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#1 Ricky Vegas

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 02:41 PM

Veteran Slot Racers,

 

I apologize up front if my inquiry actually falls out of bounds when it comes to ... "there is no stupid question".

 

I'm working monster hours at O'Hare International now.

 

A lot of times if I can slot race this winter when it's bitter cold, I'll be loading my Jeep the night before a work & race day.

 

The inflight kitchen I work for caters flights and there really isn't a good indoor spot to stow my controllers.

 

That means my controllers will be exposed to frigid temps for 16 - 18 hrs. before I get to the track, set up my pit area and let my controllers warm up to room temp. 

 

Is it possible the long exposure to frigid temps could damage my controllers? 

 

Appreciate your advice! Ricky

 

 

 


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 03:01 PM

They should be fine. One thing you should do is put them in a ziplock baggie. Then when they're warming up, any moisture will condense on the outside of the baggie, and not in the controller.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 03:55 PM

the ziplock bag is a old trick used by outdoor photographers to protect expensive camera gear from condensation. That's a good idea. 


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:18 PM

The phenolic on your motors comm does not like to freeze.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:20 PM

They already see a pretty crazy temperature range going from room temperature to a 150゚ or so.

With this storage method they're going from mid twenties to 150゚ over the course of a few minutes.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:58 PM

You could also buy an insulated food bag of some size & drop your bagged controllers in it. Fill any voids with foam packing sheets, styrofoam chips, air bags, or even crumpled up plastic grocery bags. The food bag won't keep your controllers at room temperatures, but provides some insulation from your cold air temperatures.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:32 PM

that sounds like an excellent idea!


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:12 PM

Really appreciate all the help via your replies ~ Thank You! 


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:03 AM

All good advice - even for those of us that load the car the night before the race and leave the car in the cold. overnight.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:45 AM

Very good question, and I also learn some very interesting advice pertaining to my camera gear. 



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:48 PM

Rather than the electronics, I would be more concerned on not dropping or manhandling the controller until it reaches room temperature, so the plastic handle doesn't break.(assuming they get as brittle as some real car, plastic parts, I've made the mistake of being a bit too cavalier snapping them back into place).

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:03 AM

I wonder how long it takes for tires to thaw out?


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