FireTV Stick heat problems
It may come as an unpleasant surprise to learn that the FireTV Stick suffers from heat problems. What is even worse: this is not a new problem for these kind of android devices:
The Chinese companies producing Android USB and HDMI Sticks got to discover, tackle and solve the heating problem in their early production stage, we are talking about years 2011-2012 here.
Hence, it is quite unbelievable that almost two years after the Android HDMI sticks market has been rolling forward, Amazon jumps into this market niche introducing an -essentially flawed- plastic case design.
So, last night We had a pizza and TV meeting at a friend’s house, only to discover that his Amazon FireTV Stick was acting up, crawling and jumping all over the main menu screen.
At times the remote controller was completely unresponsive. I thought that my friend was suffering the “unresponsive remote syndrome” but when I tried with the gamepad controller, the same freezing slugginess was evident.
FireTV Stick heat problem due to plastic casing ?
FireTV Stick would surely benefit from using a metallic body casing, just like the Chinese Android sticks fixed the same heat problem on theirs in earlier years.
A nice example of this heat problem being tackled and solved would be the S21H Android Stick PC, sold on last quarter 2012, which was encased by a sleek aluminium body.
The S21H Android stick had impressive specs including 2gb of RAM (twice as Amazon FireTV stick’s) and a dual processor (just like Amazon’s) but running at 1.6 Ghz (faster than Amazon FireTV stick). It included other niceties, like a microSD slot for flash memory expansion.
Fixing FireTV Stick heat problems
I took a peek behind his LCD TV only to find the FireTV stick pressed against the TV plastic casing, being held by pressure behind a bunch of audio cables.
When I touched the FireTV Stick, It was burning in high temperature.
I did recall immediately about the heat problems with earlier Chinese Android sticks: I realized that Amazon did not capitalize on that earlier learning experience.
If you search the web for “Fire TV stick heat problem” you will realize it is a common and recurring problem. Different users solved it in different ways. On reddit I found the picture I placed on top of this article.
My approach to the heat problem was way more simple: I proceeded to take the fireTV stick out of it’s “heat jail” near the LCD TV, leaving it just hanging in the air, down.
I gave it some seconds to cool down a bit and then I plugged the micro USB power: Now the FireTV Stick worked just fine. We watched a movie with no problems whatsoever. The FireTV Stick heat problem was solved by letting it freely hanging in the air at room temperature.