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Cold Weather Tips For The Laptop

Feb 3, 2008
The cool breeze and the tiny rain of snow during the winter season may be a delight to a lot of cold-loving people; it is definitely not a thrill but quite a chill for laptops. Electronic notebooks or more popularly laptops have been made to work in the regularly safe temperature which ranges from 10 to 35 degrees in Celcius or 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If you should get a shiver, you can always go to the fireplace and get warmed up in front of the warm logs. However, your laptop could not afford to do the same so here are a few tips that can guide you in keeping your notebook safe and warm.

If you live in one of the world's cold regions, it may be best that you purchase for yourself a ruggedized laptop that can sustain cold weather for longer periods of time. These kinds of laptops may be a little expensive but it will be well worth it as they can be counted on even under extreme cold weather conditions. The ruggedized laptops had been duly tested and have passed the MIL-STD-810F standards. If you cannot afford a ruggedized laptop, the second option may be to invest in laptop warmers which by their names have been purposely designed to keep your laptop warm.

Remember what mom always told you and stay out of the cold. As much as possible get shelter away from the snow so it is a big no-no to spend so much time outside while you are carrying your laptop even if it is placed on a bag as it could still accumulate moisture and anything wet could do a lot of damage. After being out from the cold, let your laptop breathe in and out before turning it on. Give it time to adjust to the room temperature first. This goes the same if you open your laptop outdoors, outside but out of the snow of course. Mug or pocket warmers do not work their charm on laptops but could actually backfire for you. These things were not specifically made to warm up laptops so do not use them as such.

Placing your laptop on the trunk of your car is a bad idea even if it is ensconced in a well insulated and padded laptop case because the cool air could very well manage to freeze it. This stays true with the use of heating pads as well. The laptop will warm on its own so give it time. When this happens, the laptop will surely be damaged and it follows that you will lose all your saved information and data. If you think it may be a good idea to use the laptop even if it is inside the laptop bag, think again. This is not recommended as air could not circulate very well in the little room offered by the laptop bag and as a result heat will build up. And do not suppose that you can make up homemade devices that can help keep your laptop warm. Your creativity may be a cause of damage so it would be better to go for those devices that have been tested and have passed known and established standards.
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