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Store a usb stick in a car? (temperatures)

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#1 bludshot


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:37 AM

How do you think a USB stick would fare in a car, either in the glove compartment or tucked away somewhere, not in the sun on the dash.


In a climate where it can be -20 C in the winter and maybe +40C in a car in the summer. 90% of the time it would be more like between -5C and +20C.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

Hello :)


It really depends on the USB stick, some have different operating ranges temperature wise. Usually though, electronics do not fare well in extreme temperatures especially high temps.


It should be ok in my opinion, I've kept drives in my car and they have been fine, even keep one on my key chain which often gets knocked around a lot. 

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 12:40 PM

If you do store it in a car, a quick tip would be to store the device in a zip lock bag. This prevents condesation build up when the temperature changes quickly. This is a trick I still use to prevent certain items I store in a car from rusting. Outside of condensation and then powering on when still wet, the temperature is unlikely to damage anything. I have a usb drive that occasionally sits in my vehicle and it was -41F a few times this winter. With the last 3 months solid -10. As long as you let it warm up to room temperature before powering it on when you first bring it in from the cold you should be fine.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:49 PM

From personal experience they work just fine.  Keep them out of direct light and you should be okay, I kept mine in the tray area under the radio.  Used to use USB to store my music and had four or five drives in the car at a time to fit the mood I was in.  I was living in Michigan at the time, so the temps were from about zero to 90 and the vehicle was stored outdoors.

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