Hot Weather and Your Electronics, A Strong Reminder!

Phones, kindles, laptops, iPods, cameras, and other electronics have a temperature range usually of 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). They can usually be stored at 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). High heat in a car can go from 60 to 100 degrees. In triple digit weather the dashboard can be hot enough to grill chicken and burgers. Other things not to leave in a hot car are makeup, crayons, food, drinks, and anything that cannot stand high heat. Don’t risk loosing your travel memories when your electronic device or camera is fried. Be vigilant about the sun as I have seen kids in strollers covered with sunscreen and shade but some part of their body has bright sun on the baby. People set their camera down for a few minutes and come back to find a fried camera. Ipods are more sensitive to heat at the sun beats down on their case which is the Ipod’s means of cooling itself.

Higher ambient temperature can lead to a dim or black screen, a warning about cooling your device, refusal to charge, loss of camera flash, and weak radio signals. Higher ambient temperature conditions and activities that may cause the device to alter performance and behavior include:

Leaving the device in a car on a hot day.

Leaving the device in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

Using certain features in hot conditions or direct sunlight for an extended period of time, such as GPS tracking or navigation in a car, or playing a graphics-intensive game.

Laurie, me, froze her Ipod last year while in central Florida. Pictures disappeared and the screen went black. It is easy to fry electronic devices in central Florida. Hot cars, using while in the hot sun, excessive usage on a very hot day, laying down on hot surfaces, and power hungry apps can shut down digital cameras, iPhones, iPods, laptops, and anything electrical. Check your battery use to see what is pulling on your battery as sometimes turning off an app can stop battery drain and overheating. Airplane mode can also help slow down heating. Remove case and accessories as those hold heat, avoid charging as that adds heat, lower screen brightness, and turn off GPS.

Try to carry Morphy or other batteries and charge indoors such as during lunch. You can charge with Morphy while indoors at a ride, line, show, or restaurant. I carry mine in my purse. Medical devices have warnings on temperature which you must heed.

DO NOT put your device in a fridge as the condensation can be worse than the heat. Wait to warm or cool the device before using again. Have patience!!! Frozen iPods have been know to shatter the screens. I have held my Ipod over a air vent and have placed damp compresses on the case where water cannot enter. Prevention is the best solution. In cold weather put the devices in your coat near your body.