Did you know…the Eiffel Tower actually GROWS during the summer?! This iconic structure is made of iron, which expands when it gets hot. As a direct result, the Eiffel Tower can grow more than 6 inches in hot weather. Talk about a growth spurt! With summer officially underway and with high temperatures on their way, it’s easy to remember to take care of ourselves in the heat, but sometimes we forget about our glass screened best friends. Here are three device-saving tips from ImOn Communications to keep your electronics moving as fast as you are this summer, plus some examples of what actually happens when a device overheats.
Device-Overheating is not a Joke Jim! (What does Happen When a Device Overheats?)
- According to Apple Support, the ideal temperature for an iPhone is between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If you use your iPhone in temperatures hotter than 95 degrees you run the risk of permanent damage, such as shortened battery life.
- Excessive heat may cause your laptop or computer to slow down in order to protect itself from overheating.
- Condensation inside your camera lens on your phone is also a possible problem. A fast change in temperature from an air-conditioned room to hot and humid conditions outside, can cause condensation to form on the internal elements of the lens. Overtime this could cause rust of short circuit your internal elements.
How to Protect your Devices and Enjoy the Summer
- Keep your electronics away from heat! Never place your devices in direct sunlight. It’s best to keep them in the air conditioning or near a fan. Don’t leave your devices in a hot unattended car. Temperatures in your car can rise to 113 degrees after an hour with an outside temperature of 70 degrees. Also, hot air rises, so try to store devices on the basement or ground level to keep them cool if they’re not in use.
- Clean it out! There are fans and other equipment in your computer specifically designed to keep it cool. Human or pet hair, dust, sand and other tiny particles may get trapped in the vent, and slow down or stop the fan all together. An easy and effective fix is taking a canister of compressed air to clean out your gadgets this summer. You can buy one of these at any general office supply store, usually for under $5.
- Turn off services you’re not using if you’re out and about. (Bluetooth, LTE, and GPS.) These services are just eating up your battery life as well as having your phone work overtime. If you turn off these services you won’t need to charge your phone as often. This is another plus because your phone tends to warm up when it’s charging. No need to add to that!
- BONUS H2O TIP: If you find yourself near water this summer, put your phone or electronics in a sealed Ziploc bag or invest in a small waterproof bag for electronics. These water-proof bags come in a variety of brands, sizes and prices. They’re typically used for kayaking, boating, or other water activities! You can find a waterproof bag online or at an outdoor/sporting store.
From our ImOn family to yours, we hope you and your devices have a safe and fun-filled summer!