Smartphone Use in the Elements

Tips to protect devices while outdoors.

By on August 27, 2013

As summer winds down, some areas of the country like the South and Southwest are still seeing triple-digit temperature days.

Exposure to high temperatures can be hard on smartphones. According to Talk Android, batteries work differently in higher temperatures and deplete at a faster rate, making it all the more important to protect your smartphone when the sun is blazing.

As a general rule, don’t leave your smartphone in the car. It is best to keep it in shaded areas and limit exposure to direct sunlight, as the sunlight causes the display glass to heat up quickly. Downloading an app like The Weather Channel on your smartphone can help you closely monitor weather conditions and heat indexes.  

Water activities like swimming and waterskiing are popular to help combat the heat of sunny days. If you plan to bring your phone around water, consider using a protective case. LifeProof makes a waterproof case for several iOS devices. The case helps protect against water damage and has been tested to last in 6.6 feet of water up to an hour. Devices like the Hydro ELITE by Kyocera are designed to be waterproof, providing built-in protection from everyday hazards.

For those adventurers willing to brave the heat and strap on their hiking boots, the OtterBox Defender Series Rugged Case will help protect against bumps, scratches, drops and dust in the woods. This case is available for a wide range of smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, DROID DNA by HTC, Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Nokia Lumia 822.

Help protect your phone from different kinds of damage, including heat and water, so it can continue to function at peak performance.