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  • Leveraging Equipment's USB ports for cooling fans

    With all the new AVRs, DVD players, etc., coming out with USB ports. Anyone ever try to use these to power a laptop coolant fan? I figure this would be a nice cheap $10-30 solution mainly for open rack equipment, rather than spending a whole lot more $ (I'm thinking $80 and above/per) for some of the cooling solution out on the market today. What about using a cheap USB hub (AC-powered) if more than one fan is needed, like these:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_3u8tdfxh77_e
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    In my cabinet, I chain a bunch of PC fans together using this:

    http://www.coolerguys.com/840556088776.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BinaryLinguist
      In my cabinet, I chain a bunch of PC fans together using this:

      http://www.coolerguys.com/840556088776.html
      I have the same thing for my closed cabinet :)

      I was just wondering what people use for open ones. Stuff like the older Sony PS3 or Directv receivers get very hot, so a laptop cooler would seem to be a good cheap alternative to these:

      http://home-audio.audioadvisor.com/s...g+fans&x=0&y=0
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      • #4
        I see they now have usb fans:

        http://www.coolerguys.com/840556088417.html

        Would have been a cleaner/possibly slightly cheaper install than running a bunch of molex conversions :D
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        • #5
          Stop trying to be so practical and clean. :raspberry:

          When I get things setup again, I'll definitely NOT be daisy-chaining molex connections.

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