UK’s Hottest Day Of The Year: Cool Tips To Stop Your Phone Overheating This Summer

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Yesterday London was officially hotter than Athens, Ibiza, and Barcelona at 33C. Temperatures in the UK may reach as high as 40 degrees Celcius according to experts it will be a national emergency.  Temperatures will hit 33 degrees (91F) today and tomorrow, 29 degrees (84F) on Saturday, and 31 degrees (82F) on Sunday. Monday 18th July will see temperature is going up to 40 degrees and that will considered being UK’s hottest day on record.

Keeping your Phone Cool on UK’s Hottest Day

In light of this news, many UK citizens will experience some form of phone battery issue. This issue is particularly troublesome because if your phone battery sustains damage it can negatively impact other hardware in your phone. While rare battery leakage can occur if your phone is exposed to them for too long. If your phone’s temperature doesn’t go down then it could ignite into flames, causing severe damage. As you can being diligent in protecting your phone from the sun is a task that should be taken very seriously! That’s why we have collected some essential tips and tricks to help stop your phone battery from overheating during this scorching heatwave.

1. DON’T Leave Your Phone In Direct Sunlight

Temperatures of 30C or higher can be bad news for the lifespan of your smartphone. If left in the sun for too long, your will experience a multitude of problems and malfunctions. Your phone’s screen is made of glass, a material that quickly absorbs heat. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause your touchscreen to cease interactivity, freeze, or experience small glitches. Absorption of these blazing temperatures can also cause your phone’s battery to lose charge at a rapid rate.

To avoid these issues we recommend transporting your phone in a bag when the weather is warm. If your phone does end up overheating leave it in some shade. Do not make the common mistake of trying to cool your phone off in a refrigerator or freezer. Quick changes in temperature can cause your phone to short circuit.

2. Remove Phone Case

Although phone cases are designed to protect your mobile from damage, they may also increase the risk of overheating. Depending on the material type of the phone heating up varies. Phone cases typically inhibit how heat is normally released from your device. As cases are bad conductors of heat(insulators) they can contribute to the build of heat in your phone. The main culprits for this are leather, plastic, and rubber cases. So removing these will allow your phone to release heat organically.

If you can’t bear the thought of using a caseless phone we recommend purchasing magnetic or metal phone cases. These materials are good heat conductors hence they do not cause overheating.

3. Lower Screen Brightness

While a brighter screen may be more visible in the sun, it also consumes more power and can increase the temperature of your smartphone. To reduce demand on the phone’s battery disable adaptive brightness in your phone’s settings. Adaptive brightness uses sensors in your mobile to detect changes in ambient light and alters the brightness of your phone screen appropriately. Once disabled turn your phone’s brightness all the way down to reduce the heat produced by the battery of your mobile. Additionally, you can shorten your smartphone’s screen timeout duration to prevent your screen from being on for a prolonged period of time.

4. Phone Cooler

Phone coolers are peripheral USB-powered fans that allow you to continue using your phone without it overheating. Phone coolers utilize heat sink technology to provide quality cooling to phones. These fans can be tucked away at the back of your smartphone, providing rapid and adjustable cooling so your phone doesn’t overheat during the hot summer months.

This article has been written by James Evans, commentator for QualitySource, a lithium battery specialist, and one of the leading suppliers of high-quality batteries in the UK.