- Water splash on iPad Pro 12.9" (first generation)
- Power button stopped working, then few times appeared to press itself, then started working again.
- Third party repair service refused to open it and clean the mainboard to prevent corrosion.
Detailed explanation and questions are later, but basically I'm not sure if it's better to keep insisting and searching for other repair service to clean motherboard or maybe the risk is negligible?
I have a waterproof backpack but I must have not zip it completely in a hurry and I was caught by heavy rain.
Upper part of my iPad got slightly wet (about 5cm from the top, based on trace left on protective case). It was not submerged in the water, it appears to be a splash type effect.
I haven't even noticed that after arriving in my office, I was working on it as usual and suddenly noticed the power button is not working and then suddenly noticed the water stain on the protective cover.
As emergency solution I enabled the accessibility feature as replacement for it.
Few hours later the button started to act like pressing itself, just few times, randomly.
Few more hours later it started to work back as usual.
After hours I went to nearest electronic repair shop which is trusted by couple of my friends. I requested them to open up my iPad and clean up the area around the power button using isopropyl alcohol to prevent corossion.
They refused to do it, they said it's just water and my iPad is going to be fine. Honestly, it sounds to me like they just didn't wanted to do it and gave me a bad advice.
As explained in this reference, the rain water is not pure, it contains contaminants from the atmosphere and even after dried out, can cause corrosion and oxidation.
I also reviewed all the water damage related questions on this Stack and extracted relevant ones.
Answers that recommend cleaning at third party repair shops. However in case of those questions, device was submerged or there was large spill making most of the liquid enter insides of the device, not just splashed.
Those answer recommend drying, ventilation and just using it as long as possible, however here there was a serious spill and most of liquid ended up inside of the device, in my case probably only a little bit, there is not much cavity to let water through on top of iPad case.
This one in addition seems very optimistic if amounts of water are small.
The answer here recommends ultrasonic cleaner, however I suppose it also requires opening up the device so doesn't make the repair less risky.
Potential damage could be worse than just power button replacement?
Given the fact the device was not submerged, only partially exposed to stream of water and visibly affected only the power button
If potential corrosion occurs, would it require only power button replacement or entire iPad mainboard?
Better to find another repair shop and insist for cleaning?
Cleaning the motherboard is a complicated repair, my iPad is 12,9" version, screen is easy to break, I don't feel confident doing it myself. I head iPads are designed to be splash resistant, I'm wondering if it is worth taking the risk and just not do anything or is it sure corrosion might get it and I absolutely need to search for new repair shop that will take the challenge and clean up the motherboard?
What if they offer this ultrasonic cleaning instead of isopropyl approach? Should I go for it?