Phone Ice
Phone Ice

Is it unbearably hot outside again when the temperature starts to rise and you think about running to the nearest ice cream parlor to cool off? Maybe you should be a little less selfish and think about loved ones too! That’s right, your smartphone is very heat-resistant. For this reason, NextPit has put together some tips and tricks that you can use to protect your smartphone from the heat in summer.

Rising temperatures and bright sunshine usually put you in a good mood, but summer is a challenge for almost all smartphones. While your smartphone generates a lot of heat when charging or doing processor-intensive tasks, the sun’s heat alone is more than enough to heat your handset.

For this reason, you should pay more attention to where you leave your smartphone in the summer and under what conditions you want to use functions such as fast charging. To avoid damaging components like the battery, SoC, and almost everything else inside, see here five tips that you should definitely follow if it gets unbearably hot outdoors.

Tip 1: Don’t leave your smartphone in the blazing sun

Modern smartphones are made of glass, metal, plastic, and other materials that are pretty good conductors of heat. It is not for nothing that manufacturers use the back of the smartphone to dissipate the heat generated by the internal circuits. While the materials in the device offer a certain amount of cooling, they can also become very warm in the sun.

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Direct sunlight is not good for your smartphone in the long run! / © StockSnap on Pixabay

On the one hand, you can accidentally injure yourself if you touch the extremely hot glass display. On the other hand, the smartphone’s battery can be damaged over the long term at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. When you’re out and about and want to take your smartphone with you to the park, for example, just put it under a picnic blanket or leave it in your backpack. This is a great way to ensure that your beloved smartphone is not exposed to direct sunlight.

Tip 2: don’t leave it in the car

What applies to children and dogs should also be taken into account for smartphones. This does not mean to equate the Redmi Note 10 Pro as something that is both adorable and cute, but rather to discourage you from leaving it in the car. While it’s convenient to just leave your smartphone in the center console when shopping, it’s definitely not healthy for your handset.

Cars are known to heat up easily and make things uncomfortable for your smartphone. In addition to potentially damaging your handset, a car battery exploding is not a good sign. It’s best to take it with you to the grocery store or put it in a cool place like the glove box. Always make sure that parking spaces are in the shade, if possible, as the glove compartment can also get extremely warm if you park in direct sunlight.

Tip 3: Avoid fast charging under direct sunlight

I’ve already covered the subject of smartphone charging briefly, but we should think more deeply. As I mentioned in my article on the possible damage caused by fast charging, the temperature remains a sore point with lithium-ion batteries. Manufacturers naturally test their charging technologies under laboratory conditions and point out that the correct ambient temperature is crucial.

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Fast charging technologies are practical, but they also heat up your smartphone considerably in winter / © NextPit

The super-fast fast charging makes the handset itself quite warm. Standing in the sun while doing this can be a potentially harmful situation. So don’t charge your smartphone on the balcony, but inside. If this is not possible, you should remove the protective cover from the handset in the summer to help dissipate heat during the charging process.

Tip 4: Please, please, do not put in the refrigerator or in the water!

I can already hear your criticism in the comments that nobody would come up with such a stupid idea. But just because you’re tech savvy doesn’t mean everyone else is! The idea of ​​cooling your smartphone with water or putting it in the refrigerator for a few minutes is of course an obvious thought at first.

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Although many smartphones are waterproof, avoid putting them under the faucet to cool them down. / © NextPit

Not all smartphones are waterproof, however, and if you put them in the refrigerator, the extreme temperature change can cause condensation inside the handset itself. If this condensation gets on the more sensitive components, it can lead to dangerous short circuits. In other cases, the inside of the camera lens will fog up and you will have trouble taking beautiful photos in the summer!

Tip 5: let it all hang out!

If you’re like me, put your smartphone in your pocket. Somehow the world has agreed on the configuration “smartphone front right, key front left, wallet back right”. In summer, the smartphone can record a double temperature increase in this position.

The sun shines relentlessly on the fabric of your pants in the front, and your normal, non-covidic body temperature of almost 37 degrees ensures that the smartphone stays warm from behind. A good way to give the smartphone more support would be a smartphone strap. While these may not look cool in the eyes of some NextPit readers, they are a great way to get that warm handset out of your pants in the summer while keeping it safe at the same time.

What tips should you use to prevent your smartphone from overheating?

Last but not least, we look forward to receiving tips from you to prevent your smartphone from overheating in summer! For example, do you use a gaming smartphone with an external fan or do you have a case that keeps your handset running well and cool? Let us know your tips in the comments and take our survey!


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