How to make a high efficient ventilation cooling system for Laptop

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In summer, how to cool my laptop is always a big problem for me. My laptop is Y460 which has core i3 and HD 5650, so it is really hot when I am playing games on my computer. I have bought a laptop cooling pad, but I found it useless. The cooling pad can only decrease the temp of the CPU and GPU 3 to 5F, and I can’t satisfy with such bad effect. And I want to create a new way to make my laptop cooler.
The above picture shows what I made.

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Step 1:

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Though I only use this device myself, but I still like to keep the device as dedicate as possible.
In order to finish making this device, we need a aluminum shell, a centrifugal fan, a step-up power module and a self-locking button. And I find a great website to help me make this device. You can check this website here.

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This is the aluminum shell I choose. It is 8*9*3cm. What’s more I love the color very much.

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This is the centrifugal fan I use. Its working voltage is 12v and the current is 0.2A.

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Before making the pcb, I use the universal circuit board to test the circuit which can output 12v with the 5v input. The test circuit is showed above.

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Then I draw the single layer pcb to make the circuit so small that I can put the circuit and centrifugal fan together into the shell.

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Is it small enough?
After I got all the parts I listed before, I start to assembling the my device.
First of all, I need to put the self-locking button into the shell which has already been drilled by UFactory. Unfortunately I made a mistake in the size of button so I need to use the drill driver to make the hole bigger first.

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Then I put the centrifugal fan and step-up power circuit into the shell and assemble the front and back plates. Like this.
bananamobile9 months ago

That's a great design ..two questions: what are the fan specs for power and airflow? and would it be possible to adapt your design to use the laptop usb port to power the your device?

ephis1 year ago
Really great job! I just wonder what the circuit which can output 12v with the 5v input is. Could you explain how it works?
loneve65 (author)  ephis1 year ago

Hi, the circuit is really simple. The chip I used is MC34063A.

pakko0911 year ago
Awesome design! Love how your desperation to make your device look nice! Where did you get that temperature measure device? it looks really sick!
loneve65 (author)  pakko0911 year ago
I don't know what do you mean by looks really sick?
I made that temperature measure device by myself.
charlyoak1 year ago
That looks great, but where is the circular hole you would need for the fan's air supply and internal cooling? I don't think I saw it? I think with a hole there and facing up, you would get even cooler and higher velocity air
loneve65 (author)  charlyoak1 year ago
Hi, I didn't get you. You mean drilling a hole on the top of the device? If you mean this, I think the efficiency will be lower. Because the air supply are not only from the laptop's inside hot air but also the cold air outside.
The fan you pictured is a centrifugal fan, so it pulls air in at its axis, which requires a hole a little smaller than the diameter of the fan. Then the output lease the chute designed in the fan. Rarer than cooling the hot air, it would be more efficient to pull in cool air and displace the hot air with the cool air.
loneve65 (author)  charlyoak1 year ago
Yes I can understand. It will make the device more efficient. But if I drill a hole at its axis, the device will be more higher. And the whole device will be less portable.
Oh, I see! That makes sense. Great instructable!
loneve65 (author)  charlyoak1 year ago
Thanks for your good advice.
petercd1 year ago
Looks very cool, well made too, great job.
loneve65 (author)  petercd1 year ago
I am so glad that you like it. Thank you so much.
Makerworks1 year ago
Awesome!!! I really want to make one for my laptop. It seems that this device works very well!!!!