Monday, December 1, 2014

Winterizing Your Mobile Device to Prepare for Freezing Weather - #HelloBetter

Most people winterize their camper, garden, home, lawn and sprinklers before the snow flies and temperature falls. Families use mobile devices to make their lives easier, more efficient and meaningful. During harsh winter conditions, it’s a good idea to keep your device safe from the cold. There are wireless winter steps you can take in an effort to keep your smartphone and tablet from freezing up during cold temperatures.

U.S. Cellular offers the following tips to help your wireless device survive this winter:

Accessorize: A LifeProof case is rugged and waterproof and can protect your device through inclement weather such as frigid temperatures, ice and snow.

App-etizing: AccuWeather, MyRadar , Weather Radar, and WeatherBug are among the leading free apps available on iTunes and the Google Play store to help keep people ahead of winter storms.

Battery Blues: When cellphone batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance dips like the winter mercury. Cellphone batteries that would provide 100 percent capacity at 80 degrees will typically only deliver 50 percent when it’s 0 degrees outside.

Cover Up: Prolonged exposure to the cold may affect a cellphone’s display screen. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, which causes the liquid crystals within the display to start freezing.

Don’t Fret When Wet: If a cellphone gets wet from condensation or an encounter with snow, power it down right away and remove the battery. You should grab a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as possible. You should leave a wet cellphone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.

Phone for Cold and Snow: The Kyocera DuraForce is an ultra-rugged smartphone that is certified to operate all the way down to negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also certified IP68 waterproof, so it can be fully submerged up to 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, and with its “Wet & Glove Touchscreen Operation,” you can use the phone while wearing your winter gloves and the touchscreen will continue to operate when the phone gets snow or rain on it.

Which of these tips do you find most helpful?  What steps do you take to winterize your mobile device?

I received compensation as part of the U.S. Cellular Hello Better Blogger program.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Unknown said...

Wow! Thats really interesting! I had no idea that cell phones could be weatherized. I need to get me one of these cases. I live in it doesnt go below zero. That is probably why I didnt know this. Thank you for all the great info :)