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I love my Minix X8H media player as I use it everyday for my entertainment purpose. The media player runs almost every day and I hardly switch it off. Problem faced with this is heating up (the system doesn’t heat up much, but since I don’t switch it off for long hours, it does heat up!). So I made my own USB Cooler Fan for the device.

Step 1:
Firstly you would need a CPU Cooler Fan and also an unused cable with Male head. Here I have used Cooler Master CPU Cooler fan since it works amazingly silent and has the quality. The USB cable came from an old notebook cooler device that stopped working. Hence it had only 2 wires which is negative/positive for power. This made it easier to connect to my CPU Fan’s negative/positive wires (normally labeled or represented by Black/Red on the connected head). I just connected the wires from the USB Male head with the wires from the USB Fan with sticky tape. Take note my USB Male head has an extra Female adapter which allows an extra USB port to be used with my Minix.

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Step 2:
To make sure the newly made USB Cooler Fan functions properly, I have tested it with a portable power supply of 5V (Power Bank) to make sure it doesn’t short circuit due to higher power being sent through and I let the fan to run for a few hours to make sure it does last and work. My testing worked fine and noticed the blue light on the fan was really cool.

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Step 3:
Once everything is working fine, I have used some double sided tapes so that we can stick the fan at the bottom of the Minix media player. I decided to stick it at the bottom as heat generates more at the bottom of the device than on top, but you can always place it on top as well. Please note, in my placement the fan blows air up towards the device from bottom and this is to keep the device cool and not to push out hot air.

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Step 4:
Now you can proceed to stick the Minix media player with the USB Cooler fan. Take note, in my scenario both the media player and fan was almost the same size, hence it didn’t look like an additional fan, instead looked like it was a holder for the media player.

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Step 5:
All is done, now you can connect the USB Male adapter to the USB port in the Minix media player and you should see dim blue light within the device and fan, which means the fan is spinning and your device is being cooled down as it is being used 🙂

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If you would like to get more information on how to workaround this method or would like to get information on how to cut USB cables or connecting them to fans, please do drop a comment. Do you have other ideas? Also do leave it in the comments section.

Posted at 10:00 am on January 25th, 2015 in My Workshop with 2,327 views



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