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Rugged Tablet in the Cold

With winter upon us, ice and snow won’t be the only thing that may pose a problem. If you work out in the field, consumer grade technology won’t last long in the frigid environment. Theyre designed for use in stable, indoor climates. So how do you prepare for the winter months ahead? With specialized technology. 


Most consumer grade tablets have a limited operating temperature between 32°F (0°C) and 95°F (35°C). While this may seem like an impressive range, very few environments maintain these temperatures year-round without some form of climate control. Depending how far north you travel, temperatures can fall as low as -45°F (-42.78°C) or lower.  



Rugged tablets are designed to handle more drastic temperature swings than their consumer counterparts, allowing them to work in the cold environments most other tablets can't. MobileDemand has several rugged tablets that have certified operating temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C).  


A tablet must be able to do more than power up in frigid environments. Where there’s cold, there’s snow, and where there’s snow there’s water. Many of MobileDemand’s rugged tablets are IP65 sealed, which means they’re sealed against water and dust. So when the snow starts to fly and melt on your equipment, the water won’t damage your tablet.  


The touchscreen of a tablet is another thing to consider. When temperatures drop below zero, nobody wants to remove their gloves to operate a touchscreen. With consumer technology, the only solution to this is a stylus, but with rugged tablets, many have touchscreens that function with gloves. This allows you to keep your fingers warm while still getting work done. 




Additionally, if you plan on mounting your tablet to a snowmobile, skid loader, or tractor, it will be unlikely that a consumer tablet will be able to withstand the vibrations of these machines, especially in the cold. Rugged tablets are put through vibrations tests and have various mounting solutions that make it easy to attach it to nearly any vehicle.  


Whether you’re working in the cold or heat, rugged tablet will be able to handle the temperature swings better than their consumer counterparts. With the ability to keep your gloves on while working, rugged tablets are an excellent tool to take out into the cold field. 

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