Keep your Gadgets Cool: 5 Tips to Help your Devices Beat the Heat

As temperatures soar into the 100’s across the U.S., many small business owners are learning the hazards of exposing an electronic device to extreme heat. In fact, many of today’s more sophisticated smartphones and tablets have built-in sensors that shut the device down once it gets too hot.

Before you head out to the beach with your trusty phone by your side, here are five ways to make sure your device stays cool and safe during typical summer activities.

  1. Seek shade. Just as you need shade to stay cool, so does your device. Avoid leaving your device in direct sunlight at all costs. “If an expensive cover is not in your budget, make sure that you use a bag that can be placed in a shady area when your device is not being used, as to avoid the heat,” data recovery provider DriveSavers advises.
  2. Keep it cool. Put your smartphone, tablet, or laptop in its case, pack the bottom of a bag with Ziploc-covered ice packs, and store your electronic devices in the bag. The important thing here is to make sure your devices are safe from moisture, which can build up if you allow your ice packs to make direct contact with your device.
  3. Avoid water. “As a data recovery service provider, we see every day how badly water can damage electronic devices,” DriveSavers advises. “Because of a tablets large screen and thin frame, like the iPad, it is more susceptible to water damage.” Use a case designed for water or keep your device zipped tightly in a bag and tucked beneath dry clothes and other items, far away from the water.
  4. Buy a protective case. Several cases are available that protect your device from sand and water. While this won’t be of much help with the heat, it will at least protect your phone if you’re taking it to the pool or beach. The Lifeproof case is pricey at $79.99, but it claims to keep your phone safe in the shower, while surfing, or even working at a construction site. Lifeproof makes cases for the iPhone and iPad.
  5. Leave your devices in the room. If you’re at the beach, the safest place is in your hotel room safe. If you can live without your electronic device for a few hours, you’ll prevent permanent damage due to contact with sand, water, or extreme temperatures.

Remember, heat and water isn’t the only concern. Be sure to keep your phone safely hidden from those who might not have the best intentions. Whether you’re at the beach, or hanging out with family at the park, it’s all too easy to leave your smartphone, tablet, or laptop out in the open while you’re distracted with exciting activities. A little caution and you’ll be able to survive the hot months of summer with your electronic devices intact.

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About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.