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    Battery powered vacuum cleaner

    Anyone use a portable vacuum cleaner on the insides of computers? Realised today with a faceful of dust and only one can of air that a small vacuum cleaner might get rid of the bottom of the case dust and then a quick squirt of air in the psu and fans.

    Got to be dead cheap

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    Dyson make one if thats any good, but maybe a bit big for your needs

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    I would suggest that you look at a USB powered 'Vac

    Cannot remember the version we have in the office, but I doubt that there is realy much to choose betwen them...

    An example would be

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mini-Vacuum-Cleaner-Your-Laptop/dp/B000Q02I7C]Mini USB Vacuum Cleaner for Your Laptop / PC: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Dyson make one if thats any good, but maybe a bit big for your needs
    They really suck! (Our Site Manager has one)

    I've use a B&D cordless one to clean the projector filters but it's not so good cleaning out computers as it's difficult getting into the corners where the dust tends to accumulate.

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    We use a mains powered one with an edge nozzle on it and it works fine. For awkward corners etc we use a small paint brush to move dust out to a place where it could be sucked up by the cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.M.B View Post
    I would suggest that you look at a USB powered 'Vac

    Cannot remember the version we have in the office, but I doubt that there is realy much to choose betwen them...

    An example would be

    Mini USB Vacuum Cleaner for Your Laptop / PC: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
    I just cant imagine you could get enough power from one USB port for that to be worthwhile in the slightest? Reminds me of the 2xaa ones from poundland - eg useless

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    i had one of the henry battery powered ones, they are rubbish but are meant for cleaning keyboards.

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    What about issues with static using normal vacuum cleaners?

    Ben

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    Vacuum cleaners and computers are a bad idea due to the high static build on the cleaner. Cleaners tend to be made of plastic and the air running over them can quickly build up enough of a charge to zap memory

    Portable Vacuum - Sucking the dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles out of a computer can be one of the best methods of cleaning a computer. Over time, these items can restrict the airflow in a computer and cause circuitry to corrode. Do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity that can damage your computer.
    Computer Cleaning Information

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    I got a henry vacume out of the skip, took the top bit off that has the motor on and connected the hose to the output connector so that it blows.

    I just ensure the fans cant spin and blow the crap out.

    I have been doing it now for 5 years and never had any issues doing it.

    Its quite fun.

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    I have an anti static toner vac but it sounds like a hercules.

    Rather than using cans of air which are expensive I was thinking of using a camera rocket blower.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    i had one of the henry battery powered ones, they are rubbish but are meant for cleaning keyboards.
    Haha, I have one of those on my desk now

    To the OP: I clean my case at home with a Dyson (Overkill? ), but I remove *everything* from the case first and place them on non static surfaces, far away. Then I can hoover the case and discharge any static that might have built up, then replace the components once I'm satisfied there's no static. Needless to say due to the effort, it doesn't get cleaned regularly.

    Trying it with the board and components still in is just asking for trouble, and I applaud if you have the time during the day to remove motherboards just to clean the case.

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    I have a portable air compressor that uses a kettle lead and is the size of a large brief case.

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    I didn't think it was safe to use a mains powered vacuum cleaner inside a computer because of static, but didn't think that applied to low powered battery ones.

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    I know it sounds crazy but this actually does a good job. The middle part comes off and works as a hand held vac all it lacks is a brush attachment but a paint brush can surfice

    Supervac - Early Learning Centre




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