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Cooling Dock DH

Cooling Dock DH

Regular price $169.00 USD
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Silent Passive Heatsink Cooling for Closed-Screen Laptops

Description

The Cooling Dock model DH is sculpted from solid aluminum to support and silently cool current and prior generation Apple laptops (see specs).

The DH features an angular design, and uses a non-touch air current to extract heat from the laptop processors and transfer it to a massive 3.2 pound solid aluminum heatsink with extra large passthrough air hole and channel for silent cooling, as well as active airflow cooling and direct internal laptop processor cooling on compatible laptops when used with an optional Fx Cooling Fan accessory.

The DH and all Cooling Dock models feature a unique and stable leaning configuration for easy closed-screen clamshell setup while the laptop remains connected to cables and safely in a padded cradle with adjustable / replaceable laptop support pads. All SVALT products are made with enduring metal construction milled from solid aluminum in the Pacific Northwest. All SVALT products use modular bolted / snapped assemblies and ship with the tools required for right-to-repair servicing, exchanging and upgrading.

Options

SVALT Cooling Dock model DH 2nd generation with noted generations diagram 1st and 2nd Generation Designs
The DH is available with a new 2nd generation design that includes a new thinner edge laptop protection pad system and a front horizontal air channel with curving cutouts for improved airflow and heatsink cooling, as well as a revised laptop support design that offers improved fit compatibility with current and prior generation Apple laptops. The 2nd gen DHCR is recommended for all laptops.

SVALT Cooling Dock model DH 2nd generation with noted Cooling Fan Fx diagram Cooling Fan Fx
The DH has been designed to work with the optional Cooling Fan Fx accessory that boosts heatsink cooling, as well as providing direct internal processor cooling on on 2021-2023 MacBook Pros (M2/M1 Pro/Max), 2012-2015 MacBook Pros (Intel Retina) and 2010-2017 MacBook Airs (Intel non-Retina). The Fx can be bundled with the DH or purchased separately later. The Fx comes in multiple fan configurations. The B16 is recommended for most users as a baseline of always-on ultra-quiet cooling. The W20 is recommended for more aggressive cooling that can be used in less noise sensitive environments or switched on as needed. The R17 falls between the B16 and W20. The Fx can be ordered with one of the fan models installed, with the B16 installed and the other two fans included for exchange, or without a fan and electronics for a DIY setup.

SVALT Cooling Dock model DH 2nd generation with noted Fx modular diagram Future Options
The Cooling Fan Fx can be order separately in the future, and the Fx’s bolt and snap modular system allows for easy fan exchange through accessories, and will work with any standard 80x80mm fan. We also offer a variety of upgrade options to our customers.

Features

SVALT Cooling Dock model DH 2nd generation with noted features diagram 2nd Gen New Features Overview
  • Thinner edge laptop protection pad system for improved heatsink cooling.
  • Front horizontal air channel with curving cutouts for improved airflow and heatsink cooling.
  • Laptop support revised for improved fit compatibility with current and prior generation Apple laptops.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH with noted features diagram 2nd and 1st Gen Features Overview
  • Silent passive airflow and passive heatsink cooling.
  • Externally cools laptop enclosure at processors.
  • Passive airflow cooling through air channels.
  • Active airflow cooling with Cooling Fan Fx accessory.
  • Fx internally cools laptops with center intake vent.
  • Clamshell setup with laptop safely in padded cradle.
  • Replaceable user installed laptop retention pad.
  • Works with a wide variety of laptops.
  • Made from solid aluminum in Portland, Oregon.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH cooling diagram Passive Cooling Features
  • 3.2 pound extra heavy heatsink milled from solid 6061 aluminum absorbs heat from laptop. The heavier heatsink with continuous solid construction increases thermal mass capacity, heat absorption, heat flow and cooling.
  • Central air hole channels natural passive airflow for cooling laptop and heatsink.
  • Open space through padding for channeling cool airflow from central air hole and then exhausting hot air above.
  • Minimal padding area for radiant heat transfer from laptop to heatsink.
  • Dock width, front horizontal air channel with curving ends and central passthrough air hole align with laptop vents for improved operation of the laptop’s built-in cooling system.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH cooling with Fx diagram Optional Active Airflow Cooling Features
  • Optional Cooling Fan Fx accessory adds a boost of active airflow cooling to heatsink Cooling Dock DHCR, DHC and DH models.
  • Back cooling fins and air channels transfer heat to active airflow.
  • Through hole connects to front air channel to flush out hot air.
  • Drives cooling air into compatible laptop center intake vent for direct internal processor cooling, such as with 2021-2023 MacBook Pros (M2/M1 Pro/Max).
  • Drives cooling air onto laptop enclosure for direct external cooling.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH workstation diagram Workstation Features
  • Compact product footprint for more open desktop.
  • Heavy mass for increased stability.
  • Non-slip feet for stable workstation placement.
  • Two threaded underside holes for securing dock to media carts or for theft prevention.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH clamshell mode diagram Clamshell Mode Features
  • Leaning vertical closed-screen clamshell mode support for easy and secure clamshell mode setup with access to power, Touch ID and keyboard while safely held within padded cradle and connected to cables.
  • Disables laptop screen to optimize graphics for improved external display performance.
  • Reduces laptop screen, keyboard, trackpad and battery use for increased lifespan.
  • Uses external display, keyboard and trackpad / mouse for improved ergonomics.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH laptop compatibility diagram Device Compatibility Features
  • Leaning support for compatibility with a wide range of laptops, tablets and other devices.
  • Angled lower support shelf and non-slip padding for holding device in place.
  • Optional user installed laptop retention pad locks device in place.
  • Support system designed for universal Mac and PC laptop fit and cooling.
  • Optimized fit and active airflow cooling with a wide variety of laptops.
  • The new 2nd generation DH model includes a new thinner edge laptop protection pad system and a front horizontal air channel with curving cutouts for improved airflow and heatsink cooling, as well as a revised laptop support design that offers improved fit compatibility with current and prior generation Apple laptops.


SVALT Cooling Dock model DH modularity diagram Right-to-Repair Modularity Features
  • Modular bolt/snap assembly for customer servicing, replacement, exchange or upgrade (optional Fx).
  • Bolt-on fan with standard 3/4-pin fan connection for customer servicing, replacement, exchange or upgrade with nearly any 80x80x25mm fan (optional Fx).
  • Product ships with all of the tools required for disassembly (optional Fx).
  • Packaging system works with all Cooling Dock models.
Material and Component Quality Features
  • High-quality 6061 aluminum structure for extra strength and durability.
  • Anodized aluminum finish for matching Mac laptop finishes.
  • Metal construction for long life span and end-of-life recyclability.
  • High-quality fans with long life performance (optional Fx).
  • High-quality components over-specced for increased performance and life.
  • Minimal use of plastic for reduced environmental impact.
  • Biodegradable package cushioning for reduced impact.
Company Features
  • Designed and crafted with care in and around Portland, OR, USA.
  • Design driven by a passion to make best-in-class products.
  • Innovative design with patents issued and/or pending.
  • Support and trade-ins for anyone with a SVALT product.
Note: See Cooling Fan Fx product page for associated features.

Specifications

Cooling System Specs
  • The DH uses a large heatsink sculpted from solid aluminum to provide silent cooling. However, in addition to the silent cooling, the heatsink’s backside air scope and extra large passthrough air hole are designed for active airflow cooling with the optional Cooling Fan Fx accessory that boosts heatsink cooling and internally cools processors on compatible laptops. The Fx can be purchased bundled with the DH, or can be purchased separately later. Note that the 2nd generation DH model includes an extra large frontside horizontal air channel with curving for improved active airflow cooling with the Fx.
  • Note: See Product Setup page for product setup, operation and additional user guide resources.
Device Compatibility Specs
  • Compatible Apple / Mac Laptops: The 2nd generation DH model is compatible for cooling and fit with Mac laptop models from the last decade, as well as other devices per the compatibility criteria listed below. The 2nd gen model is recommended for most laptops over the 1st gen model as the 1st gen model has more limited compatibility to MacBook Pro 16/15/13” TouchBar 2016-2020, MacBook Pro 15/13” Retina 2012-2015, MacBook Air 13” M1 2020-2021, MacBook Air 13” Retina 2018-2020, MacBook Air 13/11” 2008-2017, and MacBook 12” Retina 2015-2018 laptops.
  • Compatible PC Laptops: Most standard to small PC laptops and other devices per the compatibility criterial listed below.
  • Compatibility Criteria for Types: Works with the following device and screen types: 1) Laptops operated in closed-screen clamshell mode while connected to an external display, keyboard/mouse and power supply. 2) Laptops with convertible/flip touchscreen, either while in a standalone configuration with touchscreen, or while also connected to a second display and/or keyboard/mouse. 3) Tablets with touchscreen, either standalone or connected to an additional display.
  • Compatibility Criteria for Fit: Works with devices that are up to approximately 1.100 inches thick, but will vary depending on the bottom edge shape of the device. An optional laptop retention pad can be installed to lock the laptop in place.
  • Compatibility Criteria for Cooling: Works with devices that do not have hot air exhaust vents located within the 4.500 inch center portion of the bottom edge (screen hinge edge on laptops). Cooling performance improves with devices that have the following attributes, where more attributes result in more cooling: 1) Metal enclosures / chassis to absorb heat and then transfer it to passive cooling airflow and heatsink thermal mass. 2) Devices used without customer installed surface covering that traps heat, reducing the ability to transfer heat to surroundings. 3) Processor location centered and near bottom edge to align the device’s highest temperature location with the most cooling for the largest heat transfer potential through passive cooling airflow and heatsink thermal mass. 4) Cool air intake vent locations centered on the bottom edge for direct internal cooling from the passthrough hole when used with the optional Cooling Fan Fx accessory.
  • Note: See Laptops page to learn about Apple laptop’s built-in cooling systems and SVALT model recommendations.
Dimensional Specs
  • Product Side to Side: 4.8 inches.
  • Product Front to Back: 4.1 inches.
  • Product Top to Bottom: 4.1 inches.
  • Product Weight: 3.2 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 lbs.
Note: See Cooling Fan Fx product page for associated specifications.

Colors

SVALT anodized aluminum gray, black and silver colors Aluminum Finish Colors
(listed from left to right)
  • Gray bead blasted anodize finish.
  • Black bead blasted anodize finish.
  • Silver bead blasted anodize finish.
Notes
  • Anodized parts are pre-finished by hand and then anodized by hand in small batches. The anodize color may vary slightly between parts.
  • Matte black anodize finish may show some finger prints, but can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth, or using a damp cloth with soap and water.
  • Anodized part’s bottom and/or back surfaces are considered non-cosmetic finish.
  • Satin silver and glossy black anodized finishes are brighter than matte anodize.
Thermally Conductive Material Finish
  • The thermally conductive interface is engineered and assembled for technical performance (thermal coupling and preventing metal-to-metal scratching) over cosmetics.
  • The interface is not engineered to be perfectly even in color or finish, however, surface color variations from the thermal padding may even out over time with exposure to heat from device coupling.
  • The underlying aluminum surface is pre-finished and anodized for improved coupling and not for a perfectly even color finish.
  • The yellow-orange color hue varies depending on the underlying anodized aluminum color with silver being the brightest and black being the darkest.
  • The thermally conductive surface can absorb oil from fingers and hand. A white microfiber cloth is provided to clean surface.
SVALT fans and colors B16, R17, W20, B14, G17 Fan Model Colors
(listed from left to right)
  • B16/B05 with black frame and black blades.
  • R17 with black frame and red blades.
  • W20 with black frame and white blades.
  • B14 with black frame and black blades.
  • G17 with light gray frame and dark gray blades.
Notes
  • Products with fans use modular cooling systems with bolted and snapped fan assembly so that nearly any standard fan can be used. See specifications for details, and see accessories for replacement fans.

Contents

  • 1 x SVALT Cooling Dock model DH per selected build configuration.
  • 3 x optional user installed laptop retention pads (1 pad installed at a time with 2 extras for future installations).
  • 1 x reusable product box.
  • Cooling Fan Fx: See Cooling Fan Fx product page for bundled Fx package contents.
Note: Some assembly may be required. Follow packaging labels and see Product Setup page for product setup, operation and additional user guide resources.

Shipping

  • SVALT products are made locally and hand built to order per the estimated build lead time listed above under the dropdown selector.
  • SVALT is a local company based in Portland, Oregon. Oregon does not collect sales tax.
  • International customers are responsible for paying their country’s import fees and taxes upon delivery.
  • 15-day return and 1-year limited warranty for US customers.
  • Support and trade-ins available for anyone with a SVALT product.
  • See policies for additional details.
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Cool by Design

When it comes to using your laptop, heat generation and increased performance are in a cyclical relationship that feed off of one another. Processors generate heat that can spin up internal fans, stress systems, degrade hardware and throttle processors. This is the basic problem all laptop users face, the more you want to do with your laptop, the harder it works, and the hotter and slower it gets.

  • Silent Passive Cooling

    The DH uses a no contact heatsink connection with passive airflow to silently extract heat from the laptop processors and transfer it to a massive 3.2 pound heatsink for a substantial increase in cooling performance. An extra large front horizontal air channel with curving ends and an extra large through hole work with the laptop's built-in cooling system. Heatsink edge bumper pads protect the laptop during setup with minimal contact area for efficient heat transfer. A user installed pad locks the laptop in place for improved thermal coupling, with extra pads included for future setups.

  • Silent Heatsink Cooling

    Sculpted from solid aluminum, the DH’s stylish thermally massive 3.2 pound heatsink silently transfers heat absorbed from the laptop to surrounding air with an extra large central passthrough air channel that increases surface area and creates passive airflow for cooling performance. The passive airflows flush out hot air, accelerate heat transfer, cool laptop enclosure, and internally cool processors on compatible laptops, all of which can be accelerated by an optional Fx Cooling Fan for a boost in cooling performance.

Setup for Cool

Running a laptop with the screen closed in clamshell mode offers compelling benefits, such as a more compact and ergonomic workstation, reduced wear on built-in components and improved external display performance, however, clamshell mode also traps heat, resulting in a greater need for supplemental cooling.

  • Current Laptop Optimization

    The DH’s dimensions, air channels and cooling features have been designed to work seamlessly with the built-in cooling systems of Apple’s current and prior generation laptops, allowing hot air to escape through laptop exhaust vents and cool air to reach laptop intake vents. The optional Fx Cooling Fan accelerates passive cooling airflows, as well as boosting cooling performance by driving cool air directly onto processors in compatible laptops, such as the 2021 MacBook Pro (16-in shown above).

  • Innovative Clamshell Setup

    The DH has been optimized to support and silently cool current and prior generation Apple laptops, while a leaning support works with a wide variety of PC laptops. The unique leaning support provides an easy clamshell setup by holding the laptop safely within the padded cradle while opening the lid to access the power button with cables connected. The heavy mass and non-slip padded cradle provide a stable non-tip support for larger and heavier laptops, such as the 2021 MacBook Pro (16-in shown above).

Objects of Substance

SVALT is a mission driven company that offers something different with products that are as much art as tech, and as much objects of substance as machines engineered for performance. Made locally with care in the Pacific Northwest, SVALT products endure with solid metal construction, right-to-repair maintenance, easy upgrades, and a focus on sustainability.

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