Black Shark Magnetic Cooler Impressions
Following the release of the Black Shark 4 gaming smartphone, the Xiaomi-backed company is growing its mobile gaming ecosystem with new accessories. Among the latest ones is the Black Shark Magnetic Cooler, an add-on to cool down your mobile device while gaming; and we will take a look at it in this article.
Out of the box comes the following items:
- Black Shark Magnetic Cooler
- Magnetic base sticker
- Protective film
- Instruction manuals
- USB-C to USB-C cable
As its name implies, this new accessory is different from previously-released Fun Cooler 2 Pro. The latter uses a clip-on mechanism while the former attaches to the phone via a magnetic ring composed of 15 NdFeb magnets. This results in a sleeker and overall more elegant attachment. The Magnetic Cooler is itself designed with a slimmer body than the Fun Cooler 2 Pro but retains its sturdiness.
The new accessory is also more powerful as its 5-blade fan packs a spinning speed of 7200 RPM (vs 6200 RPM for the previous model). This means that it can perform more effective cooling of your phone; in fact the Black Shark Magnetic Cooler can lower the phone’s temperature by up to 23°C. Within a few minutes of powering it on, you can already feel the cooling effect if you touch the back of the device or pay close attention to the water droplets forming. But these aren’t noticeable when it’s attached to your device.
Mounting this accessory is fairly easy but you first have to stick the included magnetic base sticker to the back of your device. This can be an understandable inconvenience to many as the magnetic base will be a quasi-permanent addition to your phone and this can lead it to not fitting in your protective case or you simply don’t like this permanent effect on its aesthetics. You should also be mindful to not place the magnet over the NFC location on your phone or it might interfere with its NFC function. Personally, I don’t mind sticking the magnet on the Black Shark 4 and the latter’s protective case fits just fine with the attachment. But I get why it might be a downer for others and to circumvent this, another attachment system like a suction cup could have been employed. Such a system would also allow the cooler to be easily used from one device to the next, without requiring a magnetic base.
Once the magnet is affixed to the back of your phone, the Magnetic Cooler will easily snap onto/out of it at will. This accessory will also serve as a kickstand as it will remain firmly in place. To power it on, you have to use the included USB-C to USB-C to plug the add-on to your phone’s USB-C port. This is not ideal as I would personally prefer the cooler to pack its own battery but thankfully, it does not drain as much battery as I feared it might. This is also helped by the fact that there are no fancy RGB lightings to drain your phone’s battery but only a discrete green LED next to the USB-C port to indicate it is powered on and the fan will start spinning.
While the Black Shark Magnetic Cooler is mainly geared towards smartphones (including iPhones), it can work on other devices as well; as long as they have a USB-C port. Just for the funsies, I tested it on my laptop and indeed got it to work but you might already have a decent cooling system on your laptop. However, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to be able to power the device on, likely due to the handheld’s quirky USB-C port. So if you want to use the cooler with the Switch, you might need to consider a power bank to power the cooler.
Personally, I prefer sticking to using the Black Shark Magnetic Cooler on a smartphone as these tend to heat up quite easily when playing demanding games; and this add-on does a fine job at toning down the heat. If your smartphone is your major gaming platform and you do feel it getting hot while gaming, then this $49.90 magnetic cooler is worth considering. It packs a minimal aesthetic with a sturdy build and is effective at toning down your device’s temperature during your gaming sessions.
Black Shark Magnetic Cooler Official Product Link