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How to Make Your Laptop Computer Run Cooler

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Worked in the Auto industry for nearly 50 years and through experience and training in electronics acquired much knowledge on vehicles

How to keep your lap and laptop cooler!

Laptops and Notepads do generate heat, sometimes enough to do damage, it needs a laptop cooler to keep the heat away!

So you have just bought this brand new shiny laptop computer and she is a beauty ain't she?
In his haste to sell you the computer did the salesman mention that they just might happen to get a tad hot. Well trust me they do!
With the advances in technology there is also an increase in the amount of heat generated in a Laptop computer.

Are you aware that heat in your laptop can cause serious damage not necessarily immediately obvious but eventually it can lead to terminal failure in the laptop computer's motherboard and be a very expensive repair.

Laptop Cooler

 A Laptop cooler may prevent heat related injuries?

A Laptop cooler may prevent heat related injuries?

 A Laptop cooler pad demonstrating how heat is dissipated from underneath the laptop computer

A Laptop cooler pad demonstrating how heat is dissipated from underneath the laptop computer

Laptop cooler pad as it would be used, and a laptop cooler pad shown rolled up for storage!

Laptop cooler pad as it would be used, and a laptop cooler pad shown rolled up for storage!

Cooling Pads for Laptops

Now you will always get some heat generated and the Laptop computer has been designed to handle this to a certain temperature.
During the summer months when the ambient temperature starts to climb and your laptop is getting a fair amount of use. eg downloading movies, playing on-line games etc the inside temperature of your laptop will be climbing as well. Most electronics are only designed to operate around the 120f (50C) mark.
To overcome this problem the advent of the cooling pad has arrived.
There are a number of types of pads

  • Cooler stands with fans, some with 2 fans others with 3 fans, some of these blow air onto the computer. Others suck the air away from the computer. The problem with these types of stands are: usually USB powered (duh, no such thing as a free lunch using the computer power produces more heat. Catch 22 ) More noise is generated and the stand is just another thing you need to carry around . Right ?
    One other thing to add to the expense is that you may run out of USB ports and will need to purchase a Port Hub.
  • Cooler stands without fans, these are more or less devices to just get some air circulating under you laptop and tilt it to a more user friendly angle. You still have something else to carry around with you!
  • Cooler pads solid, just like a cushion filled with crystals and with ribs that absorb some of the heat generated by your laptop.
  • Cooler pads roll-up, these pads use a special crystal substance which requires no refrigeration , they do not have fans so that the battery in your laptop or notebook will last longer between charges and there is no Fan noise. One big advantage of these roll up cooler pad for laptops and notepads is that they roll up and can be stowed away in your carry bag.

Reviews

Opinions seem divided on whether a roll up cooler pad is a viable option to a cooler pad fitted with cooling fans.

This is possibly due to the fact that most users have already done the damage to their motherboards before they start using a cooler pad or a device of any description.

My suggestion then is this: If the ambient temperature where you are going to use your lap top is going to be high, like in a car in the middle of Summer then when you buy your laptop or notepad spend the extra $20-30 and buy yourself a laptop cooler pad of some description!

To repair or to buy a new Laptop

Just to emphasize the point a friend of mine had a laptop computer and was told that the problem with his computer was caused by overheating.

Due to the high cost of repairing his old laptop he finished up buying a new computer and I advised him to buy a cooling pad at the same time as he bought the computer. It is better to be safe than sorry!

After doing some research with my computer Guru's here in Australia the name ASUS came out high on the list. From what I learned they were making the motherboards for a lot of other brand names and decided that they could make the own computer. I would love to get some feed back on anyone that has an ASUS laptop computer.

laptop cooler pad

laptop cooler pad

A Laptop cooler pad may have prevented this happening!

A Laptop cooler pad may have prevented this happening!

ASUS  15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop, if I had one of these babies I would certainly be buying a laptop cooler.

ASUS 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop, if I had one of these babies I would certainly be buying a laptop cooler.

© 2010 Peter

Comments

Peter (author) from Australia on September 25, 2014:

G'day @JamaGenee the advances in both Laptops and Laptop coolers and laptop pads have been nothing short of mind - blowing! (pun intended)

It seems that most people these days are going the down size route and getting a Tablet or Smartphone!

I agree with you that if you are constantly on the move the Roll up non-powered pad is the way to go :)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on September 21, 2014:

Buy a cooling pad at the same time you buy a new laptop! What a great tip, one I wish I'd known when I bought my Sony. I didn't even know such things existed until a couple of years ago when my son got one. Before that I'd been making do with putting the laptop on an upside down wooden picture frame with slits in the sides to allow air to circulate. However I've never been happy with the USB-powered cooling pad I bought because like you said, it's one more component to haul around, so I'll be looking into a roll-up, non-powered pad. Thanks!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 06, 2013:

G'day Richard and thanks for sharing this information. It could be that manufacturers are now becoming more consumer conscious and putting more R&D into this problem and reducing the need for a laptop cooler.

After our Toshiba laptop went to computer heaven I upgraded my own laptop to an ASUS and have had the same experience as yourself! I have not as yet used a laptop cooler with this computer and there does not appear to be need to do so:) However I do keep an eye on the situation and do not use it in a vulnerable situation :)

Richard E on April 03, 2013:

I previously owned a 2005-era Dell laptop, and it definitely got very hot on the bottom. In December 2012 I bought a new HP Pavilion g6 with an AMD processor, and I am still almost shocked at how cool it runs--no matter how hard I work it. They've definitely made some advances because I can barely find the warm spot on the bottom--ever!

Peter (author) from Australia on November 06, 2012:

G'day jose thanks for the update :) Many people do not have the technical ability to open up their laptops to clean the fan and maybe it would be best to take it to the 'shop' to have cleaned. I still have the opinion that a mains powered laptop cooler is a better investment to help your laptop run cooler :)

Of course the ambient temperature will have a big bearing on the result, what's the point of having a laptop cooler if the room temperature is around 5 degrees?

:)

Jose Misael Polanco from Los Angeles on October 21, 2012:

you are right, i found no solution for my laptop over heating with no fan i could cool it down.

I have a 2007 laptop and i opened it today and found lot of dust in the fans which is why they were so noisy.

You are more than right, the laptop alone can cool it self down with the fans powered form the main, just a minor issue with my laptop. So far the gel cooling pad is doing good and lasting longer while consuming no power!

Thanks a lot!

Peter (author) from Australia on October 21, 2012:

Something I will put forward for you to consider!

I am assuming that you will be plugged into the laptop charger using Mains power?

If you use a USB fan it will be a Catch22 situation. The fan will be using power to run from the laptop, hence the fan will be cooling the heat generated by itself?

A better idea, if your laptop will be desk mounted, is to use a cooling fan powered from the mains! Then the laptop battery will only be supplying power to the 'computer' and I am sure that that was what the manufacturers had in mind when designing the laptop.

Jose Misael Polanco from Los Angeles on October 21, 2012:

I will buy a external usb fan and put it right behind my laptop. That will do. I tried the cooling gel pad but that goes soft too quickly and only works for 10 minutes. USB fans will be a great addition.

Thanks

Peter (author) from Australia on October 21, 2012:

G'day jose and thanks for the comment. There are many factors that affect the heat in a Laptop. Ambient temperature is a big factor, location of the laptop is another!

I believe that cleaning the fan and increasing the speed of the fan would be beyond most users technical ability? However if the laptop is going to be used as a 'desktop' I would suggest that as long as it is sitting on a solid desktop able to absorb the heat and there is unrestricted air flow it should be fine.

As a matter of fact we are doing exactly what you have suggested! Our laptop is sitting on a glass topped desk and we are running it dual screen with external keypad and mouse attached.

It would also depend what type of work you will be putting through the cpu. If you are heavily into gaming (I am not) I would seriously suggest that a Laptop cooler with fan/s which is externally powered (saves drain on laptop) would be a good addition to your setup :)

Jose Misael Polanco from Los Angeles on October 15, 2012:

the simple cooling pad with no fans is not enough, when you have all the heat inside the cpu and other parts of the laptop, regularly cleaning the fan and increasing the rpm of the fan helps a lot.

I plan to use my laptop as a desktop, do you think that will increase the heat inside?

Peter (author) from Australia on September 20, 2012:

Thanks and to coin an old phrase a 'cool laptop is a happy laptop'

Vidhya L from Chennai, India on September 18, 2012:

Hi, great hub and nice information.

lorenkjr on August 08, 2012:

After reading this article, I went and bought a Targus chiller pad; usb two fans. The immediate thing I noticed was my Macbook Pro's case was much cooler to the touch. Also the operating temperature's were not only less than what they were without it, they were more consistent and steady than without the chiller pad. I am very happy I got it and thanks for the article, it certainly helped make a decision for me that needed to be done.

Peter (author) from Australia on May 09, 2012:

G'day nodman thanks for the comment and I agree that air flow is what it is ALL about. The guy in the shop must bear some responsibility! Surely you would agree that the sales person is there to advise as well as sell?

nodman on May 02, 2012:

I have a Toshiba its around 3 years old generally runs at around 100 degrees centigrade you have a point but air flow is a large part of it, if I have good flow then I can knock the temp down by 20 degrees sometimes. Companies design these things to fry otherwise we wouldn't need a new one don't blame the guy in the shop.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 21, 2012:

@lawman, it's a good idea, especially for younger men to keep the heat of a laptop away from their groin area!

I will look into the self-inflating laptop cooler and see if they are available in Australia?

Law Man on April 08, 2012:

Thanks for the info. My laptop is lightly used and I’m not aware of any over heating. I’m mostly just word processing. When I travel I do get the hot leg syndrome so I’ve been using a self-inflating laptop desk /pad. The ones with fans are great but I’m not gonna drag one around with me. See www.airepadlaptopcooler.com

Peter (author) from Australia on February 04, 2012:

G'day Hawksdream. In my opinion you can't go far wrong buying the Toshiba and coupled with a Laptop cooler it should give you years of reliable service. As a matter of fact I am typing this very comment on a Toshiba laptop and it is barely warm after being turned on for about 14 hours:-)

Thanks for dropping by and contributing to the conversation :-)

Al Hawkes from Cornwall on January 27, 2012:

I bought a new Toshiba a few months ago, for christmas I was given a USB cooler. My last computer where the fan became so noisy, was a lesson well learnt. Thanks for this hub, it will prevent any future problems.

Peter (author) from Australia on July 20, 2011:

Thank for dropping by Troy ! I'm just about to research laptop coolers for my new Laptop. :-)

TroyM on July 19, 2011:

Useful information on maintaining laptops... Thanks!

Peter (author) from Australia on February 06, 2011:

@Mrs.J.B. thanks for dropping by. With more people using Laptops exclusively these days I like to keep people informed of what is needed and available in the marketplace.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on February 06, 2011:

Thanks for the great advice. You explained it very well.

Peter (author) from Australia on October 07, 2010:

It is good to see that more people are becoming aware of the necessity of having a laptop cooler. I'm sure in the long term it will keep laptops going longer and therefore save money and the environment!

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 07, 2010:

A laptop cooler is a must. Especially if you use you laptop often. Thanks for bringing this feature to our attention.

Peter (author) from Australia on October 02, 2010:

Thanks lex123. Where once the cooling pad may have seemed a gimmick the more sophisticated our Laptops become the more resources they use! The laws of physics say you can't get something from nothing! The more resources = more power consumption = more heat generated.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment :-)

lex123 on October 02, 2010:

Very useful hub. Now I learnt why we need a cool pad and its function. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information.

Peter (author) from Australia on June 17, 2010:

angela_michelle thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment. I feel that these laptop coolers are become a necessity now a days!

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on June 17, 2010:

Wow, I never knew that existed. What a great invention!

Peter (author) from Australia on June 15, 2010:

Thanks lxxy, thanks for droppin' by and leaving a nice comment, I appreciate it :-)

lxxy from Beneath, Between, Beyond on June 15, 2010:

Great article! Dig the new avatar, too. =)

Peter (author) from Australia on May 25, 2010:

hubpageswriter, thanks for you kind comment, I'm sure that the technology of keeping your laptop cooler will progress in line with the greater heat being generated by the newer laptops.

hubpageswriter on May 25, 2010:

This is a very good hub. I learned a lot from reading this; always wanted to know more about laptop cooler.

Peter (author) from Australia on May 23, 2010:

Wow that does sound dangerous :-) You don't want all those pixals running around the floor! lol

We are heading into winter here so I don't think we need a laptop cooler yet!

Jasmine on May 22, 2010:

Great to know about the cooler! Will sure get one, as sometimes I think my laptop is about to explode!

Peter (author) from Australia on May 17, 2010:

barry you shop at David Jones, I am impressed lol

Seriously though laptop coolers or 'cooling pads' I think is the correct term are not really something that jump up and say "Buy me"

I think they are one item that the salesperson could genuinely upsell.

Mate, Thanks for dropping in :-)

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on May 17, 2010:

Funny thing i was just browsing through david jones yesterday and came across the first laptop cooler i have seen

Peter (author) from Australia on May 12, 2010:

Nell you paint a very good image and I would just love to see you huffing and puffing on the underside of your laptop.{lol}

I would say you definitely need a laptop cooler of some description.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a brilliant comment :-)

Nell Rose from England on May 12, 2010:

Hi, Thank goodness for that! I am glad this has been invented, because I spend at least a few minutes every night, tipping the stupid pc on it's middle, and blowing along underneath! honest! I can tell when it's getting hotter. I have done this for ages now! thanks for the info. nell

Peter (author) from Australia on May 09, 2010:

SweetiePie, I think the laptop cooler is definitely worth investing in for the peace of mind that your laptop may last longer due to staying cooler for an extended period of time.

Thanks for dropping by!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 09, 2010:

The cooling pad would be interesting to check out.

Peter (author) from Australia on May 07, 2010:

Hi susan, I am glad it has been a help and I'm convinced that having a lap top cooler of some description will prolong the life of your laptop!

Thank you for dropping by :-)

susanlang on May 07, 2010:

Thank you. This was a big help and a good read.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 28, 2010:

TnFlash. Thanks for dropping by and your comment is very much appreciated. I'm just like you, I much prefer using my desktop for the very same reasons. Although I do have the laptop on the desk with an external monitor hooked up.

At this stage I have no need for a Laptop cooler but when we travel I will get either a cooling pad or a cooler stand.

TnFlash from Tampa, Florida on April 28, 2010:

Great Hub! I actually hate using my laptop because of the heating problem. Luckily my Dell desktop just keeps on running and I don't use the laptop often. I'll try some of you suggestions. Good Work!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 27, 2010:

drbj, I must confess to much the same thing. I had seen laptop coolers around but thought that they were just a gimmick!

However the more I delved into the subject of laptop cooling the more I realized that maybe they are a necessary evil!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 26, 2010:

Do you know what surprises me the most? Until I read your hub, a laptop cooler was unknown to me.

Why is it that salespeople often do not know what accessories your tech poducts may or may not need? I would think that tech people, especially, would want to upsell and offer you more additional products to buy.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 26, 2010:

BB, see that is the problem , there is no such thing as a 'free lunch'. Creating heat requires energy. In this case where does that energy come from? Correct! the laptop battery. When the laptop manufacturer designed your laptop my bet is that the design specs on the battery did not include running the fans of a Cooling pad ?

On the other hand if the laptop cooler ran via the way of a household power point that would be a whole new scenario, also defeating the purpose of portability!

Thanks for dropping by and adding to the discussion on laptop coolers, it is a fascinating subject!

Blazing Blogs from London on April 25, 2010:

LOL@name.....But you are correct, I am finding the battery life suffers and the wires connecting the unit to my laptop is playing up, I may end up getting a cooling pad

Peter (author) from Australia on April 24, 2010:

BB, well if you live up to your Hub name, is there any wonder your laptop runs so Hot lol (how many times have your heard that one?) ;-)

Seriously though it is great to hear that your have invested in the Belkin cooling stand although I wonder if you are just not shifting the problem now to the battery? (if the belkin cooling stand has a fan)

I am still feeling that perhaps something like the ThermaPAK Laptop Cooler Pad is a better proposition?

Blazing Blogs from London on April 24, 2010:

Hi, Thanks for the information, My laptop is so noisy when the fans starts and the heat is sometimes unbearable. I have invested into a Belkin cooling stand which seems to work. Thanks for a well written Hub

Peter (author) from Australia on April 24, 2010:

@suni51 thank you for letting us know that you are using a laptop cooler and on a regular basis!

You are most welcome also and God bless you and your loved ones!

suny51 on April 24, 2010:

Thanks on two counts agvulpes,1st-telling me about the medal and 2nd -for giving me the opportunity to know about so many useful things,yes i do use the pad specially for my net book which i use a lot.God bless you and your loved ones.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 23, 2010:

@carolina muscle thanks for dropping by! Yep I would say we all need one, I've just come back from my computer man and he says "Get One"!

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on April 23, 2010:

I think the cooler pad idea is a good one... I'm gonna get one!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 23, 2010:

@kingalex239

Thanks for your nice comment and I hope this article of laptop coolers has been able to help you in some way :-)

Peter (author) from Australia on April 22, 2010:

@_cheryl_, thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment.

Seeing that you have just bought your new netbook my suggestion is that you should buy your laptop cooler sooner rather than later. Having been in the electronic industry for over 50 years I have seen the effects of heat. Sometimes it is a gradual wearing down of components that is not visible to the naked eye and takes a period of time to have what can be a devastating effect.

So please for the sake of about $30 for a netbook cooler, to save what could turn into a hefty repair bill down the road. It is a wise investment!

kingalex239 on April 22, 2010:

This is very good suggestions and I'll surely follow it up. Thnx dude for the post.

_cheryl_ from California on April 22, 2010:

Thanks for the info and advice. Just recently got a netbook, and just use it for basic net browsing and writing but am noticing the heat being generated from it. I'll have to get one of these!

venu on April 21, 2010:

hi....Really very nice article.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 19, 2010:

G'day bren, thanks for dropping by and leaving a great comment!

Unfortunately I have found that most salespersons are not educated well enough by the manufacturer and possibly are not even aware that this may be a problem. Worse still they do know about it and want you to burn out your computer quicker than it should and sell you another more you-beaut one.

On the other hand I may be just a cynic :-)

bren on April 19, 2010:

another very useful hub - why were we never warned about this when purchasing our new laptop?

Peter (author) from Australia on April 19, 2010:

@L3BO, from all reports that I have read that the Heatshift laptop cooler Pad does a good job. I'm sure that some enterprising retail would get one in for you.

Thanks for visiting my Hub and leaving a nice comment:-)

L3B0 on April 19, 2010:

I like the 'HEATSHIFT" Pad, been thinking of getting a decent laptop cooling something soon as my laptop seems to enjoy getting HOT!! :)

Great information on hub, thnx. Hope where I am its retailed :)

Peter (author) from Australia on April 19, 2010:

earnestshub thanks for the clarification. To me anything with a CPU usage heading over 70% is going to create heat and will definitely be in need of a laptop cooler before they run into trouble.

@save my system, thanks a heap for dropping by I am just intrigued with what is a 'knuckle voice' . I sure am glad to get your endorsement on these laptop coolers making a lot of difference to the life of your laptop.

save my system from United Kingdom - London on April 19, 2010:

Laptop cooler's are great. Motherboard make use of CMOS technology,and semiconductor devices. They easily catch heat and starts making knuckle voice. In summer ambient temperature is also very high, that time those cooling pad really make difference and long live of your laptop.

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on April 18, 2010:

agvulpes, I reckon Farmville was designed by someone with an interest in selling CPU's.

My CPU usage (new Toshiba system win7 and 4g ram) jumps from 3 to 11% up to 60 even 70% of my CPU when I am farming!

So many people play Farmville and similar games I reckon most people with a laptop need a cooler.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

earnestshub, there may come a time that users may need more than one type of laptop cooler! a cooler for the couch potato and a laptop cooler for bed!

earnestshub what I should have pointed out to viewers was one of the main reasons laptops get hot is the amount of CPU use that laptops use when running applications?

Thanks again for adding to the discussion :-)

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

msorensson, thank you for letting me know you dropped in and read my Hub. I hope that you have picked up some useful information on how to keep your laptop cooler because I'm sure where you live can be very warm at times?

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Uninvited Writer, can you let us know what type of laptop you are using.

One of our readers may be able to offer some help and I would be happy to do some research on your behalf. I'm sure you will not be the only person using the same type of Laptop.

We might be able to work out between us all which laptop cooler is the best one for your particular model laptop computer :-)

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on April 18, 2010:

This is timely for me agvulpes. I need a better laptop cooler! When I use my laptop in bed the cooler I have is useless.

If I play something CPU hungry like "Farmville" my laptop is too hot inside an hour! I am going to look through the ones you have listed to see if I can find a better laptop cooler than the one I have.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

BeBrown thanks for sharing that, it is great to hear someone actually using one of these!

msorensson on April 18, 2010:

A wonderful hub, agvulpes, thank you for sharing!!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

eovery, wow man that is a 'hanging offence' LOL

Seriously though that sort of thing, as you would know, can lead to pretty serious damage down the track.

I feel you should get a cooling pad and enforce the use of such item. lol

eovery, thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving a great comment!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Candie V, thanks for your kind comment, fortunately cooling pads are reasonably priced and I think most people should have one available for use!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Sandyspider, thanks for dropping by and adding to the discussion. It would be interesting to know what type of Laptop your daughter is using?

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on April 18, 2010:

I don't understand why my air vent is on the bottom of a laptop. I'm temporarily getting around not having a cooling pad by putting it up on a book occasionally and letting the air circulate.

BeBrown on April 18, 2010:

My friend has one of these pads and he swears by it. Good job.

eovery from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa on April 18, 2010:

I have found my wife and kids with the laptop sitting on the couch with the air basically shutoff. I about grounded them from using the laptop for life.

Keep on hubbing!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on April 18, 2010:

Hey Ag! I want a cooling pad! You are the king of the fun pictures!! Hahaha! Love the top one!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 18, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this. We had a cooling pad for our daughter's laptop. A lot of heat is generated from these computers.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Nemingha thanks for dropping in :-)

I believe that wise choices are made by us educating ourselves to what is available.

Nemingha on April 18, 2010:

Glad I read this article as my daughter is thinking of purchasing a cooling pad for her laptop!

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Uninvited Writer, if you laptop is working ok now a cooler could be just the thing you need for your upcoming summer months (did I calculate that correctly)

Thanks for dropping in and having a read :-)

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on April 18, 2010:

My laptop is about 3 years old and it gets very hot. I think I will get one of those babies :)

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

Darlene Sabella, thanks for dropping in and leaving a thumbs up :-)

I feel that you may like to bookmark this Hub because it is a contentious subject and there will be many people prepared to debunk these coolers as 'gimmicks':-)

But I am still of the opinion that many laptop problems come from overheating and anything that can help your laptop run cooler will be of benefit to you and your pocket :-)

Peter (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

kschang, thanks for your comment and you do raise some good points. You do say most laptops have heat pipes, I just wonder how many would have these built in and also how many salespeople would know which particular models have these 'pipes'.

Thanks for the comment about the battery. I am not too sure that it would actually shorten the 'life' of the battery but it certainly would mean that the battery would requiring charging more often.

Thanks for dropping by and adding to the discussion. It can only lead to educate more people about laptop computers!

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on April 17, 2010:

Thanks for this great hub and advise, I really needed to understand what to do about it. Thanks so much....thumbs up

kschang from San Francisco, CA, USA on April 17, 2010:

Most laptops nowadays have "heat pipes" built-in to siphon heat from the innards to the side vents. Thus, having pads and fans UNDER the computer is absolutely USELESS and a waste of money. Most fans also require juice, usually drawn from the laptop itself through a USB port. Thus, it will SHORTEN the battery life of a laptop, while producing no noticeable effect.

Study your exact laptop's vent layout and heat spots before you buy one. You most likely do NOT need one.

Peter (author) from Australia on April 17, 2010:

oliversmum, thanks for visiting my hub on how to run your laptop cooler. As I suggested most time the salesman usually just mentions the top ticket item , "oh and will you have extended warranty with that madam?" How many times have you heard that when buying products?

Oliversmum. With your season heading into winter now you probably be OK until next summer but if I were you I would definitely put it in my budget to buy a cooler.

Thanks again for taking the time to drop in and leave a lovely comment :-)

oliversmum from australia on April 17, 2010:

agvulpes. Hi. I find this information invaluable, On how to run your Laptop Cooler.

When purchasing my Laptop, it was not mentioned, that the computer could overheat and may cause big problems.

My Laptop is only a few months old, so hopefully when I buy one these cooling systems, it will put my mind at ease regarding this problem.

I agree with you, she is beautiful.

Thank you for this really great information. :) :)