Laptops & Humidity Don't Mix | Learn More

2nd Jun 2015

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Laptop owners are always concerned about particles and fluid when it comes to their electronics. Spilling any liquid or dropping crumbs can ruin the way in which a laptop operates. Due to the fact that the keyboard barely covers the most important internal components, it’s very easy to ruin a laptop in a matter of seconds. While most of the concern is about liquids and crumbs, no one really suspects that humidity and computers also don’t do well together. Wondering how to protect your computer from humidity? Learn more here.

How Humidity Affects Computers

Humidity can affect a laptop through corrosion. Humidity is one of the culprits of internal corrosion of the integral parts of a laptop. Many states and countries are prone to humid weather year-round, and electronics tend to have a shorter lifespan in these locations. Humidity in computers also causes short circuiting of electronics as well.

This happens through a process known as “ion migration.” The water molecules in the air cling to the metal components within a standard laptop. When enough of these water molecules build up on a particular piece of metal, the entire component will short circuit. It’s kind of like dropping a laptop into water without actually doing so.

Shop the Right Computer

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One way to combat laptop humidity is to purchase a fully rugged laptop from OC Rugged. Fully rugged laptops are the only ones that are certified impervious to humidity due to their superb design. With both IP and NEMA ratings, they are built to withstand the international standard for any hazards that could be thrown their way. Our fully rugged refurbished laptops are also put through rigorous military testing to ensure they can survive nearly anything.

OC Rugged Can Help

Even elevated humidity for short periods of time can hinder the overall performance of a laptop. The only way to counteract laptop humidity (without staying in a humidity-controlled environment) is with a specially-built computer that’s made to defend against moisture and corrosion. Men and women that work outside don’t have the luxury of temperature- and humidity-controlled offices, so they need tough, durable electronics. Get a quote to outfit your entire team with humidity-resistant computers today.