Introduction: Keep Your Laptop Cool!

When I'm doing labor-intensive tasks on my MacBook, like editing high-resolution photos or videos, it tends to overheat. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to allow air to flow underneath the unit to keep it cool. There are laptop accessories you can buy like elevated lap desks and fans, but they aren't very portable, and they can be pricey. My solution: two halves of a racquetball. Super cheap! Super portable!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Supplies:

Racquetball
Vice
Hacksaw

Step 2: Cut Racquetball in Half

Place the ball in the vice in such a position that you will be able to cut along the ball's seam. Tighten the vice until the ball is about half its original diameter. Begin cutting slowly until you break the surface of the ball, then cutting faster will be much easier. After you cut all the way through, wash the ball halves, inside and out, to get rid of the dust.

Step 3: You're Done!

Now wasn't that easy? Place the racquetball halves under the upper-left and upper-right corners of your laptop. They should work like a charm! They fit easily in a laptop bag too!

Comments

author
laptop_keys made it! (author)2015-07-15

Very Informative post.. I like it.

author
dweldon1 made it! (author)2011-09-05

I use a couple of Snapple caps, but they tend to slide around on my desk. Think i'll give this a try!

author
liongold made it! (author)2011-09-05

I've used a couple of thick erasers for this too.

author
Gabbo540 made it! (author)2011-07-05

The word brilliant comes to my mind.
Also, makes me think, "Why didn't I think of this!"
-Thanks dude

author
servant74 made it! (author)2011-06-02

Great ... I put a couple of bottle caps under my laptop. Same principle.

author
macguybber made it! (author)2010-11-17

oh my goodness. You sir, have definitely saved all of us time and money. It looks good too! thanks for this instructables. I'm going to go try this out now since i need one right away!

author
srwoodruff made it! (author)2010-09-18

Simple, yet clever! Definitely going to try it out!