Disclaimer: The written article is based on a summary of existing literature on the topic of infrared saunas. The article is for educational purposes and the information provided below cannot be taken as a promise to help with acute health problems or diseases.
Temperature is an important consideration when using electronics in a sauna, and it's easy to forget that devices such as laptops, Apple AirPods and Apple Watches all have maximum temperatures of around 30-45ºC. We've previously talked about how these devices would cope inside a sauna before:
This means that if you use any of these items in a sauna with temperatures of up to 60ºC, you're risking irreparable damage to the device.
But don't worry - Clearlight Saunas are specifically designed with electronic safety in mind! Our high-tech saunas feature Bluetooth for any audio experience, a coolbox charging station that is protected from the heat, and a door handle that doubles as a tablet or phone holder if you wish to watch something.
If you don't have a Clearlight Sauna there's no need to worry because, in this blog post, we'll explore the dangers of using electronics in an infrared sauna, so you can make sure to stay safe while enjoying your sauna session.
Can You Use Electronics In A Sauna?
Using electronics in a sauna is generally not recommended due to the potentially harmful effects it can have. Let's delve into why this is the case, focusing specifically on infrared saunas.
Using Electronics in an Infrared Sauna
These saunas can reach temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit), whereas electronic devices like Apple AirPods, laptops, and the Apple Watch are designed to operate within a temperature range of 30 - 45 degrees Celsius (86 - 113 degrees Fahrenheit). Thus, exposing your electronics to these high temperatures can damage or malfunction.
Another thing to consider is how the unique way infrared light heats objects from the inside out may accelerate this process in an unintended manner. Unless the instruction manual of your electronics explicitly states that they are suitable for use in piping-hot environments, it is advisable to refrain from doing so. Let's delve deeper into the problem.
It's important to prioritise the well-being of your devices and keep them away from extreme heat while enjoying your sauna session.
Using Electronics In A Dry Sauna
Using electronics in a dry sauna can lead to major issues due to the high temperatures it reaches, typically ranging from 80 to 90 degrees Celsius (176 to 194F). Most electronic devices, such as smartphones or laptops, are programmed to automatically shut down when temperatures reach around 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95F). The extreme heat in a dry sauna can potentially cause permanent damage to the battery of these devices.
So, for the sake of your gadgets, it's recommended to keep them away from the intense heat of a dry sauna.
Using Electronics In Traditional Saunas, Such As Finnish Saunas
When using electronics in traditional saunas, like the Finnish ones, it's crucial to be aware of the potential issues they may cause. These saunas can reach scorching temperatures of up to a whopping 110 degrees Celsius (230F), making them even more challenging than the previous examples. As a result, any devices brought into such saunas will quickly shut down. Additionally, the piping-hot environment poses a significant risk of permanent damage to electronics.
Using Electronics in Steam Rooms
In steam rooms, one must be cautious about using electronics. Even though the maximum temperature is around 45 degrees Celsius (113F), the real concern lies in the high humidity. This combination of heat and moisture can rapidly affect electronic devices, causing them to malfunction or even get damaged.
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General Rule of Electronics: Sauna Heat Damages Electronics
It's true. Keeping electronic devices in extreme heat can damage them. Whether it's your phone or laptop, these devices have built-in cooling systems for a reason.
And it's not just sauna heat, but any heat can have these effects, like leaving your phone in the sun or in your car will have the same effect.
But these devices also generate heat, so using your laptop inside a sauna will cause it to overheat both internally and externally.
Most electronic devices are designed to operate under what's considered "normal temperatures" around the world.
Devices beyond computers and laptops also adhere to this trend. Take, for example, wireless earplugs like Apple AirPods, as well as the Apple Watch and televisions. It becomes apparent that these devices struggle when exposed to extreme temperatures outside the norm.
In fact, it's not worth risking the use of such devices in hot environments, such as steam rooms or infrared saunas. Manufacturers aren't likely to honour warranty claims if it's discovered that you subjected your laptop to the intense heat of a dry sauna.
Why Does Heat Damage Electronics?
When exploring why this happens, the reasons become quite clear. It all boils down to the fascinating world of chemical processes within batteries. You see, under different temperatures, these processes tend to behave in varied ways. And over time, as batteries are used, they inevitably start to deteriorate. However, when it comes to extreme heat, this deterioration process is significantly accelerated.
Now, let's shift our attention to the realm of smartphones and smartwatches, such as the esteemed Apple Watch. Did you know that the materials used to create their screens are not very heat-resistant? It's a fact! As a result, you may find yourself facing a screen that unfortunately ceases to function.
What Causes Electronics to Overheat?
Metals inside a smartphone or smartwatch can reach high temperatures, potentially causing damage to other materials like plastics or semiconductors. Additionally, the tight packing of materials inside electronics means that extreme cold or heat can cause expansion or shrinkage, which may lead to interference with nearby materials and subsequent damage.
Your iPad or iPhone will already provide warning messages when left under the scorching sun on the beach. Just picture the potential impact on these devices in an infrared or traditional sauna, where temperatures soar.
Even if electronics aren't technically overheating, prolonged exposure to heat can still lead to damage over time. Heat takes a toll on the lifespan of electronic devices. Even a hot car, whether parked in the sun or shade, can cause detrimental effects, not to mention exposure in a sauna or steam room.
Lastly, let's delve into a few questions to gain even deeper insights into this fascinating topic.
Frequently Asked Questions: Can You Bring Electronics into a Sauna?
Let's dive into some frequently asked questions on this topic.
Can you put a TV in a Sauna?
Generally, it's not advisable to bring a television inside a sauna. However, if there is a television specifically designed to withstand the extreme heat of a steam room or sauna, then sure.
Standard televisions, like smartphones or laptops, are not built to handle temperatures hotter than the average room temperature. So, it's better to exercise caution and avoid bringing them into saunas.
How can I watch TV in my Sauna?
Watching TV in a sauna can be a delightful experience. To achieve this, opt for a modern infrared sauna that has a glass front, and install your TV somewhere you can safely watch from inside your sauna. This is more achievable with infrared saunas as there is less humidity, steam and condensation on the glass.
Are other Electronic Devices in a Sauna okay?
Generally speaking, most electronics are not designed to withstand the heat of a sauna. It's always a good idea to check the instruction manual or the manufacturer's website for each specific electronic device to see if it's safe to use in the sauna. If the manufacturer doesn't recommend using the device in high-temperature conditions, it's best to avoid using it there.
Can I take my iPhone to the Steam Room?
Unfortunately, it's not recommended. When things heat up in there, your iPhone tries its best to stay cool by shutting down automatically. This happens when temperatures reach 35 - 45 degrees Celsius (95 - 113F). Trust us, going any hotter could cause some serious damage. So, it's best to keep your iPhone out of the steam and enjoy your relaxation time worry-free.
Can You Use a Computer in an Infrared Sauna?
Using a computer in an infrared sauna is not recommended. Although some precautions can be taken, such as ensuring the device's compatibility, it is important to note that desktop computers are designed to function under normal room temperatures. The excessive heat and moisture in a sauna can potentially cause permanent damage to the computer.
What is Not Allowed in a Sauna?
It is highly advised to refrain from using any electronics inside a sauna. Unless the electronics manufacturer has explicitly confirmed that the devices can withstand the elevated heat levels typically found in saunas, it is best to exercise caution.
Why Using Electronic Devices in Sauna isn't a Smart Idea
When it comes to using electronic devices, there's one thing you should keep in mind: using them in a sauna may not be the smartest move. Just like driving without a seatbelt or dancing next to blaring music, it's a risky choice.
Imagine dropping your iPhone or laptop into the water - it could spell disaster, right? Well, heat poses a similar risk.
While most devices can handle regular room temperatures, they're not designed for the extreme heat and humidity of a steam room or sauna session.
So, if you value your precious gadgets, it's best to steer clear of using them in those sauna moments. Trust us, it's a decision you won't regret.