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How to Prevent Overheating and Sweating from Damaging Your HTC Vive

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HTC Vive Sweat Damage
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Many HTC Vive users have been reporting serious problems caused by overheating and sweating during prolonged sessions. Over time, Vives tend to accumulate corrosion caused by humid conditions. This is why it’s critically important you go an extra mile in order to prevent and long-term damage and extend the life-span of your HTC Vive.

Headbands & Covers

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to combat sweat damage is to use a headband whenever you have your HTC Vive on. There’s a plethora of affordable headbands available on Amazon, so get yourself one before it’s too late.

If you’re a particularly sweaty person, or if you often have friends/family come over and break a cold sweat from the unspeakable VR horrors you expose them to, it would be more than prudent to invest in covers and replacement pads.

VR Cover offers a variety of different options for you to choose from. We like the velour covers as they’re easily washable. Stay away from waterproof covers though. Their hydrophobic properties tend to divert all the sweat into the device instead of absorbing it like foam or velour.

VR Cover
This velour cover is amazing!

Fans

When it comes to airflow, fans are almost indispensable. A ceiling fan is probably the best option as it will even out the flow across the entire room. However, if a ceiling fan is too much of a hassle for you, one of those big standing fans will do the trick as well. Whichever one you get, make sure it’s far enough not to get in a way, but still close to circulate the air around you.

Now, HTC Vive has recently received an interesting third-party upgrade. It’s called ViveNChill. It was crowdfunded through Indiegogo campaign initially, receiving 450%+ more funds than the fixed goal.
At the moment, the indie engineers behind this innovation are swamped with orders, so you will have to wait a bit before it arrives.

ViveNChill
These two small fans work wonders!

This simple upgrade does wonders. ViveNChill consists of 2 small fans that get attached at the front top of your HTC Vive. They draw minimal power from the headset itself and cool your forehead. Experiments have shown that cooling down a person’s forehead actually decreases the temperature of the entire body. Thus, you will sweat less when these are on.

People report significant improvements during their VR sessions with ViveNChill attached to their Vive headsets. If headbands, facepad replacements and standing fans can’t help, get yourself two mini-fans blowing directly into your forehead. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Air Conditioning & Humidity

Obviously, air conditioning is a no brainer for an activity such as virtual reality. You don’t want to make your room too cold though, as sweat and cold are the breeding ground for viruses to have a party in your body. However, bring the room temperature down a notch or two, especially if you live in warmer climates.

Air conditioning units serve two purposes. They decrease the room temperature while simultaneously dehumidifying the air. The latter function is critical in humid areas.  Anything that can make the air a bit dryer is super useful.

If you are limited by space or architecture, there are portable air conditioners that work almost as well as conventional AC units. They are a bit pricey, true, but they’re well worth it. Alternatively, consider getting an air dehumidifier at least – the fans and headbands can take care of most of your sweat, but the lingering natural air humidity needs to go away for good.

Portable Air Conditioner for HTC Vive
These small air conditioners make a big impact

Review of Navitech Hard Carry Bag for 3D VR Headsets

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Navitech Hard Carry Bag for 3D VR Headsets Featured
Light, simple and slim, just what you need!

If you own a high-quality virtual reality headset, it’s in your best interest to keep it working in the best condition. A storage case customized for such headsets comes in handy to protect your equipment. Navitech brings us their incredible hard carry bag which is universally designed to accommodate a variety of 3D VR headsets.

Design & Features

It features top-quality construction using poly fiber which is robust and durable. Poly fiber is a mix of natural and synthetic fabric to make a solid case for excellent stability. It maintains a smooth surface which repels moisture and chemicals. This way, you can always be sure that your headset is in a protective case, away from external elements.

The quality of the Navitech bag is very high. It comes with a foam interior to provide a soft padding for your devices. The padding, upon impact, provides enough cushion to protect them from any damage. Navitech bag is optimized to use up to 99% of the space provided. Therefore, if you have a series of products, you’ll not be at a loss on what to leave out of the bag.

Comfort

Navitech Hard Carry Bag for 3D VR Headsets Strap
Distributes weight comfortably on the shoulder

The lightweight design makes it portable, since you are only handling the weight of your headset. Its stability ensures a sleek and slim form. It does not bulge from the sides if you have many accessories to store. The best thing is that it includes a shoulder strap to avoid heavy lifting and strain to your hands. The strap is essential in balancing off the weight, hence eliminating any shoulder fatigue.

Usability & Compatibility

When it comes to organizing your headset and accessories, it’s pleasing to find the thoughtful partitions. You’ll be able to store the headsets separately from the rest of the accessories, thus preventing any device damage. It also includes a mesh compartment where you can put cables and stuff that could shift from position.

Navitech Hard Carry Bag for 3D VR Headsets Inside
Plenty of space for everthing

Not to mention, there are couple more interchangeable parts to accommodate differently sized headsets. It can be retrofitted in a dozen different ways to offer many options for the VR headsets you have. With Navitech hard carry bag, you have a chance to individualize how you store personal accessories.

It is also ergonomically designed to offer quick access. It comes with one zipper so you are exempted from using locks where you can sometimes forget the combination. On the other hand, this may be a setback when trying to avoid theft. We feel that even with the easy access, Navitech can do a better job of preventing unwarranted entry. Nevertheless, it is an efficient case for all your virtual reality headset storage needs.

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Review

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TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Review
The controller is a big plus with this headset

If you are looking for an affordable virtual reality glasses that actually work, TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset is an OK choice for the price. There are definitely better choices out there for the price, but you won’t go wrong by buying this particular model either.

Design

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset presents us with a simple, easy to use design. Its sleek outer finish is an incredible sight for those who are keen on details. It’s comes with high-quality lenses with a decent field of view. They reduce any form of glare on objects, preventing visual fatigue. At first sight, this VR headset looks just like your ordinary smartphone headset should look.

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Lenses
Eye protection will allow for longer sessions without eye strain

Features

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset features HD Blu-ray sheet to present stunning visual effects, with a field of view spanning over 100°. With the help of fully multicoated resin lenses, it achieves high color fidelity while removing aberrations and blurry outlines of images. It fits a wide array of users.

If you wear eyeglasses, you’ll be able to use TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset without them. It allows all those with up to 400degrees myopia to use it with no hassle. You’ll also like that it uses buttons for adjusting focal and object distance.

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Myopia
A pretty standard distance adjustments for users with myopia

The Bluetooth controller in itself is an added value, as not every VR headset comes with it. TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset gives you total control when playing games in full HD. You’ll love that it does not need a dedicated game room since you can easily manipulate the buttons from a standing or seated position.

Still, it does not have surrogate hands for the virtual world. You can’t interact with objects in the virtual reality setting. After all, that would be too much to expect from a cheap headset like TUTUMU.

Compatibility

If your phone screen is between 4.0-6.0 inches, equipped with any of the Android, iOS or Microsoft operating systems, it will work just fine with TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset. You get to choose from over 300 applications with dream worlds created by developers on Apple and Google App Stores.

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Phones
Standard 4-6 inches screen size compatibility

Comfort

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset is designed with balance in mind, exerting very little pressure around the eyes. Adjustable leather headband will fit any head size. It is hypoallergenic to prevent any reaction when in contact with your skin. It also has a sturdy phone clip to keep it from falling off in the middle of using it.

TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset Inside
Decent interior design will provide reasonable comfort during longer sessions

Many phones emit heat, which may be problematic when using VR glasses. TUTUMU 3D Virtual Reality Glasses Headset was designed with dozens of holes. These provide ample airflow between the phone and the headset, diverting all the excess heat. Last, but not least, it has audio ports to insert headphones for that lovely audio surround sound.

However, some users report overheating, mild discomfort and phones not sitting firmly enough inside the casing. This is definitely a concern to be aware of.