With the hot temperature of late in Southeastern Wisconsin it is important to be thinking about your computer equipment. Excessive heat to your laptop, or any computer equipment can cause major damage. Your battery life will suffer, it may lose power sooner, become difficulty to charge completely, or even die altogether. Heat to your laptop can damage your hard drive because it causes the components of your computer’s hard drive to expand, possibly leading to a failure. If you have a newer iPhone and you leave it in the heat you will get a message saying, “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”, or if it is too hot it will automatically shut down to protect be protected. Below are some tips for using your laptop during the warmer weather months.
1) Know the temperature range your laptop can handle. Anything warmer than 95 degrees Fahrenheit can be very troublesome for your laptop. Laptop batteries do not work well in the heat, and being exposed for even minutes can cause permanent damage.
2) Give your laptop time to adjust. If you are moving from a cooler climate to a much warmer climate, or vice versa, turn your laptop off. Give it a few minutes to adjust to the new temperature before starting it up again.
3) Keep it safe in a hot car- Try to never leave your laptop, or any device, in a warm car especially for an extended period of time. If there is no other option but to leave it, be sure that you have turn off the device completely.
4) Back your device up. If you plan to be outside with your device for an extended period of time, be sure to back it up first. The heat can, and often will do damage to your hard drive.
5) Keep away from direct sunlight. If you are working outside, or your device is sitting in your car keep it out of the direct sunlight. Direct sunlight usually comes with increased heat, so some shade will be very beneficial to keeping your devices cool in the summertime.