Heat Absorbing Pad

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by iEric, May 12, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I saw this pad that absorbed heat. Your suppose to use your powerbook or maybe even ibook on it and it won't get as hot.
    Does any one know what it is?
    Or anyone know of anything better to cool my PBG4 867 Mhz?
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    Well i'm guessing that it's a passive system, a gel of some sort that is thermally conductive. Chances are, the air would be better to conduct the heat away, because no matter what the material, a pad will eventually get hot. the air moves enough to keep things cool, and it's how the PB was designed. I'd go for one of the stands/risers that are around, if you want heat reduction... they have some with fans in them now...

    paul
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Targus produces one the actually has fans on the bottom. I believe it is called the Chill Pad (cool name, eh?) and it retails for around $30. The only problem is that it plugs into a USB port for power, so it will eat up the battery if you aren't plugged in.

    Apmonia
     
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  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Stupidest idea ever. I ran Cuebase SL for hours on end off my lap, this is with fastest setting on, no power management. It gets hot, but your legs can take it.

    Otherwise I'd recommend a hand towel or wash cloth between your computer and your lap. Cloths have the ability to clean up spills in an emergency e.g. water spill, pads can't. Cloths are like 5 dollars, and aren't nearly as lame.

    Lastly iBooks don't need pads, plastic is a great insulator to begin with and the bottom doesn't get nearly as hot as the alum.
     
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    question fear

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    for less than 20.00 you can get whats called a coolpad, no fans or anything, just a flat rubber pad with raised bumps to keep the computer mostly off any surface, so it gets more airflow. it also gives you a slight tip if that helps you type. http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=PA239U

    -c
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oooh..nothing along the line of gel pads?
    all thsoe things are cool, but they are so bulky and ugly. and some even require usb power. :eek:
     
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    question fear

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    a little bulky, but the coolpad i posted is fairly small in person, if you have a laptop bag its no biggie to pack it.
    but yea, i dont know of any gel coolers...too bad though.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    This product looks like a knock-off of the original RoadTools Pivot 360, which they now sell as the Traveler CoolPad.

    http://www.roadtools.com/product.html

    Highly recommended!
     
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    question fear

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    it was probably licensed by/developed in partner with targus...you'll notice similar situations with lots of palm accessories, most notably the think outside/targus portable keyboards.

    in any case, any of the above are cool products (pun intended)
     
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    jxyama

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    i have a wrist pad cover on my PB 867. i got it in japan back in october.

    it's a thin piece of cloth with naturally sticky back side that goes on the wrist rest area. it's thin enough so that the lid can be shut without removing it. it works very well.

    if i find a link, i'll post it.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Is it only in the Rev A 12" that the heat issue is severe? Do the Rev C PBs have this problem?
     

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