An Air Conditioner For Your Overheating Phone? Just What Chevy Ordered

Overheating problems? Well, looks like Chevy has found a simple answer to this question: air conditioners.

With the summer in full swing and the temperatures all set to soar, air conditioners are are almost mandatory in some areas. How much as we need the living room to remain cool, our technology needs to do too.

An Air Conditioner For Your Overheating Phone? Just What Chevy Ordered
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The most phones that have lithium ion battery does not cope up well in the heat. It has been known to explode in some cases. Even the regular air conditioner could not cool the phone, when it was placed on the charging shelf in the new 2016 Chevys.

Jeffrey Van Camp, deputy editor of Digital Trends said “Over time, regular overheating can do permanent damage to the lithium ion batteries that power our smartphones. I always recommend keeping your phone in a cool, ventilated place, where it can stay at a comfortable room temperature, whether it’s charging or discharging.”

An Air Conditioner For Your Overheating Phone? Just What Chevy Ordered
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In the new models of many of their vehicles, which includes the 2016 Malibu, Impala, Cruze and Volt, Chevy has added a vent to the charging shelf. As the phone charges, the vent guides the cool air directly onto the phone. However, it would work only when the main air conditioner in the car is on.

One may wonder as to why would you require an air conditioner for your phone in order for it to work if you need to keep the air conditioner in the car on. That would too keep the phone cool. Don’t you think so?

Yes, would be the answer in several cases. However, the new models have a charging shelf that’s slightly closed on all sides. In cases like these, particularly when the car has been under the heat all day, it’s a little more difficult for the cool air to reach the phone.

A statement released by Chevy explained the requirement for an air conditioner that targets your phone.

“An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature. Active Phone Cooling operates only when the HVAC system is turned on by the driver.

“Several factors can cause or worsen overheating in smartphones like heavy strain on the device’s data and graphics processors, high ambient temperatures or simply charging the device. The problem can be worse inside vehicles during hot weather. Heat is trapped inside a vehicle during hot days causing cabin temperatures to soar much higher than outside temperatures.”

Off course, you need to pay extra if you wish to opt for the phone air conditioner. The package involves wireless charging and the Active Phone Cooling system for your preferred smartphone.


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