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Key habits to protect your electronic devices this summer

Technological devices do not have a good relationship with heat and liquids. If your gadget ends your holiday with a heat stroke or covered in sand, don't worry: SPC, the Spanish technology company that specialises in the development of smart consumer electronics products, offers three tips to protect your travel companion.

No trip to the beach without a selfie, no pool party without music or hike in the mountains without recording your routes and saving all the data about your hikes. Carrying an electronic device(smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth speaker or smartwatch) with you on holiday is almost as important as staying hydrated or not going outside in the heat of the day.

So many hours in direct sunlight, sand or humidity can seriously damage the terminals and their operation, causing serious damage to the screen or electronic components. Sometimes even irreversible. SPC, The technology company, which specialises in the development of smart consumer electronics products, offers three recommendations for taking care of our devices during the summer holidays:

Avoid exposing your devices to direct sunlight

One of the biggest enemies of electronic devices is the sun. Extreme temperatures can cause serious damage to the internal components of a smartphone or tablet. When such a device overheats, its data can be lost or corrupted, the screen will suffer pixelation or fading, and repeated exposure to heat will cause it to run slower or permanently shorten battery life.

To keep your phone from overheating, avoid direct sunlight or storing it in enclosed spaces in the sun, such as the car: the recommended temperature is between 0 and 35 degrees and, inside the car, it can rise to 50 degrees. If you're at the beach, you can leave it in your backpack or bag, but always covered with a towel and in the shade. Put it in Airplane mode and avoid using the most demanding apps with its processor. Also avoid charging your phone or tablet when it is exposed to sunlight: always do it in the shade, preferably on a hard, cool surface.

In case of an accident, cool your device as soon as possible. Avoid sudden changes in temperature: it is best to turn off the terminal and leave it for a while in an area with a pleasant temperature. The aim is for it to gradually return to a normal temperature.

Is your gadget waterproof?

If your device has IP68 resistance it is considered to be almost completely waterproof. Devices such as SMARTEE BOOST from SPC, for example, are perfect for the summer: they are waterproof up to 50 metres and can even be used in the sea, in the pool or in the rain.

However, if it does not have a specific resistance, it is best to keep it away from sea water and swimming pool water: both are usually more aggressive for devices than tap water or rainwater, as they contain corrosive substances (salt and chlorine) that can increase the oxidation of the components. Handling gadgets with wet hands, splashing them or placing them on a wet towel is also not advisable in these cases. It will not damage the internal mechanisms, but it can affect them in the longterm.

A good solution, in the case of tablets, eReaders or smartphones without water resistance, is to buy an airtight plastic case, which have the ability to create a vacuum around the device. They allow you to manipulate the touchscreen, are submersible in water and do not overheat the device. And, in case of an accident, it is very important to follow a series of steps in order to avoid further damage and try to prevent the accident from becoming the definitive goodbye of our device: we must turn it off and separate all possible parts (batteries, cards, trays...) to avoid short circuits that worsen the situation. However, there is no solution that can work miracles: the best thing to do is always to carefully protect your device, using airtight cases and avoiding situations where it can be damaged.

Beware of exposure to sand, dust and even sunscreen

Although the devices usually have protections for dust or sand in small quantities, in places like the beach you have to be especially careful because the sand can get into the slots of your gadget and cause problems in its operation. It is also advisable to clean your hands thoroughly after applying sunscreen, as it can affect the components of the device and damage it.

Another problem with sand grains is that they can scratch screens, damage internal components or cause injury to camera lenses. The solution is to have a good quality case that completely covers the device .

In case the terminal has fallen in the sand, it is advisable to brush it carefully using a soft brush. If it has removable parts we can disassemble it for a deeper cleaning. The most important thing is to insist on the connectors.