#FridayHacks: How to protect your laptop in Zimbabwe’s sultry summer

Last month, Zimbabwe recorded the highest temperatures ever breaking records set in the 1960s. These record breaking temperatures ranged from 35 °C to 42 °C.

Imagine the kind of heat your body is experiencing during these hot summer days. Every time you leave home or school you feel exhausted and all you need is a cold bath and sometime to rest your body after a long hot day. The same applies to your laptop.

By David Zvina

Most laptop owners rely on these machines for a lot of tasks as they can easily be carried. But the challenge is that laptops do not have immunity against the weather as a prime feature. This is evidenced by endless trips for repairs and servicing.

It is getting sultrier by the day in Zimbabwe and cooling your laptop is a must to avoid frequenting the repair shop for decreased battery efficiency or death due to high temperatures. Other problems include overall damage due to outdoor exposure (water, sun, wind, etc.) and electrical problems due to extreme heat. Damage to inner components due to humidity, melted hardware due to hot temperatures, slower processing speed are some of the problems associated with high temperatures.

 

Tip One: Your Car Is Not a Safe Zone

Laptops were made to be portable, and you take yours with you just about everywhere. However, in the summertime it is especially important to avoid leaving your laptop in your vehicle. The temperature inside of your car is guaranteed to be far more intense than the temperature outside of your car – leaving it inside is nothing short of abuse. A laptop is a delicate piece of machinery and should not be left in summer heat, again, especially in your car.

Tip Two: Your Laptop Needs Rest Too

Running your laptop for an extended period of time is bad in general because laptops easily overheat when placed on non-ventilated areas.

Laptop repair shops often deal with this issue because people do not take pre-emptive action. Letting your laptop cool down only takes a few minutes and will prevent your device from melting, crashing, and all manner of nasty ailments.

Tip Three: You’re Laptop Needs Breathing Room

Ventilation is absolutely key when the temperatures start rising. Proper circulation beneath your laptop can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping the device functioning smoothly in warm weather. Try using cooling fans and special cooling stands to prevent your laptop from smothering itself in the heat.

laptoppad

laptop pad can help save your laptop during the hot summer days

Tip Four: Air Conditioning is Your Laptop’s Best Friend

If at all possible, try using your laptop only in air conditioned areas during extreme temperatures. Keep in mind that if you need to take your laptop outside, you may need to let it “test the waters” a little bit by letting it adjust to a gradually lowering temperature.

Transporting your laptop from a cold room directly to a hot environment may cause your laptop to go into a sort of “shock”, thus preventing it from acclimating to the new environment well.

By keeping these four tips in mind when using your laptop, you should be able to avoid the unfortunate side of summertime technology use. Keep in mind; however, that even the most meticulously cared for laptops may develop heat or element related problems.

When this occurs, it may be best to contact a trusted laptop repair professional. Keeping these tips tucked away in the back of your mind and taking your laptop in for checkups and repairs regularly will keep your laptop running well throughout the extremely hot summer season in Zimbabwe.

From Innovative Technologies Facebook Page with some minor tweaks

 

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