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Keeping Your Electronic Devices Safe Throughout the Summer

Summertime is great, but sometimes the heat can get the best of us—especially our electronics. It is completely normal to forget yo ur phone and/or other electronic devices in the car as you venture from place to place throughout the summer, and it is also common to leave them on the deck as you take a refreshing dip in the pool.  You may also enjoy working outside in the sun with Laptop and phone by your side sitting in the sun. But what you may not realize is that a scorching 100° day can mean the worst for your gadgets.

Your vehicle can easily exceed 160° F when left out in the sun while not in use, which surpasses the standard operating range for any electronic (between 32° and 95° F). Even the iPhone, which can operate up to 115° F, experiences technological discomfort under such conditions and will alert its user with a red warning flash across its screen. If disregarded, it will undergo a complete shut down until circumstances normalize, meaning it cools down to a temperature that allows it to turn back on.

The best way to help your device recover is to immediately place it in a cool, shady area such as an air-conditioned room in your home. You should do this for about thirty minutes before turning it back on.  If you do not wait you can permanently damage to your device . Leaving your phone outside or in your car on a hot summer’s day may cause its apps to run slower and battery to explode. It could also cause the chemicals in the battery to leak, which could crash your phone in the long run. To help prevent this, you can take out your phone’s battery (if possible) when it seems too hot and wait at least twenty minutes before putting it back in.

The summertime heat will ensue this August, so make sure you consider the safety of your electronic devices.  We have tools that we can install on your computer and electronics that keep track of not only your AntiVirus but also your computers temperature and if it reaches a critical level, we would call you and warn you that you need to get it in the shade or somewhere cool before a disaster occurs.  As always if you have any questions, you can reach us via may channels.

Other Factors

Excessive humidity or dry air can exaggerate the effects of extreme temperatures on computer components. For example, dry air causes static electricity to build up. Coupled with the increased conductivity from heat, this can cause errant discharges. Conversely, cold and humid areas create condensation and water, which can create a short circuit.

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