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Summer’s back! …is that a groan I hear from my laptop?

computer-on-fireWe all know that there are indeed people who, during the heat of the summer season, go swimming and try taking their laptops with them. However, more likely than our electronic devices getting drowned, is that they suffer from heat-stroke.

Electronic devices are simply not designed to withstand high temperatures. Apple devices, for example, can’t cope with temperatures higher than 35°C and actually turn themselves off as a security measure if they exceed this temperature. But it’s not that our devices simply give in quickly to the heat, but that the hardware used by all devices simply cannot handle such temperatures. Hard drives, for example, are designed for use in environments at around 20°C. Batteries are also affected by the heat, as the chemical processes in a battery are speeded up, hence shortening its’ life. Displays and processors also don’t enjoy sunbathing, so your electronic equipment should always be put in the shade or covered with a towel, and preferably switched off.

And we must not forget the dangers leaving our devices in a parked car can provoke. The interior temperature of a car parked in the sun can reach from anywhere to 60°C or even 80°C. The read-write heads of a hard drive operate within a range of nanometres and the expansion of the components due to the heat can easily cause a head crash and lead to data being permanently lost. SSD’s are, of course, less susceptible to heat-related damage due to their structure, but either way it’s best to store your electronic equipment in the boot – manufacturer warranties don’t usually cover heat damage.

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