How cold should a Macbook get?

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

  1. stone315 macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP5

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    [B]Electrical and operating requirements
    [/B]
        * 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 68020

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    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.
    http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm
     
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    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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