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I am not sure if you guys remember, but i made a thread while about about my two SP120L fans i was able to get for $5.

However, they were really dusty, (seems like its been used a while)

Is there a way to clean them off? i know i can use compressed air cans, but i dont want to spend money on them, i have a whole bunch at my parents place and im away at school. i dont feel like buying something that i already have. i originally was going to wait till summer when i go home and clean them, but i decided to try to replace my stock case fan now instead.
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post #2 of 17
Take them out and clean them by hand.
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post #3 of 17
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I tried to clean them with paper towels but the dust is really stuck onto the fans (i have to rub them hard). i can only get the parts where the fan isnt covered. i cant get like the little nooks and cramped areas.

EDIT: also is there such a thing as a 2 pin to molex connectors for fans?
i know theres 3pins to molex, but the one that i have looks like a 3 pin, and fits a 3 pin, but theres only 2 pins coming out of it. (unless the 3rd pin broke off ???)
Edited by IMKR - 3/20/14 at 9:26pm
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post #4 of 17
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EDIT: also is there such a thing as a 2 pin to molex connectors for fans?
i know theres 3pins to molex, but the one that i have looks like a 3 pin, and fits a 3 pin, but theres only 2 pins coming out of it. (unless the 3rd pin broke off ???)

IIRC that's how they're supposed to be. Or anyway, what I think you're trying to say.

The important part is that a fan adapter to molex only uses the +12V and GND from the molex. Normally the 3 pins are for +12V, GND, and the tachometer signal (for reporting fan rpm). Connecting to molex, you have nothing to report speeds to, so you only need two connections.
post #5 of 17
paper towels small tooth brush (soft) and any spray window glass cleaner will get them nice and clean.
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post #6 of 17
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paper towels small tooth brush (soft) and any spray window glass cleaner will get them nice and clean.

okay ty, ill try that.
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post #7 of 17
Try using a microfibre cloth and a can of compressed air that works great for me. If its really caked on dust use an alcohol based cleaning spray as well.
post #8 of 17
I find cue tips and an alcohol solution works quite well, of course as murraymints has pointed out, after using compressed air to get rid of any particles that are already loose.
As with any liquid in the case, do make sure that it is applied on carefully and make sure that all components are thoroughly dry before plugging it in.
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post #9 of 17
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@murray and cephelix

the point of my thread was, as i stated (if u read whole post), i have no compressed air on hand atm, and was asking how i can clean it off w/o any compressed air, just until i can go home during summer break and bring some back when new semester starts.

(I have about 12 new cans back in my parents place, but im about a 5hrs drive away for school and i dont want to buy one overpriced can when i already have 12)
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post #10 of 17
ah crap, sorry bout that dude, totally forgot about that one (5.43am here and losing consciousness fast). Then without having to purchase more cans, I would go with a damp cloth to clean the blades and use cue tips for the tight spaces e.g. part of blade near the hub. Will take quite some time though. That's usually how i clean my fans and it works well enough for me.
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