Just about everything seems better when you’re enjoying it on the beach. Drinks taste sweeter, the sun seems brighter, and that salty breeze has never felt so good. Unfortunately, technology is one thing that is definitely not beach friendly, and you’re about to learn why.
The Heat of the Sun
Even when temperatures are cooler, the sun’s rays stay hot. Your laptop’s fan will do all it can keep up with the heat, but it’s not always going to win this battle. If you’re using your laptop in the sun and notice it slowing down dramatically, this is a sign that it’s starting to overheat. Excess heat can do permanent damage to your computer’s internal systems. The sun can also damage your laptop’s screen if it’s exposed directly.
Tiny Grains of Sand
One thing that’s absolutely unavoidable on the beach is the sand. If you visit the beach often, you’ve probably noticed how it’s impossible to keep some of those grains of sand from hitching a ride home with you. Weeks later, you may still find traces on the floor of the car, in your shoes, or in the bottom of a bag. Your computer is no different. All the little cracks and crevices are a haven for sand, which will damage your laptop if you can’t get every piece out.
Water, Water Everywhere
While your plan may involve staying a safe distance from the water, moisture is still difficult to stay away from at the beach. Other swimmers may come crash on the towel next to you, or bring up buckets of water for a sand castle. If your computer gets wet, it can short out and could be irreparable.
Humidity is one of the greatest dangers for electronics in tropical climates. Through the scientific miracle of condensation, humidity can cause your computer to get very damp when you’re going from the cool interior of your car to the hot beach and back again. Humid air that’s exposed to salt from the ocean is even more dangerous because it speeds oxidation of electronic devices.
The Salty Sea
Salt is a serious culprit at the beach. Though you can’t see it, it will travel into your computer through the air. Salt naturally conducts electricity which means that it can cause your laptop to short out when it builds up on open connections. If the salt gets wet, it will cause corrosion and rust in any multimedia notebook.
Risk of Impact
The beach is generally a place for active pursuits like volleyball, swimming, snorkeling, and jogging. Even if your agenda consists of laying prone on a beach blanket, other visitors will have some different ideas. A bump, kick, or drop can seriously damage your laptop. Since sand isn’t known for providing the surest footing, your own slip or trip could end up causing the damage.
In conclusion, it’s always safest to simply leave the laptop at home. The beach is not a safe destination and there are lots of risk factors that could cause serious damage to your electronics.