Am I freezing my computer? Will it break?
December 17, 2010 10:39 AM Subscribe
How worried should I be about leaving a laptop in a car for a couple of hours at 35 below (F)?
posted by leahwrenn to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 2009 MacBookPro. Typically, when I'm coming home from work, I close it up (so it's asleep but not shut down), stick it in a padded sleeve, stick the sleeve in my backpack, and stick the backpack in the hatchback part of my station wagon.
But it's cold here---we haven't had temperatures above about -20F for a couple of weeks, and lately it's been more like -35 or so. How worried should I be about the computer freezing if I leave the computer in my car for an hour or two, to do some shopping or something? The car would be off, and let's assume that the car's been sitting out in the cold all day (so it's not starting off particularly warm). My husband's concerned about the LCD freezing, among other things.
As a data point, the computer seems to handle being walked in to work, which takes about 30 minutes, with no problem. It's cold when I take it out of the backpack, but it perks right up when I plug it in.