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. http://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.


<p>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</p>
<p>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.</p>
Anyone else worried about the moisture this setup would attract? or would it be negligible O_O
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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br><br>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,<br><br>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,,,<br><br>well but a good approach.. u r just near... think of something relly awesome..<br>
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!
rof! im juz kidding. really this made a thread of pcs = )
Wow, a 12 year old with a laptop. Kinda spoiled if I say so for myself. If I want a computer I have to buy it myself. Thats why I have a PowerBook 150 and an eTower 533i (Spent more than $150 total in upgrades for this thing). I just hate it when I hear about someone much younger than me getting better stuff for free from their parents and not taking full advantage of it.
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!!!
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!!!!!!
some people wish for fresh clean water everyday. be happy with what u have got.
on the other hand there's nothing exceptionally horrible about some kids parents buying them something nice. especially since in this case computers are much, much more a part of life for kids growing up now than they were even 4 or 5 years ago.<br /> <br /> On topic, it'd be a good idea to get something like a cardboard box and make a wedge shaped box out of it, make a few risers to keep the laptop up, and put two case fans in the wedge, one at the back pulling air into the box and over the icepacks, and a second under the laptop blowing the cold air at it.
Wow, I didn't mean to start a flame war here. I was just stating that most kids that are 12 don't usually have a laptop computer and that I'm older than him and I don't own a decent one (I still love my PowerBook 150 though!). Sorry if it caused any trouble.
i got a decent hp laptop when i was nine but it pretty much stayed in one place and it was used by my entire family because our dell desktop was getting outdated (it was from 1999), we eventually threw out the dell.
nah its ok mate! wait till ur 18, get a decent job, and got ur self summit decent. u will respect it more, and maybe even love it, enuff not to put it so close to water and condinsation.
exactly, kids these days... don't know a hard days work. I'm 15 and will work 2 jobs this summer. I have 1 beast laptop, 1 beast desktop, and a crap desktop. And I've payed every cent of it.
i worked for a loooong time, made $500, and a year after that, when i lost my ipod, i bought a replacement with my own money. My advice to you is to sell the crap desktop so you can buy upgrades for the other desktop
chia i make 500 bucks in two weeks now
wow rude much, i payed half for my netbook and ur calling him spoiled because he got a laptop. so he got a laptop shouldent he take full advantage of it before it fails i am. i do everything on this netbook wuts next im spoiled?
Its my dads old laptop.....duh...im not spoiled
Whatever, I wish my Dad would give me his old stuff. Sorry about that.
I'm not sure if you noticed the red box when you when to make a comment, but there is a "be nice" comment policy.
im 13 and i got the same laptop as him, but i payed it myself, and i think it was the best buy i've done in years. 399.99 plus tax, shipping and handling (which was free) came up to around 460$. not bad.
ty cleaning out the heatsink, that usually is the cause of an overheating laptop, just a word of advice, there is no way in hell you will be able to open your laptop without your manuel, (that is without breaking anything)
lol ummm ok i thought normal people can use screwdrivers without the manual but i guess not i did with my compaq when it got dirty but i guess im talented or somthing
you must hav ahad one that was particularly easy to open. I tried numeroust times with no success until I used the manual. (and it was a compaq too)
really? thats weird just inside the bay covers were 6 screws that let me in the whole computer minus the screen (lol and the keyboard wasnt even fixed by screws just compression fittings) but i guess it depends on what year and how compact the computer is
When did Instructables become a bragging contest for children? If I'm someone who takes the time to read peoples comments to get more info/opinions/tips/ratings/etc on the instructable, I don't want to read about the stats for everyones computers & how you came up with the money to buy whatever it is.... Please... comment on the "INSTRUCTABLE" not about yourself !!!!! Thank You !!
i hope your acer lasts longer than mine, the motherboard got fried on mine
you should have more space on the bottom of the laptop for air to circulate. I would think the fan would mess up without air flow
yea that think i too
allowance? sadface, what the hell
I have to laugh, when I was 17 I brought my dads laptop off him for £120 and it was a PIII 64MB RAM which was already 5 years old. Tight eh? Kids who get stuff for free don't value the item they receive, that and everybody in here is jealous :) I know I am!
judging by the windows visa sticker on the corner of the laptop, it is not an old laptop. but listen to this, i have this same laptop, i know the thing inside and out. this type of laptop is very cheap and flimsy. very. now listen up to this, when you put a cold substance (like ice packs) under a hot laptop, it turns into a dehumidifier inside the laptop. and do you know what that means... water is getting inside the laptop, know everyone knows what that means. this is bad for the cheap hardware inside that laptop. if you want to get some life out of this thing than you need to switch to a different cooling source. believe what i am telling you because it is all true. it is all simple stuff, when water gets on laptop hardware, is ruins it. so let me ask you this, how long do you want to keep this laptop?
Smart idea! I am 13, and I <em>wish</em> I had a laptop. I have 2 computers though. 3 Actually. But they're not all mine, basically 2 of them are. Great idea!<br/>
i think u like computers as much as i do, i have 1 laptop, 2 computers, and soon gonna get a third one, heh, i love computers more than anyone in my family, i already have 3 networks, 1 wired, 2 wireless, and all my equipment was bought by me and only me. funny -gamer
i have you all beat i got a total of 5 computers 1 antique ibm portable that still runs in a1 shape and 2 laptops 1 toshiba ct4800 and the other is a compaq all tower aka desktops have a 3terabit hard disk drive with 3 Gb memory sdram voodoo3 2000 3d accelerated graphics and crystal wdm high end sound cards. interfaced with a rj45 and rj11 etherjet /ethernet network interface cards the one laptop i use mostly is the compaq its awesome for games like delta force land warrior online multiplayer and bhd and the need for speed games :-P hehehehehe and yes i was given a ancient 1 for my first system and the rest i builded or bought on my own I have 16 years expierance working on and tearing apart computers and their hardware software stuff. oh i almost forgot 1 of my systems the desktops is a ibm 300 pl and a ibm 300 gl ;-) truckinforjesus@windstream.net
Got 2 desktops, 3 laptops, and a Cluster containing the motherboards and pieces of 16 desktop computers which caps out to about 70-80 gigaflops. I have the thing running on a gigabit Ethernet switch each computer having a gigabit Ethernet card. The Master is connected to a HD Projector while the Slave computers are stored in a circular configuration to reduce cable length. All Computers are stored in a large closet / tiny room that's cooled using a 10,000 BTU Air Conditioner. Got ya beat... and I'm 16 :-p
im 15 i cant beat ya but<br/>my desktop is rated at over $1300<br/>and my laptop is estimated to be around $800 or more elsewhere<br/>not bad for what i get right now which is only like $24 allowance a month so yah (not including birthdays and holidays = P)<br/>
i dont really care about prices, i care about good deals. i ordered a laptop (with my own money), and it was only $450 - 2.0GHz Processor - 2GB Ram (Upgrading to 4) - 160GB Hard Drive - 17" Screen - ATi Mobility Radeon X1330 (Those Numbers are Probably off) -Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (Boo Hoo, I want XP) -HP Compaq 6820s As i said, i got it for $450, but it was an open box. I looked up the same computer, but not open box, on the same website, and its $750. I saved $300 bucks! I am also 15
2.0GHz CPU doesn't tell anyone much. What's the bus speed? Chip type? HT? x64? x86? Dual Core? Quad Core? AMD? Intel? Hard Drive, Type? RPM's? And ever since SP1 Vista hasn't been all that bad, The only reason why I stay with it is because I have a Tablet and Vista's Tablet features far surpass XP's.
bus speed is 533MHz i believe chip type - Intel Celeron M HT - what does that mean? Single Core... wish it was dual doesnt say if its x64 or x86 doesnt say anything about the hard drive, but i would guess 5400 rmp. i dont think vista is bad, but it is a memory hog. im also used to xp, not that the change will be big at all. plus, i had xp pro before, and im getting vista home basuck (spelled basic that way on purpose)
I'm 14... ;p
LMFAO @ the people proudly stating how many computers they have as if being in possession of multiple computers directly implies a high tech level.
i beat you! i have a total of 8 computers 4 desktops and four laptops (throughout my immediate family of coarse, i just have a laptop and a desktop)
I have 2 desktops,one a vista (boo!)and the other an xp (yaay). I also have two laptops.
I'm also 13, I just installed some fancy new heat sink for my dad's laptop as the thing was getting really hot. Also added some better fans too. Laptops always have heat issues.
id get yelled at if i were to open up my dads computer, o well

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