Ah, summer is finally here. As we spend time outside, we take certain steps to keep us protected from prolonged exposure to the sun (i.e. wearing sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and drinking plenty of water). Likewise, technology has it’s own limits when it comes to hot temperatures. For your convenience, we’ve gathered 9 ways for you to keep your technology from over-heating during this hot season.
The optimum temperature range for laptops, smartphones and tablets is between 50° and 95° Fahrenheit (10°-35° Celsius). Temperatures warmer than 95° could cause some damage to parts of the hardware. Laptop batteries are not heat-friendly, as even quick exposures could harm your battery life. Therefore, we recommend operating your devices away from direct sunlight, or under the shade of a tree (with a piña colada!)
Transporting your technology from one temperature extreme to another is not a good idea. For example, if you decide to take your laptop outside during lunch from your A/C cooled office, shut your laptop down first. Let it adjust to the new temperature before booting it up again. Just like an ice cold glass of water, laptops can build condensation too.
Temperatures in a closed car can get incredibly hot, hotter than the optimum’s operating range. We advise against leaving your laptop in the car, even in the trunk. But if you must, make sure the computer is turned off completely, and tucked away from sunlight.
If you’re not using your phone or laptop, try to avoid placing it on a surface facing up. Prolonged sun exposure can damage the screen and other hardware components. We recommend keeping it in your pocket, in the shade, or underneath other items you may have with you (such as a towel, reading material, etc)
If you plan to work outside, first check the weather reports for humidity. Although your device may have it’s own humidity limitations, anything above 80% should make you cautious. High humidity can accelerate condensation, which can shorten electrical circuits. Excess moisture in or around your laptop or phone can cause damage to your built-in sensors.
Excess heat can cause damage to your hard drive. If you haven’t already done so, simply get an external hard drive or USB stick and back up your data. We can’t stress this enough!
Depending on your location, you may experience some unexpected rain showers. If you plan on spending the day outside, consider bringing an umbrella or a water-proof case to prevent water damage to your laptop. If those items aren’t available, prepare a plan of where to go indoors should it start to pour.
Most laptops have a built-in cooling system, such as a fan. Make sure the cooling system is running and has room for constant flow of air. Avoid putting the laptop on your lap or a surface that would obstruct airflow to and from the laptop. Consider purchasing a laptop pad or stand.