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Is it OK to Leave Your Gadgets out in the Cold?

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Right now, people in the United States are experiencing one of the most brutally cold winters in recent memory. Spring cannot come too soon. Cold weather makes humans do crazy things, like expose their technology to freezing temperatures for long periods of time. Is it ok for your gadgets to chill out ?

Many adults worldwide own battery-powered mobile technology that allows them to be connected without needing to be bound to an electrical outlet. Mobile devices have also revolutionized productivity; Employees can now get company work done anyplace at any time. However, this means that many people develop the bad habit of leaving their smartphones, mp3 players, tablets, laptops, and other gadgets in their cars. By doing this they may save some time and effort carrying the devices everywhere they go, however, this isn’t the optimal situation for your technology, especially in regions where temperatures vary season to season.

How does the cold affect your technology?
While it’s true that technology generally runs better in cooler temperatures, it certainly does not favor leaving it in your car over a freezing winter night. Clearly, prolonged exposure to freezing weather negatively affects technology. There are three major side effects of leaving your gadgets out in the cold:

1.     Your batteries will drain rapidly in the cold. After a few hours, your battery will likely be drained completely, rendering your gadget useless until its next charge.

2.     Freezing temperatures can damage screens and monitors. The more times you expose your technology to below freezing temperatures, the more likely your screens and monitors will stop working entirely.

3.     When your cold devices are warmed to quickly, condensation forms on your gadgets. This condensation is damaging to your technology because it not only accumulates on the outside of your gadgets, but inside it as well, damaging its internal components.

How cold is too cold?
As a general rule, if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your technology. If your gadgets are going to be exposed to temperatures below freezing, you can bet that they’re going to be negatively affected.

The solution is extremely intuitive and simple; bring your stuff inside with you. Many of us leave our possessions outside in the car between trips for convenience reasons. This is fine for a pit stop to the grocery store or gas station, but when we leave our technology in the car all day during work, or during a several-hour shopping mall trip, we put it at risk. The worst thing to do is to leave your gadgets in the car overnight, as winter nights bring the coldest temperatures. Instead, throw the Smartphone in your pocket, or invest in a hip laptop bag for your tablet, computer, and other tech. This way, you can even look cool while protecting your technology from the blistering cold.

Note: If you do happen to leave your technology in the cold for several hours, don’t use it right away. Bring your device inside and let it gradually warm up before you recharge and use it. This will help keep the internal components functioning as they should in regular operating temperatures.

If you think your technology may be ruined from being left out in the cold weather, Quikteks can help. We can fix your gadgets and bring them back to life. Be sure to give us a call at 973-882-4644 to learn about our solutions for all of your IT needs, and remember to bring your gadgets inside is to keep them healthy; you may be lost without them-literally.