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How to cool down a laptop

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While laptops are brilliant devices, giving you a full computing experience on the go, there are times when they do get a little hot. We’re not saying you’re going to be burning your legs or finding yourself with a singed desk but if your laptop does overheat a little, you run the risk of failing components thus rendering your machine useless. There are, however, a bunch of ways you can cool down a laptop and in this article, we’ll be focusing on just that teaching you how to cool down a laptop, ensuring you’ll never have to worry about your rig breaking down mid Zoom call.

How to cool down a laptop

To help you keep your laptop cool we’re going to detail five of the best ways in which to do this so without further ado, let’s get started.

Buy a laptop cooler

One of the simplest ways to cool down a laptop is to buy a laptop cooling pad that should prevent any overheating. Usually, these peripherals are relatively inexpensive and do the job well with a good value selection being something like the havit HV-F2056 which comes in under $40 and will ensure your laptop stays cool even under long intensive sessions. The havit HV-F2056 similarly comes with feet that allow you to raise your laptop off the surface you’re working off, further enhancing cooling and allowing for fewer fan obstructions.

The way a cooling pad works is essentially by adding an extra, powerful fan(s) to your device which allows for a bump in airflow, enhancing the internal fan’s power and alleviating some of the strain. The only downside to a cooling pad is that it’s another peripheral to lug around. It’s not too bad if you’re using your laptop at home but if you like to use it on the go, you might need to allow for a bit of extra room in your bag to allow your cooling pad to fit

If you opt for a laptop cooler as your colling solution you should be good and not require any additional tweaks but if there still seems to be an issue with overheating, there could be a problem with your internal fan which will need addressing.

Clean your laptop’s internals

One good way of ensuring that there are no internal problems that are causing your laptop to heat up is to open it up and clean any dust or blockages that you see. While you might think this is technical, it doesn’t really require much knowledge and all you have to do is flip your laptop over and unscrew all the screws holding the bottom part of the shell together. You should now have access to your internals where you can see your fan and if there’s any dust or dirt in there.

No, don’t go and get a cloth and wipe everything down as you’ll likely water damage your machine. The way to clean these areas is through using compressed air and you can pick a can up for just a few dollars and it’ll last you a good while. However, if you’re planning on doing some serious cleaning, you can actually pick up an electric variant which can be more powerful and you don’t have to worry about running short.

The only real bad thing about you opening up your laptop is that you’ll potentially void your warranty but if you’ve had your laptop for a while, you’re warranty has already expired and you’re just trying to see how long you can hang on to your machine until it finally runs out of steam. Moreover, if you’re laptop is overheating and you’ve only recently purchased it, you could just take it back to the store rather than opening it up.

Use your laptop on a flat surface

This method might seem like a no brainer but some people think using your laptop on a flat surface won’t make a difference when it could do you the world of good. Many people simply use their laptop on their knees/legs or have it placed upon a cushion for maximum comfort but this could prove harmful for your device, blocking the air vents and fan thus not allowing any cooling to take place. This will ultimately increase the temperature of your laptop and could cause serious overheating.

You can simply use your laptop on a table or a desk and potentially, you’re laptop could be cooled much more effectively. If you purchase something like a laptop stand or mat, you could see further improvements, by allowing your fan/cooling system to have a bit of leverage thus opening up the avenue for the air to go down.

Configure your laptop’s power management settings

Your laptop’s power management settings could be the key to stop your laptop from overheating. Usually, many ignore their power settings and have it set to a ‘standard’ or ‘high power’ mode all the time but this could be wasteful and might be the reason why your laptop is heating up so much.

While you’re using it for general use, switching to something like an ‘eco’ mode will allow you to get on with everyday tasks and not work the internal components too hard, enabling them to almost have a rest. When you’re performing intensive tasks, on the other hand, switch it to a more ‘high power’ setting which will enable you to get on with what you’re doing and not have to worry about if your device has the juice, but make sure you switch it back to ‘eco’ mode after to get the cooling effects that you desire.

Keeping an eye on which power mode you’re using will allow you to simply monitor which of these settings impact your heating/cooling the most so you can take advantage of them in the future.

Check your fan to see if it needs to be replaced

The most awkward of the methods of cooling down a laptop is checking if your fan needs to be replaced because if it does, means either buying the component and installing it yourself or having a specialized engineer to do it for you.

Of course, you’ll have to open up your laptop to see if your fan needs to be replaced and that can be done by unscrewing all the screws holding the bottom part of your laptop together and getting access to your fan. If you turn your laptop on and the fan isn’t moving, it’s likely that it’s unfortunately broken and will need to be replaced. However, it could also mean that there’s something lodged in there and the aforementioned compressed air method could solve this. Moreover, it could just be that the fan has become disconnected, which again, is even more awkward to solve and probably better left for a professional to tackle.

And there we have it, five ways for how to cool down a laptop. If you’ve tried all of these methods of trying to keep your laptop cool and none of them worked, it might be time to surrender your device and pick up a fresh laptop to hopefully avoid any of those issues.

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