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5 cold weather tech hacks you wish you knew sooner

Winter weather is taking hold in most of the country right now, with some states seeing well into the negative temperatures.

Recently, wind chill temperatures on Mount Washington in New Hampshire plummeted 100 degrees below zero!

Those extreme conditions mean hypothermia and frostbite could occur within a few minutes. But even everyday temps are hovering between zero and the low teens and that cause damage to your pipes, your cars and even your electronics!

So what can you do to survive the big chill? Here are 5 cold weather tech hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.

1. Use the right case

Don’t let the cold ruin your phone. We told you how sensitive the iPhone can be to cold temperatures. Get a case that protects your phone and the battery from freezing.  Here are a couple of our picks:

The ClimateCase is made of durable, soft neoprene, and is even machine washable. In addition to its insulating features, the ClimateCase will protect your phone against accidental drops. You can use it all summer too because it also protects against extreme heat.

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The Burton anti-freeze phone case fits Apple iPhone 6 and smaller as well as Samsung Galaxy 5 and smaller. There’s an internal stash pocket for cash, credit cards, ID and earbuds.

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Salt cases offer protection for your smartphone, iPad or Laptop.

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2. Turn your gloves into smart gloves

Ever try texting while wearing gloves? It’s almost impossible! But you don’t want to take your glove off because your hand will freeze, or you’ll lose that glove somewhere. So turn your everyday leather gloves into smart gloves with AnyGlove.  It’s so easy, just put your favorite glove on and apply the liquid to your texting, scrolling finger.  Let it dry, then apply a second coat.  The whole process takes less than 5 minutes. Now you’re favorite gloves will work on your smartphone!

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3. Wear the “right” hat

This super comfortable hat by Soundbot will keep you warm and keep you jammin’ whether you’re shoveling the driveway or skiing the slopes. This hat has it all, bluetooth technology, a rechargeable battery, hands free calling, so you can make and take calls and a 33 foot wireless range!  The speaker can be removed through the zipper so you can wash it.

4. Rely on the best weather app

Don’t get stuck in a blizzard, or without your snow tires. Know what’s expected on the weather front by downloading a weather app. That way you’ll have the forecast at your fingertips. We like:

Dark Sky – which costs $3.99

or Weather Underground which is FREE!

5.  Defrost your laptop

If you do leave your laptop out in the cold, you need to take a couple of steps when you bring it back in. First, simply let the computer thaw and get back to room temperature before you turn it on. Don’t even open it if it will automatically wake the computer.

Once the computer gets to room temperature, it may have condensation on it. If it looks wet, you can use a hair dryer on its lowest setting to try to dry it or put it near a dehumidifier. If you can do without it for a while, you can let it dry naturally. If you turn it on while there’s any moisture, it could short it out.

Here’s why your iPhone battery dies when it’s cold out

Very cold conditions may temporarily shorten battery life and could cause your Apple device to turn off. Click here to see more and what you can do. App background

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