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One mistake kills your phone, tablet and gadgets

One mistake kills your phone, tablet and gadgets
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Summer is approaching fast and temperatures are already rising in certain parts of the country. Moreso in Phoenix, temperatures are already starting to hit the triple digit range.

When summer weather strikes, as it will soon, one question people always ask is how electronic gadgets handle the heat. Can you use your smartphone or tablets outside when it's 115+ degrees? Is the TV in your summer home going to be ruined? You definitely want to read this before heading outside, or leaving your house without the AC on.

Know the temperature range

To start, you need to get a handle on the temperatures your gadget is designed to withstand. Every gadget is going to have a slightly different low operating temperature, so where you're able to use it might vary.

Check your gadget's manual for the manufacturer's recommended temperature range. If you can't find the manual, look for a digital copy online here, or check the product page on the manufacturer's website.

The safe range manufacturers give for operating temperature is usually conservative, like 50 degrees to 100 degrees. We've used phones with no problem in both higher (it is Phoenix, after all) and lower temps, but it isn't recommended. And you definitely don't want to try it with a laptop.

The non-operating temperatures, or the temperatures your gadget can withstand when turned off, will be more forgiving than the operating temperature. So if you do find yourself in really high or low temperatures, it's a good idea to switch off your gadget unless you really need it.

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