Thermal Pads

Thermal pads or thermal gap pads are materials that provide a thermal interface between heatsinks (devices or substances for absorbing unwanted or excess heat) and electronic devices. A thermal pad is particularly useful where air gaps, rough surface textures or uneven surface topography prevent the use of traditional grease or paste. Pads are often self adhesive and  less messy and easier to install than thermal paste.

RS Components have an extensive range of products designed for the heating or cooling of electronic devices to help maintain the right temperature in order to work effectively.

How do thermal pads work?

By keeping the internal components of electronic products from wear and tear resulting from high circuit board temperatures, thermal pads help to provide extended longevity. They are also important in providing safety by eliminating the possibility of electrical fires. Thermal pads become soft at high temperatures which means they can fill imperfections in the surface for better conduction qualities and to minimise potential damage to components. They are manufactured in a variety of standard thicknesses and dimensions but can also be custom fabricated to fit various applications.,/p>

Typical Applications

Thermal pads and thermal paste both work in the same way by transferring heat from hot areas of a circuit board into a heatsink. They are often used on the following to provide better heat transfer.

  • Flat panel displays
  • LED (light emitting diode) displays
  • Engine control units
  • Computer hard drives, CPU
  • Wireless communication hardware

Does thermal pad thickness matter?

A greater thickness allows the pad to absorb more deformations in the heatsink surface . However a thicker thermal pad is worse in regarding to heat transfer.

Can you reuse thermal pads?

Unlike thermal paste, thermal pads can be reused so long as the pad is clean and has not been moved, touched, damaged or stretched.


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RS Stock No. 722-6710
BrandRS PRO
SGD34.64
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150 x 150mm 1mm 150mm 150mm - 2W/m·K Non-Silicone - -40°C +105°C Shore OO 60 - Grey -40 → +105 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4613
BrandRS PRO
SGD45.51
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150 x 150mm 2.5mm 150mm 150mm - 2.2W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 10 - Red -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4682
BrandRS PRO
SGD74.73
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150 x 150mm 1.5mm 150mm 150mm - 4W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 25 - Grey -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4749
BrandRS PRO
SGD40.33
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150 x 150mm 1mm 150mm 150mm - 2W/m·K Gel - -45°C +200°C Shore OO 30 - White -45 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 722-6713
BrandRS PRO
SGD49.16
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150 x 150mm 1.5mm 150mm 150mm - 2W/m·K Non-Silicone - -40°C +105°C Shore OO 60 - Grey -40 → +105 °C
RS Stock No. 909-2033
BrandRS PRO
SGD0.624
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16 x 16.5mm 0.127mm 16mm 16.5mm - 2.5W/m·K - No -45°C +125°C - - Grey -45 → +125 °C
RS Stock No. 174-5699
BrandRS PRO
SGD31.99
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300 x 200 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 300mm 200mm - 2.8W/m·K Silicone Yes -60°C +200°C 50 Shore OO - Grey -60 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4629
BrandRS PRO
SGD28.86
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150 x 150mm 0.8mm 150mm 150mm - 1.95W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 5 - Yellow -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4676
BrandRS PRO
SGD70.80
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150 x 150mm 3mm 150mm 150mm - 3.2W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 20 - Grey -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 909-2089
BrandRS PRO
SGD29.46
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150 x 150mm 0.06mm 150mm 150mm - 4W/m·K - Yes -45°C +125°C - - Grey -45 → +125 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4604
BrandRS PRO
SGD19.51
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150 x 150mm 1mm 150mm 150mm - 2.2W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 10 - Red -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4626
BrandRS PRO
SGD22.01
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150 x 150mm 0.5mm 150mm 150mm - 1.95W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 5 - Yellow -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4752
BrandRS PRO
SGD78.53
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150 x 150mm 1.5mm 150mm 150mm - 4W/m·K Gel - -45°C +200°C Shore OO 40 - Blue -45 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 909-2070
BrandRS PRO
SGD17.57
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150 x 150mm 0.06mm 150mm 150mm - 2.5W/m·K - No -45°C +125°C - - Grey -45 → +125 °C
RS Stock No. 174-5701
BrandRS PRO
SGD65.45
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300 x 200 x 3mm 3mm 300mm 200mm - 2.8W/m·K Silicone Yes -60°C +200°C 50 Shore OO - Grey -60 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 758-0948
BrandRS PRO
SGD3.015
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49.1 x 29.7mm 0.2mm 49.1mm 29.7mm - 1.8W/m·K - - -45°C +200°C - - Red -45 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4660
BrandRS PRO
SGD44.36
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150 x 150mm 1.5mm 150mm 150mm - 3.2W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 20 - Grey -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 707-4610
BrandRS PRO
SGD45.13
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150 x 150mm 2mm 150mm 150mm - 2.2W/m·K - Yes -40°C +200°C Shore A 10 - Red -40 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 758-0938
BrandRS PRO
SGD1.103
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21 x 19.9mm 0.2mm 21mm 19.9mm - 1.8W/m·K - - -45°C +200°C - - Red -45 → +200 °C
RS Stock No. 915-6042
BrandRS PRO
SGD41.79
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150 x 150mm 1mm 150mm 150mm - 4W/m·K Silicone - -55°C +200°C Shore OO 40 - Blue -55 → +200 °C