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Old 10-15-2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Hi All,

New to the forum, hopefully someone has some knowledge on this.
The only info I can find on temperature is operating temp. What I would like to know is can a plasma be stored in an unheated below freezing condition for a few months without damaging it?
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I would avoid that condition at all cost.
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:24 AM   #3
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Some manufacturer's do list storage temp information.
The low end is either -10C or -20C (14F to -4F)
I don't think low temp storage of any electronics should be a problem even at temperatures at the extreme low end as long as you take two precautions:
1. do not jar or handle the product when it is "frozen".
2. if you remove it from "cold storage" make sure that it is allowed to stabilize to room temperature for at least 24 hours (primarly to avoid moisture condensation).
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Some manufacturer's do list storage temp information.
The low end is either -10C or -20C (14F to -4F)
I don't think low temp storage of any electronics should be a problem even at temperatures at the extreme low end as long as you take two precautions:
1. do not jar or handle the product when it is "frozen".
2. if you remove it from "cold storage" make sure that it is allowed to stabilize to room temperature for at least 24 hours (primarly to avoid moisture condensation).
This is great advice. Cold generally doesn't effect electronics like heat does, but you should still be really careful, and remember - nothing is a guarantee when dealing with those types of temps.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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You could get one of those vacuum sealed containers that you put your clothes/jacket inside, suck the air out the valve with a hoover.

That should mean no condensation in the panel. They sell them on Amazon, quite cheap.

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Old 10-15-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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Actually, during "cold storage", the humidity is typically quite low.

Condensation it caused when a cold object is moved into a warm room which usually has higher relative humidity; and when the warm damp air comes in contact with the cold object you get condensation.

I still think that the greater issue would be to avoid handling, or mishandling, the set while it is at extreme cold temperatures.
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I do not reccommend this, however, if there is no alternative, the key thing here is when you remove your TV from its cold storage do NOT plug it in immediately let it acclimate itself to the ambient temperature of the room, 20-45 minutes at bear minimum, IMHO.
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Thanks for the help all. My major concern is what happens to the xenon and neon gas when they are stored below 32d. I will make arrangements to store in a heated place. Thanks all.
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The gas will be unaffected by temperatures you're thinking about. Condensation is your concern.
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I have my HDTV in a cabinet at a camper on a deck. I would like to leave it over the winter but I am concerned about the temperature affecting it. What if I would leave a low wattage night light on in the cabinet to keep it heated? The cabinet has doors.
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If you leave a light on for heat, i would use an actual heat lamp. Multiple options on wattage with the heat lamps as well. Regular low wattage bulbs will not put off enough heat to effect the temp of your tv.
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