
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Power Button Question
Hey. Thanks for all the help. I went in the water with the wrong casing, real briefly, but didn’t know I made that mistake and tried the power button once or twice. It’s in rice now, but is it certain that I fried the camera or perhaps it’ll work in 3 days? Thanks.

Adam
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Jay
[quote name=”Jay”]Hey. Thanks for all the help. I went in the water with the wrong casing, real briefly, but didn’t know I made that mistake and tried the power button once or twice. It’s in rice now, but is it certain that I fried the camera or perhaps it’ll work in 3 days? Thanks.[/quote]

Any update on your camera?

Luciano
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Help?Hi AdamThanks for sharing our knowledge.In my case, i was diving in Malaysia with my brand new hero 3+ with no internet access to check ur guide before.As soon as my cam got wet i quickly dried it shaking it and left it on a bowl with rice.After 24 hours i found out ur guide.I soaked the cam with water and left it to dry for another 4 days.My original battery is dead, i bought another one and its turning on BUT it stays on the first screen (video modeo) and it wont turn off nor record a video.It still… Read more »
Adam
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Help for Luciano
[quote name=”Luciano”]

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance![/quote]

As with help, 24 hours is a bit over the limit and in this particular case, I think salt has actually damaged your camera via corrosion.

The camera could be already goner but since it’s considered unusable now, why not go for broke by following my steps above again. Just make sure you soak your camera really well in fresh water to take out the salt. Then dry it out well and see if it works.

Good luck and please update me on your camera!

Dive safe buddy!

BJ
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some lights but not main
Hey! My go pro got wet and I used your advice within 2 hours, had to use rice rather than silica. I waited a couple of days while it was in the rice, then put a new battery on it and the blue (wireless) light and the red charge light comes on but not the main “power on” screen. Do you think there’s any hope?

AdamGo
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Hope for BJ
Hello BJ,
I’d like to ask, can you still use the camera (i.e. record, take pictures, etc.)? If not, the camera probably short-circuited when it’s components got wet.

Btw, which GoPro do you have? Do you have the Hero 3?

Peace,
Adam Go

BJ
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some lights, continued
I have a new 3+ silver:( I’m giving it a couple more days in silica, then I’m going to see if it’ll take picts, etc.. At least the card is okay and I was able to use the footage it had taken before getting wet:-) I got to use it 5 days… that’s about $70. a day “rental” fee:-)

AdamGo
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Hope fo BJ contHello BJ, Make sure you washed out the insides really well and make sure it is dry. There is a chance your silica gel may not be absorbing the moisture well. Just an FYI but many electrical components such as black boxes from crashed planes go through a similar process of its electrical board being rinsed out and then placed in a special oven of some sort to dry it out. The silica gel method was one way to dry out. As I wrote above in my blog, I placed my gopro on the dashboard in a… Read more »
Matt
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I used a Vacuum Cleaner
Rather than shaking it around, I used a vacuum cleaner. I held the vacuum on parts of the GoPro like the ports and screen and I saw loads and loads of water get sucked out from the sides of the screen and from inside the ports. I defiantly reccomend!! Then, as you mentioned, left it in the car windscreen. Good as new!

AdamGo
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Vaccum Idea[quote name=”Matt”]Rather than shaking it around, I used a vacuum cleaner. I held the vacuum on parts of the GoPro like the ports and screen and I saw loads and loads of water get sucked out from the sides of the screen and from inside the ports. I defiantly reccomend!! Then, as you mentioned, left it in the car windscreen. Good as new![/quote] I never thought of the vacuum cleaner. That is a very intuitive tip! Thank you! I would like to add that not all vacuums can handle water (esp. salt water) so make sure you got one… Read more »
Clayton
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Water damage GoProBought a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition ($500). Took it out for its first time spearfishing. Double checked that there was no debris anywhere in the waterproof case lining and that it seemed to seal correctly. First dive, the housing failed and flooded the GoPro with saltwater. Me not realising that it was flooded, because i was out in the water kept turning it on and off until suddenly it didn’t work. I had no idea that i was meant to wash it out with fresh water straight away, and so now 4-5 days on i have a… Read more »
AdamGo
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Send it inClayton, Give those guys a call and tell them what happened. It’s very rare for a housing to fail on the first dive. Also [b]how deep did you dive?[/b] Remember these camera housings have a maximum depth of 65 meters (135 feet). A failure on the first dive within the Hero 3’s dive limits leads me to assume that the housing or the O-ring has a defect. Even a tiny crack on the O-ring will definitely cause leakage even before hitting 30 feet. Make sure you take pictures of the housing and the O-ring for your evidence and… Read more »
Pimo
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Gopro saltwater pt1Hey Adam,First of all thank you for your help!So what happend to me:I was surfing for 2 weeks now in Costa Rica and filmed everything with my gopro hero3 black. Today (last day..) I took it into the ocean again and realized there was mist in my case. As the mist got more and the gopro didn’t react while pressing the buttons I got out out quick (30 minutes after entering the water), ran to the house and took it out of the case. There was a little bit of water in the case. If U turn the… Read more »
Pimo
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Gopro saltwater pt2So now I guess I have to wait… ITS KILLING ME! Question:1. I have a sandisk sd card that I didn’t remove in my first try with the bowl (I removed it immediately after reading your blog and going on with your steps). You said that they are waterproofed. Do you think my footage will be alright?2. What about the slightly shining led light on the back of the camera?3. Because I didn’t dump the camera in freshwater in my first step (rice bowl), I had blue/green crystals (I guess corrosion) in the slots of the USB charger,… Read more »
Adam Go
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PimoHello David, Thanks for the comment! Keep your fingers crossed. If you think there was a defect in the housing case, then GoPro might give you a brand new camera. Just hit them up with an email.To your questions:1. Test your sd card. If the footage in the sd card is readable via a computer, then your card works. Most high quality sd cards are made to withstand getting wet. However, the metal contacts will erode if the salt water is not cleaned out well. 2. My opinion on the red light is that something works but it is not… Read more »
Pimo
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Gopro saltwater
[quote name=”Adam Go”]
Let me know how it all turns out!
Good luck![/quote]

I will try t turn it on again when I arrive home. The camera had 3/4 days of recovery by then.
I’ll keep you updated!

Cheers David

Barry
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MrGoPro flooded in salt water at about 1pm – despite being in 60m dive housing with the double latch secure. Rinsed in fresh water at about 6pm on same day (after getting back to hotel and finding this blog on Internet – and learning that warranty does not cover water damage). Dried off with hairdryer on low settting. Tried to make homemade dry box but didn’t have the gear and shops shut.Next day purchased airtight box, 500 grams of rice and some insulation tape (to ensure box properly airtight). Left for 6 days – including flight from Indonesia to UK.… Read more »
Adam
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Stress TestingHello Barry, Glad to hear you got your GoPro working again. The camera housing for the go pro unit is actually quite good given that the seal is clean and intact. There are some reports of GoPros going deeper than 60 meters But I understand your concerns and stress-testing is definitely a smart choice. I test my housings by simply diving with the housing only, meaning no camera in it. When I hit 40 meters, I check the housing and shake it as violently as I can. Sometimes, I see little droplets of water leak in, other times all… Read more »
Barry
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Follow Up
Adam

Quick follow up on this. The nice people at GoPro have sent me a replacement 60m dive casing and a battery. They have also offered me a 20% discount on a replacement LCD Bacpac. Slightly less positively, they have invalidated the balance of my camera’s warranty because I soaked it in fresh water, which they do not recommend.

Camera and SD card working well.

Many thanks once again for this blog and your advice.

Joshua
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Need help with go pro hero 4 black
I accidentally dropped my Go pro hero 4 black in water without its case and now when I try to put the battery in the Bluetooth light stays blue and turns off my camera still turns on but I can’t use Bluetooth please help

Adam
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bluetooth
are you sure your gopro is dry?

Rafa
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Salt water
Sorry to send another message but just one more thing: I’m at Curaçao. Do you think I should leave the bag I’ve put camera in the air conditioner of the hotel or in my bag?
Hope you can understand my doubts since English isn’t my first language 😳

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