Your Cooling Pad Buying Guide

Woman in Swimming PoolWhen your laptop multiple things to accomplish, it tends to overheat quickly. Heat buildup can damage your laptop and heat can cause your laptop to become unstable. This may even lead to permanent damage. Using a cooling pad is a great solution in order to prevent weakened performance.  What should you look for in a cooling pad?

This guide will help you get the suitable cooling pad for your laptop.

  • Portability vs. Durability.

Getting the “right” cooling pad really depends on your lifestyle. Do not solely buy because this brand is famous; that’s totally wrong. Instead, know your laptop’s activity. Is it a desktop replacement? If it is a yes, you might want a more durable one. Metal or aluminum cooling pads would be better than the plastic ones. If you are travelling a lot, then, consider a plastic cooling pad. If your laptop is always on-the-go, consider a slim cooling pad that you can easily carry with you. Choose a cooling pad that is lightweight and portable.

  • Performance.

You should NOT get the cooling pad with the most fans. That’s the biggest mistake for most people because the number of fans does not matter. The important factor is the cubic feet per minute (or the CFM) of a cooling pad.  Why? Because the amount of air a cooling pad can disseminate is calculated in CFM. A cooling pad with a high CFM is better choice to cool your laptop compared to a cooling pad with multiple fans that has a lower CFM. When deciding which cooling pad to get, do not go for the pad with multiple fans and choose the one with the higher CFM.

  • Power Source.

Some cooling pads are powered independently and some are powered via USB port. Using a USB-powered cooling pad means you are losing a port and losing battery life too. Find a cooling pad with extra ports so you can still plug in your devices. There are also cooling pads that have optional adapters for dedicated power, but it would be quite a hassle because you would need to carry around another bulky accessory.

  • Heat Spots.

Every laptop is made different purposes. You have to know the specific areas that heat up quickly and find an adequate cooling pad for it. If the cooling pad does not address the heat spot, it is useless no matter how expensive it is. Always get the suitable cooling pad for your laptop and not because it is a popular choice.


Protect your laptop from more potential damage.

There are other habits you can avoid are: using your laptop under blazing sun, leaving your laptop in your car, and placing your laptop on your lap. Do not leave your laptop behind especially if you are going to be away for hours and you will just let it sit in a hot car. If it is in direct sunlight, move it. Handle it with utmost care. Laptops may forcibly shut down and refuse to function if they reach a certain level of heat.