[Q] How bad is it to leave my phone outside in -15°C cold weather?
I have a bunch of old Android devices, and I was looking for ways to use them. My mother wanted a security camera for her front door, so she could see who was ringing the doorbell, and I immediately thought of my old Motorola Atrix MB860. I rigged up a little holster for it, and for the past 2 months it has been quietly chugging along as a semi-reliable security camera using the free IP Camera app (I say semi-reliable, because every 5-7 days or so, the phone seems to have rebooted itself for some reason, and one needs to go out there and restart the app).
Right now we're having the coldest night we've had all winter at -15°c, and if you've ever lived in Toronto, you know that isn't very cold. According to my remote monitoring system, the Atrix's current battery temperature is -1°c
. The phone is
plugged in, and I don't really care if the battery stops working, but I am curious;
Is leaving it out in the cold very likely to permanently destroy the phone? Or even just the battery? I have heard conflicting things about li-polys in low temperatures; some say that they work their best at low temperatures, running more
efficiently, and there is no risk of damage because li-poly does not change its crystalline structure very much under temperature fluctuations. Others say they can be up to 40% less
efficient in below-freezing temperatures. A few others say it will likely destroy
Again, I really don't care about the battery, but if there is obvious evidence/sources that say the phone itself
will likely die, I would like to know so I can dismantle it.
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