Killing a Fitbit One
So this post has nothing to do with writing. Directly.
If you’ve been writing for any amount of time, you know how important it is to keep things around you out of crisis mode. Especially your significant other.
My wife washed her Fitbit One. Again. She loves her Fitbit. This was not good.
The first time she washed it we put it in rice for a few days. It didn’t come back on. She had heard stories about Fitibit’s awesome customer service replacing damaged fitibits so she sent them an email. Before we had to find out if Fitibit would replace her One I had revived it. Here’s how:
1) Open the fitbit. The Fitbit One had a metal back that’s glued on. I use a guitar pick to pry it open with damaged.
2) Remove visible water. Even after days in a bag of rice there was still visible inside.
3) Gently pull up the battery. The Fitibit One had a small lithium ion pack that’s held in place with what appears to be double side foam. Again gently pry the battery free. Don’t break the tiny wires that connect the battery to the board.
4) Get a hair dryer turn it on low and proceed to dry. If you see any visible water or dark spots on the screen keep drying.
5) Plug the Fitibit One into its charger and see if it turns on. If not return to step 4.
These steps worked the first time she washed it.
Dead Fitibit One. Again.
Ok. She washed it again. I mean the thing is little. It really should be waterproof.
This time I popped the back off immediately after pulling the Fitibit One from the washer. It was soaked.
I dried it as best it could and went to town with the hair dryer. No luck.
Looking at the front under the light revealed some discoloration. My guess was there was still water between the screen and the case. So I built the Fitbit its own little wind tunnel. Here’s how:
1) Get a roll of toilet paper.
2) Place the Fitbit in the tube of the toilet paper roll. (The back is off of the Fitbit)
3) Set the hair dryer about six inches away pointed at the tube. Turn it on low and let it go. I let it run for about 15 minutes.
4) Plug the Fitibit into its charger. It should work. If not check for dark spots around the screen (indicating there’s still water inside) and try again.
Disclaimer: I do not guarantee that you won’t kill your fitbit doing this or burn your house down. Do this at your own risk and use your own judgement.
Have you washed your Fitibit (or other electronic device)? Were you able to revive it? Share in the comments.