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Can You Bring your Phone in a Tanning Bed?

Yes, generally, you can bring your phone in a tanning bed, but it is usually not advisable. Bringing your phone in a tanning bed will have no negative effects on the phone systems, however, long-term exposure of your phone to heat or UV radiation from the tanning bed can damage the screen, battery, and other electronics inside the device.

Owing to the fact that temperatures inside a tanning bed can get extremely warm, it is generally recommended that you remove any expensive electronics before making use of a tanning bed. It is also advised that you remove your iPhone or Android smart phone as the radiation can damage certain components of those devices permanently.

One of the primary problems mobile devices have is that they have the propensity to overheat. Although tanning beds can reach temperatures of up to 102 degrees F (39 degrees Celsius), short-term exposure inside a tanning bed may not cause the phone to overheat, but long interval tanning might present damaging problems.

Ideally, a few minutes of tropical heat will really not cause any damage to your phone because phones are designed for use in tropical climates as well. However, almost every smart phone manufacturer recommends specific acceptable operating and ambient temperatures for use of their devices and these vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Some recommendations by Apple for iOS devices include use between 0° and 35° C (32° to 95° F), because lower or higher temperature may change the behavior of the device.

A tanning bed can be slightly warmer than this (up to 102º F or 39º C), and while the short intervals of a tanning session might not be able to damage the phone, there is so much risk involved with using your phone in or around a tanning bed.

Howbeit, if you still insist on bringing your phone to a tanning bed, endeavor to take certain safety precautions. First, ensure that your cell phone cannot transmit any signal which could potentially endanger you while tanning. If your cell phone can emit such a signal, consider getting a case or cover the cell phone rather than placing it near your body.

Note that this will protect the phone from any radiation, which might pose a danger while tanning. In addition, it is also recommended that you keep your phone away from the tanning bed as much as possible, or better still, as far as possible from the UV rays.

Have it in mind that these rays can cause damage to the screen and battery of your phone and which can in turn cause serious harm to the skin. You should also avoid keeping your phone on the table while in the tanning bed; instead, keep it away from the table or wherever you are going to be using the tanning bed.

If you have to use your phone from such a distance, then consider positioning it up higher or preferably, use a holder to keep your phone away from your body and out of harm’s way. If you still insist on bringing your phone to a tanning bed, make sure it is a brand new phone or find and buy from a reputable dealer.

Other Things You Can Bring in a Tanning Bed

Tanning beds are the perfect location to sleep, listen to some music, or even relax, while you slowly get your tan on. Aside from a phone, here are other things you can bring in a tanning bed.

  1. Airpods

Using a tanning bed can be a fun and relaxing experience, and since it’s very much possible to sleep with AirPods, you can use them in a tanning bed and not worry about them fallout out or being uncomfortable. With a good airpod, you can listen to and enjoy your music while having your body tanned.

  1. Nail Savers

Indeed UV light from tanning beds can sometimes cause fingernails to turn yellow, especially when tanners have acrylics or other fake nails. After having an expensive manicure done, nobody wants yellow fingernails. Some people most often go through the stress of using band-aids to cover their nails.

Now there is a special tanning bed accessory that is easily used to prevent the yellowing of fingernails whenever people go tanning. Nail savers are little plastic covers for your nails that prevent UV light from discoloring your nails. They are sold ten in a pack and can be used over and over.

Note that you can also buy a special nail polish top coat that comes with a special UV protecting agent. If you get your nails done in a salon, you can let the manicurist know that you use tanning beds and ask her to apply a top coat to the manicure

  1. Lotion Applicators

Lotion applicators are always a handy accessory to have when Tanning. These applicators are usually long paddle-like sticks and are inexpensive. The aim of a lotion applicator is to assist tanners in applying tanning lotion to those hard to reach areas on the body.

If you are in a salon alone and have no one to help rub your tanning lotion in, the applicator can be of great assistance. You just have to place the lotion on the end of the applicator, and use it to apply lotion to your back and other hard to reach spots.

  1. Tanning Progress Stickers

A good number of people like to track their tanning progress with stickers. These can be placed on the same piece of skin every time you tan to see the “before and after” contrast. These stickers come in various shapes and designs and can be placed anywhere on the body. These stickers act as a sunblock and prevent UV light from reaching the skin.

In addition, many people use the stickers as a way to decorate their skin. They are inexpensive and less permanent than tattoos and there is a massive variety of designs to choose from such as hearts, bunnies, and short phrases. The stickers are quite cheap to get and some tanning salons even give them away free to customers

  1. Wearable Accessories

For the parts of your body that should be fully shielded from the tanning bulbs, you can get wearable accessories and bring them to a tanning bed. For instance, goggles are meant to protect the eyes without covering the skin around the eyes.

You can pick from types that sit on the bridge of the nose or use two separate pieces to keep the nose completely uncovered. Additionally, caps are available to cover the hair, and some can even fit over the face, which may tan differently than the rest of the body due to greater sun exposure.

Nevertheless, you can protect the hair and scalp from UV damage, especially for those with color-treated hair. You can also bring in Protective lip balm with an SPF-15 – to protect your lips from burning.

  1. Pillows

Also, note that you can boost your tanning bed experience with a pillow. Although it’s not advisable that you stay in a lie-down bed for more than 20 minutes, that time can indeed feel like a century when you’re on a hard surface.

Owing to that, you can bring a pillow in a tanning bed, and there are pillows available in easily cleaned materials and in a range of colors. Endeavor to keep some or more on hand in case one gets punctured or becomes too discolored over time.

  1. Some Teeth Whitening Products

Have it in mind there are new teeth whitening products that contain an ingredient called Carbamide Peroxide gel that is actually activated by the UV light from a tanning bed. Immediately the gel is activated, it releases oxygen into the teeth, which penetrates the enamel and lifts stains from the teeth.

You can bring them in a tanning bed, use them, and also start seeing results within a few sessions. They can be used as often as you’d like, but shouldn’t be used more than once a day. They are meant to be used for eight to 30 minutes per session and should vary depending on the pressure of the bed.


Tanning beds are known to radiate a relatively high amount of UV radiation, which is potentially harmful to human health. However, for gadgets and accessories like phones and AirPods, UV radiation exposure may not really cause damage to the device.

Only with steady, prolonged exposure to plastic can UV radiation damage your phone battery and screen, but this would take countless hours of exposure. Have it in mind that UV radiation from tanning beds will pose a risk to your skin health before it will pose a risk to your electronic devices.