Redux Can Save Your Wet Smartphone Way Better Than a Bag of Rice

August 22, 2016

4:00 pm

If you’re a human being, you’ve likely lost at least one smartphone to water damage. Whether it’s because you forgot it was in your pocket when you went swimming or because you were surfing while on the toilet and lost your grip, losing one of these expensive devices to water damage can be devastating. And while many people swear by the “bag of rice” trick, dozens more of us recognize this handy life hack as nothing more than technology lore. Fortunately, one company wants to save your smartphone in a way that doesn’t ruin your dinner.

Redux is the patent process of drying your smartphone out with technology, rather than a side dish. By using a combination of vacuum pressure and heat to revive a wet device, Redux removes moisture from wet smartphones, restoring them to working order in less than an hour. And if you ask anyone, that’s a lot faster than a bag of rice.


Yes, purchasing an elaborate phone-drying box is not the most practical move for your budget. After all, you’ll ideally only use it once, and the odds of that aren’t even that high. Fortunately, Redux knew this would be the case, which is why you can take your smartphone to one of 600 locations that possess these device-saving boxes. That’s right, smartphone hospitals are now a thing.

“What’s wrong with putting my smartphone in a bag of rice?” Oh, you mean other than everything? Well, to start things off, the success rate is abysmally low, not to mention it allows water to seep through your phone, while adding dust and rice particles to erase your photos and videos. This study even showed that rice is the most ineffective household item you can use to save your wet smartphone.

Redux’s success rate for saving smartphones is 83.9 percent, infinitely higher than any other method in the above study. So if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone and you’re tired of trying every trick, hack, and household remedy for wet phones, Redux is the place to go.

Photo: Flickr / Steven Depolo

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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