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Tech Tips – Protecting your Tech from Heat Damage (Part 3)
Some devices can cost a lot to repair or replace, and data can be lost due to irreparable damage.

We’re here to offer a few more tips to help keep your devices and their data safe this summer.



High Humidity Damage

Water often comes hand in hand with heat, and when combined with heat can spell disaster for electronics. Even if your device is not exposed directly to water (i.e, dropped in or splashed) it can still be susceptible to damage in damp or humid environments.  Sometimes we don’t really consider such things when taking our devices with us, but, for example, an hour in a bag in the sun with a wet towel could seriously damage your devices if they’re not protected.

When in a humid environment, condensation can form inside your device and damage its internal components. It’s for this reason that many people use protective cases that are designed to keep water out, or purchase devices rates to protect against water damage (we’ll go into that a bit later).

Unless the case is certified waterproof, though, it’s still advisable not to expose smart devices to water or high humidity – and it’s definitely a bad idea to expose desktops and laptops (which can’t have external cases under most circumstances) to these kinds of environments.

We’ve all seen someone “putting their phone in rice” when they’ve dropped it in the sink or something similar – but the fact is, this may not help at all. While dry rice can absorb moisture from inside the devices and help in some cases, the impurities left behind from the water and the damage already caused by water inside the device may be too great.

If you suspect your device has been exposed to humidity or water and are worried, the best thing you can do is it turn it off, if it is still on, and put it in a cool, dry environment for a few days to let it dry out as much as possible.


IP Ratings and Specialist Devices

Some devices now, most particularly the ones that have done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, have some degree of water resistance. This is represented by an international standard, called the IP rating system (“Ingress Protection”). Devices are rated in two ways, for solid objects (first digit) and water (second digit). A device rated IP57 would have a 5 rating for protection from solid objects (5 is dust resistant) and a 7 rating for protection from water.

Most smart devices with an IP rating will be IPX6 or IPX7 rated, meaning they have a 6 or 7 rating for water resistance, but are not tested or rated against dust. An IP rating does NOT mean that the device is waterproof; if you are interested in what IP ratings mean in a bit more depth, you can visit Jabra’s guide to IP ratings here.

If your device needs to be in consistently dusty or humid/damp environments, (or precarious environments where it is at risk of being dropped or stepped on) it’s worth searching for and purchasing specialist equipment such as those tested to both higher end IP ratings and military standards for protection against water, dust, and impact. Protecting your device from dust could mean also protecting it from heat damage, because, as we discussed in our previous posts, accumulation of dust can lead to overheating.

All kinds of devices are available – laptops, tablets and phones are especially common requests.

If you’re interested in learning more about water or dust resistant devices, give us a call or send us a message, and we’ll be happy to help you find something suitable for the environment you need to work in.


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