Caring For Your Mobile Devices in the Cold Harmattan Season

Your latest Smartphone was not intended for modern artic explorers, as most are not designed to withstand such extremes. But we know that tweeting the Early Morning mist or those beautiful village scenes are a must especially with the Holiday season, so here’s a few tips on how to use your phone and keep your phone protected from the elements.

Touchscreen Problems

Our gloves are essential to us warm from the freeze, but unfortunately are not optimise to work with the capacitive screens which most of our mobile devices features.  These screens which depend on your body’s ability to conduct electricity to work won’t be able to feel your taps and pokes coming from behind a protective layer of wool.

There are inexpensive gloves that include special, conductive fabric on the tip of the index fingers so you can touch your screen without fumbling around to take off protective gear. To make your own gloves touchscreen compatible, thread the fingertips with conductive thread using this Make tutorial.

Working with a stylus should also be a help if you don’t have a large volume of work to be typed, and you still get to enjoy the warmth of your mittens.

When Our Phones Freeze

Some smartphones list the optimum range of temperatures in their technical specs. For example, when it’s turned off, the iPhone 5S can withstand temperatures between -4° and 113° Fahrenheit. When it’s turned on, the range is much more narrow. Apple suggests 32° Fahrenheit as the lowest operating ambient temperature. Other phones are rated for much lower temperatures, and some can go as low as -4° Fahrenheit while in operation.

When lithium-ion batteries, mostly used in powering your smartphones are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance drops. When cold, a phone battery can drain faster than normal or it might say it has ample power remaining and then suddenly go dead. However, these problems are mostly temporary and the phones usually regain full functionality when in warmer temperatures.

“In the event that your phone does shut down, do not restart it until you’re inside and give time for your phone to warm up. Restarting your phone immediately could actually cause more harm to your phone and actually shorten your battery life,” recommends Jeremy Kwaterski of CPR Cell Phone Repair.

It’s not just the battery, says Kwaterski. Smartphones are made up of other delicate electronic parts, like their LCD screens, that can malfunction in extreme temperatures.

Freezing temperatures can also make a phone’s glass surfaces more sensitive to cracks and breaks, especially if there’s already a flaw or nick in any of the glass. So depending on the level of Freeze, one has to be careful not to get injured by these devices

Prevent phone freeze

To keep our phones warm, don’t leave them alone in the freeze like by the window post or in an open vehicle. They are best in pockets closest to the body, from where they can absorb body heat. Also, If not in immediate use, it is better to turn then off than sleep the devices

Cases also help to keep phones warm. There are even cases especially built to regulate a phone’s temperature in extreme situations.

If you’re planning a long journey in cold conditions, it’s advisable to go with an extra power source like the Popular Power Banks. Also conserve the phone use to essential services to conserve the battery and protect its functionality.

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