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Removing Cooler Master Sickle Fan LED. 120MM or other brands.

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Any idea how to do these easily without having a shorten wire to ruin the pc? Just wondered cuz i'm tired of the LED lights in my case and i want to make it a bit darker inside so my UV reactive sleeves stand out a bit more than having Red and Green spot colors in my case lol..


I just wanted to see how it'll look like.

How do you remove them? Snip them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=cooler+master+sickleflow+120mm&x=0

These are the fans i have exactly!

Cuz i read a review somewhere online that if you remove the LED the fans get more power out of it and push more pressure. I don't know if this is true but i was just googling around and came across a feedback review about the fans i currently own and he claims it doesn't push enough pressure due to LED power draw. Meh i dunno but would like to know how to remove them however!
post #2 of 12
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*Bump* Anyone really? No experienced modders can't respond this? lol.
post #3 of 12
I removed the LED's from my CoolerMaster 230mm fans by desoldering them from the center PCB, then pulled it out of the holes around the fan. It's pretty easy, just make sure you don't short the + and - on the PCB. I don't know if my fans spin faster now, but in theory they should by a little bit since you are removing something that uses current.
    
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De-soldering them? I don't have a tool for that. But what color wire should i be cutting? I need a little more specifications though.

Do you have the same fans i have? Also should i be taping them so they won't short or can i take them off?
post #5 of 12
You can also snip them, but make sure that the leads don't touch each other. Just snip the LED wire, ones that go to the center of the fan. The fans that I removed the LED's from were 230mm Red CM fans. You can tape the ends so they don't short out.
    
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post #6 of 12
Can't you just cover the leds with a marker or something? That wouldn't include destroying the fans and you could easily have the leds back up again.
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There are LED wires for the middle and not to mention the fact on sides too. I notice the fan only generate leds from spinning that's all. Kinda like a energy generator lmao.

So i can just snip the wires that are leading to the LED under them and tie them down with electric tape? I have no idea about the middle LED cuz i'm a bit skeptic i'll accidently snip a wire that actually powers my fan to spin dude. Which is why i need a little bit more information how to snip them properly without screwing things up cuz i know wires have colors. I'm a bit wary in that area. I have done remove LEDS but some fans are a bit different which is why i wanted to take a step back and see what's best. I may swing by the local computer shop and see what other fans they have but i doubt they have anything to my liking cuz they're stupid sometimes lol.
post #8 of 12
The wires that power the fan are 3 wires, connected to each other. LED's are usually 2 wires coming directly from the center PCB, under the sticker. If you you are worried, you can just color the LED's black with a marker like Blizlake said. I highly doubt you are going to get more airflow by removing the LED's, even if you are it is going to be very little. IMO, not worth it unless you don't like having LED's. The reason I removed mine because I didn't like having 2 LED colors in my case, not its all blue.


EDIT: Here is a guide showing how to replace the LED's, but it also shows him snipping the LED's off. You can just do what he is doing, except the part about replacing the LEDs. It shows him cutting the LEDs at 1:20.
Edited by Sathirian - 1/5/12 at 11:55am
    
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post #9 of 12
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Well that helps. I know. I have considered buying higher CFM fans. I wanted to do a airflow experiment. Thanks! thumb.gif
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g.gif I have no idea about the middle LED cuz i'm a bit skeptic i'll accidently snip a wire that actually powers my fan to spin dude.
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