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Published December 11, 2009, 03:06 PM

Cold weather can ruin electronics

Stashing gifts in the car as you shop the day away may not be a good idea.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - Stashing gifts in the car as you shop the day away may not be a good idea. Electronics are some of the hottest gifts this season, but the cold can ruin them. To help you protect them, here's Kelsey Soby's Consumer Savvy Report.

An electronics expert at Best Buy says laptops and Ipods aren't supposed to be damaged by the cold itself, but they are vulnerable as they heat back up.

He says you need to let your electronics get to room temperature before you use them. If you don't, a sudden change from cold to hot creates condensation, which can damage and corrode electronics' parts.

Knudson says it's also not a good idea to leave batteries in your car, including the ones on your cell phone. The cold drains the battery and can cause permanent damage. Knudson says being exposed to extreme cold can shorten the life of a battery by about.

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