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Originally Posted by if6ws9 View Post
About 3-4 years ago I read an article that stated there was a component in a radar detector that isn't supposed to be exposed to prolonged heat above 80 something degrees. I can't recall what the component is but during the summer in Florida a car will get a lot hotter than 80 something degrees. A vehicle parked in the sun for one hour can reach an average cabin temperature of 116 degrees. In a locked vehicle, a dark dashboard, steering wheel or seat can often reach temperature ranges of 180 - 200 degrees, which then warms the air trapped inside a vehicle. I always dismounted my Redline O from its Blendmount when I parked and now I do the same with the RL 360c but it's much easier because of the mag mount. Aside from the heat there are people whose job it is to look inside of parked cars, theft is part of what they do for a living. I'm not taking any chances with an $800 radar detector, I don't want to invite a thief by leaving it on display. Just my .02
The number is 85 and it is celsius or 185 F. I have never seen an electrical component rated less but have seen them rated higher. Automotive grade parts are rated to 125C or 267F. This is an operating temperature rating. Long term storage is much higher and components are subject to 230C to 250C (446F to 482F) briefly during the solder reflow process.

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