As the temperature starts to drop and get cold, it’s very important we protect our electronic devices and know how to care for them if they happen to get too cold. It might not seem like it, but sub-freezing temperatures have a powerful impact on our smart devices. When our electronics get too cold, the device begins to lose battery life longevity, and the phone hardware becomes fragile, causing the screen to crack. If the device is turned off while it is still cold, it causes condensation inside leading to a possible permanent damage.
If the device is exposed to the cold, turn the power off and turn it back on. This will eliminate the chance for condensation to form. If the device happens to get wet, make sure it is moved indoors in order to keep the escaped water from freezing. After bringing the device inside, take out both the SIM card and battery and dry the device with a soft cloth, such as microfiber or paper towel. From there, place the device in a sealed container with silica gel so the water is soaked up. You can also place your device in uncooked rice, which will help remove the condensation. Make sure not to get rice in your device, which could lead to bigger problems.
Laptop hard drives can freeze as well. If that happens, make sure it is warmed up to room temperature before putting it into service. This is also the recommendation for handling all other devices. It is also recommended not to use body or any other type of warmers to thaw out frozen electronic devices. This approach could cause excessive heat and cause other internal parts of the device to melt. To keep your laptop warm, you can do so by changing the power to power save method, which will keep the laptop from getting cold and keep the hard drive turning, rather than completely shutting off.
If all else fails and your device is unresponsive, make sure you take it to a trusted ITAD vendor where the correct approach can be taken. Companies like HOBI focus on maximizing the return value of retired IT assets and ensuring they are properly disposed. HOBI offers services such as repairing, refurbishment, remarketing, resale, and recycling. Furthermore, HOBI prioritizes waste prevention by recovering and reusing products as long as possible and recycling those that are no longer functional.
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