The “dog days” of late summer will soon be upon us, and with them some of the hottest days of the year. Just like human bodies, however, the delicate internal components found in smartphones don’t suffer extreme temperatures well.
From melting components to overheating CPUs, the risks presented by summer heat should not be underestimated. Lucky for you, we found the smartest minds at Anker and had them give us their hottest (coolest?) tips for helping your phone beat the heat!
Turn Off What You’re Not Using
Is there really any reason to have GPS and Bluetooth on when you’re not using them? You’re really just making yourself more vulnerable to abduction by aliens or shadow government agencies. Yeah, it’s unlikely, but why take the risk?
Besides, having extra stuff open makes your phone work harder, taxing your battery when it’s already more vulnerable due to the heat. Go ahead and leave Tinder running in the background though, you dirty dog you.
Don’t Put Your Phone in the Fridge
Seriously, just don’t. After coming inside on a hot day, you might be tempted to try to cool it down as quickly as possible. However, not only will putting your phone in the fridge cause friends and family to question your sanity, it can make condensation form inside your phone, causing water damage.
Also, if you really don’t want your friends to worry, you might think about stocking your fridge with something besides box wine. Just sayin’.
Keep it Out of Your Pocket
Consider keeping your phone in a backpack or purse instead of your pocket. When it’s really hot outside, you start to sweat, which tends to leak through your clothing (eww). The corrosiveness of sweat makes it a danger to electronics, including your phone.
Don’t Leave Your Phone in the Car
This may seem obvious but it needs to be said: the inside of your car during the summer gets blisteringly hot. The heat from the sun enters through the windows and has no way to escape while the car is off. Little tricks like keeping the windows cracked only help marginally, too. As hot as it is outside, if you leave your phone in the car, it’s essentially like leaving it in the oven. And as we saw in the refrigerator example, don’t put your phone inside kitchen appliances, people.
What About You?
Do you have any tips and tricks for getting your electronics safely through the summer? Let us know in the comments below.
As always, power on, and stay cool!