- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 40.6 x 1 cm ; 771 g
- Shipping Weight: 821 g
- Item model number: HS17A
- ASIN: B001IZLGCW
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 4 2009
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,082 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
ThermaPAK Technologies HS17A Laptop Cooling Heat Shift Pad 17-Inch, Black
- Uses unique cooling crystals to cool
- No need for refrigeration
- Automatically cools by itself
- Generates no noise
- Uses no fans, no laptop power
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Amazon.ca Product Description
ThermaPAK Laptop Cooling HeatShift Pad is the most effective solution against laptop computer heat. The HeatShift Pad performs better than USB cooling devices which typically use primitive fans.
From the Manufacturer
ThermaPAK HeatShift Laptop Cooler is the most advanced, convenient, and stylish solution against laptop heat. The HeatShift Laptop Cooler can sit right on your lap or on a table and begin to cool down your laptop better than any noisy, dusty, fan based USB cooling devices. It uses ThermaPAK's patented HeatShift Technology to cool quickly and effectively so that you prolong the life of your laptop and prevent your arms and legs from getting burned. It is made of safe eco-friendly cooling crystals that have been proven to lower laptop temperatures by more than 10 degrees. The award winning HeatShift Laptop Cooler cools the entire laptop while promoting air flow through the intricate grooved design. It requires no power, no refrigeration, and generates no noise. The unique cooling crystals used in the HeatShift Technology absorb the heat from a laptop computer. Once the crystals absorb the heat, it dissipates the heat to cooler areas by melting into a gel. When the laptop is cool or not being used, the gel changes back into a solid by itself. Award winning patented cooling technology: Cools laptops by more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit Prolongs battery life and laptop life Helps bring the laptop to comfortable operating temperatures Prevents laptop heat from affecting you work Cools faster and quieter than fan based USB devices Cools entire laptop Does not build or blow harmful dust to your laptop computer Cools using no excess power or noisy fans Cooling crystals require zero maintenance or refrigeration Grooved channels optimize airflowDesign: Lightweight and designed to fit up to 17” laptop computers Comfortable and convenient Use it on your lap, on the desk, and easily stores in your laptop bag. Lightweight and foldable Airport TSA checkpoint friendlyQuality and Care: Made of eco-friendly materials Lifetime Warranty Hand wash and air dry
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When it is cold you can bend it and feel & hear the solid crystals crunching inside. As the pad heats up it becomes more pliable as the crystals start turning to liquid. It works, but as others have mentioned prolonged usage heats it to the point of diminishing returns. I'm considering purchasing a second pad for long work sessions. An example would be a 2 hr length movie ... by the end of the movie the pad will be warm and a bit uncomfortable if it is sitting in your lap but, for the majority of that time it works well.
For all the other advantages this cooling pad offers (0 power & total silence), I feel comfortable recommending it.
I cannot recommend this item unless you never run your laptop for longer than 3-4 hours. After that, the "crystals" soften as described, but that is where the accuracy of the manufacturer's description ends. It does not continue to cool once it becomes warm itself, no matter what they say. It's a great-sounding idea that doesn't live up to its hype.
I can definitely recommend the Belkin F5L001 Laptop Cooling Stand. It is a USB device, but I find the fan to be very quiet, the design intelligent, and the cooling effective.
First of all I use my laptop for gaming so my video card can hit over 200 fahrenheit and my duo processors can hit over 150 fahrenheit. With most fan based system they lowered my processors by 20-30 and my video card by 20. Still really hot, and that was using cooling plates with 1-3 fans I found they all worked about equally well.
With some of the fan based systems, I found them to be in poor quality and often difficult.
The first one I had, had one fan. It sucked up so much dirt and lint that it would humm and ding. The sound was dreadful when trying to do any type of work or watch movies. I had to clean it out by unscrewing all the screws and pull out all the hair and lint stuck in the fan. After awhile I just ended up banging on it to stop it from making noise after a few weeks and a lot of banging it stopped working.
The Second fan system I got had well two fans, I thought more fans more cooling power. It did the exact same as the first one. The design of this one was more the problem. It had I kid you not a 3 feet cord, that had to be plugged into both the computer and the system its self. I have no idea why I would need 3 feet of cord, unless I was cooling a laptop and plugging it into a desktop/laptop 3 feet away. It came unplugged from the system its self all the time and it also had a on/off switch on the cord that would constantly get turned off no idea how but it did. After 2 months of use it just one day died.
I have had few more and they all had issues such as these, none of them lasted or were put up with for more then a few months.
So when I saw this new cooling pad that uses no power no plug nothing at all I was thrilled. But alas it didn't preform as I hoped. It cools down my laptop at the same rate as the fan based systems. But with the ability to flex and bend it easy to travel with. I don't have to deal with another cord hanging off my laptop. While it isn't going to cool your laptop down so much you can overclock it, it helps with the daily use of the laptop. I prefer this cooling pad to all the fan based systems I have so far tried.
If your looking for a product that will cool your computer during 20-30 minutes of use, then maybe this product is for you. On the other hand, if your planning to use this product for an hour or more, then move on and find another product. As some of the other reviews have already described, this padding is filled with heat absorbing crystals that are designed to absorb the heat from your laptop and keep it cool. During this absorbing process, the crystals go from a solid to a liquid. From there it should almost become obvious what the problem is. Once all the crystals have liquefied, there is nothing left to assist in cooling your laptop. Furthermore, once the crystals have liquefied, the pad actually flattens and BLOCKS the airflow into the laptop!!!! As you can guess, this made my laptop heat up even faster and hotter than it did WITHOUT the pad!!! The absolute opposite of what it was designed to do.
One last issue of note, I only had this product for two (2) days before returning it. My last use and the following occurrence solidified my decision to get this thing out of my house as quickly as possible.
I had been using my computer for over an hour (as I always do) when it finally reached the point that my laptop was so hot, that I had to shut it down to avoid damaging it's components. Disappointed in my new purchase, I took the time to really look it over and study it's design. All those great little 'hills' and 'valley's' that should allow for the air to flow beneath my computer were GONE. The pad had become flat. But here's where prospective buyers should really take note. I tossed this pad on my table and left it there to cool for several hours. Upon my return, the pad was still flat. It NEVER regained its shape and the crystals never reformed. My guess is that at a certain temperature(to which my laptop reached using this product), the crystals were rendered worthless and unable to regenerate.
Buyers BEWARE! Avoid this product.
For starters, the actual cooling process when the gel becomes a liquid really does occur, it physically gets cooler after heating up. However, if you have a laptop that creates a lot of heat and is larger, the pad becomes a gel very quickly and stops absorbing heat. (here are my specs:
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit or 64-bit)
Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor (PM965 chipset = socket P @ 667mhz or 800mhz) and (PM45 chipset = Socket P with 800mhz or 1066mhz)
3072 or 4096MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM or 4096MB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
250GB/320GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive w/ 8MB cache2
17.0" Ultrabright TFT Active Matrix (1440 x 900 - 1920 x 1200 max. resolution)
FX Design with Copper Core Accent
Intel® PM965 Chipset and NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8800GTS with 512MB of GDDR3 discrete video memory or PM45 Chipset with NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTS with 1024MB of GDDR3
8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVDRW with DVD-RAM featuring Labelflash(tm)Technology3
Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Web Cam).
The creators claim that even after the solid has turned to gel the pad continues to cool, this claim is false. The pad simply heats up and makes the laptop even hotter. If you use your laptop for long periods of time or if it generates a lot of heat, this product is only effective for part of the time and is not for you.