Temperature has been variable in Latvia so far. Nevertheless, meteorologists predict a heat wave coming to the country soon enough. With that, owners of smart devices – phones, tablets, cameras, etc – are advised to keep in mind the dangers of high temperatures.
Samsung Electronics Client Service specialist Andrei Rehachev provides practical pieces of advice how residents can protect their smart devices.
‘No’ to direct sunlight and heat
It is important to remember that mobile phones and tablets should not be left lying under direct sunlight for long periods of time. It is best to hide your device under a towel, put it in a bag or pocket. It would be best not to leave electronic devices in a car, on the front panel: a place that is subjected to intense heat and sunlight the most. Intense heat can create serious functionality problems and reduce life of your favourite devices.
It is also important to keep in mind proper ventilation to ensure air circulation.
Sand is the enemy of smartphones
When enjoying a warm summer day playing on the beach, residents should keep in minds that sand can end up in sensitive areas of mobile phones: loud speaker, microphone, camera lenses, buttons or battery charger port. Wet snow can cause corrosion or short-circuit the phone during recharge. With that, do keep in mind that you should pick up the phone only with dry and clean hands.
Protect your devices from water
Avoid using your phone when either your hair or your hands are wet. «If your phone has experienced the joys of water, take out to battery, put the phone in a dry place and then turn to a service centre to make sure it is still safe to use,» – says Rehachev. Even a dried battery should not be put inside the device, because there may still be some moisture in it; it can also short-circuit the device. A good measure would be putting the wet device in a bowl of dry rice, as they are good at sucking up water. Never, ever, dry your phone using intense heat.
Turn off what you don’t use
We spend a lot of time outside during summer. With that, there are often no opportunities to recharge your phone. Keeping that in mind, consider turning off functions you don’t need in order to conserve energy. Navigation, games and Youtube access are not all that necessary when spending time outside. The same applies to data transfer and Wi-Fi. It is also a good idea to reduce screen brightness.