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What Laptop Cooler Are you using?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by sicariis, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Aug 2, 2018 #1 of 15

    sicariis New Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    I've seen lots of people mention using laptop coolers in other threads but they seem to be light on the specifics. So, I'm Looking to keep my New Bolt cool, without modding the case. So for folks using laptop coolers to keep their Bolts cool, what did you purchase?

    We know the Bolt Fan pushes air out of the case. Looking on Amazon their are a multitude of options from Multi Fan and LED monsters that all push air up. Has anyone found one of these that actually lets you toggle the LEDs?


    And the classic Belkin single fan model that pulls air away rather then push air up.


    Any thoughts on which style is most effective? Appreciate the input.
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    Idol New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
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    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
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  4. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    I just received the cheap Achieson from Amazon today.
    Not overly impressive. So far it’s lowered my Bolt ODT from 73 to 69. I’ll test it on my Roamios where I suspect it will be more effective due to more surface contact. For the Bolt I’m thinking about ordering the more expensive well reviewed

    EDIT: Now down to 67; maybe I’ll keep it.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018 at 6:24 PM
  5. leiff

    leiff Member

    Aug 24, 2005
    SF Bay area
    How loud is t? This can be run flat or at angle it looks like.
  6. rgr

    rgr Member

    Feb 21, 2003
  7. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    The slightest hum from a couple of feet away if you’re looking for it. Unnoticeable above the volume of the TV if you’re further away than that.
  8. sideshot

    sideshot New Member

    May 9, 2008
    glad i could help let us know how it works out
  9. rgr

    rgr Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Will do. My plan is to place these on my wire shelf, put a wire baking rack on top and then place the Bolt on the rack.
  10. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    The 80mm fans seem a little small for as large of an area heat seems to be spreading over the top surface of the case over the motherboard. There’s much more heat there than over the hard drive. So instead of dual 80mm fans I just ordered the single 140mm fan
    That’s 50% more surface area than the dual-80mm model and 10% more airflow. A single 80mm fan could always be daisy-chained onto it later over the hard drive but I have a feeling that would be unnecessary overkill. I saw in the Bolt+ temp thread someone also successfully used the single 140mm fan underneath the Bolt by raising it. I’ll try it on top with my cheap Achieson cooler pad underneath.
  11. copwriter

    copwriter Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    I just got this one:

    It’s got the blue LEDs (and if there’s a way to shut them off, I haven’t found it), but it’s almost totally silent. Without the lights, I couldn’t tell it’s on.
  12. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I also switch between a Thermaltake Massive 14 and a Zalman ZM-NC3 which isn't variable speed.

    I've posted about these at places like the below.

    Transfer of Lifetime from Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo for $99, with purchase of new Bolt
    Confirmed: Bolt is overheating and causing signal loss
    BOLT Stock Cooling SUCKS

    For a bit, I was picking up laptop coolers that were cheap at Fry's after rebate to cool my Bolt+, figuring they might not last that long (bearings could go bad). I think I have enough for now. I've got at least 1 more of yet another.
  13. rgr

    rgr Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    These came about an hour ago. I set them on my wire shelf and just placed the Bolt right on top of them. Temp started at 61. A half hour later it was down to 53. I do have the cablecard cover off (I'm using the Bolt OTA), but I've had that off for a couple days. Room temp is 76F.

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