With summer in full swing everyone is in the process of trying to get into that summer sun. The warm rays our celestial counterpart passes both UV and Infrared Light. While we can see some of this, there is a large part of the spectrum we can’t see. The most dangerous part of this is the infrared spectrum. This invisible light is hotter than the spectrum of light you and I can see. In addition, these two spectrums disperse at different rates as a result of their frequency. This forces the infrared light to affect more than the area you can see with your naked eye. This has some serious implications for our cell phones, smart phones, ipads, and other mobile devices.
When the sun is casting down on you and your technology something unpleasant begins to happen, you both begin to heat up. While we have adapted to our environments with the ability to sweat, swim, and run around in the wind our devices ( thus far ) have not. While internal cooling systems are enough to handle the average temperatures of 40 degrees fahrenheit to about 100 degrees fahrenheit, the direct sunlight can cause it to overheat and malfunction. Excess exposure to the heat can cause a screen to fade, make integrated circuits to melt, and cause Lithium Ion batteries to bubble and explode. While most modern phones have warning indicators to let you know when this is happening, the warning alone puts you in a dangerous zone.
If you consider what we discussed earlier about infrared light and the heat it can cast you start to see where we are going with this. When the sun is shining on you and your tech you tend to find shade. The whole point of being outside though is to find the sun so we tend to hover around the partially shady areas. Just enough shade to cover us but not enough to hide the sun. The problem with this for our devices is that even in the shade, along the edge of the light where we like to sit, infrared light can still heat up a device and even burn your skin.
To protect ourselves from this inevitable issue the consumer driven markets have made heat shielding phone cases, additional add on fans, and heat resistant materials. When in doubt though, try and keep your devices apart from each other in the sun as the collective heat can cause them to warm up faster. Keep your device as far from your body as you can as often as you can to prevent heat transfer, or just find a bag to keep it in. Try not to keep your phone in your car though as the still heat can be enough to melt even the sturdiest of phones. Even if something happens though you can always sell your used cell phone to us and make enough money to buy a new one.
Posted By: Jason Petrivich