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Old 12-14-2007, 09:20 PM   #1
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Tomorrow, I am moving to my new house, I have to transport my 50" plasma. The box it cam in is not re-usable, just the design of the box. But that is not the problem.

The problem is the Plasma setting in a cold vehicle for about an hour and a half. The plasma will set inside a van, most of the trip it will stay heated, but at one point I have to stop and leave the vehicle for an hour and a half. I cannot leave the vehicle running for that long. And it is only supposed to be about 20 or 25 degrees (F) tomorrow.

Will the cold hurt my plasma tv???
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I just found a bit of info, the guide to some other plasmas says storage temps as low a 9 degrees F. I also found some stories of people who have had their plasma tv below freezing and it is fine. They all recommend letting them warm up to room temp before turning it on though.

Any other input would still be appreciated though.
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The biggest factor the cold will play is not to the inner workings of the unit, (provided once removed from the cold it is brought to room temp for a period of time, as you alluded to, as to allow condensation to completely evaporate) the cold render's the outer casing, i.e. plastic, quite fragile. Use lots of blankets, padding etc. for the bumpy roads. (Styrofoam and shrink wrap works good if available, plus bubble wrap and or blankets.)

Also, It's the act of going from cold to hot you need to consider for the inner components. 2nd law of Thermodynamics 101. Hot goes to Cold = condensation. Bad for electronics

Be very careful when moving it in the cold, anything below 25F for an extended period is a red flag for plastic. In my field (home and commercial appliances) I see cracked and fractured plastic components and cabinets, not from the cold directly, (because just exposing things to the cold isn't generally harmful) it's handling them...or MIS handling rather. Try not to "twist" the unit in any way. It sounds obvious, I know, but I see it alot !

Back in the day our plastic hockey stick blades where awesome...until it got below 15F or so....CRACK, "heads up" ! ha ha !

Good luck. With some good sense mixed with caution, you should be fine.

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letting them warm up to room temp before turning it on though.
very important to do this..............
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Well, I got it home safe. I adjusted my trip to avoid the hour and a half where the tv would be subjected to only 5 degree temps. It was alot of extra work, but the tv stayed in a heated vehicle the entire way. The only cold was moving the tv from the apartment to the vehicle, then the vehicle to the new house. It was only 5 degrees, but, it was only out in this cold for a few minutes each time.

I padded it with blakets and then surrounded it with foam. I haven't tested it yet. But, I assume it made the trip A-Okay.
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