Summer, sun, beach and sea – the perfect combination for a relaxing holiday for most people but not so much for our electronic companions.
Smartphones or tablets do not tolerate sunlight very well, apple gives warnings for temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. High temperatures reduce the life of the battery, can damage the liquid crystals in the display and plastic cases can melt, this can lead to a short circuit in the worst case scenario. What many people don´t know is that temperatures with-in cars can rise above 60 degrees when they are parked in the sun for over an hour. In conclusion, do not leave children, dogs or smartphones in your car at all times.
Sand can enter the smallest cracks of our electronic friends. A fine brush or a cold hair dryer can help to remove the sand and can prevent individual keys from being blocked. Simply wiping sand away with the back of one`s hand can leave fine scratches on the screen. If the smartphone has to go to the beach, then, if possible, in a suitable pocket.
Smartphones disappear easily in crowds when bags are not sealed properly. In most cases, the devices are gone for good. A good tip is to reactivate your older smartphone before the trip, or even make a data backup before departure.
5. Car accident
Cars and electronic devices never go that well together. Sometimes the car doors are opened and the mobile phone/camera falls onto the street accidentally, camera bags aren’t secured during motorcycle tours and the classic situation: the mobile phone or camera is placed on the car roof and forgotten.
It’s holiday time, you are relaxed and ready to celebrate with some cocktails. It may quickly happen that a drink spills over the table and hits your smartphone. The result (a wet device is not the only issue) dissolving substances in the beverage can do additional damage. Sugar, for example, has the unpleasant property of being able to form crystals when drying what can lead to short circuit. Apart from the fact that dried sugar is a rather sticky matter. In such a case, contact a specialist, individual rescue attempts could only make it worse.
7. Sun cream
The Kroll Ontrack holiday tip: take an older or a cheaper smartphone with you on vacation. We highly recommended you backup the data of your current device, then, in the worst case, your data has not completely disappeared.
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