The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we live. Many companies globally shifted to remote work. Several schools transitioned to distance learning. Our daily lives now revolve solely around our homes. Living rooms became the alternative offices for workers, while bedrooms became the learning spaces for children.
This transformation led millions of workers and students to rely heavily on electronic gadgets. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones have seen a staggering increase in usage amid remote work and online learning. Some of them are being used 24/7, which often leads to overheating.
Overheating of gadgets can be quite an inconvenience. Not only does it reduce the lifespan of your devices, but it can also lead to more severe accidents. In fact, more than 700 house fires reported in the U.S. per year involved office equipment like overheated laptop batteries and overcharged smartphones.
On top of this, several non-essential businesses like mobile repair shops and computer outlets remained closed. Hence, you might have to wait a little longer before you can get your damaged gadgets fixed.
Fortunately, there are some ways on how you can protect your electronics from overheating:
1. Let them breathe.
Allow your gadgets to cool down for a few minutes throughout the day. For laptops, provide enough breathing room by making sure that no airflow from the vent is obstructed. You can put a laptop blower underneath or place a fan beside your device to increase the ventilation.
For mobile phones and other portable gadgets, take off the protective casing once the device starts to feel too hot. You can also turn off the gadget and remove the battery to cool it down faster. Lock your computers or put them on hibernate mode when you’re out for a long break. Lastly, immediately unplug your electronics once they start to overheat.
2. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Some people would set up their home office or study area near the window for fresh air and natural daylight. However, exposing your gadgets to direct sunlight can permanently damage their internal components. This can cause the circuit board to expand and the battery to overheat. Placing your devices near the window can also damage your device’s screen by causing it to pixelate and crack. This can further lead to command unresponsiveness, especially for touchscreen devices.
Ensure your laptops and mobile devices are in a well-ventilated area away from direct contact with sunlight. If your work area is located by the window, hang up some thick curtains to block the sun’s harmful rays from reaching your devices.
3. Remove unused apps.
Some mobile apps and computer programs continue to run in the background even after you close them. These apps often exhaust your processor, which can lead to overheating. Aside from this, they also drain your battery by around four hours faster, according to experts.
Do a complete sweep of your device and delete the apps and programs you don’t frequently use. Most smartphones have this feature that lets you know which apps are the biggest battery drainers. You can also turn off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use and lower the display brightness to boost power-saving.
4. Avoid charging your gadgets overnight.
You might be working on an urgent project late at night. Unconsciously, you fell asleep and left your laptop or smartphone still plugged in until the next morning. Overnight charging is one of the main culprits for overheating. Not only can it degrade your battery’s lifespan faster, but prolonged charging can also generate more heat than usual.
Schedule your night-time charging if you wish to charge your gadgets at night. Plug your device at least two hours before your bedtime so it will be full before you hit the sack. You can also use a slow-charging cable to lower the charging heat and time, just if you fail to unplug them before you sleep.
5. Never use third-party chargers.
Nowadays, several third-party chargers claim to be fast-charging. However, don’t fall for them immediately. It is critical to always use the exact charging cord and plug that came with your gadgets. Using the wrong charger can deliver either lower or higher voltage required by your device. This can damage your battery and potentially cause your device to overheat.
But if you wish to purchase a third-party charger, make sure that it is suited for your device and certified by your device manufacturer.
Tech gadgets have become the lifeline of our daily lives during this pandemic. Taking care of our electronic devices can help us work more efficiently and learn more effectively despite these trying times.