We’ve sweltered through another January heatwave but summer’s not over yet. While you’re keeping yourself cool by the pool, spare a thought for your devices.
Your smartphone will generally heat up when it’s being used, but running it too hot for too long can actually cause damage – high temperatures put your phone battery at risk of ageing faster. Here’s how you can try to protect your devices for the remainder of summer:
1. Stay shady
This might be an obvious one, but don’t leave your phone sitting in the sun. If you’re hanging by the pool or at the beach, look for some shade to keep your phone, or better yet hide it away in a bag.
For technology inside the house, avoid windows and direct sunlight, and if your house heats up in the summer, try to store tech in the coolest places – basements or on the ground level is usually better as hot air rises.
And just like children and pets, don’t leave your gadgets sitting in a hot car!
2. Let it flow
Your equipment needs a bit of breathing room to avoid overheating. Most printers, computers and routers are made with ventilation in mind – vents allow cool air to flow in and hot air to blow out of the device. So avoid storing your devices in an enclosed area, to allow the hot air to flow out.
3. Take it off
A case is kind of like a jumper for your phone – it can act as an insulator, trapping heat and not allowing your phone the chance to radiate it out. If you’re spending time out in the sun, you might consider ditching your phone case.
4. Keep ‘em separated
It can be tempting to stack your devices to save space. Maybe your printer is sitting on top of your computer, or your Fetch box is stacked on your DVD player (… do people still use DVD players?).
Stacking devices interferes with airflow and adds to the heat in the area. One hot device is bad enough, so use shelves where possible.
5. Keep it clean
Overheating can also be caused by dust clogging in the device’s cooling fan. The dust blocks air flow and acts as a blanket insulator, trapping heat and causing the device to run hotter than usual. To avoid a dust build up, don’t leave your devices lying on the carpet and keep them away from pets (electronics are susceptible to builds ups of carpet fibres and pet hair too).
6. Shut it down
Overuse can be another cause of overheating in devices. For mobile phones, try closing off any apps you’re not currently using. Even if you exit an app to open a different one, it’ll remaining running in the background until you close it out. The same goes for other background features like Bluetooth, location services and Wi-Fi, which all use power even when you’re not specifically using them.
What to do if your device overheats
- Turn off your device
- Unplug it from power supply
- Allow it to cool down on its own.