Is compressed air the best way to clean dekstops and electronics?

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    • #186463
      Anonymous
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      Is compressed air, the best way to clean dekstops and electronics?
      Is it better to buy a can or a machine to do so?

    • #186464
      Anonymous
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      meme
      best way to clean electronics is high percent alcohol or ethanol that’s 99% alcohol

      • #186465
        Anonymous
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        Meme alcohol leaves a film, use 3m contact cleaner

        • #186466
          Anonymous
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          White spirits (methylated spirits) do. Isopropyl (typically 99.9% pure) does not.
          > t. pressure washes and rinses mainboards with isopropyl to remove boomergrot.

          • #186502
            Anonymous
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            >pressure washes
            Might as well sandblast it

        • #186486
          Anonymous
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          contact cleaners usually contain (isopropyl) alcohol

        • #186512
          Anonymous
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          Dumbest post of 2021.

      • #186510
        Anonymous
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        >ethanol that’s 99% alcohol
        Ethanol IS alcohol, scrotebrain.

    • #186467
      Anonymous
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      nothing a bit of spit and elbow grease can’t clean

    • #186468
      Anonymous
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      i prefer normal air but compressed works too

    • #186469
      Anonymous
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      For me, it’s baby wipes + air dry for 2 days

      • #186477
        Anonymous
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        What’d your pc shit itself? What mess inside your pc needs baby wipes?

        • #186480
          Anonymous
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          It’s a decade-old piece of shit I found on the side of the road, so yeah, there’s some birdshit on it. Cobwebs inside, too.

    • #186470
      Anonymous
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      What’s wrong with vacuuming your PCs?
      Been doing this for 10 years now and vacuum does vacuum dust from my PCs

      • #186481
        Anonymous
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        The machine can’t get you high
        I have never used one but I suspect it doesn’t have enough power to force dust out from heatsink fins, which is where you really need to clean.

        Some risk of static killing components. Hasn’t happened to me yet.

        >People buy these stupid little things instead of a proper air compressor
        Why?

        Compressor is the best option, but bulky and can spit water.

        For me, it’s baby wipes + air dry for 2 days

        If you’re ok waiting 2 days, might as well rinse it with water.

        • #186488
          Anonymous
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          How does pushing dust with air is better than vacuuming then?
          am I missing something or do both methods can damage electronics with static charge?

          • #186490
            Anonymous
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            vacuums build up static electricity at the nozzle, you don’t need direct contact to make an arc and short something catastrophically

            the chance of it happening is low, but the chance is present
            the chance of it happening is zero if you don’t use a vacuum

            • #186491
              Anonymous
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              First I’ve literally never once had a vacuum discharge a static zap and I live in a cold dry area. Second even if you zap your board it’s going to be fine. You would need to be lucky to kill it with a zap. So your are stacking two very rare events to get a bad outcome. You are more likely to drop your computer than zap it to death with a vacuum.

            • #186497
              Anonymous
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              >vacuums build up static electricity at the nozzle
              Yeah, but you don’t put your vacuum nozzle at PC components, now do you?
              How come pressurized air won’t charge going through nozzle?

            • #186498
              Anonymous
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              Vacuum cleaner doesn’t create vacuum but negative pressure difference, there is no point in a vacuum cleaner where pressure is 0.

    • #186471
      Anonymous
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      I prefer my lungs and shapely mouth to blow my stuff down

    • #186472
      Anonymous
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      could the moving of air in either a pulling or pushing force cause static or similar electricity therefore freaking up my computer

      • #186476
        Anonymous
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        Yes. Some of them are at least advertised as anti-static, though.

    • #186473
      Anonymous
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      >People buy these stupid little things instead of a proper air compressor
      Why?

      • #186475
        Anonymous
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        I’m not buying a freaking jet engine just to dust my fan filters.

      • #186479
        Anonymous
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        >dads cleaning the pc at 10am on a saturday morning again
        >VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
        >*neighbors dog starts barking*
        >*mom in the corner crying*
        >*aircraft takes off from the home office*
        DAD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

        • #186513
          Anonymous
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          Why did I laugh at this Ffs.

      • #186482
        Anonymous
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        Imagine powering up that thing in your room

        • #186485
          Anonymous
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          I think he already has. The fumes made him scrotebrained and he doesn’t understand the demand for small, portable compressors is 100x the demand for a shop compressor.

      • #186496
        Anonymous
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        sis I’m trying to clean my keyboard not freaking fly to the moon

      • #186511
        Anonymous
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        Hilarious suggestion

      • #186514
        Anonymous
        Guest

        I have that in my garage. It cleans way better that compressed air in a can.

      • #186515
        Anonymous
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        my dad is a carpenter and has a compressor twice that size
        i used to use it all the time to clean computers and just anything else, worked an absolute treat, made anything spotless immediately

    • #186474
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Just submerse your PC in mineral oil

      • #186494
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Great, then you just have to replace all the mineral oil AND clean your components periodically.

    • #186478
      Anonymous
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      install filters

    • #186483
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I mostly use a small form factor pc, so I take the computer outside and use a hairdryer with the heat turned off.

      For stuff I cant move (or dont want to) I use a clean paint brush to agitate the dust in conjunction with a vacuum cleaner.

      >inb4 muh static electricity

    • #186484
      Anonymous
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      if it’s just dust i use a vacuum on the blow option
      if it’s more than that i have a box full of contact cleaner spray from the army

    • #186487
      Anonymous
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      never found conpressed air to do shit. ill run a heatsink and filters/mesh underwater and use a wet paper towel for fans. doesnt even need to be done often especially if you dont live in a dusty environment

    • #186489
      Anonymous
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      iso alc and some q tips

    • #186495
      Anonymous
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      If you don’t want an air compressor but also don’t want to keep buying canned air, you can get one of those "rocket" puffer bulbs, they’re strong enough to get off most ordinary dust. (that is, not some PC some guy smoked in front of for years) Photo sites sell them, /p/ types use them for getting dust off sensors, lenses, etc.

    • #186499
      Anonymous
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      bonus can paint warhammer too

    • #186500
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Just buy a £25 generic chink blower

    • #186501
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Buy one of these, they’re plenty enough to dust.
      >cheap as shit
      >can find them anywhere
      >just werks

    • #186503
      Anonymous
      Guest

      What are they called?

    • #186504
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >compressed air
      >aka a climate gas

    • #186505
      Anonymous
      Guest

      just use your lungs, fattso

      • #186506
        Anonymous
        Guest

        gotta snort that dust

    • #186507
      Anonymous
      Guest

      machine is better
      cans are terrible for the environment and those machines are quite powerful

    • #186508
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I take my PC outside when there’s 50+ mph winds and just chill with it for a while.

    • #186509
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Yes it is.

      A can doesn’t have enough pressure for say fan-radiator-fan, so you definitely want an air compressor if you want enough pressure for the purpose of properly blowing out dust.

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