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Hello forum, I play with my phone a lot during loading or waiting time while gaming, my phone sits on my keyboard and it gets quite hot, since I am constantly running it with a charger connected. It might be a good idea to put some passive cooling on it. I was wondering if there are any material that can be use to do such task. I am using the samsung galaxy s3. The phone does get very warm and it will lag from time to time, I would assume from heat. I am really considered to find a effective way to cool this off. I will leave a rep+ for your help. Thanks in advance.
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I have the same predicament with heat on my s3 as well. I have mine in an otterbox commuter though so I think that contributes a lot. If I need to cool my phone off I remove the case. I'm not sure if that is applicable for your situation but would be worth a shot if so.
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When my phone gets hot, I usually put it face down on a cool, flat surface. Since most phones are plastic, they have poor heat conduction and I don't think there is a practical heatsink of any sort that would actually wick heat from the shell much faster than it is being created. It seems to me however that the (typically flat) glass face tends to cool the phone decently if you just set it facedown on a cool surface as mentioned above. It has high contact area due to being flat, and it feels to me like the gorilla glass (or whatever) is a better heat conductor than plastic.
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A few ways I have found so far, nothing that works really well, but still better than nothing.

First one I brought one of those heat water bags about the size of my phone, fill it up with cold water and let the phone sit on top while play. Of course it will soon turn into amp temp which becomes useless.

Second one I put tin foil on one of those square fiji water bottles, fill it up with cold water and hope the tin foil conducts heat for the water to absorb. Which of course becomes useless after about 30 mins.

Of course these methods are not the best, but it is still better than letting the phone burn with nothing on it. The water heats up and creates air bubbles inside, still helps a little but when it was cold it works a lot better.

I am not looking for anything big, something as small as putting a watercooling block on the phone will do just fine. I just don't want to let the heat to build up so I try to find something that helps absorb and disperse the heat.

Of course everything could be avoided if I can get apps to work with bluestacks on my PC. But bluestacks is still in beta so not many apps work with it. Still need to use my phone for a bit longer I guess.

EDIT: does anyone know how good are the bladeless fans? I saw some on ebay for about 5 bucks, it seem like a good active/passive method since in theory I can just place the phone on top and the fan will cool it, also since it is bladeless it will not make much noise.
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I'm not sure how good the cheaper ones are, but the larger ones for rooms seem pretty nice. You could either have the under the phone, or using the idea that the glass is a better conductor of heat as mentioned above, somehow position it so the fan is blowing across the glass surface. Idk worth a shot.
post #6 of 7
why not use one of those laptop coolers ? or why not make your own cooler.. just get two 42mm fans raised on some legs and make a plexi holder for them and place your phone on them smile.gif..
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Try and find yourself an aluminum block. You can glue felt on the bottom and sides if you are worried about it being conductive. I'm sure they make large heat sinks in the aftermarket you can purchase. Something you would see used on a car stereo amp. an electronics parts supply store would be a good place to start looking.
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