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Old 12-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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iPhone / Cold Weather Question ?

My wife works at a facility where phones are not allowed in, and I wonder about her phone being left in the car with temps in the teens every night.

The drive is deer infested and I don't like the idea of her not having it, but never really cared when she had a cheap flip phone.

Thoughts or suggestions?

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Thoughts? Iphones die in the cold.

Suggestions? Samsung Rugby Pro. It won't.

Can she leave her phone at the receptionist? Somebody's gotta be the one who makes sure no phones get inside, right?
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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Cold is not going to be a problem, heat that is a different story.

Extreme cold perhaps, but in the teens I wouldn't think so.? Electronics do quite well when it's cool.

Here is what apple says,

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Per Apple:

Nonoperating temp. -4 to 113 deg. F

Operating temp. 32 to 95 deg. F

So if she turns the phone off, no problem.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:06 AM   #5
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Per Apple:

Nonoperating temp. -4 to 113 deg. F

Operating temp. 32 to 95 deg. F

So if she turns the phone off, no problem.

according to that measure, the damn thing would be off half the year here.... 95f..... Snort.


cold won't do anything except maybe, (and I emphasize MAYBE) damage battery life, but I doubt it seriously.


the colder electronics get, the faster they run, haven't you ever seen Futurama?
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:29 AM   #6
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according to that measure, the damn thing would be off half the year here.... 95f..... Snort.


cold won't do anything except maybe, (and I emphasize MAYBE) damage battery life, but I doubt it seriously.


the colder electronics get, the faster they run, haven't you ever seen Futurama?
It wont damage battery life long term but that particular charge wont last very long. Make sure she has a car charger
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:30 AM   #7
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Buy a $10 Trac phone and leave it in the glove box.

She'll have a phone in an emergency and you'll have peace of mind.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:03 AM   #8
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My 4S will shut off if I take it for a ski < 32F and don't keep it close to my manly sweatyness.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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My 4S will shut off if I take it for a ski < 32F and don't keep it close to my manly sweatyness.
That's what I've seen with my friend's iphones.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:25 AM   #10
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Couple of summers ago was taking picture with my 4s then it said turning off camera due to heat then a minute latter it said shutting down due to heat and that was when I was on vacation in WI.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #11
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I've had my iPhone 4 shut down due to over heating. Guess it didn't like being on a boat seat in the sun playing music.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:00 PM   #12
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Heat is the enemy of electronics. Even in the Alaskan winters, I had to run the A/C
in the Radio Room on my ship. Half the time, you'd find me hunched over the TTY
in a parka typing away or warming my hands over the power supply.

I wouldn't think cold would bother an iPhone if it were left in a car with the temps
in the teens. Even if you aren't actually using it, it will generate it's own heat via
the staying connected to the network. Granted, it's very little heat, but enough that
the phone shouldn't freeze.

What I'd worry about more is rapidly warming it up and having the possibility of
condensation forming inside the case.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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It was bitter cold earlier in the season here and I had my iPhone 4S in my outside chest pocket off my ski parka - exposed to the cold - it got so cold that I swiped to unlock and it croaked until I warmed it up a lot.

Keep it in a ziplock to avoid condensation and you can warm it up in an inside pocket in a pinch.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:56 AM   #14
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Thanks all, I assumed warming it too quickly would be the major concern, but just didn't know. If they are fine down to -4 F there shouldn't be a problem. I told her to not fire it up till it warmed up slowly unless it was an emergency.

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Old 01-01-2014, 04:20 AM   #15
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I can speak from experience here. I just spent 3 years stationed in fairbanks, ak. We saw temps as low as -50. I have left my phone in my car many of times at -20 and -30 overnight. The only side effect will be it will drain your battery super quick if you leave it on and once you get in, the screen will be real lethargic until it warms up. It will work fine but the phone will act like it is on valium (spelling) until it warms up. No worries bro.
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