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Windows 7: Recommendations For Clean Computer

15 Jun 2014   #11
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

I use a Metro DataVac. I prefer to remove dust not just relocate it. With 4 PC's, 2 LT's and 2 tablets I was using a lot of canned air, the DataVac does both vacuum and blow, it paid for it's self in less than a year.


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15 Jun 2014   #12
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

That's a nice little unit. I assume that it's ESD safe seeing how it's marketed for computers. I might just have to get one for the lab at work.
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15 Jun 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

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I have a question: What do others do to avoid the can freezing up so cold it hurts your hands and stops spraying until it warms back up? I've tried not shaking it, not tilting it, short bursts, everything. This vexes me.
Have you tried wearing a pair of gloves? Works for me.
The problem is more that the air stops working, not that it freezes the hands. I wondered why.

Does it freeze up the nozzle?
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15 Jun 2014   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Even better than canned air is a DataVac duster.

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Despite the name, it is a powerful blower that will run circles around any can of canned "air" (actually, a canned gas that can be really nasty). It can be held at any angle with worry of super cold liquid spraying out, ruining whatever you are spraying and will not lose pressure as you use it. Even thought the initial cost seems steep, in the long run, it will pay for itself from the savings from unpurchased cans of "air". The only disadvantage is it runs on 120v (240v models are available) but the advantages more than outweigh that disadvantage; at least it comes with a long power cord.

I've had mine almost two years and still love it!


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16 Jun 2014   #15
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

Greetings from the overpriced UK, dear Lady, but whilst that is only $59.98 in the USA, over here in Amazon UK it is a whopping 98.

Not your fault I know, but that is how we suffer over here. Even if I ordered from Amazon USA, the Import Duties would bring it up to around 100. Now, at the current rate pf exchange, these are the figures: -

$59.98 = 35.54 98 = $166.31.

The Special Relationship apparently does not apply to price equivalents.

And I would really have liked to buy that, looks good and will outlast many, many cans of air.
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16 Jun 2014   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison View Post
Greetings from the overpriced UK, dear Lady, but whilst that is only $59.98 in the USA, over here in Amazon UK it is a whopping 98.

Not your fault I know, but that is how we suffer over here. Even if I ordered from Amazon USA, the Import Duties would bring it up to around 100. Now, at the current rate pf exchange, these are the figures: -

$59.98 = 35.54 98 = $166.31.

The Special Relationship apparently does not apply to price equivalents.

And I would really have liked to buy that, looks good and will outlast many, many cans of air.
Even though it costs more over on your side of the pond, something like this is a long term investment and should still pay for itself, albeit taking longer, unless you use very few cans of canned "air".
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16 Jun 2014   #17
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

Lady F, I don't use more than one can of air in 6 months, and I am a Senior on a low income, so the product would represent an unnecessary purchase for me. Still is an economic purchase though, for anyone who uses lots of canned air, you are correct in that assumption. If I was a System Builder, I would certainly buy it. I only build and repair for family and friends. (And sometimes that's quite enough!)

I do have a 'hand held' vacuum, which is quite powerful, plus fine nozzle attachments which I use carefully.
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16 Jun 2014   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison View Post
Lady F, I don't use more than one can of air in 6 months, and I am a Senior on a low income, so the product would represent an unnecessary purchase for me. Still is an economic purchase though, for anyone who uses lots of canned air, you are correct in that assumption. If I was a System Builder, I would certainly buy it. I only build and repair for family and friends. (And sometimes that's quite enough!)

I do have a 'hand held' vacuum, which is quite powerful, plus fine nozzle attachments which I use carefully.
You are correct; the price of one can only every six months will take a long time to amortize the cost of the DataVac. I live in a very dusty climate, however and could easily go through one or more cans a month.

One thing, though. The DataVac is a blower, not a vacuum. Unless you are using your vacuum as a blower, you are risking generating ESD that can fry computer components. I use a rechargeable battery operated vacuum to clean the exterior of my computer and the outside of the filters but never on the inside.
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