Solved

Compressor for blow out the dust

Hi...
I need a help, i want to blow out the dust out of my laptop.. Can i use compressor to blow out the dust, or vacuum cleaner, since i have difficulties in finding can of compressed air, and its easy for me for just using compressor because there is a body shop in near my home....
Is there any bad things happen if i using compressor or mini vacuum??

Thank you in advance!
30 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about compressor blow dust
  1. I use a vaccuum on my PC all the time. Just don't actually touch any of the parts in there when you do it.

    If you use a compressor I would be careful about how hard you blow. Not sure what kind of PSI is appropriate but I wouldnt exceed what a can of compressed air can put out.

    p.s. and if you use a can of compressed air be careful not to blow in the same place too long -- it will create a cold/wet spot and that would be very bad for the PC.
  2. Best answer
    oveeseregor said:
    Hi...
    I need a help, i want to blow out the dust out of my laptop.. Can i use compressor to blow out the dust, or vacuum cleaner, since i have difficulties in finding can of compressed air, and its easy for me for just using compressor because there is a body shop in near my home....
    Is there any bad things happen if i using compressor or mini vacuum??

    Thank you in advance!


    Hi :)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Do NOT use a garage compressor , much too much pressure....you WILL damage something...

    All the best Brett :)
  3. I have an air storage tank with an air nozzle and use it all the time on my computers. You can always get a pressure valve for the air tank but controlling pressure using the nozzle is easy enough. Air storage tanks are available at Sears and some auto supply stores for $30 or so and beat buying cans of air for $6or $10 ea. Most tire shops will let you fill up your air tank for free, if not try the next tire shop.
  4. Yes you can use a regular garage compressor. Just turn down the pressure with the regulator to around 20PSI and all will be fine. I have done this for over 15 years and have never had a problem.
  5. Using a compressor is fine, even without a pressure regulator to reduce the pressure. Just keep it a few feet away and have at it. You just don't want to get too close under high pressure to components on the motherboard or you might damage something. If you are clumsy put a regulator on it and drop it to like 50psi and go to it. Regulators are cheap, however most decent compressors already have them installed.

    Using a vacuum is foolish. You can get lucky for a long time but it only takes one ESD in the wrong place and your PC will either degrade slowly over time (which is usually what happens) or die instantly. I've looked at the end of a vacuum hose while it is turned on under a special camera that lets you see the static charge and the end looked like a lightning storm. I wouldn't want that within 3 ft of my PC.
  6. Energy96 said:
    Using a compressor is fine, even without a pressure regulator to reduce the pressure. Just keep it a few feet away and have at it. You just don't want to get too close under high pressure to components on the motherboard or you might damage something. If you are clumsy put a regulator on it and drop it to like 50psi and go to it. Regulators are cheap, however most decent compressors already have them installed.

    Using a vacuum is foolish. You can get lucky for a long time but it only takes one ESD in the wrong place and your PC will either degrade slowly over time (which is usually what happens) or die instantly. I've looked at the end of a vacuum hose while it is turned on under a special camera that lets you see the static charge and the end looked like a lightning storm. I wouldn't want that within 3 ft of my PC.


    When i blow should i hold the fan? Because i read it somewhere that i should hold the fan so the fan won't get damaged..
  7. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Do NOT use a garage compressor , much too much pressure....you WILL damage something...

    All the best Brett :)


    I saw yesterday there was a mini vacuum. Is it good?
  8. oveeseregor said:
    When i blow should i hold the fan? Because i read it somewhere that i should hold the fan so the fan won't get damaged..



    Yea that wouldn't hurt, While I have never had any issues I try to avoid letting the fans spin too fast. Some say it can damage the bearings if the RPM goes too high.
  9. At my shop we blow machines out at 60 psi, never had a problem and it will make that baby look like new. and with the fan thing, i try to held them, but it doesnt matter, you arent going to hurt the bearing unless you have the air on it for like 5 minutes lol
  10. I have used a compressor for years to clean out my computers. Just don't get the nozzle too close. I actually prefer them to cans. You get a lot more pressure to help the job along, and you don't get all the nasty chemicals.

    I had a BFG 8800GTX once. When cleaning it out with even a can of compressed air, if you got the fan spinning it would generate a current and light up the LEDs on the card. Probably not the best idea to back feed the card with current generated from a motor like that, but it was still neat.
  11. oveeseregor said:
    Hi...
    I need a help, i want to blow out the dust out of my laptop.. Can i use compressor to blow out the dust, or vacuum cleaner, since i have difficulties in finding can of compressed air, and its easy for me for just using compressor because there is a body shop in near my home....
    Is there any bad things happen if i using compressor or mini vacuum??

    Thank you in advance!

    The guys that do ours at work use a small compressor, I use a small compressor, before I got the compressor, used the garage, held the the air at a distance. The geeksquad do our work computers with a small compressor, I have no issues using garage or the small compressor. Make sure you drain the tank after every use. IMPORTANT NOTICE, WHEN BLOWING OUT YOUR DUST ALWAYS USE A DUSTMASK, THE DUST CONTAINS PCB.
  12. Get a grip, gomer! Air compressors might contain a bit of water but air storage tanks do not. A mask for cleaning a PC? Because it contains PCB's? Where did you get that info???
  13. You don't know gomerpile, do you? :P

    Carry on with your interesting babble gomer.
  14. I could say run and you'd say no walk so who cares, I dont.
  15. I use air compressor all the time. I use high pressure 60psi + i always put a cloth over the nossle to catch any water/oil, and use a few feet away.

    Vaccums create static, I would never use a vaccum. I worked in a factory that used vaccums to transfer the plastic powder we used, it made so much static it would shoot off mini lightnig blts if it wasn't grounded proper. A vaccum could also easily suck a jumper off and you might never realize it.
  16. DelroyMonjo said:
    Get a grip, gomer! Air compressors might contain a bit of water but air storage tanks do not. A mask for cleaning a PC? Because it contains PCB's? Where did you get that info???

    http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2004/06/3846.ars


    Toxic dust" found on computer processors and monitors contains chemicals linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, according to a new study by several environmental groups...

    I was told this in school, this was mostly PCB in PSU transformers, howevery this link explains more what is taught to kids nowadays and the smart wonz wear mask. :hello:
  17. How scary.

    Might explain why I am "on the spectrum"
  18. I do this all the time with a compressor. i just stand back a foot or so, and don't blow full force on the components. as long as you keep a good distance your fine, and it works gereat. I take my computers out to my shop and do this a couple of times a year to each one. been doing it for years. never a problem. Again though, i point out....that you must maintain a foot or two away with the output. Don't get too close, or yes....damage is very likely.
  19. Thanx for the link, gomer. From an article published 6 years ago (that's the date on the article, 'from an article published 6 yrs ago'). Last post was made on 2004.
    And the polar bears are dying, the seas are rising an AlGore is a BIG Fat Liar!
    The arctic pipeline also killed all the moose.
  20. 6 years or 1000 years, google expert, look it up thanks for your time. I rest my case and till you prove other wize my verdict in education of the dangers remain Ferm. For you to say different is making yourself look unprofessional.
  21. Ferm?
    I believe the writer of the article was confusing carcinogenic PCB's with Printed Circuit Boards used in computers. Electrolytic capacitors used in computers contain no chemical PCB's .
    That's the typical education you get from progressive public educators and tree-hugging AlGores.
    There are more environmental hazards in a CFL bulb than a computer
  22. i bought a comp just 4 my cpu cleaning. set to 60-80psi and go. been doing this for 8 years. no damage ever.
  23. dormantreign said:
    i bought a comp just 4 my cpu cleaning. set to 60-80psi and go. been doing this for 8 years. no damage ever.

    Me too remember to wear a mask or be in a open area to minmize the amount of toxins 2010 link http://www.safecomputingtips.com/blog/healthy-computing/dont-let-your-computer-kill-you/

    simple search on the net will explain the toxins in computer dust, and the PCB is the toxin of PCB, I'm not talking about the board materal. The PCB is from transformers and Capacitors. The residue of dead energy will produce PCB. Leaking Capacitors that black stuff that oozes out in old parts is PCB

    Environment Canada and PCB in old electronics parts. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/pcb-bpc-eng.php
    Read how people are exposed to PCB, (stress on the part old electronics). I rest my case, google it to discover the full effects of toxins in dust and electronics.

    PCB capacitors http://www.pcbdisposalinc.com/images/pdfs/Capacitors.pdf

    deny if you dare, I'll follow the rules and teach the young safe practice of cleaning electronics. :bounce:
  24. TURN OFF THE POWER FIRST!

    I blew compressed air on my laptop and broke the fan motor. I had to disassemble the whole thing to get at it and replace it.
  25. yesterday, i saw my friend blow out the dust manually, i mean just blowing air from his mouth, and i saw there is a dust flying out from the fan... is it effective?
  26. Not really effective. It has been my experience that most dust requires a bit more pressure to remove then human lungs can produce. Also, you run the risk of spitting all over your components.
  27. Not to mention inhaling a bunch of dust. lol

    No thanks!
  28. JasonAkkerman said:
    Not really effective. It has been my experience that most dust requires a bit more pressure to remove then human lungs can produce. Also, you run the risk of spitting all over your components.


    but it did worked, before blowing, his temperature is reaching 90-95c when gaming, but now just 78c max :)
  29. Ditto the 'hold the fans" comment. I used my compressor on one of my machines last year and didn't hold the PS fan. It generated enough current to trip the fuse inside of the PS.

    A little extra expense, and a good bit of extra frustration -- this was my main development workstation. I had a spare PS, so I was back up in about 20 minutes, but what a pain.
  30. Best answer selected by oveeseregor.
Ask a new question

Read More

Laptops