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Laptop Cooling Fans 101

eiodotcom —  September 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is an introduction to some of our laptop cooling products.

Is a Laptop Cooler Really Important?

One thing that any laptop owner should be aware of is the fact that all electronic devices generate a certain amount of energy… simply by being used.  This energy is then used and dispersed in the form of heat, which is the reason why your laptop may heat up from time to time.  Manufacturers are aware of this problem, and consequently build their products to withstand a certain threshold of temperatures.  In this sense, laptops are already equipped with cooling fans and vents throughout the device. But as is often the case, overheating may and often does occur.  Consequently, whether or not a customer should look into purchasing a cooling fan depends on the individual habits of that person, as well as how and under what circumstances they plan on using the product.

Factors That Cause Excessive Heat That May Harm Your Laptop

Surrounding Temperatures:

Laptops are usually designed to withstand temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius maximum.  If, for example, you live in an area that regularly exceeds this maximum temperature, the likelihood of your device experiencing problems would be quite high.  Heat often builds up and takes some time to disperse from the inner casing of a laptop.  So if your equipment was permanently in a location with high temperatures, it would be a good idea to have something to cool it off before serious damage is done to the product.

Customer Use:
Many times customers enjoy using their laptops in conditions other than sitting at a desk or a table.  The reason they purchased the product, after all, was for the sake of mobility and comfort.  What often happens, however, is that customers begin using their laptops on the bed, sofa, carpet flooring, and especially their laps, and inadvertently block off the cooling vents.  This prevents any cooling air from escaping from the laptop.

 

In this sense, if you want to experience the full joy of owning a laptop and maintain the luxury of using it wherever you choose, it may be a good idea to purchase a laptop cooling fan.

Products:

 

Macally ECOFAN Bamboo Cooling Stand

 

Brand MacAlly
Model ECOFAN
Spec
Type Docking Stations / Stands / Coolers
Features
Features Organic
Eco-friendly
Ultimate thermal solution

 

 

 

 

 

COOLER MASTER R9-NBC-2WAK-GP NotePal X1 Notebook Cooler

Brand Cooler Master
Model R9-NBC-2WAK-GP
Spec
Accessory Type Cooler
Specifications
Dimension (W / H / D): 14.37″ x 11.42″ x 2.13-2.76″
Fan Dimension (W / H / D): 4.72″ x 4.72″ x 0.98″
Bearing Type: Sleeve
Fan Life Expectancy: 30,000 hours
USB Port: USB2.0/1.1 x 2
Weight: 1.61 lbs.
Safety: FCC / CE / C-tick
Fan Airflow: 23 ~ 44 CFM
Rated Voltage: 5 VDC
Features
Features
Stylish design Large metal mesh surface for great cooling performance

Perfect wrist-resting position allows users to work at ease

Fan speed control

Convenient usage on the knee

Better airflow with ventilation at bottom

Ergonomic design provides perfect viewing angle

Two different height settings

Four anti-slip rubbers prevents the notebook from sliding

Convenient usage anywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIIG AC-CL0112-S1 Swivel and Tilt Notebook Cooler

Brand SIIG
Model AC-CL0112-S1
Specifications
Type Cooler
Specifications Fan speed: 2000 RPM
Air flow: 19 CFM
Noise: 21.26 dBA
Operating current: 0.14A

System Requirements
Notebook computer with an available USB port

Features
Features
  • Fits 11″ – 15.4″ notebooks
  • Ultra silent fan
  • 360 degree swivel base
  • Ergonomic adjustable tilt
  • USB powered – no additional external power needed
  • Extends notebook’s life by lowering its operating temperature
  • Protects your lap and prevents heat damage to your furniture
  • 6 level adjustable tilt, from 20 – 50 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermaltake CLN0008 Thermaltake Massive23 CS Notebook Cooling Stand

Brand Thermaltake
Model CLN0008
Spec
Accessory Type Cooler
Specifications
Dimension: 360(L) x 319(W) x 52(H) mm
Heatsink Material: Aluminum
Fan Dimension: Ø 200×20 mm
Rated Voltage: 5 V
Rated Current: 0.22 A
Started Voltage: 3.5 V
Fan Speed: 600±200 R.P.M.
Max. Air Flow: 57 CFM
Max. Air Pressure : 0.37 mmH2O
Noise: 17 dBA
Accessory: USB to DC Cable
Weight: 3.55 lbs. (1.61Kg)
Features
Features Embedded ultra silent 23cm variable color LED Fan with On/Off switch.

Intakes massive cold airflow for best cooling effect

Aluminum material with black stylish design

Great combination of ergonomic and anti-slip design with versatile angle for optimal operating comfort.

Supports laptop dimensions 10″ ~ 17″, especially for wide-screen laptop.

 

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Arduino: an Introduction

eiodotcom —  May 16, 2012 — 5 Comments

Today’s Eio post will cover the Arduino.

Picture of Arduino, courtesy of Arduino.cc

What is it?

The makers of Arduino define it as “an open-source microcontroller platform, designed for ease of use in terms of both hardware and software.” In other words, it is a popular open-source electronic development board that “is capable of controlling just about any DIY hardware project.” It possesses a basic code (for example, it can turn an LED on, or fan to a certain temperature), so that you do not have to be a master coder or programmer. And Arduinos are at the heart of most DIY electronic projects.

If you are still having trouble conceptualizing what an Arduino is, Lady Yaya, founder of Adafruit, explains arduinos less by definition and more by example. She says this:

“The ‘what is Arduino?’ is still a little vague, and that’s the Arduino’s strength. It’s the glue people use to connect tasks together.The best way to describe an Arduino is with a few examples. Want to have a coffee pot tweet when the coffee is ready? Arduino. Want to have a Professor X Steampunk wheelchair that speaks and dispenses booze? Arduino. Want to make a set of quiz buzzers for an event out of Staples’ Easy Buttons? Arduino.

Why are they so popular?

As I mentioned before, you don’t have to be a master programmer or coder to use Arduinos. Ehow says there is a certain Arduino programming “environment” which makes Arduinos extremely beginner- and user-friendly. The prewritten software and language is easy to learn for beginners. Arduinos also possess prewritten libraries which “allow you to add complex functionality to your programs quickly and easily.” This user-friendly environment is why Arduinos are so popular.

And if you’re a more advanced user, Arduinos have the ability to program code directly. Or, if you’re super ambitious, hardware design information is available for those who would like to assemble an Arduino by hand.

Furthermore, Arduino related resources, such as tutorials, online-forums, and DIY projects, abound on the internet, making Arduino even more accessible to the electronic enthusiast.

Some helpful forums include: arduino.cc forums and Adafruit forums. Ehow has a whole host of Arduino related posts. There are even entire blogs devoted to Arduino projects, hints, and tips!

Here are some neat Arduino development boards Eio carries:

Arduino Mega 2560

SeeedStudio ARD128D2P Seeeduino V3.0(Atmega 328P)

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