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DIY Laptop Cooling – four little blobs and a bit of secret science is all you need [How To]

Laptops can really crank out the heat, which can be bad for both the computer and the computer user’s lap. If you don’t want to feel like you have a fiery mini-sun in your lap, just follow these easy steps to keep things cool.

Kit list
I packet of sugru, any color.

Step 1

DIY Convection Currents Help Laptop Keep Its Cool 1

  • Take 1 packet of sugru and divide it in 4 pieces (2 large and 2 small).
  • Roll them into balls.

Step 2

DIY Convection Currents Help Laptop Keep Its Cool 2

  • Place the larger pieces over the back feet of your laptop and the small over the front.

Step 3

DIY Convection Currents Help Laptop Keep Its Cool 3

  • Dampen the surface of a clean table with a cloth (this stops the sugru sticking to it).
  • Turn the laptop right way up with the soft sugru legs on the bottom.
  • Gently push on the front corners to make them lower than the back.
  • Lift up, turn over and allow to cure overnight.

Step 4

DIY Convection Currents Help Laptop Keep Its Cool 4

Presto. Here’s how it works.

  • The laptop radiates heat from the bottom of the case. As the base is flat, this heat then becomes trapped as it warms the air beneath the case.
  • This solution creates a slope on the bottom of the case so as the warm air rises, it flows out the back.
  • This, in turn, draws cool air in through the front and the process goes on.

Just a few minutes of your time can help your laptop keep its cool, meaning less wear and tear on your laptop’s internal components… and less sweat on your lap.

Marty Shaw is a freelance writer who currently calls Texas his home. When he’s not trying to figure out a creative way to hitch a ride in the TARDIS, he imagines what it would be like to live through a zombie apocalypse as an uncool version of Daryl Dixon.

Marty Shaw – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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