How cold should a Macbook get?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by stone315, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. stone315 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    I'm in college, and I usually go straight from class to practice, which means my Macbook is sitting outside in the lovely New Hampshire weather for a good 2-3 hours, and it's been turning back on at about 18 celsius. How cold is too cold? Like when should I start dropping it off at the dorm instead of bringing it to practice?
  2. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Free State!

    Anyway, put it in a backpack or nifty AppleSac. Cold is better than hot for computers, so I wouldn't worry too much.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005

    [B]Electrical and operating requirements
        * Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
        * Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
        * Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
        * Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
        * Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
        * Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
        * Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
        * Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
  4. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    The most harm of cool temp (likewise hot temp) is done to the battery. It can shorten the life time and charge capacity.

    10° to 35° C was the operating temp. Aside from the battery, it should be OK if you let the unit warms back up before turning it on.

    EDIT: I was wrong. Lithium based batteries like cool storage temp.
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Just do NOT bring in your cold macbook from the car into a warm environment and fire it right up. If you can feel moisture building up on the outside of the case - it needs to be powered down until it comes back to temp and dries off. (I would even pull the battery out if I felt it getting moist)

    That whole "non-condensing" thing.

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