Five Reasons to Protect Your Tech from Summer Fun

by Barrett

‘Fun in the sun’ is not a phrase fit for most of your gadgets.  If you’re not careful, the punishing summertime elements can really do a doozy on your tech…

‘Fun in the sun’ is not a phrase fit for most of your gadgets. If you’re not careful, the punishing summertime elements can really do a doozy on your tech…

Hello, summer!  It’s finally time to kick back, soak up some rays, and drain down some of that banked vacation time. Of course you’re planning on bringing all of your favorite tech with you, right?

Before you do, you might want to remind yourself that your tech gear can be as delicate as your skin without any SPF protection…

Here are five pieces of Kryptonite your tech has to contend with…

Direct sunlight can be a real problem for your camera lens…

  • Strong sunlight facing your subject can wash out or over expose your shot.
  • Sun from the rear can make your subject’s face look too dark.

Softer light or shade is usually easier for your camera lens to handle.
(Or just hope for a cloudy day)

The Beach
The beach is an especially dangerous place for your camera…

And I’m not just talking about that large body of water.
(I once saw a friend’s DSLR camera lens accidentally drop into a lake, because it wasn’t securely locked into place on its camera body. Oops!)

It’s the sand.
Those tiny granules can really kill your tech.
Even a single poorly placed speck of sand wedged into a retractable camera lens can immobilize your camera from ever taking another shot.

One simple solution is to use a waterproof camera without an exposed lens…

Don’t overheat your tech… as in… don’t leave it in your car at high noon.
Enough said.

Summer Fun
Just having a good time in the great outdoors can spell doom for your tech.
‘Cause if you’re not paying attention… Whoops… Plop…. Crack.
(That’s the sound of your camera or smartphone shattering on the sidewalk.)

Travel Can Be a Losing Proposition
Let’s face it. It can be hard to keep track of all your stuff when you’re on vacation.
But if you leave a pair of socks behind or a t-shirt, that’s not such a big deal. If any of your tech doesn’t it make it back, that’s obviously a much bigger problem.

My solution: Don’t bring it!
If you don’t absolutely need it, I say you can do without…

And that goes for your car too.
Because when you least expect it, a wild turkey will fly into it!
(Yes, it’s happened to me.)

So you might want to consider becoming a public transportation Weekend Road Warrior.

The Terminator Vs. WALL-E
Look, I know this cautionary musing is mostly common sense.

And in fact, your fancy tech can actually enhance summertime fun… or at least feed you with lots of ‘comfort data.’

Heck, a solar-charging watch actually thrives during the summer months!

But the truth is your tech isn’t built like the Terminator.
If you want it to be back for your next summertime mission, you’d better start treating it like your own WALL-E.

Even though your gadgets don’t need to outlast all robotics on the planet, it also wouldn’t hurt to give your tech everlasting love….