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Heat and Electronic Devices

on July 27, 2019 No comments

Living in Florida, one of the first lessons anyone learns is that sudden and radical changes in temperature and humidity will totally wreak havoc on your electronic devices. You may not realize this,  but just the simple act of carrying your laptop from your air-conditioned hotel room out to the swimming pool can create real problems.

Condensation can quickly form on the inside of your laptop in situations like this, and when you combine water + electricity + moving parts it is a recipe for disaster. First thing, you must be sure that you power off your machine prior to moving it (good advice regardless of the temperature), and just wait a few minutes for your system to adjust to the new conditions before powering it back on again.

When your laptop or tablet is exposed to excessive heat, especially for extended periods, it causes all sorts of issues for devices. In fact, it’s not unusual for these devices to begin to experience unexplained crashes, random shutdowns, as a result of being left in very hot air. It is likely, in those circumstances that you will most certainly lower the life of your laptop or tablet, so please think about protecting your, or your employer’s investment.

So what should you do first:  Check where the intake and exhaust vents on your laptop are located. Most computer manufacturers place them at the side or rear, while poorly designed ones may put them on the bottom. Regardless, though, it is far too easy to block those vents by using your laptop on a soft surface.

Pillows, beds, even your lap can restrict airflow and cause significant heat build-up. When the surrounding air temperature is already 30+ degrees Celsius, that’s the last thing you need. Always place your laptop on a hard surface such as a table or chair when in use and/or elevate it slightly using a solid object, and it will stay remain much cooler over time.

Please realize that even when turned off your laptop can still be affected by the heat. Leaving your laptop in the car can wreak unspeakable damage.  It’s not unusual for cars parked in direct sunlight to reach temperatures two or three times hotter than the outside air, for example. In that kind of heat, the components in your laptop will start to expand. This can potentially cause both short and long term damage, and as notebooks become ever-smaller and more cramped inside, this problem only gets worse.

Just these simple tips can make such a difference in the longevity of your system.

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