I love to travel and I love my tech. And frankly odds are I want to take my gadgets everywhere. If you are at least half the tech-lover I am chances are this post is for you. The facts are that while you may love the pool and the beach, your cellphone does not. All you have to do is protect your tech by showing it a little summer lovin’ and keep it safe with these four basic tips.
Extremely warm or cold temperatures can have noticeable effects on your phone’s battery, display and synthetic housing components. There’s even a possibility of the ominously named “heat-related death,” which is exactly as horrible as it sounds. Like your skin, the best way to protect your tech is to keep it in the shade. If you do find that your phone has overheated in the sun, let it cool gradually. Do not put it in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you’re not the Barbados kinda person and summer vacation for you involves a parka and snow boots, always make sure you keep your phone in an inside pocket, close to your body. This helps to prevent it from freezing or going through frequent temperature changes, which can cause visual distortions in the display. Cold temperatures are notoriously bad for battery life, so you may want to carry a spare battery with you. And just like in the sun, it’s best to let your phone return to room temperature gradually. This will prevent condensation from building up inside.
When you’re working on a laptop outdoors use a cooling pad. Do so, even if you don’t use one at home. Increased temperatures mean even new laptops could easily overheat in the summer sun. Also, cleaning your laptop fan will ensure it’s running properly and keeping your laptop cooler. Again, the best protection is to keep it in the shade. So when writing those amazing travel blog posts try to stay off sun.
Water damage is yet another threat to your precious tech gear. Your current cellphone case protects well against damage from dropping your phone, but it will do little to protect your phone from damage caused by liquid, dust or sand. If you want to tote your cell to the shore, you’ll need a little something extra … well, like phone condoms.
I know, the concept might sound ridiculous, but trust me – Smartskin Condoms for Smartphones are thermoplastic sheaths that prevent rain, dust, sand and other debris from getting into the small crevices in your phone and wreaking havoc. They come extremaly handy when travelling. Small enough to slip into a wallet and so thin you won’t even know it’s there, your phone is still completely functional through the condom.
Unfortunatelly, there is no laptop-shaped condom, but most laptop skins will prevent dust and sand from ruining your keyboard or screen but remember this protection is fairly minimal, however, and won’t prevent all damage.
If you’re looking for a little more protection for boating or swimming you might want to try a waterproof case like the ones from OverBoard. They’re a bit like heavy duty Ziploc bags with a few added features, some of them have a waterproof headphone jack and they all float if dropped in the water. There’s a large selection of sizes so you’ll be sure to find one for you smartphone. The great thing about these is that the transparent fabric they use allows for a clear image when taking photos- even underwater- so you’ll have some awesome pictures to show to the world. There are also options available for other devices like tablets, laptops and cameras. It will keep your tech dry in the event of a thunderstorm, or if you plan to take your SLR on your kayaking trip.
Tip four – Shake it baby! Meaning protect tech over rough terrain!
If you’re planning to take laptops out into the great outdoors you might consider a padded bag or case that will support computers over rough terrain. Plastic laptop skins will protect your tech against scratches and other physical damage, but won’t be much help when it comes to small debris and jolting car rides. Either buy a padded sleeve, or opt for a bag or case that has paddings all around your computer, not just up against your back, so that the other contents of your bag won’t damage your laptop.
Like always, you should have a case and screen protector on your cellphone or tablet to prevent damage and scratches. When selecting a screen protector it’s smart to enquire if it reflects sun light. We all know most tablet screens aren’t great outdoors.