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Make A Passive Cooling Laptop Stand

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Make a passive (air) cooling laptop stand. The basic principle is simply getting the laptop up off the ground (or off your lap) to facilitate natural air flow beneath the laptop. Many sell for ~$30 like the one shown in the images (and may be worth the money) but while you're deciding whether to buy one, why not make one yourself?
 
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Step 1: Gather The Goods

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Here's a picture of everything you'll need. Things not shown in the picture you might need: Sharpie and a cutting board (in the picture, just forgot to label it). I happened to have an obscene amount of dry-cleaner's clothes hangers, so that's what I decided to make it out of. Go figure. :P

Step 2: Getting Started: Crimping

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Position two clothes hangers with hooks touching. Straighten each hook using pliers, then begin to wrap the metal around the opposite hanger (I used two pliers, one in each hand to easily bend the metal). They should both be firmly crimped to each other when finished. This step is probably the hardest.

Step 3: Adding Support

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WARNING: Do not cut like shown in the pictures. My hands were positioned like that only for the purpose of taking pictures.

Now we'll add the support dowels running perpendicular to the initial set. Cut these new dowels down a bit to match the footprint of your laptop (e.g. my PowerBook is widescreen so i need a rectangle, not a square). Now, on each end of these new dowels, cut a 1" slit. Insert these supports on both sides.
bedbugg27 years ago
this is great! but i dont have those coathangers in my country :(
oringes (author)  bedbugg27 years ago
Thanks. You usually get these coat hangers from the dry-cleaners when you get your clothes back, just for future reference.
roelor oringes7 years ago
we dont have drycleaners in our country (I think i never found one.) but good one i think i gonna make one of ptc tubes and some laps of wool and a few wooden sticks.
I was going to suggest that , you beat me to it. Some times you have to think outside the box for the same result. Doodado
I beat you to it by 5 years bro!
oringes (author)  roelor7 years ago
That sounds like a good idea, roeler. It will probably be stronger than mine. I'd like to see some pictures when you're done :)
roelor oringes6 years ago
I have my laptop now i need some ptc tubes...
What you think about 3/8 PVC ?
roelor oringes7 years ago
well it wouldnt be too soon because i will get my laptop in about 1 year.. when that year is over i will most definitly build this lap cooler
nice...
Amberlodge16 years ago
As a bed-bound paraplegic horizontal 24/7 I got one of these and it lasted no time at all with real use. It needs a serious remodel before it will be reliable'. Mine lasted two weeks and with nobody to help ended up in the bin.

Paul
dimmaz886 years ago
Ray mears would be proud lol
bruc33ef6 years ago
This is a terrific idea. It has gotten me thinking of how to adapt it to my situation and I've thought that maybe a PICTURE FRAME without the glass and backing might be the way to go. I'll bet I can pick one up for a few bucks that'll fit just fine. Many thanks!
bedbugg27 years ago
what did i say wrong =(
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