Why is using the PackTite with electronics not recommend?(5 posts)
I don't understand why the PackTite isn't good for electronics. It's only supposed to hit 120 degs F. That's well within the normally operating temperature of many electronics such as laptops. There are places on earth where it's 120 degs quite often. People use their laptops there just fine. So why are there so many warnings not to use the PackTite for things like laptops? Is it because the PackTite might go well over 120? I read that it cuts itself off at 190.
Taken from http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: −4° to 113° F (−20° to 45° C)
As you can see, electronics shouldn't be allowed to get that hot... and although many iPhones can probably withstand hotter temperatures, these are the only working temps Apple can guarantee.
...same goes for other electronics.... and yes, the packtite can and will climb above 120 degrees, so keep an eye on it!
I think you'll find that's the case for the iphone due to the non-removable battery it uses. It's the battery that can't stand those temperature in Apple products. Since Apple has choosen to use non-removable batteries.....
Many Sony laptops for example, have storage temperatures of up to 140 degs. I think some Dells go up to 185 degs.
Be that as it may, even the 113 deg of the iphone isn't necessarily a problem since BB start dying at 106. It just takes some time. I wish there was an slow cooker version of the PackTite at a lower temperature. A big problem is that I don't think the temperature in the PackTite is regulated very well. It's a wide range since it's not insulated at all. It's probably higher in hot environments and lower in cool ones.
The differences in temperatures inside the Packtite when running it in different environments is not as dramatic as you would think. That being said, If you run it in environments less than 70 F you will have a very hard time getting heat to the center of dense objects, if you run it in rooms 95 F it still won't get to temps that harm your items. We know this because in testing we did just that, we would run tests in "cool" and "hot" rooms and monitor how it affected performance. This is why I always smile when I read posts about people trying to make their own or how easy it must be to design one of these. Due to the wide range of temperature tolerances across brands, products etc, we decided to not recommend electronics.
Disclaimer: I make the Packtite
Excellent. So how much from 120F does the PackTite vary? The laptop I have can take up to 145F. Really, everything else I can run through the dryer except for my laptop and camera. But if the PackTite can deal with it, you have yourself a sale. It's either the PackTite or I fire up the oven at 110F. My camera even can operate at up to 145F. The storage temperature is even higher. So if it's 120F + 10F or so, I'm good. If it goes up over 140F, that will be a problem. How does it regulate the temperature?
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