Fiber Optic Cleaners Introduction

As cleanliness of the interfaces in fiber optic networks can directly affect the transmission quality, fiber optic cleaning is a must-have process during fiber optic network installation, testing and maintenance. You should always keep it in mind. You need to clean the fiber optic interface on the test equipment and fiber optic connectors before you actually doing the test. You need to clean the fiber optic connector or interfaces regularly in your daily maintenance. Various fiber optic cleaning methods are created. No matter you use dry cleaning or wet cleaning, basic tools are needed. However, we might be confused during the selecting of the fiber optic cleaning tools, because there are so many different kinds of fiber optic connectors, interfaces and working environments. This post is to introduce the most commonly used fiber optic cleaner for different kinds fiber optic connectors.

One-Push Fiber Optic Cleaner

One-push fiber optic cleaner is one of the most popular fiber optic cleaner which eliminate the use of alcohol or solvents. Thus, it can save time efficiently with excellent performance. I would like to call it “Click and Cleaned”. Here I will introduce how to used one push fiber optic cleaner firstly.

The following picture is the top of an one-push connector, the cleaning tip of the cleaner is covered with a guide cap for fiber optic connectors. A cover is on the top of the guide cap, which can provide protection to the cleaning tip combining with the guide cap.

LC top

If you need to clean a fiber optic connector, the guide cap plays the function of a fiber optic adapter. Insert the cleaning tip into the connector with the guide cap as shown in the following picture, and press the cleaner until you hear a push. Then a cleaning is done by fiber optic cleaner.

LC cleaning

If you need to clean a fiber optic adapter, you should firstly remove the whole guide cap on the one-push cleaner. Then insert the cleaning tip into the adapter as shown in the following picture. Just by simple pressing, until you hear the click, a cleaning for a fiber optic adapter is done. It is very useful during test, cause the test equipment usually have an interface of adapter.

adapter cleaning

Different types of connectors might have ferrules of different sizes. Thus, there are also accordance fiber optic cleaners for various connectors. Introduces several popular one-push fiber optic cleaners for different connectors.

One-Push Cleaner for LC/MU 1.25mm Ferrules

1.25mm ferrules

  • Price: $35.00
  • Item Part Number: ATC-NE-E1
  • Package Form: LC cleaner
  • Target Use: LC, MU
  • Cleaning Times: Over 750 times per unit

One-Push Cleaner for SC/ST/FC 2.5mm Ferrules

2.5mm ferrules

  • Price: $35.00
  • Item Part Number: ATC-NE-E3
  • Package Form: SC cleaner
    • Target Use: SC, ST, FC, LSH
  • Cleaning Times: Over 750 times per unit

One-Push Cleaner for MTP/MPO Connector

MTP MPO fiber optic cleaner

  • Price: $45.00
  • Item Part Number: ATC-NE-M1
  • Package Form: One-push cleaner
  • Target Use: MPO/MTP
  • Cleaning Times: Over 600 times per unit

Reel-Type Fiber Optic Cleaner

Reel-type fiber optic cleaner contains a refillable lint free reel of cloth that is moved after each cleaning, always presenting a clean surface. Reel-type fiber optic cleaners come in different package forms, but most of them are cassette form.

This type of fiber optic cleaner is able to clean a wide rage of fiber optic connectors, which also avoid the using of alcohol or solvents. The following shows the basic structure of a reel-type fiber optic cleaner and its replacement tape. The cleaning with this cleaner is also very simple. Firstly depress lever to expose cleaning slot and cloth. Second, slide the connector end face gently. Third, keep connector perpendicular to cleaning surface. Then a cleaning is done.

reel-type-cleaner

CLE-BOX Fiber Optic Cassette Cleaner for LC/MU/SC/FC/ST/MPO/MTRJ

  • Price: $19.00
  • Item Part Number: FOCC-301
  • Package Form: Cassette cleaner
  • Target Use: LC, SC, FC, ST, MU, D4, DIN
  • Cleaning Times: Over 500 times per unit

Replacement Tape for CLE-BOX Fiber Optic Cassette Cleaner

  • Price: $14.00
  • Item Part Number: FCRS-301
  • Package Form: Cassette cleaner
  • Target Use: Replace tape for cassette cleaner
  • Cleaning Times: Over 500 times per unit

The above mentioned fiber optic cleaners are just a small part of the cleaning product family and are generally for dry cleaning. Kindly visit FS.COM or contact sales@fs.com for more details about the wet cleaning for other fiber optic cleaning products.

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