Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Chevrolet | posted July 03, 2015 12:28
System prevents phone overheating while charging wirelessly
Chevrolet has come up with a way to prolong smartphone life with their Active Phone Cooling system. It is designed to keep phones cool during wireless charging. This came about after Chevrolet engineers noticed phones suspending charging or shutting down completely when in use.
"Over time, regular overheating can do permanent damage to the lithium ion batteries that power our smartphones. I always recommend keeping your phone in a cool, ventilated place, where it can stay at a comfortable room temperature, whether it's charging or discharging,” said Jeffrey Van Camp, deputy editor of Digital Trends.
Chevrolet's solution to the problem is assisting the phone's built in cooling system by providing a vent in the wireless charging bin. Chevrolet says the Active Phone Cooling system will be available in the recently debuted 2016 Cruze, the 2016 Malibu, thee 2016 Impala and the Volt. The Active Phone Cooling system works by sending cold air into a special vent where the smartphone will be placed. The system then continually blows cold air as it gets charged wirelessly.
Even at cabin temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius, the system will continuously blow cool air directly into the phone and prevent it from overheating and damaging its processors. At the moment no other automotive manufacturer offers a similar solution for in-vehicle smartphone cooling.