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d3500ram

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Posted: 10/24/21 01:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I need to make an upcoming trip where I will be parking my car at the Denver airport for about 5 day.

I will have my laptop with me but won't be taking it on the plane. I would like to leave it stored in the car for that time. Denver could get into the 20's this time of year at night... don't anticipating it getting too much colder. Days are nice= 50's.

Should the battery be OK?

When I return, I will NOT be plugin in and using the computer right away... it will be a couple of hours that the temperature can acclimate back to normal before use.

I really do not have the option of not facing this situation. I am in Denver for work and then hopping a plane and do not need nor want to take it with.

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Posted: 10/24/21 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turn it off . Going below freezing doesn’t hurt it . How do they ship these things In the winter. ( hint , In unheated trailers ) charging or “maybe” using might kill it, not storing it.


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Posted: 10/24/21 01:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, Bill.
Do you think it would be prudent to perhaps remove it from the laptop...
or per your comment, it should still be OK it it remains in place?

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Yes,remove from laptop. Learned that the hard way. Perhaps not all will have a parasitic drain, but most I have been around do.

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Hide the laptop before you get to the airport. No need to have someone observe you parking and then hiding something then leaving.

Probably doesn't matter if you take the battery out. But if it removes easily then why not?


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Posted: 10/24/21 02:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

Hide the laptop before you get to the airport. No need to have someone observe you parking and then hiding something then leaving....

Good Comment! Will do.

Will also take battery out of the compartment as well before hiding.

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Remove the battery. Wrap it in a blanket

When you return, leave the laptop in the blanket and warm slowly for 5 hours.

Then fully charge the unit.


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In my opinion, if a completely turned off laptop cannot go for 5 days without significant battery depletion, there's something wrong with it.


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opnspaces wrote:

Hide the laptop before you get to the airport. No need to have someone observe you parking and then hiding something then leaving.

Probably doesn't matter if you take the battery out. But if it removes easily then why not?


I'm not sure if they are doing it lately but lots of destinations require you to turn on electronics...so a battery may be an issue going thru security as there is nothing to turn on.

Going down to 20F is a non-issue and it won't self drain over 5 days if you "shut down" the computer as opposed to just closing the lid which may just put it to "sleep".


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valhalla360 wrote:

I'm not sure if they are doing it lately but lots of destinations require you to turn on electronics...so a battery may be an issue going thru security as there is nothing to turn on.

He is leaving the laptop in the car. It won't be going through security.


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