Laptop Charger Heatsink!

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Introduction: Laptop Charger Heatsink!

Has your Laptop Charger been too hot to handle, not any more with this free, and effective heatsink?! With this instructable I will show you how to make a heatsink to draw heat and keep your charger cool!

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Step 1: Gather Materials

What you will need:

1. Soda Can
2. Scissors
3. Laptop Charger
4. Rubber Band

Step 2: Prepare the Can

Remove the soda(method of doing so is up to you!)
Wash the can out
start cutting along the top and bottom and middle like in the pictures

Step 3: Form Metal to Charger

Wrap metal around charger
then take the excess and bend back

Step 4: Make Flaps

Use the scissors to make many cuts in the flaps of the metal!

Step 5: Last Step

Use rubber band to attach the heat sink to the charger
YOUR DONE!
Feel Free to leave comments, please be easy, this is my first instructable!

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    14 Discussions

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    StephenC52
    StephenC52

    8 months ago

    cool idea; dumb implementation.
    a fan facing the brick would have achieved a better result. Remember that the surrounding plastic case does not help at all in speeding up the heat transfer. So why not try showing instructions on how to place a heatsink from the inside?

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    PanchoB2
    PanchoB2

    1 year ago

    I know this is a really old post, but we never stop learning. I was wondering if you could create a lightweight housing for a couple of small fans that run on matching (or close to) voltage. Then splice into the power cord itself, which shouldn't tap too much power from charging, to run the fans. Then strap the fans to the charger in whatever fashion you see fit. Anybody have a thought?

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    ben_k
    ben_k

    10 years ago on Introduction

    If you are going to do this, you might as well go all the way. Can aluminum is way to thin. Break out the heat pipes and do this =)

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    vinacarv
    vinacarv

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    What's the little brass tubing for? Does it have some fluid inside?
    Otherwise i think it would be kinda ineffective, no?

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    joerice01
    joerice01

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It conducts the heat "transferring" it to an external heat sink to dissipate more heat. But this does seam like a bit of an over kill.

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    ben_k
    ben_k

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     That is called a heatpipe.  I pulled the heatpipe and the heatsink attached to it from an old laptop, and they are extremely efficient at transferring heat.


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    Chowmix12
    Chowmix12

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     lol... the point was to make it simple....

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    Yerboogieman
    Yerboogieman

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I hope this works, i left a dark spot on my dad's girlfriends couch, i may just try a regular processor heatsink.

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    Minifig666
    Minifig666

    10 years ago on Step 5

    This is actually a really good idea, you could probably fry an egg on my charger LOL

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    MJamesM
    MJamesM

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wouldn't a simpler (and ready-made) solution be just to strap the charger to the chrome on the stool?

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea, but the tin is too thin to dissipate the heat. Also, I agree with killerjackalope: you have a problem with the battery and/or the charger.

    Nice idea, but now instead of being too hot to pick up it will cut your hand to shreds.

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    killerjackalope

    Good idea, however heatsinking the actual hot components would work way better, then again if it's that bad I'd worry about it, I've had transformers get hot but not too much to pick up... The components making most of the heat may be the power transistors, or the coils...