ok to keep phone in car during cold weather?General

  1. snorge

    snorge Well-Known Member

    At one of my jobs I am forced to leave my phone in the car for about 3 hours. The temperature usually gets down to about 30 F. Will this damage my Eris, it is primarily the screen I am worried about. I've noticed the lcd performs a bit sluggish the colder it is. I read on another site leaving cell phones plugged into the charger might be a good idea but would that really keep the phone from getting cold?

  2. ajuarbe

    ajuarbe Well-Known Member

    Electronic devices usually should be kept at room temperature. I don't know if leaving it plugged in will work. I have noticed some electronics do get warmer when plugged in, but I am not sure this will be the case with your phone. I would definitely not use the phone right away when I got back in the car. Instead I would try to wait until the car heats up and the phone feels warm again. This way you avoid operating the phone under any kind of stress from the severe weather.
  3. DroidDO

    DroidDO Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking the OP meant 30 F, because 30C is actually quite warm. As far as the device goes, your main concerns are the battery and the screen. The battery will not work as well in cold temperatures; its chemical reaction is slowed by lower temperatures. The phone will likely show that the battery has less charge than it actually does.

    The screen is another story. You may notice that it "ghosts" or shows some burn-in if you try to use it while it is that cold. This isn't permanent damage. Simple fix is to warm it up in your pocket for a few mins before you start using it.

    Since you're not using the phone for a few hours, if you want to be on the absolute safe side, just turn the phone off while in the cold (or heat) and turn it back on when at a more normal temperature.
  4. kabbie_mcfeely

    kabbie_mcfeely Well-Known Member

    Here is a thread from me from last winter ...


    There is mention from me about being on a frozen lake. I forgot to post up about that.

    However the phone was in my belt holster for 6 hours, while standing on a frozen lake. It was about +20 that day so not very cold.
  5. Podivin

    Podivin VIP Member VIP Member

    Personally I'd be more concerned about taking the cold phone into a warm humid building and having condensation form on it. I'd GUESS that doing that often enough could cause a problem. I'd warm it in a pocket first, or something like that.
  6. snorge

    snorge Well-Known Member

    Ok when its really cold guess I'll just wait a while to use it when I get back in the car. I'm not sure 30 F is that bad for only a few hours. Maybe I should buy some of those hand warmers and put them under where the phone sits lol.
  7. bigdroid

    bigdroid Well-Known Member

    If you are going to keep your phone out in the cold, try to keep it wrapped up in a blanket or cloth. Bringing it in from cold temperatures to warm will cause condensation and I have see phones with the bleeder dots indicating they have gotten wet, voiding manufacturers warranty. Insurance you are still covered.

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