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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 28th November 2010, 15:03 Thread Starter
 
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Leaving your ipod out in the cold

Hi all,

as its getting colder and colder now, -4°C in Yorkshire last night, I got to thinking about weather leaving my ipod in the car can damage it...

I've checked out the apple website and it says:

Environmental requirements

Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
(-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m),

I don't think we'll see -20°C but if I start the car when its between -20° and 0°C with the ipod is connected it will exceed its operating temperature limits.

Has anyone just left their ipod in the car, not considered the temperature but experienced no problems?

I'm just wanting an excuse to be lazy and just leave it in the car all the time.

Dave.

Just realised I've posted this in 'electronics' rather than 'ICE' like a t*t. I've reposted there...

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 28th November 2010, 15:06
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I left one in the car last winter without any problems. Like you, I wondered if it would be ok but it was only an old nano so I wasn't too concerned.

I would think twice about leaving a more expensive one in the car.
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I remember leaving my iPhone last year in the boiling sun with the ray on it... Touched it, it was hot as anything. Only the screen got fuzzy for about 30 mins or so.. then all back to normal.
But i've now lost that iPhone, havn't had the chance to put my iTouch to the test
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Thanks guys,

probably best to err on the side of caution and just keep it indoors unless venturing out on longer journeys during the winter months.

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I left mine out in my old car the last time we had seriously cold nights, the cold completely drained the battery but that was it.
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I think the only issue with leaving battery powered electronics such as iPods or iPhones is it shortens the battery life. So if it would last 24hours on standby at room temp, in the cold it maybe 20hours on standby for example. Not sure if its for just that charge or if it can cause issues in the long run though.
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As i was always forgetting to take my itouch out of the car i got myself a nano which i leave in there permanently. It has endured temps of +50C (car parked up in hot sun) down to -10C (last night) and works perfectly!

However, my daughter recently left her nano outside all night and i think because it got damp it died and resisted all attempts at resurrection.
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haha R-2 that's really unlucky.. If it's the old nanos that caused your daughters one to die, it did have a problem of exploding. You can report that to Apple hopefully you'll get a new one free!
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My iPod Video was in the glove box of my last car for three winters and still works fine. The temprature inside the car won't go as low as outside, then if its inside glovebox/centre console cubby it'll be more insulated.
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haha R-2 that's really unlucky.. If it's the old nanos that caused your daughters one to die, it did have a problem of exploding. You can report that to Apple hopefully you'll get a new one free!
No it was an almost new one There is no chance of it being repaired/replaced under guarantee if there is any evidence of water damage.
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My iPod (5th gen/ iPod video) won't work if it's been out in the cold. I had been leaving it out in the car overnight but the last few days (since it's been super-cold) when I've done that it fails to switch on - It just makes a clicking noise and the apple logo comes on and off every few seconds.

When it warms up it works fine, though.

I would guess that the hard-drive based iPods (I.e. the iPod classic they now call it) would be the worst-affected.
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You will be more harm than good taking it in out as it will get condensation in it.
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My iPod (5th gen/ iPod video) won't work if it's been out in the cold. I had been leaving it out in the car overnight but the last few days (since it's been super-cold) when I've done that it fails to switch on - It just makes a clicking noise and the apple logo comes on and off every few seconds.

When it warms up it works fine, though.

I would guess that the hard-drive based iPods (I.e. the iPod classic they now call it) would be the worst-affected.
My old (classic) ipod started doing that not long before it died completely.
It might not just be the cold
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the main concerns about electronic products in very low temperatures are the drained battery and the TEMPORARY failure of the LCD screens. similarly to what happens to the dash computer, the display can get laggy and (at extreme cold) not even turn on etc. this is not really "damage", its more just how this technology works. re condensation, it may happen but devices well assembled (like apple's and such) suffer less from this problem
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Twas about -13 last Sat when I was in the garage for a few hours, probably -6 in the garage - my iPhone was in the window and went very slooooooooowwwwwwwwww for a few minutes until I went back in. No long term illness it seems
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My old (classic) ipod started doing that not long before it died completely.
It might not just be the cold
Perhaps, although it did the same last winter, and the one before that. I reckon it's got some life left in it
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Hi, put my ipod in the car 3 years ago, when i first bought the car, no probs to date
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