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Keeping Your Smartphone Safe in the Sun
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on July 05, 2014 @ 7:46PM
Created on July 05, 2014 @ 6:27PM

On the 4th of July weekend, many of you will be traveling and if you plan on heading to the beach, you might want to put that smartphone down before you hit the shore.

According to a new study from Consumer Reports, nearly 94% of vacationers are bringing their electronic gadgets along with them.

But while many of us enjoy the surf and sun, our smartphones do not. Everything from water and temperature damage to sunscreen oil can take a toll on your devices.

To help keep your electronics safe and secure, be sure to keep them covered or in a plastic bag. Do not leave them in the direct sun or unguarded, and clean off sunscreen smears with a screen cleaning product.

Meteorologists say the sun can pack a powerful punch and different devices can take the heat better than others.

"The Sun is still very warm and it's directly overhead of us right now that we are at the beginning of summertime. So as it's beating down on your devices, it's actually wearing on those internal things, like the battery and the processor. These devices are not going to last forever, so with the Sun beating down on them, the cells in the battery will start to die off and the processor will start moving more slowly because of all that heat and all of the direct sunlight," said Jill Szwed, Meteorologist. 

Cell phones should not be exposed to 95 degrees or higher and laptops may start to overheat in temperatures higher than 86 degrees.

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