Yikes! How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

| 11/15/2012 12:16:00 PM

If you’ve ever dropped your cell phone in the toilet, you’re in good company. A 2011 consumer survey by Plaxo, a leading online address book, found that 19 percent of cell phone users—almost one in five—admit to accidentally dropping a phone into a toilet. But now a Dallas entrepreneur has come up with a solution that safely and economically revives wet phones and other electronics.

Kevin Cooper was motivated to develop Yikes! Phone and Tablet Rescue after meeting a waiter in an Italian restaurant.

Kevin Cooper and his daughter
With his 3-year-old daughter, Rebekah, in mind, Yikes! creator Kevin Cooper developed an effective cell-phone-saver that is both safe to use and keep around the house. Photo By Elizabeth Sullivan.

“He once held a senior management position with a Fortune 500 company,” Kevin recalled. “One Friday night, he went out for dinner and his phone got wet during the evening. When he returned to work on Monday, he discovered he had missed a voicemail from his boss requesting a password to solve a serious work issue, and he lost his job. I knew there had to be a more effective way to prolong the life of phones exposed to water. Yikes! can’t reverse that waiter’s unfortunate experience, but it can help other people.”

Yikes! Phone & Tablet Rescue contains two sealable plastic bags and thousands of tiny Magic Blue Beads of extra-strength silica gel desiccant, a product that pulls humidity from the environment. Silica gel, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), is a natural material found in quartz. Manufacturers pack envelopes of silica with leather, vitamin and food products to prevent mold and reduce spoilage.

“My wife, Nicole, and I have two kids, and she has worked for the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality for five years,” Kevin said. “She makes sure that everything in our home is safe and natural. I knew Yikes! had to meet her strict standards.”