Left my iPhone on a hot car seat. Did it affect the battery?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dan138zig, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi, it's nice to be a member here. Anyway, I was in a traffic jam and then I picked my phone from the passenger seat. It's very hot and had this temperature warning (can't use phone until it cools down or something). I realized it'd been on the very hot car seat for about 15 minutes, screen side up, under sunlight from the windshield. I wonder if the battery was damaged? I used an ultrathin protector case if that means anything. It's been 24 hrs and no noticeable problem so far, but who knows if my battery's max capacity has decreased 5%. Thank you.
     
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    r.j.s

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    After that short time, there probably won't be any permanent damage.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    As you've noticed from the warning message, there are safety mechanisms in place to prevent extreme damage. I doubt you did any long-term damage but only time will tell!
     
  4. macrumors 601

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    Isn't it great that it has built-in safeguard?
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    Yep. When I wad in Iraq I was outside for a long time in the sun listening to my iPod while waiting for a Blackhawk ride to Baghdad. Suddenly my iPod gave me a warning about being too hot and shut itself off.
     
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    You really, really want us to know you were in Irag dont you?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the safeguard doesn't cool down the phone, right? So the battery was overheated regardless.
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    Well what more do you want to be told? People tried to convince you that the phone has built in features to protect it but yes, your battery most likely heated up more than it typically would. Move on with your life and your phone, IF you damaged it through negligence then take that as a lesson learned.
     
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    Interstella5555

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    Yes, it has mini air conditioners built into the bottom, that's why there's only one speaker down there... You're reading the message incorrectly, the phone can't be used because it's too hot, thereby preventing damage to the device or the battery. If you're really that concerned you should probably call someone who would have firsthand knowledge about it rather than ask for speculation from people on the internet.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I won't worry about it.

    My black iPhone 4 was left outdoors multiple times in the summer sun for hours, and still had good battery life - even after two years of use.

    There were times when not only was the Temp warning showing, but the device was literally to hot to handle.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

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    Sorry if it offended you.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    Next time it happens, shove it in the freezer for a few hours.

    KIDDING! Don't put it in extreme temperatures. However:

    A good friend of mine left her iPad on top of a toaster oven. By the time we discovered it, it was too hot to handle. It works fine now.

    An iPod 3 I purchased about three or so years ago was left on the seat under the hot sun several times. It still works.

    Gotta hand it to Apple! Their products are pretty downright idiot-proof.

    Don't worry about it.
     
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    Nothing you can do after the fact, just don't do it again.

    And if battery's life is been shorten, battery replacement is relatively ez for those of us who are not afraid of small tools.
     
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  15. macrumors 601

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    Use it and see. Compare its battery life to what you're used to. No sense worrying over something that may not be an issue. If your battery is damaged you'll notice a difference. If you don't notice a difference, does it really matter?
     
  16. macrumors 68020

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    You were doing what the majority of the rest of us don't have the ballz to do. Thank you.
     
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  18. macrumors 6502

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    You are correct, they originally had an app* on the iPhone 6 that would control the sun when the phone got too hot but it resulted in poor battery life.

    *In the event that there is someone reading this whose sarcasm detection is subpar, this was an example.
     
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    Appl3FTW

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    This. iPhones were engineered to shutdown at a certain temperature.
     
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    ucfgrad93

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    Agreed. I think your phone will be ok, OP.
     
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    Ramio

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    Next time tell your passenger not to eat Taco Bell before sitting on your car :)
     

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