A Realtor’s ActiveKEY + Frozen Pizza + Peanut Butter Cup + GEO Metro in the Sun = ?

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Short video shows why RMLS™ subscribers should keep their ActiveKEYs out of the heat this week

We’re going to have some serious heat in most of Oregon & Southwest Washington this week. As you try to stay cool in the hot weather, keep in mind this friendly ActiveKEY battery tip from Supra:

“Temperature extremes can affect battery performance. If the ActiveKEY is below 0° C (32° F) or above 40 ° C (104° F), it will not charge. During very cold or hot times of the year, bring your ActiveKEY in from your car at night and between showings.”

Also, watch this short video that poses the question – what happens when you leave an ActiveKEY, a frozen pizza and a frozen peanut butter cup in my 1997 Geo Metro that is parked in direct sunlight?

We filmed this a few weeks ago when it was up to about 94 degrees, so keep in mind that you might see more dramatic results in the next few days. Anyone have any other suggestions for things we should try to melt in my car?

PS:  We really do recommend that you remove your key from your car if it’s going to be parked in the sun for a long time – especially for agents that go to our Portland office – because we currently have a limited supply of ActiveKEYs due to a parts shortage at Supra. If you do need to get a new ActiveKEY, please call ahead at 503-236-7657 to ensure that we have one available for you.

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3 Responses to “A Realtor’s ActiveKEY + Frozen Pizza + Peanut Butter Cup + GEO Metro in the Sun = ?”

  1. Ron Ares July 27, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Entertaining premise, but hoped to see more chocolate/peanut butter carnage. And did the ActiveKEY actually fire up? My GPS recently died recently from the heat, but only temporarily.

    • Joel Weiler, Communications Specialist July 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

      It did seem to fire up ok, but we’ve heard some folks say that when it overheats it displays a message that says the battery has an error or something to that effect. And yes, in retrospect, I should have placed the peanut butter cup upside down.

  2. Kurt von Wasmuth July 28, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    In the video you say that it is not a good idea to keep frozen pizzas in your car. Why? I think that is a good idea and I plan to do it for the rest of the summer. Thanks for the tip.

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