Is This Rechargeable Blower the Solution for Cleaning Your Gear?

Handheld air blowers are the type of accessory literally every photographer and filmmaker should have in their bag, as they allow you to easily get rid of grit or debris on your camera sensor and lenses without physically touching them and risking a scratch. The Nitecore BlowerBaby upgrades the standard handheld blower by adding a powerful motor and rechargeable battery. Is it worth the higher price? This great video review takes a look at what you can expect. 

Coming to you from Wes Perry, this awesome video review takes a look at the Nitecore BlowerBaby rechargeable air blower. Blowers are the kind of accessory you should always have in your bag, as they allow you to get rid of dust or dirt without touching the lens. Blowing on the lens with your mouth is something you should avoid, as the moisture in your breath can break down lens coatings. Handheld blowers generally do the job just fine, but there is something intriguing about a powered blower that can not only provide a more powerful air stream for stubborn debris, but also one that can provide a sustained airflow for easier cleaning of multiple pieces of equipment. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Perry. 

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Rex Larsen's picture

Experienced camera repair techs will tell you to avoid the advice in this article because it can easily pressure debris deeper into your equipment. Its tempting, but dont do it.

Rex Larsen's picture

Ignore this Fstoppers ad and avoid blowing debris deeper into your equipment.

Leopold Bloom's picture

I've used a device similar to this (bought it at a third of the price) to clean computer components for some years now. Works perfectly. I haven't had the need to use it on my camera equipment though. The rocket blower is sufficient.

Stephen Strangways's picture

I'm going to need a source for the claim that "the moisture in your breath can break down lens coating" because i have hard time believing that lens coatings are that delicate. That claim seems like nothing more than a lie to sell a product.

Stephen Strangways's picture

So Nikon claimed in 2012 that there are "harmful acids" in breath, but removed that claim from their website by 2016, or possibly sooner. So are we now just spreading myth and rumor? Is it sufficient to back up a claim by posting a link to a decade-old claim that was itself never backed up and then retracted?

Wes Perry's picture

I have no issues with breathing on a lens, but breathing on a sensor is Always a terrible idea. There is always Some amount of spray in your breath that lands on the sensor.

Stephen Strangways's picture

Yeah, there's water droplets in your breath that you dont want on the sensor cover glass because it will leave spots, but it won't damage it. It's just glass. Human breath is slightly alkaline, and there are some acids in it, but in most cases there are higher concentrations everywhere all around in the air. So the suggestion that it will damage the coatings on a lens is unscientific nonsense that is irresponsible to spread around unsubstantiated.