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150ml Can of Pressurized Air (Air Duster) $2.50 Ea

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Much cheaper than buying from the likes of MSY.
It's only $2.50 per can. Usual price is around $13-15 dollars.

InSystem Pressurised Air Duster 150ML

  • Removes dirt and dust from computers, notebooks, keyboards and other office equipment.
  • Supplied with an extension tube for more precise cleaning.
  • HFC free ensures that it is environmentally friendly.
    Capacity: 150ml

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  • +1 vote

    last time i bought some there, it was around twice that price… no way was it $13-$15 though…

  • +9 votes

    I had these, they're not particularly strong just to let you know. Especially, on my really dusty system lol. I ended up using a leaf blower. If you're going to do what i did, make sure your fans aren't loose and spinning, might generate electricity into the board.

    • +27 votes

      Wow, a leaf blower, that's a little overkill, LOL

    • +1 vote

      Come to think of it, a fairly cheap low-powered leaf blower would be perfect — quick and easy! Never thought of that before.

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      I use the Big Bad Wolf, never runs out of Huff or Puff :)

      But seriously, I heard that sometimes these processes can be bad for cleaning a PC as they blow the dust into cavities that it can't be cleaned out of, eg PCI ports etc

      Also doesn't moving air create static electricity? perhaps rumor…

      • +1 vote

        makes me wonder how people actually clean their desktops… if you just use compressed air, it's just moving the dirt around and it will be sucked back in.

        i wonder how close people could put their vc hoses to the mother board..

        i always have my dyson running held at least 10cm away, then i either agitate the dust by using a paint brush or a can of compressed air. the dust gets sucked in, and no static.

        • +1 vote

          Vacuum cleaner is definitely the best option. I don't worry about being 10cm away. 1-3cm is fine. It really depends what i'm vacuuming. For a keyboard or a fan, go as close as possible (touching doesn't matter), as long as it isn't a tiny fan spinning like crazy. Small paint brush (artist type) is very important for this kind of job.

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      If you're going to do what i did, make sure
      your fans aren't loose and spinning, might
      generate electricity into the board.

      Or wear a flat spot in a bearing… I did that by vacuuming the dust out of the fan on my graphics board. The fan started spinning, and I thought - gee, I'll just let it keep spinning and making that funny "zipping" sound while I vacuum this… now it buzzes loudly for a few minutes when I first power up the system until the bearing shifts - even though I've sprayed a ton graphite into it.

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        You need to get rid of the graphite and use Singer oil or some other thin oil suitable for these kinds of applications. Fan bearings get presoaked in this kind of oil. The reason the fan gets quiet is not because the bearing is shifting, it is because whatever oil is in there is thinning out when the temperature increases.

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          Thanks - I was wary of using oil, but I might try it.

          Also, someone said a small paintbrush… I just use a 1" wide one. So obviously use whatever fits WITHOUT bending the few components that stand proud of the circuit board. (And the best would be one with natural fibres. I don't know if you can even get paintbrushes that are NOT natural fibre, but with all the chinese JUNK that comes into this country, it wouldn't surprise me.)

          I sometimes also squirt isopropyl alcohol on dirty/greasy areas - brush with the paintbrush - then allow to evaporate. People think this is strange, but circuit boards are often submerged and washed in the factory.

          I've saved several waterlogged electronics over the years, like digital watches people have dropped in water. Open the watch - remove batteries - squirt isopropyl alcohol until watch is drenched to drive the water out - allow to dry - replace batteries - watch works again.

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      I use CO2 from sodastream.

  • +8 votes

    Bought one of these a few weeks back to use on my system. Waste of money/time. This can is horrible. Better to invest in a compressor or leaf blower. My 2c anyway.

  • +9 votes

    I just couldn't bring myself to buy a 'can of air' :/

  • +1 vote

    150 ml of air for $2.50…bargain

  • +2 votes

    -Do this at your own risk-
    For a bit of light fun you can turn these upside down and the liquid comes out instead of air. The liquid has a very strong cooling property so spray it over metal (a coin or something like that) and see how cold it gets. Do NOT spray the liquid on skin it will burn.

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    I prefer the hoover myself, better than blowing stuff around is sucking it up. :)

    • +12 votes

      Do not use a regular vacuum cleaner on your computer. The motor in the vacuum cleaner creates a static charge which can damage components in your computer.

      A leaf blower (if you have one) is actually pretty effective. You do have to be outside though, otherwise you'd just cover yourself with dust. Keep the computer fans sticky-taped so they don't turn and generate a back-current.

      • +1 vote

        You can buy special static-free nozzles for vacuum cleaners as well as purpose-made "electronics" vacuum cleaners.

      • +11 votes

        I've used a vacuum for years and I've never had problems

        • +1 vote

          but keep in mind Redmo0n hand wrote this reply on paper, and faxed it to the Ozbargain office, because he doesn't have any computers that work

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        has anyone here actually broken a computer as a result of vacuuming?

        • +2 votes

          I have. Shorted out my motherboard and PSU! Please listen to scrimshaw and do NOT use regular vacuum cleaner. I had done it multiple times in the past with no issues but the last time it snuffed it.

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          I have had two computers became very unstable with freeze and crashes once in a while after I vacuumed. Not sure if it is the back current from the fan or the static that damaged it. Better listen to scrimshaw.

        • +2 votes

          I've a vacuum extension kit from Jaycar for years - a narrow hose, with several fittings for sucking dust out of tight spaces. Have always been electricity minded - and used it many times to clean my motherboard/power supply/graphics card & case fans. You do have to be constantly mindful… I always try to keep my hand on the metal case, or least touch it regularly to prevent static build up. Some climates/areas are far worse for static than others though.

          I also use a soft paintbrush, for where the fittings won't fit into.

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          realfamilyman - jaycar no longer sell the kit. Is it just a flexi pipe with a small fitting?

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        I should say, always listen to scrimshaw :)

        Scrimshaw, Not related to this can thing, but I like jackie's picture on your profile. Whenever I see this pic, I wish to his one of the movie from my movie library.

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        computer fans sticky-tape

        I don't know if the vacuum cleaner can damage parts or not, but I do know for sure I don't want sticky-tape residue on my fans.

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          or just unplug the fans so they don't spin, the reason behind it is that the fan acts like a generator which can produce a voltage

        • +1 vote

          , the reason behind it is that the fan acts like a generator which can produce a voltage

          Actually, the delicate brush motors on the fans can also be damaged if you spin them past their limits.

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        Is it just a flexi pipe with a small fitting?

        It's a long clear tube, with two black plastic extension tubes - one straight, one bent - and three end fittings. The fittings are one thin hard plastic cut at 45 degrees; one has an oval-shaped mouth with nylon bristles; and the last is a circle a bit smaller than a one-cent piece, also with soft bristles.

        I did see a set somewhere recently… darn can't remember where.

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      As someone who has worked in the electronics industry and worked on very delicate componentry, i'd have to agree with you. A regular vacuum cleaner is the better option over a leaf blower.

      The important part is that you're not touching static sensitive parts of the electronics with the vacuum cleaner.

      With a leaf blower you are less likely to touch things since the air pushes the blower away from whatever it is blowing at. Simply being careful with a normal vacuum cleaner is the cleaner and safer option.

  • +5 votes

    What's the high like with these?

  • +2 votes

    Use caution with these.

    I bought one when they were on sale for like $4. Used it on my PC.
    I should have been more cautious but the air flow was sh!t and the propellant in the can fried the motherboard.

    • +21 votes

      Dear Friends

      I bought one of these for $2.50 at Officeworks. After using it to clean my 486DX2-66 ($5.00 on Gumtree), I went to the lounge next door to Officeworks for a well-earned drink. A person in the bar walked up to me and offered to buy me a drink. I almost posted this in the FREEBIE section of OzBargain, I tell you.

      That was the last thing I remembered. I woke up in a very cheap hotel room. I was in the bath tub, my body submerged up to my neck in ice. There was a note taped to the wall instructing me not to move and to call 000. There was a phone, on a small table next to the bath tub, for me to use.

      I called 000, who seemed to have become quite familiar with this crime. I was instructed by the 000 operator to very slowly and carefully reach behind me and feel if there was a tube protruding from my lower back. I found the tube and answered, "ZOMFG! YES!" The 000 operator told me to remain still, having already sent the ambos to help.

      The 000 operator knew that both of the my kidneys had been harvested. This is not a scam or out of a science fiction novel - it is real. It is documented and confirmable. If you buy cheap cans of compressed air from Officeworks - or someone close to you does - please be careful!

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    Another cheap way is a battery powered compressor. I use one that I blow my car tyres up with, cost about $20 or $30 from supercheap or at BigW etc, does the job fine

  • +1 vote

    Hell's yeah!
    These cans are great, Invert them and you can insta-freeze things…for ya know, stuff

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    Yeh, gonna get high on air!!

  • +1 vote

    i use balloon blowers to blow all the dust off mine. works well.

    • +1 vote

      Technically these carry static charge with the air particles, but the chances of it damaging something in a modern home PC are quite low.

  • +1 vote

    I bought one a while ago but never again was crap I just use an air compressor now but didn't realize watching the fans whizz around could be bad for the computer

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    Towlie: " I'm walking on sunshine "

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    As shadowfax1007 mentioned about, the cheap ones contain flammable propellants. The more expensive ones (which might also explain where the "$13-15 usual price" came from) do not contain anything flammable.

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    i think there only $2 now…. saw that price in store…

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    These make great inhalers. Get the kiddies right off their heads. Much better than chroming.

  • +1 vote

    I use my wife's hair dryer, this works for me.

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    Be careful with these ones, they're actually flammable.

  • +14 votes

    A true ozbargainer would save their money and take their laptop or pc to the servo next time they fill up, and use the air compressor there. It worked a treat for me. My HP laptop was constantly overheating, I took it up to the local peak, used the compressor on it and bam! Quiet and cool ever since!

  • +5 votes

    My work is in electronics. For getting the dust off circuit boards, connectors, and fan intakes, I use a clean paintbrush. For keyboards I turn them upside down and tap them on a table. For actual cleaning I use isopropyl alcohol (2-propanol) swabs. Just my 2c.

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    $30 gets you free delivery

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    Keeps complaining that the item can't be back-ordered… must be out of stock

  • +1 vote

    $1 in OW Five Dock

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