5 Cool DIY Ways To Keep Your Laptop Cool

Angela Randall 05-01-2011

Laptops these days can work pretty hard to keep up with our demands. It’s not surprising that so many of us complain about laptops overheating when we use them for gaming or other intense activities.


Whether you’re looking for a quick DIY laptop cooling solution, a permanent home-made laptop cooler to keep your laptop from overheating How to Fix an Overheating Laptop: 3 Key Tips and Solutions The greatest threat to your laptop is overheating. Here's how to cool down your laptop and prevent it from getting too hot. Read More 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.

“Homemade” Laptop Cooling System

This design is simple, but very effective. The fans chosen actually have LEDs in them.

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DIY Laptop Cooler

This instructable has all the details you need to build your own active laptop cooler using fans with LEDs in them.


5 Cool DIY Ways To Keep Your Laptop Cool DIY Laptop Cooler

Insane Laptop Cooler

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!

DIY: Laptop Cooling Pads

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.


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Custom Built Laptop Cooling System

This is an idea for maximum cooling efficiency. This is really an exhaust system for your laptop.

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How To Make A Laptop Cooling Stand

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.


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How To Make A Laptop Cooling Pad With 5 Fans

Here’s an industrial-strength cooling pad, using five fans and a sturdy metal frame. The creator goes into details in the voice-over.

HOW-TO: Laptop Cooler For Under $5!

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.


Watercooling A Laptop On The Cheap

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!

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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.

DIY Super Budget Laptop Cooler

Here’s a simple USB-powered fan cooler which uses a shoebox for the stand structure.

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DIY Laptop Cooler With Awesome Temperature Readings *Tutorial*

Here’s a basic cardboard stand and fan design, which plugs into a wall socket.

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Build A Cooling Pad For Your Laptop

Here’s a no-fuss cardboard stand to simply allow passive airflow beneath your laptop.

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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.

Cheapest Laptop Cooler In The World!

Too easy! You won’t believe you never thought of this before.

More Great Laptop Ideas

If you want some great ideas for keeping your laptop in good health or looking awesome, check out these posts:

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  1. Tombabmo
    June 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    My laptop fan sucks air from above (through the keyboard) so it's useless to put any fans beneath or raise the laptop. When I detach the keyboard I can see the fan through air hole. Seems pretty stupid and airflow is more or less restricted when keyboard is in place.

  2. NA
    September 25, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I use a sturdy shoe box(shoe box my Jordan's came in). I cut a square out of the lid, (not the whole lid) line it with tinfoil, then put ice in a couple freezer bags, and add ventilation holes if needed, not too big. Line my laptop up on it, and its worked perfectly. Till I buy a cooling pad for my laptop. Yes i put the box on my lap. It also cools me down of course. But ive noticed a big difference. Silly as it seems, it works. Doesnt have to be temporary.

    • Flytoyz
      December 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      I thought of doing something similar, them realized it's a bad idea. Condensation is not your friend.

  3. Mitchell
    September 12, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I just have a small clamp fan, which I point at my laptop if it starts to get too hot, it doesn't help much though, it just makes the metal part above the keyboard cool down, doesn't affect the CPU that much. It would be way hotter if I didn't undervolt it, the CPU gets more power than it actually needs, so I have cooler temperatures and slightly more battery life with no performance issues.

  4. Anonymous
    August 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Surely the "type 3" is flamable??

    • Applefox
      August 30, 2016 at 12:33 am

      If your laptop is producing enough heat to actually set the cardboard on fire, then I think you have other problems...

  5. Aibek
    January 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Angela, thanks for the excellent cooling tips!

  6. Seenu
    January 7, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Its very good
    I have to do one for myself.

  7. Seenu
    January 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Its very good
    I have to do one for myself.

  8. Gustavo Ibarguengoytia
    January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I loved the last video, it reminded me a lot of my own cooling system for my laptop. I grabbed 2 wine bottle corks and made an incision across the entire cork that when looked from the top it resembled Pac-Man, then I placed them at the back of the laptop, raising it about half an inch or so, the incision was to provide stability and stop the corks from rolling back and forth. It was great and worked very good, plus it was better looking than plastic caps (a friend of mine actually painted hers yellow and drew Pac Man on the sides), but I liked the idea of attaching a wooden board between the front caps and the back caps to use in your laptop. My idea was confided to a flat surface.

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      That sounds awesome. :)

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  10. pceasies
    January 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    The second video down is not accurate. In the cooling pad side the processor is pulling about half the watts as the non-cooling pad picture so it should be cooler regardless of modifications.

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      The one with 5 fans? Thanks for pointing that out!