Cold Weather Computer Tips

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 30, 2016 3:32:35 PM

Laptop in snow.jpgThe weather is starting to get colder and colder here in Wisconsin! Although we have had fantastic weather this Fall season, it is time we prepare for the inevitable- cold weather. 

Just as you would protect yourself from cold weather, so should you protect your mobile devices. 

Cold weather can damage your laptop or mobile device in a multitude of ways. From disabling your display and corrupting your hard drive to shattering your screen if it is warmed up too quickly, storing and using your device in cold weather has it's drawbacks. Here are some quick tips to prevent losing all your data from the bitter cold!

1. Never store or leave your laptop or device in the trunk of your vehicle for extended periods. The cold temperature could cause your device to freeze and lose all data.

2. Let your device warm up before powering up. By allowing the device to come to room temperature, it will reduce the drastic climate change that your device may experience.

3. Only use laptop warmers that are intended for the purpose of warming your laptop. Do not use hand warmers, mug warmers, lamps, or other methods for warm up the device. These could heat the wrong components in the device and cause them to malfunction.

4. Allow your display screen to heat up to room temperature before turning on. Do not try to thaw your display as it may cause it to crack or shatter.

5. Purchase a rugged laptop if planning to use it outdoors or in extreme cold for extended periods. Ruggedized laptops are designed to withstand extremely cold temperatures and have been tested according to industry standards.

Regular laptops have been designed and tested to perform within a safe temperature range - normally 50 to 95 degrees F (10 - 35 degrees C). Protecting your devices from the extreme cold is important to protect your investment as well as your data.


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