where do you buy the tape that stick thermal sensor to chips?

RedWagnum

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You mean this stuff? Koolance used to sell a packet of 4 or 5 small squares of Kapton tape but I don't see it on their web site anymore. The adhesive on the tape is silicon based and holds up very well. It doesn't leave any residue either. I've used it to tape thermal probes to water blocks, chips, and heat sinks and never had a problem with it coming off until I was ready to take it off months or even years later.
 

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as long as it can last 3 year or so, that's good enough for me. I figure I upgrade every 3 yr. Thanks for the link

After I posted it, I was hoping local places like Home Depot would have it, oh well
 

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Update:

I am wrapping up the setup of my new PC:

I have a lamptron w/ 6 thermal sensor, 3 of them is connected to 3 separate NVMe m.2 SSD. I then use electrical tape to try to stick the thermal sensor of my Lamptron fan controller on the surface of my SSD (heatsink). It does NOT stick

So I then use scrotch tape to cross tape on top of the electrical tape. It also does not stick.

So now I am about to order Kapton tape, as suggested by you guys above, but the local electronics store told me Kapton is less sticky and it doesn't really work well w/ sticking it to metal. Is that true?

He recommend gaffer tape, now I can buy gaffer tape, but that's no difference than duct tape. And the surface of the m.2 SSD can get very hot. Is it safe to use gaffer tape or duct tape

in short, what tape stick to metal?
 

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Update:

I am wrapping up the setup of my new PC:

I have a lamptron w/ 6 thermal sensor, 3 of them is connected to 3 separate NVMe m.2 SSD. I then use electrical tape to try to stick the thermal sensor of my Lamptron fan controller on the surface of my SSD (heatsink). It does NOT stick

So I then use scrotch tape to cross tape on top of the electrical tape. It also does not stick.

So now I am about to order Kapton tape, as suggested by you guys above, but the local electronics store told me Kapton is less sticky and it doesn't really work well w/ sticking it to metal. Is that true?

He recommend gaffer tape, now I can buy gaffer tape, but that's no difference than duct tape. And the surface of the m.2 SSD can get very hot. Is it safe to use gaffer tape or duct tape

in short, what tape stick to metal?
I would avoid tape and use some kind of high temp(it really wouldnt be high temp, more like, moderate temp) adhesive. It will be a permanent installation though.
 

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so what tape would you guys go with? I check gaffer tape, it's almost the same as duct tape.

I can't use adhesive, see the yellow tab on this link, that's the sensor I have:

http://www.lamptron.com/Products/fancontroller/119.html

And I could be using this fan controller in the next PC.

to cut to the chase, if I use duct tape CROSS tape ON TOP of the electrical tape, would the moderate temperature on the SSD heatsink melt the duct tape? as when I did a 500GB file transfer, it's hot, I can put my finger on it, but not more than a few second

if we don't use duct tape, what other options are there, what would you use on heatsink, do you guys think I should use heat resistant tape

I have seen aluminum tape that people use on duct work at the basement, those stick to metal quite well
 
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Martin the Kiteboy

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Get the Kapton tape, it works. Aluminum tape (Like 3M 425 variety) will work as well, but keep in mind it can be conductive, which may hurt a lot if you are not careful when applying it. In either case, clean the surface with >90% isopropyl alcohol to ensure tape will stick.
 

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yeah Kapton.. I have a roll I use for my 3D printer. It's designed for use around high heat and is used to tape temperature sensors to the heated bed. (which gets to 100C+)
 

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Like everyone said kapton tape is what to use. One of its back in the day purpose was masking for solder reflow. So will take temperature. The silicone adhesive may not seem to be "sticky" but its designed like that and will work.
Just need to clean substrate as said above
 

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Good 3m aluminum tape works pretty well. I would frequently tape fans onto heatsinks with it an it lasts years. It is conductive on one side and potentially on the other if you break through the adhesive
 

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Might stick better if the surface is warm (not hot!) when applying the tape, in addition to being clean.
 

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okay, thank you very much, everyone. I'll pick up the Kapton tape on Friday as some local store have it.

P.S. for those who have this: is it made in USA or china?
 
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I got them on Fri., tape on it w/ the surface clean via Iso, so far, it sticks very well. I use a cross tape method. And it's 36 deg. C in the next few days, so these sensor really comes in handy just in time, not a moment too soon

Sometimes I wonder if these temper glass semi-open frame makes the case hotter than metal casing, as glass retain heat, metal not remotely as much
 
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