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The Best Laptop Cooling Pads of 2023

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Overheating can be a real problem with laptops, especially when gaming or using demanding applications like video editing software. As well as making it uncomfortable to use on your lap, the heat created by constantly pushing your system to its limits slows down performance, reduces stability, and over the long term, can even damage components. 

Keeping your laptop’s temperature under control is important for increasing both longevity and performance, and the easiest way to do this is with a cooling pad. While they all aim to do much the same thing, there are differences between the various models that affect how well they’ll work for certain people.

That’s why we’ve put together our recommendations for the best cooling pads you can use to keep your laptop at optimal working temperature, from high-powered versions meant for large gaming rigs to thin pads you can take anywhere.

One thing to note before we start: particularly with more powerful cooling pads, if you want to run the fans at full speed, you’ll need access to either a USB 3.x port on your laptop or a USB wall adapter that puts out at least 5-10 watts. USB 2.x ports and lower-power wall chargers don’t put out enough juice.

Best Laptop Cooling Pad: TopMate C12 Laptop Cooling Pad
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 16.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Fans: 3 large, 3 small
  • Maximum laptop size: 17.3 inch

Runner-Up, Best Laptop Cooling Pad: TECKNET ECP01505
  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 16.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Fans: 5
  • Maximum laptop size: 19 inch

Best Cooling Pad for Gaming Laptops: IETS GT300 Double Blower
  • Dimensions: 13.7 x 15.7 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Blowers: 2
  • Maximum laptop size: 17 inch

Best Budget Laptop Cooling Pad: CHIJIRE Laptop Cooling Pad
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 13.8 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Fans: 2
  • Maximum laptop size: 17 inch

Best Cooling Pad for 17-inch+ Laptops: Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB
  • Dimensions: 14 x 18.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Fans: 1
  • Maximum laptop size: 19 inch

Best Thin Laptop Cooling Pad: Havit HV-F2056
  • Dimensions: 11 x 14.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Fans: 3
  • Maximum laptop size: 17 inch

Best Laptop Cooling Pad: TopMate C12

TopMate C12 Laptop Cooling Pad RGB Gaming Notebook Cooler for Desk and Lap Use, Laptop Fan Stand 8 Adjustable Heights with 6 Quiet Fans and Phone Holder, for 15.6-17.3 Inch Laptops - Purple LED Light

The TopMate C12 might be a gaming-focused cooling pad, but it’s an impressive choice no matter what you use your laptop for. It’s a powerful beast, with a total of six fans: three bigger ones that can run at up to 1400 RPM, and three smaller fans that top out at 2400 RPM.

The fan speed is adjustable via the front panel, as is the number of fans in use, letting you tone things down if you’re doing less-demanding tasks. This is mainly for controlling the noise level, which can get quite loud when all of the fans are running at full output.

Because the C12 is primarily a gaming cooling pad, it has RGB lighting to match a gamer’s other gear. You can turn this off using the same front panel, though, if you prefer a more subtle look.

The pad has a convenient, albeit somewhat flimsy, smartphone holder on the side, so you won’t miss important notifications. You can also charge your phone or other mobile devices from either of the two USB slots on the rear of the pad.

One of the more useful features of the C12 is the adjustability of its base, which lets you tilt and raise the cooling pad through eight different levels to find the perfect viewing angle. The durable pad is wide enough to accommodate laptops with screen sizes up to 17.3″.

The TopMate C12 is one of the best laptop cooling pads right now, thanks to a winning combination of strong cooling power, impressive height/tilt adjustments, ability to handle larger laptops, and useful extras. Reasonably priced for everything it offers, it’s our top pick overall.

  • Six powerful, adjustable fans
  • Can accommodate up to 17.3″ laptops
  • Highly adjustable
  • RGB lights can be turned on/off
  • Phone stand and dual USB ports included
  • It can be noisy at maximum fan output
  • Phone stand is a little flimsy
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Runner-Up, Best Laptop Cooling Pad: TECKNET ECP01505

TECKNET Laptop Cooling Pad, RGB Gaming Laptop Cooler with 5 Quiet Fans, Dual USB Ports Laptop Fan Cooling Stand for 12-19 Inch Laptops

Despite its unwieldy name, the TECKNET ECP01505 is an impressive laptop cooling pad, and you’ll often find it a little cheaper than some of the other models we mention. Despite that lower price tag, though, it offers good cooling power and a number of useful features.

Five powerful fans run at up to 1400 RPM each, with a single larger fan in the center surrounded by four slightly smaller ones on each corner. Fan speed can be adjusted with a control wheel on the side of the unit. Combined with the pad’s mesh design that helps with airflow, the ECP01505 has plenty of cooling power for most laptops.

Noise levels are also surprisingly low, the fans generating only around 30dB at maximum speed. As a comparison, a quiet library will typically be about 40dB: this is about as close to silent as you’ll get from a cooling pad.

The base of the pad is sturdy and wide enough to support at least a 17″ laptop. The company rates it higher, up to 19″, but we’d probably opt for the Thermaltake model (below) at that point. Height adjustment range is reasonable but not amazing: you’ve got three options, with a maximum rear lift of 3.5″. 

There are a pair of USB sockets on the side: one for powering the cooling pad itself, and the other for connecting or charging other devices. RGB lighting illuminates the sides of the pad, and can be changed or switched off via a button on the front.

In short, if you’ve got a larger laptop or our top pick is out of stock or more expensive than usual, the TECKNET ECP01505 is a worthy alternative.

  • Excellent cooling power
  • Can support up to at least a 17″ laptop
  • Inexpensive
  • Limited height adjustment
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Best Cooling Pad for Gaming Laptops: IETS GT300 Double Blower

IETS GT300 Double Blower Laptop Cooling Pad for 14-17 Inch Gaming Laptop, Cooler Pad with Dust Filter, Flexible Rubber Ring, Colorful Lights,Adjustable Mount Stand,Third Gear Speed

Serious gaming laptops put out a lot of heat, and often struggle to stay cool when running demanding games, especially if you play for long periods. Most cooling pads don’t move enough air to really drop the temperatures of machines like these, but a few specialized versions are up to the job.

Of those, our pick is the IETS GT300 Double Blower, a high-end pad with a design and features not found elsewhere. A clue to the first of those features is in the name: the GT300 uses two 4500rpm blowers (i.e., not fans) to create a serious amount of wind.

To make the most of that hurricane-like blast, the pad has a rubber gasket around the edge that locks the laptop in place and creates a firm seal. This means that moving air doesn’t escape out the sides: rather, it rushes around underneath the laptop and past the vents to maximize the amount of cooling going on.

By default, a gasket appropriate for a 15″ laptop is installed on the pad. There’s also a 17″ version in the box: it’s a bit fiddly to install, but you’ll only need to do it once.

The downside of all that power, unsurprisingly, is the noise. At full speed (there are three blower settings), the pad is really quite loud. It won’t bother you if you’re wearing headphones or gaming in a room by yourself, but if you’re working or sharing a space with others, you’ll definitely want to dial things back.

The dual air intakes for the blowers unlatch so you can install and remove the included washable cotton filters. Dust is a major cause of heat buildup in laptops, so anything that helps keep it out of the internals is very welcome. It’s rare to see this kind of attention to detail from a manufacturer, and we appreciate it.

There’s plenty of height adjustment on offer, with seven different positions available (including dead flat). Unsurprisingly from a gamer-focused cooling pad, RGB lighting is also included: you get seven different colors and four different modes, which can be turned off if you prefer a more subtle approach.

The only real downsides of the GT300 are the price (it’s noticeably more expensive than more basic models) and the need for your laptop to have air vents on the bottom for the pad to be effective. Most gaming laptops do, but not all, so be sure to check before you buy.

  • Powerful cooling capability
  • Seven height adjustment levels
  • Air filters to keep dust out
  • Unique and effective design
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Only works if your laptop has air vents on the base
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💻 Looking for other gaming gear? We’ve got recommendations for gaming laptops, mice, and wireless keyboards as well.

Best Budget Laptop Cooling Pad: CHIJIRE Laptop Cooling Pad

7-16 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad | Ultra Slim Portable USB Powered (2 Quiet Big Fans), Gaming Laptop Cooler 800-1200RPM Adjustable, 6 Heights Adjustment, 2 USB Port, Lightweight Portable (RGB)

Looking to save money? There are dozens of cheap Chinese-made options on the market, but the CHIJIRE laptop cooling pad is the best we’ve come across.

Two large variable-speed fans and a mesh design ensure enough cooling power for most casual users, and you can control the fan speed (800-1200RPM) via a wheel on the side.

Having only two fans that spin at a comparatively low speed means that this is one of the quietest laptop pads you’ll find, topping out at around 30db. The downside, however, is that it doesn’t pump through as much air as some of the alternatives, so it’s better for low to moderate cooling requirements.

This pad also doubles as a capable laptop stand, thanks to an adjustable metal foot that provides six different options for the amount of rear tilt you prefer. Supporting up to a 17-inch machine, the base has a built-in baffle at the front to keep your laptop from sliding off.

You get a pair of USB ports, but that’s about it for extra features. A couple of different models are available: one plain, and one with an RGB light strip one each side. You’ll usually a few bucks more for the version with flashy lights.

The plastic body of the CHIJIRE feels a little cheap and flimsy, though that’s more forgivable at this end of the price range, and does mean it’s nice and light if you need to move it around regularly. Overall, this is a good budget cooling pad option for remote workers who use their laptops for long periods of time.

  • Inexpensive
  • Wide range of height adjustments
  • Quiet
  • Cheap plastic body
  • Limited cooling power compared to others on this list
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Best Cooling Pad for 17-inch+ Laptops: Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB

Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB Steel Mesh Panel Single 200mm Fan 10'‐19' Laptop Notebook Cooling Pad CL‐N014‐PL20SW‐A

Thermaltake is known for making impressive cooling solutions, from CPU fans and liquid coolers to high-end laptop cooling pads. The best pad in its lineup, particular for those with larger laptops, is the Massive 20 RGB.

The cooling pad can support up to 19″ laptops, making it one of the largest you can get. The base is very rugged and durable, but surprisingly lightweight for its size. That size, however, isn’t small, so don’t plan to be dropping this pad in your carry-on anytime soon.

The Massive 20 RGB opts for one large fan instead of several smaller ones as most cooling pads do. This gives it the advantage of being quieter than usual, but limits its performance somewhat. While it’s fine for casual users, it’s sadly not really powerful enough for most gaming laptops.

The RGB lights are a nice touch, located around the edges of the unit to provide a subtle lighting effect. You can turn them off or choose between five light settings.

This cooling pad does fall a little flat when it comes to height adjustments, though. It can only tilt a measly 19 degrees from the table surface, which is pretty limiting for most people.

Overall, the Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB has some hits and a few misses, which prevents it from rating higher on this list. If you have an especially large laptop, however, there’s no better cooling pad for the job.

  • Large base that supports up to 19″ laptops
  • Subtle RGB lighting
  • Single large fan for quieter operation
  • Cooling power isn’t enough for demanding uses
  • Limited height adjustment
  • Expensive
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Best Thin Laptop Cooling Pad: Havit HV-F2056

havit HV-F2056 15.6'-17' Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans), Black/Blue

The Havit HV-F2056 is one of the best thin cooling pads we’ve found so far. Due to its thin profile and light weight, it’s a fantastic choice for digital nomads and anyone else regularly needing to cool their laptops on the go.

The HV-F2056 is powered by three fans running at 1100 RPM. They have a combined airflow output of 65 CFM (cubic feet per minute), which is above average for a pad this size.

The base, while thin, is made of durable ABS material. It has an anti-skid surface that prevents the laptop from slipping, an important consideration when you may not have a stable surface to place the pad on.

The main drawback of the HV-F2056 is the limited height adjustment, which makes it harder to find an ideal position with it. Nevertheless, it’s still an impressively thin cooling pad with good cooling power and great portability.

  • Thin and lightweight
  • Good cooling power
  • Skid-free surface
  • Limited height adjustment
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Wrapping It Up

The TopMate C12 Laptop Cooling Pad is our top pick thanks to its impressive great cooling power, wide range of supported laptop sizes, and multitude of height adjustments. It’s the only cooling solution you’ll need for most situations inside the house.

The only time you’ll ever need to look for something more powerful is for a gaming rig, which is where the IETS GT300 Double Blower comes in.

Are you on a tight budget? You can go for either the TECKNET ECP01505  (with more cooling power but limited ergonomics) or the CHIJIRE (less cooling power but with better height adjustments,) depending on what you value more.

Digital nomads will do well with the portable Havit HV-F2056, while the Thermaltake Massive 20 RGB is the best choice for those with extra-large laptops.

Main image via My Hardy/, product images via Amazon

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Founder and editor of Too Many Adapters, Dave has been a traveler for 25 years, and a geek for even longer. When he's not playing with the latest tech toy or working out how to keep his phone charged for just a few more minutes, he can probably be found sitting in a broken-down bus in some obscure corner of the planet.

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