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These are awesome. Works way better than a can of air and you only have to buy one. Also great for cleaning keyboards/remotes.
Shame the price keeps rising as these used to be half the price, but I still recommend it.
I was hesitant because it's not exactly cheap but damn glad I got one. Though my place is pretty dusty so it's worth it vs. canned air.
I once had to store my projector for about 8 months during a move. When I got it out it had cobwebs and dust in it. I got out my electric duster and blasted it all out without opening anything and it cleaned it all out.
Most folks will NOT recommend doing that, but I didn't have any ill effects.
This is a similar duster to what I used. It is way more powerful than a can of compressed air.
Not sure why but this listing has a different picture for the label than other listings, like the amazon one here. But the other pictures are the same and the model looks the same. Can anyone confirm if there are different models and a reason not to get this one?
First thing I would do is scan for any viruses. Get Malwarebytes and use that as well.
If nothing comes up with those, I would open up your PC and clean the dust out. Preferably with a PC Vac. Something like this.
If none of that works, you'll might want to think about replacing hardware. Maybe getting a new HDD or switching to an SSD if you don't already have one.
I would recommend spending more, one time up front, and getting a snall blower instead of spending a bunch over your lifetime on compressed air.
This for example is great for cleaning PCs. I'm sure you can find cheaper alternatives elsewhere, but this is what I've used for years.
Has anyone used a portable vacuum like this one to clean their records? [link]
Instead of compressed air, I would purchase a powered blower. It's a lot more powerful and last a practically a lifetime. [link]
personally I bought this a few years ago, open the case up and blow it out every couple of months. Though I really need to consider a modular powersupply since dust likes to hide behind the cords.
You don't need that particular model; I have this one and I've been using it for 2+ years with no issues. I clean a bunch of PCs with it.
Metro Vacuum ED500P DataVac 500-Watt, .75-HP Electric Duster [link]
This is my favorite air blower. I now have 2 of them. Very powerful, heavy duty, muliple attachments, and great for lots of things. Easily pays for it's self if you were buying compressed air.
The best thing to do it to buy the security bit, open up the power supply, and completely clean it out.
As for cleaning the console, take it outside and blast it with air duster over and over.
Or, do what I did, and buy a Data Vac.
I bought similar electric duster about a year ago called DataVac and it's so much better compared to compressed air cans that get cold and lose pressure the more you use them. The first time I used this thing dust was flying out places the compressed air could never get to. Works great on other stuff around the house too.
Ideally, monthly. But a few months apart, like 3 or 4, wouldn't cause any harm either.
For cleaning, I highly recommend a datavac. IMHO, best of the blower style cleaners. Made in the usa with a good motor and washable filter. Been using mine heavily for more than a year now.
I usually blow them off with a Metro Datavac blower:
Then I use rubbing alcohol 70% for a clean, and 90% for a final wipe.
You can use a Q-Tip + Isopropyl Alcohol. I highly recommend for people to get the DataVAC, you'll never need to buy compressed air again. Also, much better to clean your mousepad with that rather than washing it with water (like suggested in another thread recently).
If you don't want a ShopVac, I recommend this with the bendy straw attachment. Cons are that it's more expensive and it's loud as fuck.
i bought a metro vac from amazon years ago. got in on sale for around 45. it has paid off with cleaning 4 very dusty pc's every few months
That's half the reason I use one of these. They're on the expensive side, but makes up for the cost in less than a year with as much canned air as I used.
That really sucks though, man. Not the end of the world, however. Gives you an excuse to upgrade if you wanted to go that route. I'd check all your other components (Graphics card, RAM, hard drives, etc) at your buddy's house if you can, you could have fried other stuff too.
Metro Vacuum ED500P DataVac 500-Watt, .75-HP Electric Duster [link] I have this one and it is great. I use it for more than electronics. Any place with hard to reach dust. Also probably a lot better for the environment than canned air. You also use it liberally, no worries about running out of air.
Just personal preference after working with different laptops. Samsung and Dell seem to be the highest build quality, built like Macs (I don't like macs but they are built really well). HP's were a nightmare to work on, either poor or obtuse design I could never tell. I've seen some bad stuff involving MSI like not coming with all the drivers on a motherboard I put into a build, 3d card fans not working on a brand new unit, and ungodly prices to repair MSI laptops. Acer's are definitely a cheaper build quality like ASUS, but hold up a lot better to abuse and seemed more solid and reliable. I always liked Lenovo's but they seem to abuse the bloatware that comes preloaded so I don't recommend them anymore, same with Toshiba.
All the hardcore gaming laptops seemed so disposable, like a high end luxury car it's designed to be enjoyed for a year or two then sold for a newer model, they don't seem built to last at all. If I were to recommend a gaming laptop it would be an Alienware (expensive and overly fancy Dell) with a really long warranty and a backup laptop, as well as one of these for maintenance.
I don't mean to sound so gloomy about it all, keep in mind I only saw the bad, day in day out, for years. Just make sure you get one with solid state or msata drive, blow the dust out every once in a while, and reseat the cpu to the heatsink with fresh thermal paste/pads every year and anything you choose will probably last a decade.
Really you should never use canned air. If you hold it at the wrong angle it can cause moisture to hit your electronic components. Invest in an electronic duster, like this one.
I'm trying to get one of Metro Vacuum ED500P DataVac 500-Watt, .75-HP Electric Duster ... Pretty good ratings, not wasteful like other options and you can use it on other stuff. Other than that it's pretty much clean 'em or put em in glass
Friends don't let friends go without buying a DataVac Duster
I've had mine over 4 years now... best PC investment I have made in a long time.
All the advantages of compressed air without any freezing or residue. This thing works wonders on water cooling radiators and deep fins on heat sinks alike.
This is one of the best products I've ever bought. It's already paid for itself by a ton, since I have to buy canned air anymore. That stuff was like $20 or so for 3/4 cans and it was only good for a few seconds before it 'froze up'. This has different attachments, and can be powered on for much longer, and is quite a bit more powerful than the canned air.
Your PC fans are completely different than using a garden blower, c'mon now.
That blower creates static which the motor and it's plastic nozzle could easily damage electronic components if it gets too close - which is an easy mistake waiting to happen, same reason for not using a regular vacuum cleaner near or inside a PC.
Also note that component damage by static discharge is not always immediately or ever apparent (PC resetting or stops working when it happens) but are usually much more subtle like random crashes a few times a month.
Point being, you are better off using something like this which is designed for electronic components.
But if you want to risk damaging your PC with a garden blower, that's up to you.
Dust is nothing really to worry about. You just need to clean it out every now and again. You can use something like this instead of buying those compressed air cans.
I use a pool pump. It might be as powerful as the one I linked but it does the job ok. I may pick up that duster at some point when I can afford too.
PSA: Everyone should use an electronic duster instead. Canned air can potentially put moisture in your electronic parts and might short your system on boot. Plus, with this purchase, you never run out of air.
I'm waiting on one of these things that's gonna be delivered any minute now. Gonna dust the fuck out my computer.
I worked in a casino for six years, repairing slot machines for two of those. I know a thing or two about cleaning electronics that have been subjected to heavy tobacco smoke.
[link] <-- what being on 24/7 in a casino does
Buy this, then proceed to blow away everything and everyone you love.
We use this one at my work and it does a good job.
Not a bad deal, but personally I'd put the money towards a metro datavac.
This is a replacement for canned air and is way more powerful and can be used around the house as well
I haven't purchased compressed air in years
Other than those stupid disposable compressed dusters, I'd recommend looking at electric dusters (example).
I use this:
I got myself a Metro Datavac a few years ago when I got tired of spending money on compressed air cans. Works great.
Uh...or just buy this [link]
I use a Metro Vacuum ED500P DataVac 500-Watt, .75-HP Electric Duster [link]
Even then, dust isn't that big a deal. It will just decrease cooling efficiency a bit. Get a Data Vac and blow it out every few months.
Having it open like that probably makes it way easier to clean. Also that "case" comes with a side panel.
I have this ED500 by MetroVac, it's a fantastic electric air blower that has been useful for many different applications (blowing out fans, window air conditioning units, game consoles, handheld and full-size vacuum cleaners, spinners, etc). It is fairly loud, but with the included accessories it can really direct a strong blast of air. It originally cost me about $70 a few years ago, and was more than worth the price.
Apparently there is a newer model that costs around $100, not sure how much better it might be:
First post in the Fidget subreddit, just got into fidget spinners about 8 months ago, but sadly it seems like the hobby is fading out a bit. But I've picked up some AMAZING high quality spinners at incredibly cheap prices from FidgetLA and Spinnerhub (both of which are blowing out their remaining stock), so I have built a decent little collection.
Buy one of these electric dusters or you'll end up in the poor house from paying 10 bucks every time you buy one of those cans of air.
For $76 you may as well buy a datavac.
Get that nasty stuff away and get this instead.
I recommend the DataVac.
One of these is a good start. :)
Others have recommended this and it would work quite well, and you wouldn't have to worry about water in the tank of the compressor.
I use datavac and it has been very good:
I clean the interior of my PC about every 2 months with a DataVac. As some people already posted, this can be found here.
Now, for your photo. Yes, crevices of peripherals can get very nasty. I am actually surprised someone didn't post this yet, but Super Clean High Tech Cleaning Compound is the bees knees. I use this stuff all the time.
What it is, is a slime like pliable substance that sticks to small particles. You can roll it over keyboards, mouses, in crevices, over fan grills, etc., and it will pull all the gunk out. I have quite a few packs of these in my desk.
Buy a little spray bottles like this. Then fill them half with rubbing alcohol and half distilled water. Then just use dust fee cloth. You can also buy a bunch of them give them away as gifts. Super easy and cheap!
I buy and sell some electronics. I have use this spray and never had any problems. That spray combined with this electronic duster and I'm set for life!
I have one of these. It's expensive, but great. Very powerful and loud.
I saw this recommended recently. It's pretty similar.
Highly recommend you invest your money into one of these: [link]
Metro Vacuum ED500P
Have one its amazing !
I love this, have one at work.
Buy this and save yourself in the long run, it works great.
this is an awesome device.. like canned air plus some, I bet it would work perfect for keeping this clean!
edit : forgot the link!
It's the same as the slightly more expensive one, spec wise.
Not if you had it on cool. The best option is to buy an electric air duster such as this: [link]
It makes it a lot easier.
Consider getting an electric duster instead of canned air.
Something like this
In my opinion they are simply easier to use. You'll pay more upfront, but you'll never need to buy compressed air while you have it.