Cooling my macbook with water?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by golgoth4prez, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. golgoth4prez macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    I personally find it easier to pour water straight on the keyboard, everything becomes much cooler at that point. :D

    But really, I am wondering or should I say I would like to verify or at least make sure I am not doing something wrong before I hit that precipice.

    Every now and then my macbook becomes too hot for me to touch. This is me playing games or running DVD creation software, nothing out of line, not something that i do normally. But since it is summer, my macbook seems to be at a constantly higher temperature and runs the fans more often than during the winter. ( I did leave windows open during part of the winter for ventilation)

    So I came on an idea, which really is a stop gap. I take a drop of water from a cup and wipe it on the handrest/ wrist area and it is cooler because the heat is transfered to the water which then evaporates. I never put water down in significant quanitities, nor do I let it sit there. I spread it out over the surface so that it does not fall down into the area of the keyboard.

    I know that the area where the handrest is where the battery and harddrive are located, not the cpu or motherboard. I have never wiped water over any part of the keyboard even though that is where the heat is coming from.

    So am I a big fool who has already voided my contract with water damage (even though no damage has occured) or is it benign as long as it never goes and touches the electronics itself and keep to a minimal amount.
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Do this. Get a towel the size of the laptop, make sure the towel is semi moist, put it under the laptop. Repeat every 30 minutes - 1 hour. There, a cooled system.
  3. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  4. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    Thats a pretty dumb idea, no offense. I suggest buying a cooling pad, its safer. The device itself might have poor thermal paste application, so thats something you could check. But keep the water away. Also, you can install smcFanController and kick the fans up if desired.
  5. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    Make sure it's agua minerale, such as San Pellegrino...:p

    Seriously, though, you might try those laptop coolers that offset the bottom of the MB from the table/your lap/couch/etc. and that have auxiliary fans powered by your USB port...
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    My sentiments, exactly...
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    I think these are all dumb ideas. Get the right machine for gaming (or asbestos gloves).
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Measure your temps through iStat Pro and let us know what they are. I use CoolBook on my MacBook for a 5-10C temp drop.
  9. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
    When I clicked on this thread I knew 100% he had no intention of using a water-cooling method. But I did not know he was going to say what he did.

    Why not turn your palm rest into a griddle then? Cooking stuff will take heat away too.
  10. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    Sounds similar to when I cooked my lunch on a projector. Except, this is far more detrimental.
  11. jpk32092 macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2008
    Either way you're a big fool.
  12. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
  13. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    I guess that would cool the case, but as far as internals go itd do nothing.

    Id still go with a laptop cooler anyway.
  14. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    It would cool the internals a bit though. The internals dissipate their heat via the fans and the case, as the case acts as a type of heat sink. By making the case cooler, it can absorb more heat before reaching equilibrium with the internal parts!
  15. TheSpecialist08 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    You should take this on as a weekend project! Make a USB powered water cooling pad, post it on makezine, have apple pay you for your design and become a millionare!
  16. alfmil, Jun 9, 2009
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