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    Aldi air pump

    Would anyone know if this air pump would be suitable for cleaning projector filters and/or laptop/desktop fan/grilles, or is it not powerful enough/likely to spray a fine oil mist?

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    Its a 100psi compressor so with a nozzle on should be ok.

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    Absolutely not.

    Small pumps like this produce high pressure air in incredibly small volumes.

    It delivers 7 litres a minute, a small air compressor will deliver 176 litres a minute but even this will need you to charge the reservoir for 20 seconds or more before you get a decent air flow.

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    But wou;ld it work for just blowing dust from filters etc, nothing major. Could be more cost effective than buying cans of air which is what point I'm at now.

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    I use a Giottos rocket blower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechSupp View Post
    But wou;ld it work for just blowing dust from filters etc, nothing major. Could be more cost effective than buying cans of air which is what point I'm at now.
    Absolutely and categorically not, blowing throw a straw would work better.

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    I use a "Henry" vac with the hose set to blow, which I also use to clean the Aircon & Projector filters.

    I did origionally use an earth lead on the metal hose to remove any static generated, but it fell off about 3 years ago and never got replaced.

    To this day every single peice of equipment that has been blasted is still working as good as new.

    Might be worth seeing the cleaners if they have an old vac they want to donate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Absolutely and categorically not, blowing throw a straw would work better.
    Think that about answers that then, I'll go and order some cans or air then :-)

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    That air pump just doesn't generate a bigger volume of air to blow out dust, it is designed to blow up inflatables footballs etc...

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    i used one for a while - if you hold it about 5cm away its quite good lol... instead i bought a nice powerful compressor off screwfix!

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    For those looking for something to blow out dust etc, I did have a look at this item - it doesn't even seem to be recommended for car tyres. What I did find, and I suspect most of you can access one of these, was that in the PE cupboard there was a small compressor for inflating balls and the like. The one I experimented with did 50l/minute (compared to the 7 the Aldi one does). It wasn't hugely powerful, but I tested it on a projector filter and a dusty processor radiator and it did the job albeit slowly. (Though perhaps it's for the best that it wasn't overly powerful).

    I can recommend the ceramic knives Aldi have in, though.

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    Just be careful where you blow. We used a compressor, and had the "crazy idea", to blow around the filter access hole in a projector.. follwed being a thin film of dust over all the mirrors and lens... :-(

    We didnt use that again...

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