Thursday, May 29, 2014

that time I broke my Wii Fit board but then I fixed it

Hey remember when I bought my Wii back in 2008? That thing is still ticking along and gets plenty of Netflix type use in our household. Unfortunately the Wii Fit board has been ignored for about a year (aka when I worked out a bunch because I was going to be photographed at a wedding(ours)).

So imagine my non-surprise when I clicked the Wii Fit board and it wouldn't turn on! Of course the batteries were dead but even worse - they'd leaked! This has happened before and I really should get better at removing batteries from stuff which doesn't get used much - well ever.

The internet said wiping the contacts with baking soda and a drop or two of water on a q-tips would clear right out. Their logic was baking soda would serve as a neutralizing agent on the alkaline battery damage.

Of course I didn't have baking soda and kept forgeting to buy it.

After a dubious cleaning I was...dubious. My connector was not as shiny and pristine as everyone else's plus I'm pretty sure I got baking soda inside the machine.

but check it out - it works!

Now what do I do with the other 99.9999999% of this box of baking soda?