Disclaimer: do not touch the board and or chips on the board, they are HOT and can burn your skin. Broadview Technology Solutions LLC is not responsible for personal injury or liable for property damage related to this procedure and or alteration of your Raspberry Pi. This material is provided for educational purposes only.
If you’ve ever used your raspberry pi for any length of time and put your hand on the case or maybe even been brave enough to touch the board, found out warms up pretty good. So here’s a very brief writeup on how to install raspberry pi heatsinks. We begin with a thermal image of a raspberry pi while it is powered on.
The image above is courtesy of modmypi.com gives you a pretty good idea where you should install raspberry pi heatsinks. The lower left corner red area appears to be a component of power regulation since it’s located near the power input and has a capacitor there as well. The red area in the center of the board is the CPU ( Broadcom BCM 2835 @ 700MHz ), and the reddish area on the right centered vertically is the LAN controller.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. We ordered a raspberry pi heatsinks set from Ebay for about $4 USD. It took about 3 weeks to get here, so you can imagine where it came from. The heatsinks came with two sided thermal tape applied to them. We are using a Raspberry Pi model B. Here is a shot of the Pi with the heatsinks before we installed them.
The installation was very simple, but I wish I would have had a large tweezers to hold the heatsinks straight while installing as your fingers get in the way of the USB, LAN and audio ports when you try to install the heatsink on the LAN controller. The CPU is readily accessible to install raspberry pi heatsinks, just peel off the double sided tape and stick it on. The power regulating component in the lower left of the thermal image is right next to a cylindrical component called a capacitor. It’s on the other side of the cylinder from the power port where you plug in the power. With the kit we got, the aluminum heatsink (the smallest, silver colored heatsink) was a little bit large for the components, but if you’re very careful about placement, you can avoid touching the capacitor and the small yellow component on the board nearest the board marking “C11″.
Here is a shot of the end game… how to install raspberry pi heatsinks…
That’s it. Thanks for taking time to read How to install Raspberry Pi heatsinks and we wish you luck with your own installation. Please post or email with any questions or comments. Have a wonderful day!