Safe to leave iphone car charger in car in the summer?

applemagic123

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My red iphone car charger just came in the mail yesterday (yay for non white sync cables! lol. I also got another one in black to match my black iphone 4 hehe).

I was just wondering if it's safe for me to leave my charger in my car during the middle of summer. I live in dallas, texas where it's not uncommon for the outside temperatures to exceed 105 degrees ferenheit or more, which means it's hotter inside of the car.

Will any of the plastic components melt? I really need to know. I got a red car charger and sync cable for my car, and a black wall charger and sync cable for inside my house. Both from ebay. Thanks.

Here's a picture of it.
 

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mofunk

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I've kept my chargers in my glove compartment for years. Its a lot cooler in there. If it gets too hot I take them inside the house with me.
 

Gav2k

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The only time it'll warm up is when it's charging something so yes it's safe
 

DollaTwentyFive

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Shouldn't be a problem for the charger. Just don't leave the phone. :eek:

I live in Florida and you would be amazed how many phone batteries get killed by people leaving their phones in the car.
 

labman

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I'd say if you really need to know contact the manufacture. hey should know the type of plastic used and it's maximum safe melting point.
 

Ray-

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That's a difficult question to answer! I've seen wall and car chargers made with such shoddy quality that i wouldn't use them anywhere! Let alone in a hot sun baked car. But what is for sure though, is that if the charger was made in a way thats prone to failure, the heat cycling will not help it.
 
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macingman

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My red iphone car charger just came in the mail yesterday (yay for non white sync cables! lol. I also got another one in black to match my black iphone 4 hehe).

I was just wondering if it's safe for me to leave my charger in my car during the middle of summer. I live in dallas, texas where it's not uncommon for the outside temperatures to exceed 105 degrees ferenheit or more, which means it's hotter inside of the car.

Will any of the plastic components melt? I really need to know. I got a red car charger and sync cable for my car, and a black wall charger and sync cable for inside my house. Both from ebay. Thanks.

Here's a picture of it.
Chargers SHOULD be designed to handle normal use in cars which includes hot temperatures. Though I doubt a random one from ebay is made to the same standards some name brand ones are, it really depends on the type of charger.
 

rgctx

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Minimum temperature for melting plastic starts at 200°F. The most a car gets inside @ 110° tempurature is around 140°.
 

jjk454ss

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Minimum temperature for melting plastic starts at 200°F. The most a car gets inside @ 110° tempurature is around 140°.
Really? I do think the car charger is safe in the car, but some plastic things in a car can't be safe. Leave a CD on the dash in the sun and it will warp. Maybe not really melt, but it can't take the heat.

Whats in the phone that can't take the heat? Is it the LCD? The battery? Now you've got me curious. I'm certainly not disagreeing with you, I'm just wanting to know more now.
 
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