recommend cordless vacuum for pc

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  1. razor0018
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    razor0018 Registered Member

    Anyone know a decent cordless battery powered hand vacuum for getting dust out of a tower. I don't want to use one of those compressed air cans that just blow air around into even darker harder to reach sections of the tower. But I also don't want to use a vacuum that is to powerful. So far the voltages I am aware of are 4.8V, 7.2V, and 15.6V. Preferably a vacuum I can buy from common electronics store like circuit city or best buy. Thanks in advance.
  2. Bob D
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    I must agree here
    I use my shop vac or upright vac w/ attachment (cautiously of course).
    Never had a problem. I use a small soft brush to loosen dust from boards.
    Several cotton swabs dampened with alcohol used to clean fan blades, heat sinks, etc.
    PS: I installed filters on ventilation inlets. Helps quite a bit.
  3. WSFuser
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    One method you could try is use compress air to knock the dust loose then vacuum it.
  4. Mrkvonic
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    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    Hello,
    I would not use vacuum cleaners around sensitive electronics. You can create induced charge that way and damage components. Go for air cans - or nothing.
    Mrk
  5. razor0018
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    razor0018 Registered Member

    Hence the need for a cordless vacuum. A battery powered vacuum not plugged into an outlet will not have this problem
  6. Bob D
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    Bob D Registered Member

    The problem is the concern with plastic parts that can build up harmful static electricity.
    Hence the need for antistatic construction.
    (I typically just slightly dampen the plastic nozzle with water b4 delving inside the case)
  7. Peter2150
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    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    I use a cordless vac, but I have the new dyson, so it's pretty powerful. What I do is hold the vacuum close, and then blast with the compressed air cans. It blasts it free, and then the vacuum gets it before it can settle. This has worked well for me with out any trouble.
  8. innerpeace
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    innerpeace Registered Member

    That's what I do, but with a normal vacuum and it's hose. It seems to work well and it's easy enough.
  9. ThunderZ
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    Had a similar discussion with the Techs. at my local shop. In theory even a battery powered vac. will build up a static charge. It is created my the air being drawn across the parts not by the power source.

    Just my opinion. Use the compressed air cans designed for the purpose. If you desire the extra touch then use your vacuums hose at a slight distance to draw out the dislodged dust.

    Always made me nervous sticking anything in my case other then my hands for the occasional upgrade\repair. Waaaayyyyy to easy to "oooops". :ouch:
  10. lodore
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    lodore Registered Member

    never use a vacum on your pc ever it will build up static charge.
    i would never reccomend using a vacuum cleaning since i know it will most likely damage the major componants of the pc.
    lodore
  11. tgell
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    When using compressed air around fans, be sure the fan blade is kept from turning. Blowing on a fan and causing it to spin can induce a current and cause problems.
  12. Rasheed187
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    I still need to clean my PC, but I don´t think I will use compressed air cans, I´d rather just vacuum it. There are also specialised vacuums made for the PC, not? Are they any good, are they worth the bucks?
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