Skip Nav
Geek Culture
49 Free Templates For the Coolest Jack-o'-Lantern on the Block
Digital Life
Here Are the Emoji Pumpkin Templates of Your Dreams
Geek Culture
Break the Internet With These Clever Costumes

Heat and Laptops — Laptop Travel Tips

Keep Your Laptop Out of the Trunk This Summer

With Summer in full swing and record-breaking hot temperatures across much of the country, it's important to remember your gadgets, too! Long days and Summer plans may eep you on the go, so it's easy to be tempted to store your laptop in the trunk of your car while you hit happy hour or catch a movie with friends. But, just like excessive heat can cause problems for you, it can spell disaster for your gadgets, too. Keeping a laptop in a hot car (even in the trunk!) can do serious damage. Remember these points before locking your laptop away:

  • Your battery life will suffer. The batteries in many laptops are not heat-friendly, and repeat exposure can actually affect the battery life. Your battery may lose power sooner, become difficult to charge completely, or even die altogether.
  • Your hard drive could get damaged. Excessive heat can cause the components of your computer's hard drive to expand, causing damage, even leading to hard drive failure.

For more laptop travel tips, keep reading.

  • Keep it in the car with you. If you're heading out on a long road trip, chances are you'll be pumping the AC — at least for part of the drive. Don't forget, just because the inside of the car is relatively cool doesn't mean your trunk cools off, too. It's still just as hot in the trunk as it would be if your car was parked, so keep it outta there while you're driving.
  • If you must stash your laptop, turn it off. If you're left with no other option and have to leave your laptop in the car, make sure it's powered down completely. Even if your computer is in sleep mode, it's on, which means it'll be more affected by the heat than a laptop that has been completely switched off.
Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Export Gmail Emails
How to Watch Orionid Meteor Shower
How to Find Out If You're Registered to Vote
How to Use Stickers in iOS 10
iOS 10 Tips
How Do I Fix My iPhone 7 Home Button?
3D Touch Tips

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets