*Disclaimer: The written article is based on a summary of existing literature on the topic of infrared saunas. The article is for educational purposes and the information provided below cannot be taken as a promise to help with acute health problems or diseases. 13 references back the claims in the article. All references are numbered. You can access the text of the reference by clicking on the number.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss the question: “Can you take a laptop in an infrared sauna?” or a “laptop in a sauna” such as a traditional sauna. It’s almost never wise to take a laptop into a sauna. Some laptops are made to withstand a lot more heat than others, such as “rugged laptops”, but even these cannot withstand most saunas' temperatures and/or humidity.
So let’s start by defining the problem:
Water, Temperatures And Humidity Of Saunas And That Laptops Can Get Exposed To
Below I’ll first consider whether laptops are water-resistant or waterproof and can withstand high temperatures. Then I’ll tell you the average temperatures of most common saunas, like traditional saunas or infrared saunas.
Maximum Temperatures, Water Resistance And Water Proofing Of Laptops
First, let’s check a few maximum temperatures of some of the most common laptops out there. I’m talking about (1; 2):
Apple MacBook Air
First up, the Apple Macbook Air has maximum temperatures of 10 to 35 degrees Celsius (50 - 95 Fahrenheit (F)) (1). So, you cannot use the Macbook Air in freezing or scorching hot conditions. Condescending humidity is also damaging, according to Apple.
HP also talks about the 35-degree Celsius (95F) cutoff point, where their laptops get too hot (2). Some parts of the computer will get way hotter than that, such as the CPU, but as a general rule, it’s understandable.
Acer recommends a maximum temperature of 30-35 degrees Celsius (86-95F) for their Acer Chromebook (3; 4). And, for the Microsoft Surface, I find the same maximum temperatures (5). Once more, a temperature between freezing and 35 Celsius (95F) is safe.
Next up, let’s talk about laptops being water-resistant or waterproof.
The Apple Macbook Air isn’t water resistant or waterproof (6). The same applies to Microsoft Surface and Acer Pavillion laptops (7; 8). The Acer Chromebook may have some limited water resistance but is not waterproof (9).
So, in conclusion, high temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (95F) and water exposure are generally terrible things for laptops.
If you’re curious about similar topics then consider blogs I’ve written on using electronics in a sauna, or Apple Airpods in sauna or Apple AirPods, and finally the Oura Ring in Sauna. As all of these are electronics, these options are usually very unwise, as you might have already assumed. So in most of these cases - except for the Oura Ring at low temperatures - don’t do it.
Next up, let’s explore the temperatures of most types of saunas:
How Hot Is A Sauna Or Steam Room? And What Is A Sauna’s Humidity?
Next up, let’s consider how hot a sauna or steam room is. I’ve written a blog post on how hot is a sauna in the past, so if you’re interested, read the full work for all the details. Here’s the summary:
Steam rooms have maximum temperatures of 40-45 degrees Celsius (104 - 113F) and extremely high humidity.
Infrared saunas have a maximum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius (140F), although 50 degrees Celsius (122F) are more common. Humidity is low in infrared saunas, though.
Dry saunas have maximum temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius (176F). Humidity in dry saunas is once again low.
And traditional saunas, like Finnish Saunas, have maximum temperatures of 110 - 120 degrees Celsius (230 - 248F), paired with high humidity.
What do these numbers mean for your laptop, such as an Apple Macbook Air or Acer Chromebook? Let’s find out:
So Can You Take A Laptop In Sauna? How About Other Devices?
The previous section concluded that different types of saunas have temperatures of 40 - 120 degrees Celsius (104 - 248F). Humidity is also sometimes high, which is additionally damaging. With that data, I can now answer the most common questions:
Can You Take A Laptop Into A Sauna?
As most laptops around there are only built to withstand 30 - 35 degrees Celsius temperatures (86-95F), taking a laptop into a sauna would be very unwise. You could permanently damage your laptop.
Even the steam room, which exposed your laptop to the most minor heat of all the options I considered, still exceeds the maximum temperature. And the steam room additionally exposes your laptop to extreme humidity, adding insult to injury.
Can You Take A Rugged Laptop Into A Sauna?
Some options, such as “rugged laptops”, are made to withstand higher temperatures. However, these still cannot handle the much higher temperatures, such as 60 degrees Celsius (140F) of an infrared sauna or 90 degrees Celsius (194F) of a Finnish sauna.
These rugged laptops have been made to use in the desert for temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius. If you want to be sure, though, check your laptop's instruction manual and observe the maximum usage temperature. Don’t risk it without knowing the exact temperature your rugged laptop can be exposed to. I’m not giving general guidelines here as rugged laptops' quality and heat tolerance differs widely.
Can You Take A Laptop In A Steam Room?
No, as stated earlier, all of the laptops on the market I’ve looked at state that the maximum temperature their products ought to be used at is far lower than typical steam room temperatures.
Steam rooms have maximum temperatures of 40-45 degrees Celsius (104 - 113F), which exceeds most laptops' 35 degrees Celsius (95F) maximum heat exposure recommendation.
And, the extreme humidity in the steam room ensures the heat is conducted far more efficiently to your laptop, meaning that it’s damaged much quicker than under normal humidity circumstances.
Can You Wear AirPods Into A Sauna?
The maximum recommended temperature of AirPods inside a sauna is 35 degrees Celsius, according to Apple (10). Even a steam room exceeds the maximum recommended temperature for AirPods.
And infrared saunas, dry saunas, and especially Finnish saunas exceed that recommended temperature big time. So that’s why your AirPods will almost certainly be damaged if you use them inside a sauna.
What Does A Sauna Do To Laptop Battery Life?
Laptops slow down in the heat and might even shut down until they have regained an average temperature. Overheating can also damage a battery. Often, overheating also drains a laptop quicker.
So if you’re sitting inside a sauna, it’s likely that your battery drains much more quickly than usual and may even be (permanently) damaged. Hence, don’t take the risk…
Lastly, let’s consider a few frequently asked questions on these topics:
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Frequently Asked Questions: Can You Use A Laptop In An Infrared Sauna And Related
Finally, let’s consider a few rapid-fire frequently asked questions about using a laptop in an infrared sauna - and other electronics:
Are Electronics OK In Sauna?
“Electronics” is a very broad term. Generally, without considering any specific electronic device, it’s not intelligent and potentially unsafe to use electronics inside a sauna. If you want to be sure whether a device can be used in a sauna, first consider the manual of the electronic device and get certainty that the device can be used in hot temperatures and/or high humidity.
Is It OK To Use Cell Phone In Infrared Sauna? And What About Smart Phones In A Sauna?
No, cell phones and smartphones should not be used inside a sauna. If I look at the Apple and Samsung websites, for instance, recommend temperatures no higher than 35 degrees Celsius for use (95F) and 45 degrees Celsius for storage (113F) (11; 12; 13).
Almost all saunas exceed these temperature recommendations. And steam rooms expose your iPhone or Samsun Galaxy smartphone to excess humidity, even if the temperature would maybe not be excessive.
Don’t ruin your sauna session. Keep your cell phones and smartphones away from the sauna.
Can I Use An iPad In A Sauna?
What was true for the iPhone is also valid for the iPad (11; 12). Temperature above 35 degrees Celsius for use (95F) and 45 degrees Celsius for storage damage an iPad.
An infrared sauna already far exceeds the maximum temperature recommended for storing an iPad, let alone using it. And a steam room is far too humid, and traditional saunas exceed maximum temperatures by a considerable margin.
Once again, these electronics aren’t safe for saunas.
Can You Take A Tablet In Sauna?
Generally, no, you cannot take a tablet in a sauna. Most tablets are similar in technology to the iPad I discussed earlier and are damaged by overheating and/or high humidity.
So even keep a Samsung tablet or another model away from the sauna.
Can I Take My iPhone 14 In The Sauna?
No, even newer models of the iPhone, such as the iPhone 14 shouldn’t be used inside a sauna. The maximum temperature recommendations of Apple of 35 degrees Celsius for use (95F) and 45 degrees Celsius for storage hold true for all iPhone types.
Once again, don’t bring an iPhone inside a sauna or a smartphone in general…
What Not To Bring Into A Sauna?
Bring your towel, bring water, and bring lots of endurance. All joking aside, if you want to listen to music or a podcast, consider getting one of our Clearlight® Infrared Saunas models. All these infrared saunas have BlueTooth and AUX connectivity. Hence, you don’t need to risk your iPad, smartphone, or laptop inside a sauna when listening to audio.
As for watching video, you can get televisions explicitly made for saunas. And these televisions can then be hooked up with your laptop, for instance. That method would make watching a movie inside the sauna possible.