MacBook cooling pad

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  1. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys

    Going on a trip next month to California and Las Vegas.

    I'm taking my MacBook 12" with me, and will be using it quite extensively for browsing, games, video/photo editing.

    As it's going to be quite a bit warmer then were I currently live, does anyone have a cooling pad they recommend? I'd prefer it to be a USB one so I can connect it too a USB charger/plug such as the Apple or Samsung charger/plugs I have.

    Thanks
     
  2. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    are you currently running into thermal related performance issues? if not then I wouldn't worry about it. the difference in ambient temps really isn't that noticeable in tech like it is to humans.
     
  3. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    It is pretty warm here where I live right now, and I've had my new rMB outside on my deck a couple of times -- and was pleasantly surprised that it did not seem to get hot at all -- just a bit warmer than it does when being used in the A/C house. I'm still in the process of setting things up so of course it is expected that after I've been doing a bunch of downloading or transferring files and folders into it, that it will get warm. Out on the deck, though, I have just enjoyed using it for catching up with forums and email, etc. rather than doing anything extensive.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Unless you are somehow going to force air into the chasis of that computer, any type of cooling pad isn't going to do anything.
     
  5. doboy macrumors 68000

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    I think he's talking about the ones with the fans since he said USB ones. I use one just for the heck of it when connecting to my 4K monitor since I had one already that wasn't being used.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    That's what I mean though, unless your cooling pad is itself liquid cooled (cold enough to suck heat from the aluminum of the macbook) it's not going to do anything. Fans against the aluminum of the macbook are going to make such a small difference to the internal temp of the machine that a cooling pad is more placebo for the user than anything to do with the heat of the machine.
     
  7. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Ah, I see what you mean.
     
  8. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    On that note, if you happen to find some type of cooling pad that works on a principle other than fans I'd be highly interested.
     
  9. maxsix Suspended

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    I have been using X-Pad for years.

    It's simple, light, well designed and doesn't use fans. Nicely finished with a grippy slip proof bottom it makes using the computer in your lap secure and cool.

    http://www.xpad4laptop.com/
     
  10. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    In the field now in Papua New Guinea with 1.2 rMB and it`s holding up, with an ambient of 32C. Don't worry LA & California has plenty of AC`s, maybe a little short on rainforests :)

    Q-6
     
  11. SSD-GUY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  12. noblex macrumors newbie

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    You'd need something based on a Peltier Cell. Too bad these things are inefficient as ****, meaning they will produce a lot more eat (and eat a lot power) on their warm side than how much they will be able to cool up your MB
     
  13. evec macrumors regular

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    I have coolmaster X-SLIM II in home and it very efficiency cool down the macbook because i need to run the android emulator and it made the machine run fully prevent reduce the CPU frequency down.
    However because the macbook 12 too light, the cooling pad with some noise due to the vibration,
    I use silicone sealant pasted around the connection between plastic and metal frame to fix it.
     

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