This came after we showed him a photo of his iPhone 6 that had an unfortunate meeting with some...
wait for it...
It was reported that the phone had been cleaned. Indeed, exam under a microscope showed that it was very clean. A volt meter showed the battery (it's not known if this is the original battery or not) at 3.8 volts. Not fully, fully charged, but not - not holding a charge either. The shields were desoldered. It didn't take a microscope to see a problem, though it sure makes it easier. The photo we sent him is below.
"water + electrolytes + electricity + metal = colorful garden".
For those who don't care to dig any deeper, or know anymore, that's all you need to know. This is also the reason rice cannot help you, nor any other desiccant. This is also why companies like TekDry and DryBox cannot guarantee your wet phone will function when they're done with it. We can't even guarantee that. What we can guarantee is that our methods offer the greatest chance of success and a successful restoration means your 10,000 unsynced photos and videos are saved.
According to an article on cio.com TekDry reports a 75% success rate if less than 2 days have passed since the phone hit the water and they want $100 to do it. While TekDry does say they will refund $80 if they can't restore your phone, are your photos and videos worth the risk?
In the case of wet phones, time is not your friend. Most of the wet devices we've worked on have been out of the water for days, weeks, and sometimes months. TekDry and DryBox can't dry a phone that's already dry. The only way to truly save a wet phone is to strip it down to its basic parts and actually clean it. There is no substitute for doing what your momma taught you to do when she said, "clean your room". TekDry and DryBox's methods are analogous to a child cleaning their room by opening the closet door, shoving everything in, then slamming it shut before anything falls out. Putting your wet phone in rice or silica gel (or any desiccant) is akin to shoving all your dirty clothes and toys under the bed and then yelling down the hall to your mom that you cleaned your room.
Are your vacation videos, baby photos, and all of your unsynced songs and apps worth repeating the path of least resistance and continuing to take short cuts? Hey, it's your data, your memories, your phone, your decision. Who am I to judge? :)