Friday, July 12, 2013

Here's a new overheating worry: Your iPad

Overheating is always a concern for motorcyclists, but here's a new one: Riding your Royal Enfield can overheat your iPad! The Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal  illustrates a warning about potential damage to personal electronic devices with this tale:

"It was March and financial consultant Dilip C.G. was riding his Royal Enfield in Mumbai when his new iPad, strapped to the petrol tank, shut down with a warning: 'iPad needs to cool down before you can use it.'

"Shocked, he parked his vehicle and tried to switch it back on. The iPad was scorching hot to the touch and would not respond.

“'I felt stranded,' says the 33-year-old, who was using the iPad for maps, and to record his road trip. 'I had no choice but to wait. Thankfully, it came back on after it had time to cool down in the shade.'

"Dilip was lucky that the iPad’s built-in heat sensor shut it down—otherwise, his expensive device would have become useless.

"'Gadgets are designed to run at a certain temperature,' says Bangalore-based Anandaroop Bhattacharya, a PhD research scientist who designs thermal management systems for electronic devices. 'As you use a device, its temperature tends to go up, till it reaches a certain limit. Any higher than that and the delicate circuitry in the CPU will melt.'"

The scientist recommended keeping electronic devices below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

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