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Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:44 pm

What is the lowest the tempurature you can use a Pi.

May want to set up a Pi to control some lights and garage door opener, but our garage can go down to -20 in some winters.

Would the Pi using a WiFi dongle along with some relays work in that kind of cold

Likewise what is the hottest it can run.

So I guess whats the operating temp?
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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:46 pm

http://www.raspberrypi.org/penguin-lifelines/ <- should answer your question for you - and them some!
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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:10 pm

liz wrote:http://www.raspberrypi.org/penguin-lifelines/ <- should answer your question for you - and them some!
That certainly does, -40 thats cold, so for what need it will be fine.

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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:12 pm

For electronics moisture is normally more of a problem than cold.

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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:25 pm

gordon77 wrote:For electronics moisture is normally more of a problem than cold.
Would it be useful to surround the Pi electronics with a desiccant such as silica gel, in order to absorb moisture in a cold and damp environment?

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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:33 am

I have 2 Raspberry Pi's (first generation) sitting outdoors as motion sensing surveillance camera's. The past winter, they frequenct below 0 degree Celsius temperatures. In fact, I took this screen shot of the temperature as displayed by the shell a few weeks ago when the temperature dipped to about -10 degrees Celsius outside.

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The only problem I ran into was when it got too cold, the Raspberry Pi would just stop working. I found out that the SD card wasn't making connection with the Raspberry Pi. I guess the cold caused the metal connector to shrink back? I dunno. I wedged some paper in there and that solved the problem. I don't know if this is an issue with the B+ or Raspberry Pi 2.

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Re: Can Pi be used in the cold weather

Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:42 pm

That article pretty much summed it up for me. I was worried about cold weather too. My Pi hit 14F last night.

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