I left my electronics in the hot car.

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By:BGS, Friday, July 19th, 2019
melted keyboard, laptop left in hot car

What happens to electronics left in a car in hot weather?

Most electronic devices will have standard operating temperatures. For example, there might be information that came with your device that would let you know to store the device where the temperature is between -4 to 113 degrees (in Fahrenheit). And not to leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed these temperature ranges.

At 70 degrees on a sunny day the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. If temperatures outside range from 80 to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can be between 130 to 172 degrees. Well over the standard operating temperature high of 113 degrees. Computers or laptops or other electronic devices are more likely to become damaged from heat than cold. A computer will often operate much more efficiently in cooler conditions. But, taking a computer that has been in a cold temperature, like your airconditioned office, to a warmer temperature, like your car, can cause condensation within the computer and damage it.

Using some devices, for example an iOS device, in very hot conditions can permanently shorten battery life. You might even get a temperature warning screen that says: iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.

Flash drives may “melt” a little but might still work when left in a hot car. It truly depends on the brand and how good they are made. The cheap ones seem to fail the abuse of being left on a car dashboard in the sun.

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Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:50am -- BGS

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