How cold is too cold?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mrs HBF, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Mrs HBF macrumors regular

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    We're buying a new Macbook Air on Friday en route to a weekend in Maine. We don't trust a room safe so if we take the new MBA with us each day of the weekend still in its box and leave it in the trunk of our car, will temps in the 30s fahrenheit damage the laptop? We will bring it with us each night into our hotel room.

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  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    from the tech specs of the current MacBook Air:
    • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
    • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-25° to 45° C)
    the one thing to be aware of is that if it is cold and then you bring it inside, you should let it warm up to room temperature before turning on. that could take a few hours.
     
  3. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is very helpful, thank you. We won't turn on the laptop until we get home. So maybe we'll wait until the next day. I'm glad to know that we won't come near to the low temp barrier.
     
  4. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    Just to add to @thats all folks advice -- this includes the battery, so don't plug into the mains to top it off, while you're waiting for your Air to reach room temperature.
     
  5. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    I'd get a small shoulder bag and keep it with you.
     
  6. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    We'll be hiking. So it won't be that much warmer.
     
  7. Brammy macrumors 65816

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  8. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    We're going to be at the NH mall at the Mass border to take advantage of Black Friday deals from other stores. We don't want to go there both on Friday and then Sunday for the MBA.
     
  9. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    Haha, where's your sense of adventure :)

    You're probably ok. Like you said, the temps aren't going to be that bad this weekend. (I'm in central MA).
     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    You could wrap it in a blanket or something to provide a little insulation. But, as posted above, you should be well within the temperature specs. I'd think that computers would regularly be subjected to this kind of temperature during shipping anyway. If you're really concerned, put a thermometer in the trunk and see what the actual temperature is.
     
  11. Pugly macrumors regular

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    I've recently had this concern as well. My MBA is with me all the time, and I am often outside for 30mins or so in cold temps. I would want to take the computer out in temps down to 5 degrees or lower. I carry it in a bag that provides some insulation, but not much.

    Is there any worry in transporting it in sleep mode, or should I shut it down when transporting it in these temps? Is 30mins long enough to cool a computer down?
     
  12. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    One thing to add for Brammy, I want to buy the MBA this Friday because of BF deals.
     
  13. burne macrumors 6502

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    I know a lot more people whose car was broken into than whose room safe was broken into. :)

    I think you should look at your travel insurance. Mine doesn't cover valuable items, unless kept in sight or stored in a room safe or similar.
     
  14. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is too easy for any employee to get into a hotel safe. At least our SUV alarm would scare the crap out of any thief. LOL
     
  15. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    Not really, tbh. Once they've smashed the back window it's a quick grab.
     
  16. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sure, if it were just lying there for all to see. You haven't seen the inside our trunk! We would bury it way under the full-length cover below coats, blankets, etc.
     
  17. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    Just out of curiosity. how did y'all make out this weekend?
     
  18. Mrs HBF thread starter macrumors regular

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    We will be going home tomorrow. We bought the MBA 13" 256GB laptop for $999 on Friday from Best Buy. The weather has been relatively warm Friday, yesterday and today (in the 40s) so hopefully bringing it inside our hotel room each night wasn't too much of a change. We bought AppleCare today at the Apple Store. I got the educational discounted price of $183 as I work for a university. I hope the setup goes easily next week. I've backed up everything from my 2010 MBP on to an external hard drive so I hope plugging the hard drive into the MBA will help set everything up. I've never done this before. Thanks for asking.
     

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