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Compressed air from gas stations for PC cleaning. SOLVED

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May 2, 2012 2:10:02 AM

Is it advisable to clean your PC with compressed air from a gas station?. My idea is that it should be OK, but I'd like to hear some more opinions.

Note: I'm using now a bicycle air pump (a large one actioned by pressing down with both hands.
May 2, 2012 4:36:18 PM

no.

for the same reasons that it is not adviseable to use compressed air from your home compressor. the only thing you should be using to blow your pc out is compressed air from a can meant for this purpose.

reasons why not to use a compressor:

- there could be oil in the compressed air flow
- there could be particles in the airflow
- you could unintentionally charge the surfaces inside your pc case and then discharge them resulting in potential damage.

could you do it? why sure you can do it but realize that there is a larger risk of issues resulting from this over using canned dust spray. personally i will never risk my components this way.
May 4, 2012 8:12:39 AM

I agree with ssddx! I've used a well-maintained small air compressor set to low pressure for years. Maybe it will be better if you buy a very capable cheap one that will last for years.
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May 4, 2012 8:36:19 AM

This seems like a really bad Idea.
August 8, 2013 5:34:02 AM

I'm using a large bicycle pump to dust my pc innards. My pump has a flexible tube at the tip that I use to direct the air.
September 29, 2013 7:41:55 AM

rodion15 said:
I'm using a large bicycle pump to dust my pc innards. My pump has a flexible tube at the tip that I use to direct the air.


Is it OK to use a bicycle pump to clean out the dust ? I used it last night , do I need to worry ? Or is it OK.
September 29, 2013 7:18:30 PM

i'm unsure if the pump (from the seal rubbing on the tube) would generate a static charge in the air which could discharge in your case or not.

the only thing i would recommend is canned air which can be bought for like $2 a can and is inert. for how often you need to clean a pc (which in most cases isnt that often... every few months at most and i live in a very dusty house) its a worthwhile expense for piece of mind.
September 30, 2013 12:18:23 AM

ssddx said:
i'm unsure if the pump (from the seal rubbing on the tube) would generate a static charge in the air which could discharge in your case or not.

the only thing i would recommend is canned air which can be bought for like $2 a can and is inert. for how often you need to clean a pc (which in most cases isnt that often... every few months at most and i live in a very dusty house) its a worthwhile expense for piece of mind.


Not much often. Once in a couple of months I guess. But I've noticed a huge drop in temperatures.
Most Wanted made my CPU and GPU to hit 99 degrees in just a mere 15 mins. After using the pump ; maximum temperature I've come so far is 83 degrees! Wow! Same for Far Cry 3.
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