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using car wash vacuum to suck dust from laptop

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  • Dec 7th, 2017 2:05 pm
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using car wash vacuum to suck dust from laptop

anyone done this?
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Can't say I have. My practical concern would be the force of the suction causing something to loosen or instead of loosening something could become powerfully wedged whether sucking through a vent. On the theoretical side, you run the risk of damaging the laptop because of the static build up that a commercial device can carry. However, if you're in a jam "no pun intended," difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions; though if that's not the case, I'd take the time to open it (if feasible) and clean it properly and safely with a can of compressed air and a soft tooth brush.

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LaZeRACED wrote:
Dec 7th, 2017 8:30 am
Can't say I have. My practical concern would be the force of the suction causing something to loosen or instead of loosening something could become powerfully wedged whether sucking through a vent. On the theoretical side, you run the risk of damaging the laptop because of the static build up that a commercial device can carry. However, if you're in a jam "no pun intended," difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions; though if that's not the case, I'd take the time to open it (if feasible) and clean it properly and safely with a can of compressed air and a soft tooth brush.
Daniel
I concur.
Besides, with a can of compressed air you have more control on where to direct the flow of air to clean properly, in short burst.
Do not use a vacuum cleaner.
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Doesn't vacuum suction also have a possibility of creating static?
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Be careful using anything with powerful airflow on a laptop like an air compressor or big vacuum.

The big airflow can spin the laptop fan a lot faster rpm that it's rated for. The laptop fan can spin so fast that the blades actually tear right off!

It's a huge pain to replace some laptop fans. Don't do it. Use something made for the task and be gentle
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Also, I've seen laptop keys suck out. You also dont want that to happen.
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What the heck is the point using the "car wash vacuum" for this? :confused: Do you have no home vacuum? And anyway yes I do this all the time with keyboards, laptop and otherwise. Just use a vacuum and get yourself a soft-brush attachment. Make sure you remove any easy to come off parts like the touchpoint cap thingy, if you have one, before vacuuming.

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