ICY PAK LAPTOP COOLER!!!! CHEAP

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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/

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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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    JakeR24

    3 years ago

    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

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    RichI1

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    TangMu

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    dkfaTangMu

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    EleriKdkfa

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    michaelcozensEleriK

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    dudenitx

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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..

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    faizyuki

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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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    shmuley95

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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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    james0071stshmuley95

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!!!!

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    james0071st

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    computer_guy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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

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

    It's called WORKING for it...


    Kids...

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    EleriKgmjhowe

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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.

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    junits15

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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)

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    anarchysk8junits15

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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