Mesh Laptop Stand With Usb Fans




This is a neat mesh laptop stand with usb fans. I combined some of my ideas with the following instructable

The stand is constructed with the method mentioned in the previous tutorial.

Tools and supplies:
1) Staples mesh document holder ($8, Staples)
2) Seal-All contact adhesive ($3, Ace Hardware)
3) Two Antec LED 120mm PC fans ($5 each on sale, Fry's)
5) ANY usb cable that you don't need as long as it has the connector intact ($0-$5)
4) Soldering iron and soldering accessories

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Step 1: Prepare the Document Holder

This is straight forward.

The staples document holder looks like a "Z" from the side. There are two long sides and one shorter side. Bend the two longest sides such that they overlap each other.

Pretty much it will just look like a "7" after you do this. There will be one long side (the two long sides collapsed into one) and the original short side.

The holder also comes with two hemisphere-like magnets that were originally used to hold the document in place. We will use these as stoppers to position your laptop.

I glued the two magnets on the edge of the document holder with Seal-All contact adhesive. Put a layer of glue on the holder and on the bottom of the magnets. Leave them to separately set for 10 minutes then put them together with sufficient pressure.

These will keep your laptop from sliding down.

Step 2: Prepare and Mount the Fans

The fans come with 4 screws each. The key is to place the fans on the bottom of the mesh holder with the mounting holes right underneath the mesh. I used a little scissor and cut enough of the mesh to screw in the fans. The screws are from the top of the mesh and are screwed down to the fan.

Note. My fans have an Antec sticker on one side. Supposedly the sticker side will suck in air and blow air out on the side without stickers. My stickers are facing the laptop. I actually saw temperature differences, and this is the best format.

Now the fans come with a standard 4-pin PC power plug/jack. This connector is both female and male so you can chain multiple fans together. Each fan will come with one of these. Here is my setup:

Male fan 2 / Female fan 2 <==plug in=== male from fan 1 / female fan 1 <-------solder from this end

Now at female fan 1, you will see a black and red wire, and four metal terminals sticking out. The red wire will be aligned with one terminal and black with another terminal. The other two are not used.

I cut some of the plastic to reveal the terminals fully.

Cut the USB wire and expose some of the wires inside. Strip a little of the red and black wires.

Solder the RED WIRE from the USB cable to the terminal associated with the RED WIRE. Same with black.

That's it. We're done. Plug in the USB cable to your computer to test whether the fans turn on. The power will go from the USB to the solder points to the fan 1 then fan 2.

Step 3: Clean Up and Enjoy

I used metal ties to bundle up all the wires neatly.

Enjoy the laptop stand!

This has superior cooling capabilities. I used a software that measured cpu temperature, and this stand is 20 degrees cooler than leaving it on the table at 100% cpu usage. Also, this is 10 degrees cooler than my other $20 Antec laptop cooler.

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    14 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Could one make some sort of shielding, on the laptop or the fan, that would minimize/eliminate magnecic interference. Perhaps a layer of aluminum (or some other metal) between two layers of craft foam?

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    9 years ago on Step 1

    extra careful with the magnets, it might wipe out all your data in the hard disk.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    pare, meron ganyan sa national bookstore o kaya sa meriam webster. tanong mo lang dun kung meon sila metal mesh document holder. :D English Translation: "Dude, there are metal mesh document holders at national bookstore and/or meriam webster. Just ask the tenants if they have it on stock." :D


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, I really like this stand... I'm willing to do it, but I have two questions: 1) Does anyone know how to find a document stand like that in Brazil? 2) Is that a 5V fan? If it is, how can I get one? If it is 12V, how did you make it work through USB? Thanks, and congrats! It's a really nice job!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey they made a crude mains electricity electromagnet on Burn Notice that one time that wiped the guy's drive. I could see that working. Probably not a commercial mounting rare earth magnet, though, true...


    10 years ago on Step 3

    I like this mod very much and am going to try it out on my Compaq soon. Is there any problem with the laptop hanging off the edges. And yes, the blue Led does look cool :xD


    11 years ago on Step 3

    And the blue LED glow under the laptop makes it look cool, too. :D


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice laptop stand. I just built one using your instructable and i love it. Thanks.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I assume you're talking about the 'risk' with using magnets around hard disks.

    here's a quote from PC World on the myth of magnets and hard disks:

    "The same goes for hard drives. The only magnets powerful enough to scrub data from a drive platter are laboratory degaussers or those used by government agencies to wipe bits off media. "In the real world, people are not losing data from magnets," says Bill Rudock, a tech-support engineer with hard-drive maker Seagate. "In every disk," notes Rudock, "there's one heck of a magnet that swings the head."

    I chose these magnets mainly because they match the mesh stand. =)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I just started work on something quite similar to this and reading this just gave me an idea on how to improve it. Thanks.