iPhone X How to keep phone from overheating in the sun?

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  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

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    I have an iPhone X and I go kayaking. I currently keep it in a small orange dry bag when I’m on the river but after not even an hour it gets blazing hot. Is there a waterproof case/bag/box I can keep it in that will keep it from getting hot in the sun that I will have easy access to? Is it getting so hot because of the color or air-tight seal of the bag? Thanks!
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Do you shut off (full power down) when you stow your iPhone in that dry bag?
     
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    If the bag is black it will absorb the sun and get hot fast! Wrap your water tight bag in something white of just get it out of the direct Sunday! I jet ski all the time with the temp near 100 degrees but keep my phone out of the sun and not had the first problem. A good freezer storage Ziplock is all I use and the touch screen still works!
     
  5. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No, you think that is contributing to the problem in any significant way?
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    Bag is bright orange, but still gets extremely hot although only on the inside
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    If I can carry and use my MAX on my jet ski on the sunny St. John’s river in 95 degrees, you should be able to use your phone. If you are using it for it’s GPS capabilities, just cover it with something white when not using it.

    Your iPhone is not designed to be used in the direct Sunday for long periods of time.
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    watch out for that autocorrect :D
     
  8. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030

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    ^^^This. I work outside in Phoenix and do this every summer during the work week, haven't had my phone display the temperature warning as a result..
     
  9. JPack macrumors 601

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    Small gel ice pack with the phone in a separate zip lock bag.
     
  10. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So maybe it’s the dry bag I’m using that’s trapping in heat or somehow warmer on the inside?
     
  11. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    When the phone isn't being used and screen is off, it doesn't generate heat. If there's something going on in the background like GPS tracking, that uses the CPU so it will generate heat. If it's sealed in a bag and generating heat - it won't be able to cool and will get a lot hotter.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    What would this forum do with out members like you?
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    If you phone is in the direct sun it is going to get hot.

    If wanting a GPS, you really need to buy a GPS. They are meant to be out in the full sun.
     
  13. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I never thought the cause was internal, it is 100% caused by the outside temperature and consequent temperature inside the dry bag. I’m just looking for a way to fix this, so far all I’ve gitten is putting it in the cooler but I’m afraid that will generate condensation. There has to be some kind of insulated case/bag/box.
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    Won’t this generate condensation inside the bag and damage the phone?
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    Won’t this generate condensation inside the bag and damage the phone?
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    If you cool the phone down too much, like in a cooler, you better have it in a ziplock as there would be condensation.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Seems like common sense. Keep the phone direct out of sunlight stored in a container or something that will allow you to have easy access to. You can also look at a neoprene protective case that will enclose the iPhone in addition.
     
  16. JPack macrumors 601

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    You put the phone inside a zip lock bag and leave the cooling pack outside.
     
  17. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    Even if you have a super duper protective case on the phone, it would make sense to me to put it in something more rugged than a dry bag. Perhaps something like a Pelican case (the G40 seems tailor made for taking gadgets outdoors).

    They may not have much, if any, in the way of insulative properties, but are rugged and water resistant.

    Ultimately, the best solution is to try to keep direct exposure to a minimum.
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I believe the OP is trying to use his phone, while on the water, for navigation using the GPS. In direct Sunday, case or no case, the phone will heat up and likely dim the screen if it gets too hot.
     
  19. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Try to keep your phone out of direct sunlight. Try putting the phone in the little waterproof compartment on the kayak. If you're keeping it on yourself, then try to keep it as far from your body as possible (eg. keeping it strapped to the outside of your life vest to prevent the transfer of body heat). Having it on your person will also prevent constant exposure to direct sunlight.
     
  20. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Thanks! I am honored to assist you in any way.:cool:
     

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