Winterize Your Phone

If you are a tech loving house like us, you probably got a few devices in your stocking. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing how to best enjoy them. First up a post on winterizing your phone!

Most people think about winterizing their home and their car but forget about the smaller things. If you’re anything like me, your phone is practically an appendage of you. What would you do without it? Fortunately, there are ways to shore it up for the chilly weather yet to come. In this sponsored post with U.S. Cellular, I will be sharing the how to!

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Get the right gear! A LifeProof case is rugged and waterproof and can protect your device through inclement weather such as frigid temperatures, ice and snow. Why does that matter? Well When cellphone batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance dips like the winter mercury. Cellphone batteries that would provide 100 percent capacity at 80 degrees will typically only deliver 50 percent when it’s 0 degrees outside.

Keep your phone with you or inside whenever possible. Why? When cellphone batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance dips like the winter mercury. Cellphone batteries that would provide 100 percent capacity at 80 degrees will typically only deliver 50 percent when it’s 0 degrees outside.

Plus, prolonged exposure to the cold may affect a cellphone’s display screen. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, which causes the liquid crystals within the display to start freezing.

So be sure that you have a weather app on your phone like AccuWeather, MyRadar Weather Radar, The Weather Channel or WeatherBug so you know when the temps are about to head south. Much like you wish you could do.

If your phone does get wet from the snow and slush, power it down right away and remove the battery. You should grab a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as possible. You should leave a wet cellphone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.

Live somewhere where the snow and low temps are constant? Consider a phone that can withstand the cold and snow! The Kyocera DuraForce is an ultra-rugged smartphone that is certified to operate all the way down to negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also certified IP68 waterproof, so it can be fully submerged up to 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, and with its “Wet & Glove Touchscreen Operation,” you can use the phone while wearing your winter gloves and the touchscreen will continue to operate when the phone gets snow or rain on it.

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