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Edited April 6th 2011. Alright. Been a couple of years since I wrote this instructable. So, I'm going to revise it using correct grammar and changing it abit so you can understand it more clearly then when I typed it out when I was 11/12 years old.
So anyways, I originally, had my father's laptop the overheated quite often when running games on my laptop. So I had to think cold, and thought of the hot/cold packs that contain the blue gel and thought of a way to somehow have the laptop intake be able to take the cold air from the packs to cool down the laptop.

OK......Just to let you know. Im 12.....so I play lots of games on the Computer. And I have a laptop. But it keeps overheating...so........I needed a cooler for a laptop fast. The store ones cost to much or suk..so I I thought...think cold.....think cold....and thought of this. https://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-cooler/

Step 1: Stuff

Edited April 6th 2011: Laptop. Hot/Cold gel packs, a large zip lock bag.

The stuff you need is: A laptop that has problems overheating, ice packs, and a large ziplock bag.

Step 2: Step 1

Edited April 6th 2011: Place the Hot/Cold Bag(s) into the ziplock baggie and place them evenly and then seal the bag without trapping the air inside.

First put all the ice packs into the bag and space them out. And also make sure that there is no air trapped inside

Step 3: Step 2

Edited April 6th 2011: Place the now completed cooling pack under your laptop. If it wobbles or moves around too much, have something like a book or box keep the laptop stable.

Take you new cooler and put it under your laptop. And if you notice its not stable. then put some to stedy it.

Step 4: And You Are Done!

Edited April 6th 2011: Alrightly. Quick note, make sure you have some way of airflow going through the vent so that you computer can still function correctly and not overheat, which is what you were trying to prevent. Pictures explain better then words.

OK...now you now done with your newly made cooler. Also this could also be an body cooler for hot summer days. Ummm about the ventalation for your laptop. remember it wiggles around? Umm if you waitch my vid...it should tell you. And the cooler pak doesnt cover the fan intake and cooling vents.



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    Using an icepack or ice in a bag is not a bad idea, however be INCREDIBLY CAREFUL, If not, you will damage your laptop eventually, the bag does NOT completely prevent moisture, and neither would a paper towel. It will stop a large amount of water from getting in there obivously. Condensation will begin to occur on the outside of the bag as the ice melts and the laptop heats up, especially if you have a higher end laptop with a dedicated GPU such as myself. You'll get an effect similar to the water on the outside of glass that had an icy drink in it on a summer day, the extreme dry electrical heat(PC components get EXTREMELY hot if you didn't already realize, much hotter than an average user would believe.) from your CPU/GPU with the intake fan will turn that moisture into vapor and suck it right in there, probably not enough to outright fry anything, but this has potential to damage your laptop. If your positive your setup isn't creating any external moisture then this would be fine. An alternative would be to put a surface that is doesn't warm up quickly and put it in the freezer until it's at your freezers temp, then just set your laptop on that surface, the thicker the better as it will remain cool longer the thicker the surface is. I know it's not perfect but neither is the ice bag idea and both will not last for very long, just shell out the cash for a cheap cooling pad. At the very least you can prop your laptop up to provide better ventilation for the bottom intakes. That will essentially provide the same benefit and if that doesn't work well enough then your most likely going to have to shell out for a cooling pad anyways, make sure you keep your ventilation CLEAN as well and get software to tweak your laptop fan speeds so you can speed them up, also free ways to keep your laptop cool

    I'm still laughing at this. Step 1, step 2 Step 3. All these steps included as if to seem clever for having this figured out, when all of this could have been summarized into 6 simple words: Put icepack in bag under laptop.

    Anyone else worried about the moisture this setup would attract? or would it be negligible O_O

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    The moisture will collect in the bag and not to the comp....or u could just put a piece of paper on top of the icy pak and then the laptop..... this works good for me on my bed cuz my bed is bouncy

    I'm not sure if this would actually work but it makes sense in my head and I hope a smarter instructableser can say if it will or not, but why not use those silica gel packets. Or make your own thin one and put that between the fans and the laptop.

    Of course when I did this I used a piece of absorbent paper-towel and that laptop worked fine for years.

    I'm not sure the instructable as described would create too many problems with humidity. Since the icepacks are sealed in a ziplock bag, any moisture gathering on the outside of the bag was present in the room air as humidity anyway, and thus was already making its way into the computer. If anything, I would think that this method would lead to less humidity inside the laptop itself, as a good portion of that moisture would be condensing on the ziplock bag before entering the computer's air intakes.

    Still, probably a good idea to keep a towel between the bag and computer, and regularly change it out when it starts to get damp. Water does tend to evaporate upwards.

    sorry,,,, sir,

    but i had to mention this... it is quite a risky affair.... u cant just use it always ... it will lead to moisture or humidity intake within the lappy.... so ... just have to find other way,,,

    well but a good approach.. u r just near... think of something relly awesome..

    hey you all stop showing off your computer spec to the kid he just only want to help people overcome the overheating problem this is not a place for showing off so be mature and stop acting like a punk!

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    ohhhhhhh, you're so cooool!!!


    im 14 i have a laptop i think its a very common thing now... i asked my dad for my macbook pro and he said it was educational so why not, hey i mean u can learn so much from the internet just look at instructables!!!

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    Wow, your dad's a moron!!!!!!!! Mac Book Pro, educational? How about status symbol and bragging rights at school. It used to be kids only bragged about the clothes mommy and daddy could afford. Now, it's the tech they can afford. And to think, these are our future leaders!!!!!!

    Must be nice to have parents with nothing better to do with their money!!!!!!!!!!

    forgot to mention windows 7 ultimate 64 bit :P

    lols. got my desktop computer when i was 13. custom made. intel core 2 quad 2.83 Ghz overclocked to 3.40 Ghz External 1Tb Internal 250 Gb Internal 200 Gb Internal 80 Gb 4 Gb DDR2 ram Ocz two 17" monitors NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512 mb GDDR5 ram

    lol intel is lame 3.3ghz for $1000 or AMD 3.0ghz for $200 u decide i have a custom made computer with parts i bought on frozencpu.com and directron.com asus m4a79t (only way to go all others are trash) AMD (thats right) pheonom II 955 oc'd at 4.23ghz 2x XfX raedon 4870x2 2gb 8gb ocz ddr3 16000 Liquid Cooling DangerDen block with nzxt rez Feser one 360rad+ 140/with aerocool extreme turbine (80cfm) 2x westerndigital velosciraptor 300gb Razor mouse/keyboard Ultra x3 1600w Windows 7 64bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2x dell cheapo lcd's (dell is alienware and they both are scammers) so anyways dont waste money on alienware when u can get a million times the computing for a tenth the price if u build your self

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    how do you build laptops by yourself? is it like on a website and you check off the different prcessor, hard drive, etc or do you buy each part indiviually

    wow you either have a part time job and have been saving for ever :) or your parents are rich :))

    So which one of your divorced parents bought you that?? Mum or Dad?

    It's called WORKING for it...


    some people wish for fresh clean water everyday. be happy with what u have got.