Cold Weather and Your Laptop-Is It a Good Mix?

Now that autumn is truly upon us and freezing cold temperatures are just around the corner, it may be timely to talk about colder temperatures and  your laptop or other mobile device.  Is it safe to leave your laptop in your car overnight?  You may know that a computer or laptop is more likely to become damaged from heat than it is cold. Actually, a computer may operate more efficiently in cooler conditions. However, taking a computer that has been in a cold temperature to a warmer temperature, can cause condensation inside the computer housing, which can cause damage.

One way this may happen is leaving your laptop out in the car during winter overnight and then moving it into a warm building and powering it up immediately. To help prevent this situation from occurring, do not leave your laptop in a car for any length of time during cold or hot weather. When working in cold conditions or transporting your computer through colder weather, keep it in its laptop carrying case. If you’re working in extreme cold weather (e.g., -5°c or lower) and move the computer to a warmer room, keep the computer off for at least 30 minutes before it’s turning it on.

Finally, whenever working in any place with extreme weather, it is always a good idea to consult the computer documentation or manufacturer for their recommended operating temperatures. Not all laptops and computers are the same, and each component in them can react differently to temperature.  If you suspect you have issues with your computer because of condensation or other weather related issues, we offer computer repair for this and other issues at our shop in Ramsey.

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