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Nov 12, 2011 15:54 as a reply to  @ post 13217014 |  #436

Can't clean the dust off a sensor with a Rocketblower and afraid to use canned air with its hydrocarbon residue? Try the Data Vac. An electric blower with a powerful air stream, and attachments for a large computer case, or a micro use such as a camera sensor.

I read about it in a camera magazine, an article by a photographer who works in dusty envionments all the time, and was tired of cleaning his sensor every day. He was, excuse the pun, blown away by the Data Vac.

I hadn't cleaned my computer case in a long while and had no canned air in the house. For what I would have paid for 6 cans of air, I got the Data Vac. It's extremely well-made, all metal, with a filtered air intake (the filter appears to be air-conditioning foam, can be removed and cleaned or replaced from the hardware store), and multiple nozzles for different kinds of work, a 12 foot cord, and a blast of air. Not so much to blow connections off harddrives, but more powerful than canned air, and twice as powerful at least as a shot from a Rocketblower.

There are several Youtube videos showing the amount of dust it will remove from a computer case. In my test, I first used canned air to remove the dust, then the Data Vac. I couldn't believe how much dust was left that the Data Vac removed. It's a matter of strength of flow. Once again, not so much to damage small or sensitive parts; for less flow you can use a wider diameter nozzle.

The advantages are pure filtered air, no contaminants, double-length cord, bulletproof construction (reviews on Amazon and B&H say it lasts five years at least and is still going strong). Downside is that it's noisey, but how long would you leave it on?

About $45 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. Takes up as much room as two 10 oz cans of air. The black nozzle below comes off. The nozzles are held on by a spring button not seen in this photo.

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Nov 12, 2011 16:05 |  #437

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Can't clean the dust off a sensor with a Rocketblower and afraid to use canned air with its hydrocarbon residue? Try the Data Vac. An electric blower with a powerful air stream, and attachments for a large computer case, or a micro use such as a camera sensor.

I read about it in a camera magazine, an article by a photographer who works in dusty envionments all the time, and was tired of cleaning his sensor every day. He was, excuse the pun, blown away by the Data Vac.

I hadn't cleaned my computer case in a long while and had no canned air in the house. For what I would have paid for 6 cans of air, I got the Data Vac. It's extremely well-made, all metal, with a filtered air intake and multiple nozzles for different kinds of work, a 12 foot cord, and a blast of air. Not so much to blow connections off harddrives, but more powerful than canned air, and twice as powerful at least as a shot from a Rocketblower.

The advantages are pure air, no contaminants; bulletproof construction (reviews on Amazon and B&H say it lasts five years at least and is still going strong). Downside is that it's noisey, but how long would you leave it on?

About $45 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. Takes up as much room as two 10 oz cans of air. The black nozzle below comes off. The nozzles are held on by a spring button not seen in this photo.

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Sweet, now THAT I can use.. I have a huge CoolerMaster Tower Case that eats canned air :)


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Nov 26, 2011 19:54 |  #438

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Sweet, now THAT I can use.. I have a huge CoolerMaster Tower Case that eats canned air :)

true, very useful for keyboards too.


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Nov 26, 2011 21:04 |  #439

Jay, that looks great but is that really safe to use for sensors? Just seems scary but I suppose it should be fine if the magazine says so.


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Nov 26, 2011 21:06 |  #440

tvphotog wrote in post #13391001 (external link)
Can't clean the dust off a sensor with a Rocketblower and afraid to use canned air with its hydrocarbon residue? Try the Data Vac. An electric blower with a powerful air stream, and attachments for a large computer case, or a micro use such as a camera sensor.

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About $45 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. Takes up as much room as two 10 oz cans of air. The black nozzle below comes off. The nozzles are held on by a spring button not seen in this photo.

Photo courtesy Adorama (external link)

That looks nice, I've always wanted one but heard mixed things on the other PC vacuums... I can definitely justify it though if it works for both a computer and for camera gear, I didn't think about that. And this one seems to get pretty universally good reviews.

If you don't mind my asking, where did you get it from yourself?
I'm looking at amazon and I see two different listings
One if $20 more and pictures the attachments as well but I'm thinking that both might come with attachments and they're just showing different pics

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1322362​857&sr=8-3 (external link)

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http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1322362​857&sr=8-5 (external link)

actually on 2nd glance, one seems to list a "pin-duster" or something that the other one doesn't. hmmm....


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Nov 26, 2011 21:09 |  #441

marlonie wrote in post #13455505 (external link)
true, very useful for keyboards too.

But not as challenging as using a regular air compressor.


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Nov 26, 2011 21:19 |  #442

tvphotog wrote in post #13391001 (external link)
Can't clean the dust off a sensor with a Rocketblower and afraid to use canned air with its hydrocarbon residue? Try the Data Vac. An electric blower with a powerful air stream, and attachments for a large computer case, or a micro use such as a camera sensor.

I read about it in a camera magazine, an article by a photographer who works in dusty envionments all the time, and was tired of cleaning his sensor every day. He was, excuse the pun, blown away by the Data Vac.

I hadn't cleaned my computer case in a long while and had no canned air in the house. For what I would have paid for 6 cans of air, I got the Data Vac. It's extremely well-made, all metal, with a filtered air intake (the filter appears to be air-conditioning foam, can be removed and cleaned or replaced from the hardware store), and multiple nozzles for different kinds of work, a 12 foot cord, and a blast of air. Not so much to blow connections off harddrives, but more powerful than canned air, and twice as powerful at least as a shot from a Rocketblower.

There are several Youtube videos showing the amount of dust it will remove from a computer case. In my test, I first used canned air to remove the dust, then the Data Vac. I couldn't believe how much dust was left that the Data Vac removed. It's a matter of strength of flow. Once again, not so much to damage small or sensitive parts; for less flow you can use a wider diameter nozzle.

The advantages are pure filtered air, no contaminants, double-length cord, bulletproof construction (reviews on Amazon and B&H say it lasts five years at least and is still going strong). Downside is that it's noisey, but how long would you leave it on?

About $45 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. Takes up as much room as two 10 oz cans of air. The black nozzle below comes off. The nozzles are held on by a spring button not seen in this photo.

Photo courtesy Adorama (external link)

I have that one :D

Yeah it sounds like a jet is taking off in my room (well a vacuum, which is what it is)


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Nov 26, 2011 21:32 |  #443

I might have to pick one up. I go through so many canned air for my electronics but afraid of air compressors or anything close to those. But seems like people use them on sensors and if it's good enough for sensors then it's good enough for electronics.


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Nov 26, 2011 22:33 |  #444

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I might have to pick one up. I go through so many canned air for my electronics but afraid of air compressors or anything close to those. But seems like people use them on sensors and if it's good enough for sensors then it's good enough for electronics.

The air flow is more than canned air but is safe for a sensor, as far as I can tell. It just is cleaner.

B&H and Adorama have the same item. I have no idea why there are two different prices at Amazon. They both seem to have the same five nozzles that came with mine. B&H list the same item three different times at three different prices. One is 120V, the second 220V, and I cant tell how the third is different.


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Nov 26, 2011 23:08 |  #445

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B&H and Adorama have the same item. I have no idea why there are two different prices at Amazon. They both seem to have the same five nozzles that came with mine. B&H list the same item three different times at three different prices. One is 120V, the second 22V, and I cant tell how the third is different.

Both are same except below. Not sure if ED500 is nosier than ED500P.

Model: - ED500 --------------- ED500P
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Price: - $62.95 -------------- $48.99


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Nov 27, 2011 14:37 as a reply to  @ marlonie's post |  #446

Pretty much my only accessory, but I think it's pretty cool.

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Nov 27, 2011 15:11 |  #447

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... S100 tripod ...

Neat! Where'd you find it?


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Nov 27, 2011 15:24 |  #448

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It's made by Joby, bought it off amazon.
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Nov 27, 2011 15:39 |  #449

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It's made by Joby, bought it off amazon.

Ordered one, then cancelled it when I saw a review that said it wouldn't be stable with the off-center tripod mount of my Fujifilm X10. Thanks anyway.


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Nov 27, 2011 15:59 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #450

The other place this is handy is when dusting off a piece of high end photo paper before printing, using one of the wide nozzles.

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