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Geek Tip: Keep Your Electronics Happy In Summer Heat

No one likes an overheated gadget and because dousing them with water isn't an option, it's important to remember that summer heat can cause some serious damage to your favorite electronics. Treat them the same way you would your delicate skin, by avoiding direct contact with anything too hot. Of Zen And Computing has put together a great list of really simple tips that will keep you and your gadgets in the cool zone this summer. Here are more:

  • Don’t Stack Electronics - Don't prop your TiVo on top of your TV or your DVD player on top of your VCR. Electronics get hot enough on their own, but when stacked on top of one another, they produce and conduct even higher temperatures. Use shelves.
  • Keep Vents Clear - Vents were made for a reason. It's that simple. Keep drapes, table cloths and decorative pillows off your gadgets and their vents. They need to breathe almost as much as you do.
  • Position Electronics Away from Heat - Don't store your electronics in direct sunlight or next to a space heater. In fact, if you can make sure they are near a fan or air conditioner. Remember: Heat rises.
  • In Case of Emergency, Shut Down - Isn't this always the answer?
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rachelface rachelface 9 years
well if you think about it, it really should be turned off, there is a chance that not all the fans are working right. also, leaving the computer on is making it work, therefor creating more heat, so who knows if the fans can catch back up to cool it down? just turn it off and let it cool down normally. when you touch it, it shouldn't be warm at all.
Tech Tech 9 years
I second macgirl's suggestion! I had this happen to me and my heart almost stopped when I felt it heating up through my bag. Make sure it is asleep before putting it in your bag. I freaked out and tried to shut it down, but as macgirl says, the best thing to do is just let the fans blow out the hot air!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
thanks for the tips and macgirl's as well.
meganekko meganekko 9 years
good tips, thank you for posting!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
If you have a laptop and just found it in your bag, where it was supposed to be asleep but it is blazing hot and the fans are roaring... DON'T SHUT IT DOWN, put it in a cool spot and let the fans blow out all the hot air. Anything without a fan I would imagine a shutdown would be smart though.
rachelface rachelface 9 years
And don't do what this lady is doing. Salt is super bad for your system....not to mention the high risk of getting sand everywhere. ick.
denyse_g denyse_g 9 years
I'd LOVE to win this phone!!!!!!
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