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There's actually an alternative that's somewhat popular here on OCN. It's called the Metro Vacuum ED500 Data Vac. Plugs into a wall and does what a can of compressed air does but maintains full pressure for the whole time you're using it (as opposed to cans of compressed air losing pressure the more you use it).

There's even a club for it here on OCN haha
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The problem with air compressors is they create condensation that comes out when using. You can add inline filters to help remove the water in the line. Also good for airing up your tires!
 

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I have a couple compressors and use them to clean my computer. I have small generic one that is 1.5-2 gallons and 26 gallon in the garage. The larger one is easier to use as it has plenty of capacity to knock it out in one shot but my computer is heavy and it's much easier to do things just outside the door with the smaller unit. I've never had a issue cleaning it with the compressors except for how much dust actually gets everywhere.
 

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Just be careful man not sure if you can get filters to remove 100% water but compressors do create water and water on pc parts don't mix well best of luck man.
 

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+1 to xD4rkFire for the great suggestion and ninja post. I've been looking for an alternative to the air turbine that I used to use to paint cars with and everyone knows that a HAF 932 with no dust filters is a cleaning nightmare and dust magnet.
 

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I took 2 empty cans and drilled holes in the bottom then got 2 brass valve stems for light truck wheels and used thick solder and a propane torch and soldered the valve stems into the cans
then I fill them with my large air compressor thats in my garage. now I never have to buy those exspensive cans of air. just be carefull when filling the cans and make sure the valve stem is soldered on
good, and use the brass stems as the chrome valve stems you have to grind the chrome off before you can solder them, and don't forget you have too use flux for the solder.
but I do like the metro vac all of you posted and I think I am going too get one as with my cans I have too make a few trips too the garage.
 

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Just be careful man not sure if you can get filters to remove 100% water but compressors do create water and water on pc parts don't mix well best of luck man.
You can, but they are expensive and large. A friend of mine was painting his car and he bought a canister full of desiccant that he used after the inline water filter to get all the moister out of the air.

Personally I use the Datavac and I like it better than an air compressor.
 

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I've used compressors for many many years and water is only a problem if you don't drain the tank religiously before and after every use.

Datavac is great but I'll stay with compressor. There's so many other things I use them for.. car tires, bike tires, cleaning lawn mower, nail and staple gun.. I would get a little bigger one.
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http://www.amazon.com/Campbell-Hausfeld-FP209499-3-Gallon-Compressor/dp/B002O15NRS/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1361181626&sr=1-3&keywords=air+compressor

Can also take an empty refrigerant tank and make it into air tank for portable and/or extra storage capacity.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Air-Can-from-Empty-Refrigerant-Can/

Old propane tanks also work
 

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I've used compressors for many many years and water is only a problem if you don't drain the tank religiously before and after every use.
This. Well I just make sure to drain the tank after every use and leave the valve open so any excess water can evaporate. The issue of moisture in the air is way overblown (pun intended) IMO. I've used compressors for years to honk out my electronics without problem. I wouldn't recommend Campbell-hausfield, though - I had a two gallon model die from light use within about 6 months. After that, I picked up a Senco one gallon and have used it for that last two years for everything from cleaning my computer to running a 16-guage nailer to hang door frames. I know its more money, but you get what you pay for...
 
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