Keep My Phone Cool in the Car

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kwyjibo, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    So I plan on getting an iPhone 3G in the near future ... one of the issues I have is that during the day I have to store my personal cell phone in my car. Well naturally it gets hot and maybe too hot for this new device. I usually leave my windows cracked and any devices out of the sun (8am to 5pm ish) - but I was hoping some one had a better idea ...

    a few things, well its either leave my phone in my car or leave it at home, I'd prefer not to leave it at home for some obvious reasons. There is no in between like a locker or anywhere in the building to store it.

    any help is greatly appreciated
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Buy one of those window shade things for the front window, that will help to keep some sun out of the car thus making the car cooler?
  3. AustinD macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    I leave my phones and ipods in the car console all the time, it should be just fine.
    While im thinking of it, do they have to specifically manufacture gps/indash units to deal with the heat?
  4. archi17 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    put it in one of those little travel cooler bags. I wonder if the heat would get in to them through the insulation?
  5. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

    Aug 29, 2007

    Also if your car doesn't have tinted windows a good quality tint job will do WONDERS at reducing the temperature inside your car. It has made a huge difference for me in every car I've owned, especially the darker ones. Not the cheapest thing, but it's nice to get into a car that's not so hot even beyond protecting the contents... :)
  6. rynoman macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2008
    I wasn't able to take my phone into work (no cameras) for a long while, so I bought a small cooler and kept the freezer packs in it all day. Two packs lasted all day even on some of the hottest days. My first Treo was killed by the heat :eek:.

    A bit inconvenient, but worth it to keep such an expensive device in good shape.
  7. theotherrogue macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    My iPod 5G died on me from leaving it in the heat of my car. At least make sure it stays in the shade (glove compartment or something) when you leave your car.
  8. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Get a lunch box and put the iPhone in there. You could even do a ice pack if you wanted. Although personally, I'd keep my phone on me at all times...
  9. theotherrogue macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    Yes, and then the condensation ruins your phone.
  10. ivtecDOu macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2008
    i would never leave anything of importance in my car. when i park i always take out my head unit, and my satellite radio. would never think of keeping an iphone in the car
  11. WPB2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2008
    Southeast, LA
    Damn dude where do you live. I live in south louisiana and i have never burnt up a phone or other electronic from leaving it in the car. I hope you don't work outside. I have killed a phone by sweating all over it.
  12. Kwyjibo thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I'm honestly not worried about the phone getting stolen during the day, thats not an issue, I wouldn't even be worried if the door was unlocked. I'm much more likely to get mugged or something downtown.

    I'll probably do a lunch box under / behind the seat ish, unless there's a better idea. No coolers just to avoid condensation.

    I should probably start putting my GPS in there too.
  13. Blaunerts macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2008
    Check this out:
    (Straight from Apple)

    Environmental requirements
    Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
    Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
    Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

    I would leave the phone on the behind the seat pocket (if you have) so theres some air circulating through the top instead of in a glove compartment with all heat closed up...

    (Like one of these pockets except minus the magazines and plus the phone :)
    Good luck
  14. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    It gets above 113° F outside in many parts of the country, so it would be significantly hotter then that in a car. I know somebody who killed an iBook by leaving it in a car for a few hours. Leave the iPhone at home if you cant take it to work.
  15. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
  16. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I think your best bet is a combo of ideas I have seen.

    First, tint those windows. Any way to reduce the heat in there.

    Next, get some sort of insulated cooler. You just need one about big enough to put 6 soft drink cans in. I would NOT put any sort of ice pack in there due to condensation. But with the cooler being insulated, it should keep a lot of heat out.

    That's the best idea I can think of. I don't know what you do for work, but if you can't take your phone inside and keep it on you or even use a storage space, you need to bring that up to a supervisor. I understand if you're doing something like construction where there literally is no other area, but if you have an office job of any kind, there should be a locker available if you're not allowed to carry them (which is such a 1992 policy if that is the case).
  17. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
  18. Dizle macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    The Beach
    He probably works in a high security area.
  19. reboad macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2008
    No one ever thought about the neat glove box in your car? At least in mine it's tight like a safe, won't get that hot even if the car heats up a little :cool:
  20. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
  21. Stuart in Oz macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    I noticed that as well. I hope it's just Apple covering themselves because here in Australia, in summer, 35C is just an average day. We regularly touch or exceed 40C (104F) in most of the major cities.
  22. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Answer: HELL.

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