Whether you’re looking for a quick DIY laptop cooling solution, a permanent home-made laptop cooler that will cool even the most over-worked laptop or just a laptop cooler that looks awesome, the Internet has something for you. Some come with full instructions, others with just some vague guidelines and a video of theirs in action. Hopefully this post will help you find the perfect way to keep your laptop cool.
Type 1 – The Shiny LED Laptop Cooler
These designs look great with the LEDs and usually come with many fans attached to a permanent structure of some sort. If none of these designs take your fancy, you could build a laptop cooling stand using a design from type 2 (below) and adding in LEDs, since that’s essentially what these are.
This design is simple, but very effective. The fans chosen actually have LEDs in them.
This instructable has all the details you need to build your own active laptop cooler using fans with LEDs in them.
This laptop cooler comes with no instructions, but shows you how you might use a mixture of fans and LEDs to create an excellent laptop cooler.
Type 2 – The Basic Sturdy Fan Structure
The myriad ways to attach fans to a laptop stand and cool your laptop with minimal fuss. This active laptop cooling method uses fans to blow cool air under (or hot air out from under) your laptop. What material have you got on hand – acrylic? PVC? Plastic? Wood? Here’s some great cooling ideas you’ll love!
If you’re any good with metalwork, this cooler will be a cinch “” Drill a few holes, attach some fans and bend it into the perfect laptop stand.
This is an idea for maximum cooling efficiency. This is really an exhaust system for your laptop.
This stand has true elegance and simplicity. If you’ve got the tools to work with acrylic sheets, this is a simple stand you could be proud of.
Here’s an industrial-strength cooling pad, using five fans and a sturdy metal frame. The creator goes into details in the voice-over.
This is a nice cheap idea, creating a USB-powered cooling stand using a basic black folder and a few fans he rescued from elsewhere.
Type 3 – Water-Cooled Laptop Coolers
For the dedicated DIYer willing to risk mixing water and electronics (not advised), here’s a water-cooled cooling stand. This is another form of active laptop cooling, by using the water to move the heat elsewhere and cool it down.
Water-cooling a laptop is quite an involved project and if you don’t get it right it could be very dangerous. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
Type 4 – Cardboard Laptop Stands
If money is an issue or you just need something temporary, check out these great cardboard stands to cool your laptop. Some are active and work by having fans attached, while others are merely a passive cooling pad to keep your laptop raised off the table.
Here’s a simple USB-powered fan cooler which uses a shoebox for the stand structure.
Here’s a basic cardboard stand and fan design, which plugs into a wall socket.
Here’s a no-fuss cardboard stand to simply allow passive airflow beneath your laptop.
Type 5 – Quickest DIY Way To Keep Your Laptop Cool EVER!
An unbelievably simple passive laptop cooling idea: use plastic bottle tops and a basic adhesive tack. Also try corks or erasers stuck to the bottom of your laptop for a quick DIY cooling fix.
Too easy! You won’t believe you never thought of this before.
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Which DIY laptop cooler do you like best? Do you know of any other great hacks? What have you done to cool your laptop? Let us know in the comments!