How I made my own Liquid Metal on the cheap (and you can, too!)

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Falkentyne, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. jaybee83

    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    der8auer recently had a YT video on factory applied liquid metal on laptops (was it asus? dont remember) they had an interesting approach to use double sided sticky tape, so that spillage is taken care of.

    as for type of liquid metal, just go for what ure comfortable with / your wallet allows. either conductonaut as highend or self-made / ordered off ebay (gallinstan) for cheap :)

    there are also some threads here regarding selfmade solutions for spillage protection in notebooks.
     
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  2. dohcvtec

    dohcvtec Newbie

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    Okay, I am thinking one of these:
    - https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Griz...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

    - https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Perf...uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

    Which one is better?
     
  3. Falkentyne

    Falkentyne Notebook Prophet

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    1 gram of conductonaut for $23 is highway robbery. Seriously, buy a crucible, some 'needle nose' syringes and just make your own :/

    Syringes with needle tip (you do NOT want to use LM without special tips--too much will come out).
    https://www.amazon.com/BSTEAN-Syringe-Blunt-Tip-Needle/dp/B01HFTYINS/

    Indium 40 grams (20g * 2, so two orders):
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Indium-Met...510144?hash=item33f2d70600:g:xRQAAOSwze9c0MrH

    Tin: 20g
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tin-Metal-...604222?hash=item56b5a3e3be:g:10cAAOSwWo5bfyfM

    Gallium 100 grams:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0792TB9GX/

    And any graphite crucible you can stick in the oven to melt the stuff easily. Then all you need is a stirrer to stir, and some lint free swabs to apply LM to surfaces.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MEC5084/
    (I just ordered this just now. Checked feedback and people said the tips don't fall off like some of the other brands). You only want LINT FREE wipes. That's why you don't use Q-tips or something.

    Please compare the total prices (sans crucible, I'm sure most people can use a ghetto crucible anyway) and compare that with the 1g and 5g tubes of Conductonaut and see what's highway robbery or not. If someone somewhere finds that Conductonaut also consists of 1-2% Bismuth and Antimony, hell, grab that too.

    The only thing I left out is a digital gram scale. You can find those anywhere usually for less than $10. A ton of Amazon. If you do use those, put the gallium in plastic wrap or something at a cool temp so it doesn't touch the scale directly.

    There are no reviews of the Thermalright Silver King except in Japan. It's liquid metal.
    There's 3 grams on newegg but it's out of stock.

    https://www.newegg.com/p/2MB-001F-00010?Description=Thermalright silver king&cm_re=Thermalright_silver_king-_-9SIA4RE8XR6370-_-Product
     
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  4. Starlight5

    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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    I personaly don't use liquid metal - because on thin&light convertible laptops with low thermal capacity which will likely hit 80C+ even with LM it is asking for trouble - but if I did, I'd definitely follow this DIY guide. Hands up for great job!
     
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    luisxd Notebook Consultant

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    have you tried it? how did it work with temps?
     
  6. Falkentyne

    Falkentyne Notebook Prophet

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    Same as Conductonaut.
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    I use the gray type thermal compound and that works just fine and I don't think that cost that much. I found them as low as $6 dollars so not sure where your finding the $29 version. I used the gray thermal paste and so far laptop with upgraded CPU and my Desktop Rzy1500+ works just fine. No doing OC just standard.
     
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