Get your device ready for the next deep freeze temperatures! Below are few frost facts about how sub-zero temperatures can affect your phones and computers. Never charge a cold battery – warm up the device before turning on – and find some gadgets to keep your fingers & phones warm!
Battery Life! Yes, cold temperatures affect the performance of rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Apple guidelines state 32º to 95º F(0º and 35º C) to be the optimal operating temperatures for iPhones and 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C) for the new MacBook Pro. If your device has been exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, let it warm up BEFORE you turn it on and/or plug it in to charge it. Damage will occur if you charge a battery at temperatures below 32°F or 0°C. More information on Apple Battery Life can be found here You can also check the spec page for your specific device for the minimum and maximum storage and use temperatures. Operating your devices outside of the optimal temperatures may cause the device to turn off and will also shorten the battery life.
Hard Drives on your computer also need to be warmed up after being exposed to cold temperatures – especially older hard drives (SATA drives) that have moving parts. New SSD drives do not have moving parts, but it is still recommended that they are warmed up above 32 degrees before operating. Computers may not boot properly and data written when the computer is cold may become corrupted. Warm up first!
Protect your phone and fingers! Keep your phone warm while outside. If you have to take your phone out into the extreme cold temperatures for an extended period of time, give it some protection from the wind and cold. Keep your phone in an inside pocket closest to your body. It may be best to suit up your iPhone with a case that will keep it safe from the elements. For the outdoor enthusiast check out the Snow Lizard . Salt Cases provide tech-savvy protection for your phone, and these North Face gloves will allow you to use your touchscreen without exposing your fingers to the elements.
You are now ready to go out and enjoy the New England Winter!