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Regarding Laptop durability

by RedSmurf / November 2, 2003 9:30 AM PST

I have a basic concern about laptops before I purchase one. My laptop would be sitting in my truck (turned off) for half of the day in the cold Northern Canada winter-down to -30 Degrees celsius (-22 Farenheit). Can the cold damage a Laptop? Any links or info would be appreciated.

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Re:Regarding Laptop durability
by David Chan / November 2, 2003 10:35 AM PST

Since the interior of your truck is heated when you are in it the temperature should be within tolerance for most Laptops.

And if you are away from the truck you could store the laptop in a thermal insulated case to protect against the frigid temperatures or you could carry it with you.

If the above options are not practical and $ is no object, you can have a look at the Panasonic ToughBook range of laptops.

See this claim:
'The Low Temperature test was performed according to MIL-STD-810F, Method 502.4, Procedures I (Storage) and II (Operation). Panasonic set the low operating temperature
at -20

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Re:Regarding Laptop durability
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2003 8:13 PM PST

Sorry, but I won't provide links. As an electonics designer the issue is very simple.

As you pass freezing (0C) the issue is moisture in the parts and that nothing collect any water to the point that ice can form and break things. Non-operational temperatures can be to -196 C (liquid nitrogen we have in the lab). We've done this to most components and let them thaw over a day to avoid any thermal shock.

The results were very good. Only if we dipped the parts in water for a day, then dried them off to induce a lot of moisture into the parts did we ever induce a cold failure.

I would not attempt to boot up the machine while is at below freezing, but for all known parts experiments I have not seen an issue.

In closing, it will surely accelerate any contact corrosion issues inherrent to the machine's design but that is beyond this discussion and may not be that great an effect since most connectors I see use a scrubbing action which helps immensely.


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yes cold can have bad effects on laptops
by nickey2008 / January 2, 2009 9:07 PM PST

in my opinion cold temprature or very hot temp. can effect the functioning of your laptop

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