Laptop cooler

laptop cooler

[Nick] built this laptop cooler to bring down the temperature of his processor. As a fellow Dell owner I know how hot these things can get. His simple stand plus fan dropped the temperature from 105degF to 89degF. No need to buy something that you can build yourself.


  1. Elliott says:

    i like the ipod dock.

  2. PAUL says:

    haha thats a really good idea
    i also like the ipod dock

  3. Dave says:

    I’d like to see how much cooler it would run under a load.

  4. Nick says:

    that’s me! and i’ll try to find out today.

  5. Nick says:

    139F at full load to 125F at full load.

  6. CDE says:

    Wouldn’t it be alot geekier if you run if off the serial or parallel or firewire’s 12v?

  7. click the link that says “genital scorching dell” and look at the 7th entry on google… haha. hackaday advertising pr0n ?

  8. jared harley says:

    Nick – does your Dell still have its little rubber feet? Mine fell off within the first week, and now the only thing that stops the fan from being pressed flat against the desk is the rasied area around the fan – good job on the cooler!

  9. Nick says:

    my dell has all but one. one fell off a couple days ago again. so yeah, a little bit of a problem.

  10. cyclotron says:

    If you dont care about big and bulky and have a half foot behind your computer, ok. But you might as well set up a box fan pointed at the computer. I wouldnt trade my iBreeze for that thing.

  11. Vincent says:

    You can also use the i8kfan app for dell computers to controll the fans of the xps.

  12. Andreas baeuchle says:

    I have that same dell, it is pretty much the worst fan placement known to man. I’ve pulled the entire thing apart several times and pulled a virtual persian carpet from the cooling fins. Maybe I should dust more.

  13. joshw says:

    Wow, those are some badass fans.

    110k rpm? I had no idea Dell laptops were turbine-driven.

  14. Lord towers says:

    Yoo could get even better cooling if you replaced the top piece of wood with a sheet of aluminum of the exact same deminisions. that way you could wish away the heat even faster.

  15. Gueler says:

    This stand will also make the LCD more confortable to use.

  16. Rogier says:

    Made one meself, not as beautiful, but functional non the less

  17. adamskib says:

    I did the same thing independantly when one of my fans stopped running. I made the extractor out of cardboard and duck tape and used 120mm fan connected to a 12 volt variable power supply (the kind used for universal chargers). Works like a dream. Sits at max 57 whereas with one fan running it would go up to 70 ish and keep climbing. I might remove the old fan head to help airflow.

  18. enrique says:

    I’ve made one powered by usb.
    As a laptop is made for mobility so must be my cooler :)
    Too bad it now runs on 5V :(

  19. Patrick says:

    IMy dell laptop has never gotten that hot. It’s running a pretty powerful graphics card and I have yet to need a cooler for it.

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