Tip & How-To about Cell Phones
You probably already know electricity and water don’t mix. It’s especially true when that mixture happens inside your mobile phone, MP3 player, Blackberry or PDA. The tiny electronic components inside these devices can stop functioning either temporarily, or permanently, if enough moisture collects on them.
Rarely does anyone think about this, but consider a day that you spent outdoors, at the beach or amusement park. There is little doubt that you won’t have some type of electronic device in your pocket or, like some teenagers, permanently affixed to your hand and/or ear.
On days when the outside air is especially warm, your electric device’s components are going to be even warmer due to the electrical currents within. If you walk into an air-conditioned building to cool off, the device will also begin to cool. Condensation can develop on the device anytime the temperature of the air surrounding the device is altered; either by going from hot to cold, or from cold to hot. Often, condensation develops on the LCD monitor or sometimes inside camera lenses and causes water spots or fungus.
To prevent condensation from developing on your electronic device when transitioning between two different temperature zones, place the device inside a sealed plastic bag until the temperature of the device is closer to the temperature of the surrounding air. Condensation will develop on the outside of the bag, instead of on, or in, the device.
In areas of extremely high humidity, condensation may still develop. If you see that moisture is beginning to develop on the device, turn of the power for a couple of hours until the temperature of the device has reached the temperature of the surrounding air.
This is also why, in my opinion, it is best to avoid turning electronic devices (of any kind) on and off repeatedly. Not only to prevent condensation, but the expanding and contracting of electrical component due to heating and cooling causes unnecessary metal fatigue.
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