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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 26-03-2019, 20:33 Thread Starter
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Using Sat Navs in warm weather!

Before I guess an answer to my dilemma I thought I would put it to this wonderful Forum membership.
As I do not have a built in sat nav I utilise an adjustable gadget that uses a sucker to attach it to my windscreen.
On a Fiat Ducato it sits nicely low down on the curved screen and being able to fit many models I use my tablet which gives a lovely big, clear viewing. But, the other day it played up as it got to warm from the bearing down sun I guess, so my mind turned to it needs a shield. Hence I wondered if anybody else had this problem or what ideas there maybe.

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My Tom Tom sits back from the big A class screen. I fix it under the spring loaded clip on the lifting section of the dashboard. Not sure what it’s name is, anyhow, on occasion I get a message stating that charging has stopped due to it becoming too hot. Since the battery is usually fully charged as it is constantly on when the engine is running it has a decent reserve and when conditions are cooler it starts to charge again. It does seem to occur when the van has been parked for an hour or so facing the sun. When we begin to move it seems to cool. This may be because the van is not directly in the sun or the vans movement with subsequent draughts quickly cool it down to working temperature again.

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Had shutdown issues due to heat from Spanish sunlight through the windscreen with my TomTom, sorted it by cutting a piece of firm cardboard and covering with tinfoil to make a reflective shield fixed between the rear of the sat nav and the sucker. Also helps to keep the aircon directed through the windscreen vents.

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There are many comments, particularly from American posters, on various forums re the effect on satnavs and dash cameras particularly in the southern states.
Generally it seems to have no detrimental effect on the various devices but a little protection as suggested by Terry would be wise.

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Had shutdown issues due to heat from Spanish sunlight through the windscreen with my TomTom, sorted it by cutting a piece of firm cardboard and covering with tinfoil to make a reflective shield fixed between the rear of the sat nav and the sucker. Also helps to keep the aircon directed through the windscreen vents.

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i thought i was the only one to do this in fact i made a mark 2 version yesterday out of a pizza box its a little bit stiffer than the doom bar box

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Thanks for all replies. I have made a box type shade out of cardboard and pasted a black sheet to one side facing outwards. I thought it would not reflect anything out if I used black and be less noticeable. So far it's been promising LOL

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