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TekDry is coming to Delaware to dry out your wet phones

The Denver-based startup has a process that fixes wet phones in 20 minutes. The company is opening outposts in three local Staples later this month.

A TekDry machine. (Courtesy photo)

What do you do when you get your phone wet? Dunk it in some dry rice and let it sit for a couple days? Maybe put it out in the sun and let the moisture evaporate?
TekDry wants to change that, and they have the technology to do it.
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The Denver-based startup allegedly allows devices to retain all of their data if the phone is rescued in time. And if not? Full refund. But the startup has humble beginnings — the cofounders met in school while pursuing their MBAs from the University of Denver. They managed to get a few of those first machines (built by hand) in some local repair shops.
The startup’s marketing manager Natalie Dunn says the process takes 20 minutes to dry out a device whereas other processes (i.e. rice and sun) might take a few days and aren’t as effective.
Now, after sealing up a patent at the end of last year and raking in seed funding, the startup is launching in 82 Staples stores across the country. Three of those locations are in Delaware:

  • 3640 Concord Pike, Wilmington
  • 3200 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington
  • 128 Sunset Boulevard, New Castle

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