Freezing Temperatures and the Macbook Pro.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by classic400, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. classic400 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    Does exposure to freezing temperatures have any negative impact on the Macbook Pro? Should I let it get to room temperature before turning it on?
  2. outz macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    i'd be worried about exposing the battery to extreme temps (low and high)
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Should let it warm up or condensation could occur inside the case
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    This is a good question.

    I would guess that as long as the ambient temperature during use falls in the allowed range (10 C - 35 C), it should be fine, even if the laptop is still cold from being outside.

    I'm not sure about the condensation issue - I don't think one can prevent it by not turning it on... when I step into a bakery or any other humid place, humidity condenses on my glasses even without me "turning them on."
  5. Murgatroyd314 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2012
    I've occasionally used my MBP, and the Powerbook that preceded it, directly from freezing temperatures, and in freezing ambient temperatures, and haven't had any problems that I can directly attribute to that.
  6. Xplode35 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    Actually you should be careful. My Dell had a problem with condensation. I left it in my car over night and I went to get it in the morning. There was some condensation on the screen but I didn't think much of it so I wiped it off with a paper towel and turned it on. Yep, IDIOT. It was fine for a few minutes but then I saw one corner of the screen started going dark and getting super hot. A couple seconds later the entire screen went out and I ended up changing out the screen. Moral of the story, THINK before you do something stupid like I did. If there's any hint of condensation or if you just want to be on the safe side, let your laptop sit in room temperature for a while before turning it on.
  7. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    depends on if there's a lot of humidity and chilling (condensation).

    In most colder climes this isn't an issue as water doesn't hang around.

    But I would imagine it's safe down to about 0 degrees F. After that I would know.

    Also, it's good to let it acclimate a little inside as, although moisture may not be an issue, temperature changes can wreak havoc in a number of ways.

    But these aluminum bodies can adjust very quickly. Just laying your hand on them and holding it there will speed it up.
  8. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    In this case it’s not so much about preventing condensation (although that certainly would be advisable). It’s more about letting any condensation that might have accumulated inside the MBP to dissipate through natural evaporation before turning the machine on.
  9. classic400 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    Does any permanent damage occur even if it is left off, but in freezing temperatures in a car for several days?
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The battery will not like it, but the computer itself will be fine.
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    If there is high moisture in the air then yes it can be bad for any device.
  12. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    All you need on apples site.

    Personally to give it an easier life I would try to keep it in the "operating" ranges at all times.

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