Wow, dodged a bullet with my 500. Seems as though I put it in a sack with some other "stuff" including an 8 ounce (sealed - so I thought) cranberry juice. The next day I pulled the 500 out and discovered that the juice had leaked into the bag and into my scanner. Pulling out the battery pack revealed more dripping of cranberry juice. Well, I had heard of drying cell phones in white rice so I filled the battery case cavity with white rice and then immersed the whole radio into a bag of white rice. 12 hours later I shook out the rice (quite a job in itself) and the radio purred like a kitten. So, if this happens to your scanner don't forget about the "white rice treatment!"