Left my iPhone on a hot car seat. Did it affect the battery?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dan138zig, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. dan138zig macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    Hi, it's nice to be a member here. Anyway, I was in a traffic jam and then I picked my phone from the passenger seat. It's very hot and had this temperature warning (can't use phone until it cools down or something). I realized it'd been on the very hot car seat for about 15 minutes, screen side up, under sunlight from the windshield. I wonder if the battery was damaged? I used an ultrathin protector case if that means anything. It's been 24 hrs and no noticeable problem so far, but who knows if my battery's max capacity has decreased 5%. Thank you.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    After that short time, there probably won't be any permanent damage.
  3. LostMyiPhone macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2012
    As you've noticed from the warning message, there are safety mechanisms in place to prevent extreme damage. I doubt you did any long-term damage but only time will tell!
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Isn't it great that it has built-in safeguard?
  5. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Yep. When I wad in Iraq I was outside for a long time in the sun listening to my iPod while waiting for a Blackhawk ride to Baghdad. Suddenly my iPod gave me a warning about being too hot and shut itself off.
  6. 725032 Guest


    Aug 5, 2012
    You really, really want us to know you were in Irag dont you?
  7. dan138zig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    But the safeguard doesn't cool down the phone, right? So the battery was overheated regardless.
  8. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Well what more do you want to be told? People tried to convince you that the phone has built in features to protect it but yes, your battery most likely heated up more than it typically would. Move on with your life and your phone, IF you damaged it through negligence then take that as a lesson learned.
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Yes, it has mini air conditioners built into the bottom, that's why there's only one speaker down there... You're reading the message incorrectly, the phone can't be used because it's too hot, thereby preventing damage to the device or the battery. If you're really that concerned you should probably call someone who would have firsthand knowledge about it rather than ask for speculation from people on the internet.
  10. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    I won't worry about it.

    My black iPhone 4 was left outdoors multiple times in the summer sun for hours, and still had good battery life - even after two years of use.

    There were times when not only was the Temp warning showing, but the device was literally to hot to handle.
  11. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Sorry if it offended you.
  12. Iphull macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    Next time it happens, shove it in the freezer for a few hours.

    KIDDING! Don't put it in extreme temperatures. However:

    A good friend of mine left her iPad on top of a toaster oven. By the time we discovered it, it was too hot to handle. It works fine now.

    An iPod 3 I purchased about three or so years ago was left on the seat under the hot sun several times. It still works.

    Gotta hand it to Apple! Their products are pretty downright idiot-proof.

    Don't worry about it.
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Nothing you can do after the fact, just don't do it again.

    And if battery's life is been shorten, battery replacement is relatively ez for those of us who are not afraid of small tools.
  14. Phx08 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2012
  15. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Use it and see. Compare its battery life to what you're used to. No sense worrying over something that may not be an issue. If your battery is damaged you'll notice a difference. If you don't notice a difference, does it really matter?
  16. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    You were doing what the majority of the rest of us don't have the ballz to do. Thank you.
  17. dan138zig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
  18. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    You are correct, they originally had an app* on the iPhone 6 that would control the sun when the phone got too hot but it resulted in poor battery life.

    *In the event that there is someone reading this whose sarcasm detection is subpar, this was an example.
  19. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    This. iPhones were engineered to shutdown at a certain temperature.
  20. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I think your phone will be ok, OP.
  21. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    Next time tell your passenger not to eat Taco Bell before sitting on your car :)
  22. Inzane5143 macrumors newbie


    Nov 6, 2017
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  23. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    15min properly won't have any negative impact, isn't long enough to heat the inside significantly. But extreme heat does shorten battery life, if it had been hours, it would likely have had some impact on the battery in the long run.

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