05 Dec Chromebooks May Be a Hot Trend, But They Don’t Like Sunlight
Excessive heat can damage a laptop’s internal components, so think twice before leaving your Chromebook in a hot car or in direct sunlight.
Gamers know all too well the heart-stopping feeling of seeing a laptop sputter and die from a fried CPU or motherboard. Heat can quickly build inside an overworked computer that isn’t adequately vented, and the risk of overheating only increases when you’re in a warm environment. Before sending students home with Chromebooks, school administrators should make sure they know how to keep laptops safe in hot temperatures.
Keep It Cool
Laptops are generally designed to operate safely in temperatures of 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, but using power-hungry applications can quickly warm up the processor. Fortunately, Chromebooks rarely have this problem as most of your activities require cloud-based apps that don’t eat memory and hard drive space. However, regularly working in hot, humid areas or on non-flat surfaces can raise the temperature in your Chromebook, so always use the computer on a flat, hard surface, such as a desk, to allows easy ventilation. Avoid sitting it on your bed or lap, and try using a cooling platform if your Chromebook frequently overheats.
Avoid Humidity and Direct Sunlight
If you’re thinking about bringing your Chromebook along to a sweltering beach, don’t. You’ll be surrounded by hazards like saltwater, sand and scampering children, and leaving your computer at home will give you a chance to catch up on outdoor exercise or casual reading. Much like sunbathing without protection can lead to splotches of burned skin, leaving your Chromebook in direct sunlight can cause the internal components to expand and malfunction when you try to use the computer again. The same goes for leaving it in a hot car or trunk for long periods.
Turn It Off
High humidity can cause condensation to form inside and short circuit the Chromebook. Humidity also amplifies heat, making your computer even more susceptible to the effects of scorching weather. If you plan to work in a hot environment, give your Chromebook time to acclimate, especially if you’re going directly from a cool, air conditioned space to a sweltering location. Turn the computer off when moving between locations of different temperatures, and let it sit unpowered for a short period to adjust to the new temperature.
Heat is fatal to electronics and can drastically shorten the life of your Chromebook battery, hard drive or processor. For districts with take-home Chromebooks, traveling outdoors is unavoidable, making it essential for students to use smart prevention tips to protect computers from overheating. For administrators, the best option is to provide Chromebook cases that offer shock and moisture resistance while ventilating heat away from the computer’s sensitive interior.
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