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==AF Super Duster==
I have had this Super Duster from AF from a good while now and a can has seemed to serve me well but now it is coming to the end of the can I thought I would write about it and place an order for another one. I'm glad the can lasted well because it wasn't especially cheap at nearly £10 when I bought it so I have been using it rather sparingly.
The basic idea of this can is that you can spray air into your computer to remove crumbs and dust and made the keyboard work smoothly and generally be cleaner and look nicer. The can comes with a thick and small type of straw item which can be inserted into the spray nozzle of the pressurised can and then the jet of air is pin pointed down the straw and is much more accurate at getting into smaller places and under the keys of the keyboard.
The idea is a great one and the can really does work. I first came across these at work and was so impressed with the way the worked on my crumb filled keyboard at work I decided to fork out the cash and get one for my laptop at home. I would say that I have always have to use the straw attachment that comes with the can as my laptop keys on the keyboard are generally closer together and harder to get between than my desktop keyboard at work. However the compressed air was still able to clean away all of the dust and crumbs and I am always so surprised at how much dirt comes out of it.
Having just had a look online it seems as though you can get it a fair bit cheaper than the £10 that I paid for it and even Amazon are now selling it for a little over £7 so it is worth looking around for cheaper prices. I suspect that there are lots of different makes of this type of product and those would be cheaper too but I know that this can has kept the pressure until the last of the 300 ml has been used from the can and it also shoots the air out very fast and very powerful which is what is needed to clear all the dirt.
Another great thing about buying this AF brand is that this can is 100% Ozone friendly even though it is in a pressurised can which makes me feel a little bit better about buying another one of these tin type cans.
All in all apart from the expensive price I don't really think I can complain about this cleaner. The price is well worth it like I said because the can lasts a very good while and does do a good job so really I can't even complain about that. The product did the exact job I needed it to and it did it well so for that reason I will definitely be buying this particular product again and will be giving it a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and very high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Through normal use, the insides of my computer normally gets caked in dust as the internal fans seem to suck everything in. On top of that, various bits of crumbs and whatever always seem to get stuck under the keys of my keyboard (probably on account that my kids will eat snacks whilst using the computer!!). So every so often, I decide to give the computer a spring clean by taking the panels off and blowing the dust away, normally blowing through my mouth, which often ends up with me getting a face full of dust in return. Likewise, trying to blow bits away from under the keys on the keyboard never seemed to fare much better.
Then a work colleague told me about this AF Super Duster. What is it? Well it is 300 ml of pure ozone friendly, non-inflammable, compressed gas in a spray tin (rather like an aerosol) which will set you back about £6.68 from Amazon. Press the button and it gives a nice jet of pressurised air. But what makes it even better is that it has a fine extension tube which you can attach to direct that air blast into confined places - just like the extension tube you normally see on a tin of WD40 oil for spraying oil into precise locations. It is this ability to precisely direct the air blast that makes this Super Duster ideal for getting into the nooks and crannies (as in the internal components of your computer) or into those little gaps (like under the keys of our keyboard). Another key design feature of this duster is the fact that it has an actuator control which can control the amount of air blast that is emitted - useful if you are cleaning delicate components and don't want to see them blasting off the end of your desk at warp speed across the room!!
What's it like to use? Well it certainly shifts the dust, and putting that extension tube to good use really manages to get into all of those difficult areas to blow everything away. A minor point of note would be my recommendation to perhaps use this at arms length. The first time I let my computer have a real blast from this duster, I was hunched over the case trying to see and guide the extension tube under some cables against some components. As I pushed the trigger, the jet let loose at full force and blasted a load of dust away - which diverted straight upwards into my face!!! I don't try to make the same mistake twice, hence I recommend to use it at arms length when you push the button.
The extension tube also really becomes effective when doing the keyboard. As I said, I used to use the blow method and try to work a small brush under the keys. But again, the extension tube of this duster allows you to get right in there. The only recommendation I can give here is to perhaps try and have your keyboard at an angle (or even upside down) when using the duster. When I first tried it, I found that I just seemed to be blowing stuff around the keyboard under the buttons and not actually getting rid of much. But when I did it with the keyboard at an angle, everything sort of fell out as it was blown away. Minor point perhaps, but it did seem to make the cleaning process a lot more effective.
So far, I've been able to get about 4 good cleaning sessions out of a tin, and I still have a little bit left. However, that said, how much use you will get from a tin will depend on how much of the gas you use at a time. But there should be enough to give your computer at least a couple of really good thorough cleans.
In summary, this is a really useful product that will keep your computer in tip top clean condition. However, the only 'fly in the ointment' is that price, which is quite expensive for what it is, and there are cheaper variants on Amazon. So whilst I can give it a 5 star recommendation for effectiveness, that high price knocks that down slightly to a 4 star recommendation.
I purchased one of these air dusters about 18 months ago, the main reason being that I was getting annoyed at the dirty and dusty looking state of my laptop, especially in between the keys, and around the edge of the screen. I paid around £7 for the air duster from Amazon, and I have to say it has been well worth the money spent.
What is an AF Super duster?
These air dusters are basically a pressurised aerosol can which is packed full of pure compressed air or inert gas. The 300 ml can is silver in colour, with a blue plastic cap, and it has a plastic nozzle at the top, which can be pressed down to eject the compressed air. Also included with the can is a clear plastic straw which can be inserted into the nozzle to help to aim the air into a precise area such as between the keys of a pc or laptop keyboard.
The beauty with these little air dusters is that the can will also spray out the air, even if it is turned upside down (when trying to reach difficult areas), as the air dusters are fully invertible.
The main purpose of these air dusters is that they can be used for the removal of dust and other airborne contamination from very delicate or difficult to reach areas of electrical and electronic equipment.
The air comes out of the can with a quite powerful force, which is plenty to shift any dust or light contamination from pretty much wherever you like. The only slight consideration when using these air dusters is that if the can is shaken quite violently while spraying the air, then there is a danger of some small ice cold liquid contents coming from the nozzle, mixed into the air stream, which is VERY cold, and can cause frostbite if sprayed onto skin, according to the warning on the can.
Along with using my Air duster for cleaning out my keyboard, computer screen and the TV screen, I have also found it very useful for blowing away cobwebs in the corners of the roof, or in between kitchen cupboards and units.
It also comes in handy for just simply dusting off surfaces, without the need for getting the polish and a cloth out (although it does only move the dust onto another area or onto the floor).
I also use it to clean around the little buttons and knobs on various remote controls around the house, along with my car radio, and dashboard. Sensible uses aside, I have on occasion also used it to try and train my cat to stop climbing onto my bedside table and knocking objects off onto the floor in an attempt to get me up out of bed, as the sound of a quick squirt of air coming from the can, soon has him heading (briefly) to the door.
As mentioned above, I did buy my current can about 18 months ago, and it has just run out, so it has lasted well.
The power of the spray does begin to fade a little as the can becomes quite empty, until it just eventually stops coming out altogether, but after 18 months of use I cannot really complain.
As the can is pressurised, it should not be exposed to temperatures exceeding 50°C, and should not be pierced or burnt, and it should not be sprayed onto a naked flame.
The contents of the can are 100% ozone friendly.
The AF Super duster cans are currently available from Amazon for £6:35, including free delivery.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
Recently my PC has taken up the annoying habit of shutting down at random, so I guessed at the cause being a build up of dust on the fans on the processor or the graphics card causing overheating. As a result I decided to try a spray duster to remove it. The product I chose was the SPDI 200D super duster from AF International, who are a company who specialise in office and computer related cleaning products.
Now as I work in a laboratory, I was familiar with AF International's range of spray dusters as I have ordered a couple of them to clean out hard to reach parts of the analysis equipment. I had a look around and found this particular brand at £6.35 on Amazon, so a can was ordered. It is also available on the high street in office/stationery type shops. The product website itself states that the most suitable applications of this product are computers, keyboards, printers, faxes and photocopiers, but any hard to reach electronic equipment which requires a good clean would be appropriate.
Now for people who are unaware as to just what a spray duster is, it is basically a can of an inert gas or gases stored as a high pressure aerosol, which when expelled blows away dust and airborne contaminations from electrical or electronic equipment. In the case of this particular brand the gases used are 90% Tetrafluoroethane and 10% Dimethyl Ether, both of which are totally inert meaning there is no chance of reacting to anything in the equipment or damaging said equipment.
The can itself is approximately 30cm tall, and is a mixture of grey and blue in colour. The can contains 200ml of the pressurised gas, and comes equipped with a straw like device to insert into the applicator for precision application, much like that of a can of WD-40 oil. It should also be pointed out that this product does contain a gas and as such should only be used in a well-ventilated area, and the can kept away from any source of ignition.
One of the unique selling points of this particular product is that it is invertible. That basically means that you can hold the can in any direction and still have a good pressure blast when the button is pressed. It is also important not to shake the can during use, as this could lead to the liquid contents seeping out, and contact with this liquid can result in frostbite due to the low temperatures that the contents are stored at.
As I said, application is very easy, in my case I took the side panel off the computer, aimed the nozzle into the fan sitting on top of the processor and fired the spray. It is also possible to control the force at which the product is expelled from the can, by varying the pressure applied to the actuator, and in my experience it is best to start off slowly and increase the pressure as required, otherwise you could have dust flying around in all directions. I was frankly staggered at the amount of dirt that came flying out of the PC. I have used a normal duster for this purpose before, and although I have removed some dust it has never been on the scale of this. I proceeded to give all of the fans and cards inside the computer a quick blast, removing yet more dust, until the inside of the case was totally devoid of dust. Suitably satisfied, I removed the nozzle from the applicator and recapped the spray duster, and refitted the side panel onto the computer.
I would say I used approximately half of the can for this task, and I would say that this is typical for a normal clean, as I generally get two to three uses of each can whilst in work. The super duster is very easy to store with no real special precautions needed over and above the usual for storing aerosol cans. Keep away from sunlight and not at extremes of temperature and away from children is the only advice here.
I have since suffered no issues with overheating so would have to say that the super duster has done its job very well. As previously stated, I have worked with and had no complaints with several of AF Internationals cleaning products for several years, and I would say that this one falls into the same category, and to sum up would recommend it to anyone as a cheap and easy solution for an overheating or dusty computer.
Thanks for reading and this review may also appear on Ciao under my same username.