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Old 07-03-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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E-Readers In The Sauna?

That thread Care started about reading at the beach got me thinking about this. I used to workout at the gym and then spend some time in the sauna before hitting the showers. One thing I found out about a sauna is that books like paperbacks without sewn pages will start to come undone as the glue begins to melt if you take them into a sauna where it's typically at least a 140 degrees. Has anyone tried taking their e-reader into a sauna? I'm wondering if that dry heat will damage them?
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:46 PM   #2
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Most electronic devices have a specification for maximum operating temperature and humidity - typically the maximum temp is around 35-40C. I imagine a sauna would probably exceed that.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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That's what I'm thinking too. But not being a rich man, I'm too cowardly to test the theory.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:57 PM   #4
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Stick to newspapers in the sauna. They don't have any glue, and you won't fry their electronics.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:05 PM   #5
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IMHO you would have to be nuts to contemplate taking an ereader into somewhere that hot and humid
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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IMHO you would have to be nuts to contemplate taking an ereader into somewhere that hot and humid
Well, I was thinking of borrowing yours.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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I think it would be nice to read your Kindle in the sauna. That way, when they find your dead body they can say, "Oh, look, he was reading Little Women.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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Years ago, I was asked to make a timer for a friend with a sauna - the idea was that he could set it for however long he wanted to have the session be & it would count down to zero. Before I made it, I did a simple test - brought a LED connected to a battery into the sauna - it lasted about 2 minutes & died from the heat. My ultimate solution was to put the electronics outside & use an incandescent numeric display inside.

From that experience, I'd speculate that an ebook in a sauna might last about 5-10 minutes...

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Old 07-03-2011, 08:48 PM   #9
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"Oh, look, he was reading Little Women."

Ouch!

"...brought a LED connected to a battery into the sauna - it lasted about 2 minutes & died from the heat."

So I guess my lighted case is out of the question.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:45 PM   #10
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Honestly, that would never occur to me, but now I'm sure I won't be taking my ereader into my sauna... unless I set it at 80 degrees (in which case I might as well just hang out outside and read...)
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:20 AM   #11
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At the gym I go to, one person keeps bringing in a K2 in a ziploc bag. She has been doing it for weeks now, every day, and it seems to work. At first I thought she would be soon disappointed - I figured it would have to fail. Yet, so far, nothing has happened to it. She does say that page turn slow down in there - we both wondered whether the heat is doing that - but the device goes back to normal when it cools down.

I am tempted to try with my old PRS900 - as I don't use it anymore very often. It's my beach/pool reader, the one I don't mind mistreating.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:11 AM   #12
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I don't go in saunas, but here's an idea for a brave e-reader owner - water cooled e-reader.

Two different sized zip-loc bags, the smaller one large enough for the e-reader.
Seal the e-reader in the smaller bag.
Place the combination inside the larger bag.
Top up the larger bag with (ice)cold water and seal.
Job done!
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #13
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^ Hmmmm...very interesting! Would this help with preventing condensation and such?

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As someone who worked in QA and did extreme climate testing on a electronic devices at one time, hot and humid is usually one of the fastest ways to kill electronics. They do not like it at all, though small doses of it are normally not too damaging.

I guess you could talk to someone in the South East of the US who has left their ereader in the car during the summer? That might get up to sauna temperatures.

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Old 07-04-2011, 01:04 PM   #15
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I would be afraid to take any electronic device into a sauna for all the reasons mentioned above. I would stick to magazines/newspapers/books that you don't mind getting ruined while there.
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