On this post, the question presents a problem of a Peltier cooler heating up after operating for a while. The explanation was that the Peltier cooler is only able to maintain a fixed temperature difference between the cold side and the hot side. Because of this, as heat is taken from the cold side and deposited onto the hot side, the temperature of the hot side begins to rise. Because the cooler is only able to sustain a fixed difference between the sides, if the temperature of the hot side begins to rise so does the temperature of the cold side. So in order to cool the cool side, the hot side's heat needs to be dissipated.
That's my convoluted reinterpretation, but I think I got the idea. Ultimately, I need a way to expel the heat generated by the Peltier cooler. I've seen many people invest in large heatsinks with multiple fans, but I'm kinda low on money:P I was wondering if ice would work well. The heat generated would be, just as in a heatsink, sucked out from the hot side of the cooler. So after some preparation, I took my device and slapped the hot side onto a slab of ice. Unfortunately, the same issue rose: the temperature dropped to the point where little flecks of snow began to precipitate on the cool plate; however, it soon started to heat up, melting the snow and, along with it, my hope. I don't understand, wouldn't the heatsinks used in this application be at higher temperatures than the ice? How come people using heatsinks are reaching lower temperatures instead of when the device is cooled by ice? Furthermore, if the heatsinks are at higher temperatures than the ice, then this doesn't align with the temperature differential spec of the Peltier cooler, which I guess means the unit could be defective. But I have a feeling my understanding of how these units work is wrong. Any help would be appreciated:)