Last week we shared with you some of the problems that can occur when your electronic devices are exposed to the cold weather. Now that you know what can happen, here are a few tips to help protect your technology and keep it safe in the cold.
- The cold temperatures will drain your battery faster, so always make sure your devices are fully charged. You should also keep a charger, charging cables, or alternate power supply on-hand in case your batter does die.
- When you head out into the cold, keep your electronic devices in a pocket close to your body if possible. This will help protect it from the snow or other precipitation. Your body heat will also help to keep your devices warm and lessen the effects of the cold. If you must take your devices out, limit their use and exposure to the direct cold.
- Freezing temperatures can make the screens on your phone, computer, or tablet more likely to break, so makes sure your devices have a protective case. Look for heavy duty, waterproof cases for your phones and tablets. There are also some cases that offer thermal protection to help keep your devices warm. For laptops, get a case that’s well-insulated and well-padded.
- Don’t leave devices in your car overnight or for long periods of time in cold weather. This could permanently damage some of their components.
- When you go inside, let your devices warm up before you turn them on. Your devices should be at room temperatures before you boot them up.