Published On: Thu, Feb 8th, 2018

Why Cooling Pads Necessary For Laptops

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A computer, like all other electronic equipment, heats up when it has been used for a long time. A basic cooling pad may be an inexpensive way of maintaining a lower temperature for the laptop. Placing the laptop on the cooling pad, helps cool certain heat emitting areas of the laptop. This prevents scalding or scorching of the area on which it has been kept and helps boost performance of the notebook.

Why Cooling Pads Necessary For Laptops

Laptop Computer Cooling Pad

A cooling pad or chill pad may come with or without fans to circulate air from underneath the laptop. A chill pad with fans comprises of a number of fans placed strategically to cool certain areas of the laptop when the laptop is attached to it. It is either powered by in-built USB ports or with a USB extender or it may come with a power cord of its own.

Laptops when placed on soft or uneven surfaces, like that of a sofa or carpet, can heat up due to the flow of air by the air vents being blocked with lint or dust. This is especially true for people with furry pets at home. However, chill pads lift up the bottom of the notebook from the surface and help in dissipating heat from underneath the laptop.

Benefits of Using Cooling Pads

Using chill pads prolongs the longevity of notebooks as they cool the central parts of the notebooks. These can be used on hard or soft surfaces and even on laps. They are usually light-weight and portable and can be carried in laptop bags along with the laptops. They are usually soundless and can cool for about five hours of continuous use. Some crucial parts of the computer like the processor, hard drives and disc drives are saved from damage due to overheating.

They are adjustable and can be manipulated to fit at an angle suitable for viewing and use. The fan speeds are adjustable to match the environment. These have rubber bumpers for stronger grip and prevent slipping. However, an important point to remember is that the cooling pad is charged by the laptop’s battery. So if the laptop is not plugged in and the pad draws energy from the battery for long it may affect the life of the battery.

Gel Mats for Laptop Computers

Gel mats do not require power supply. These mats contain crystals or granules of a macromolecular compound which gets converted to a gel matrix on heating and absorbs excess heat generated by the laptop. The crystals are reformed when the pad cools down and is reusable. Cooling pads or mats come in all sizes and can be used with X-Box or other appliances as well. Chill pads have become an essential accessory in taking care of laptops.

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