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Can I Use “Reagent Grade” High Purity IPA to Clean My Fiber?

Some companies buy the purest IPA they can get, which is called “reagent grade” IPA. They use this to try to solve the fiber cleaning problem.But I believe that the purchase of 99.9% “reagent grade IPA” is a waste of money and effort. Here’s the ‘little secret’ about reagent-grade IPA: since it is the most…

Cleaning Both Ends of a Fiber Connection — Do I Really Have To?

We often get this question. “What happens,” people ask us, “if there are dust particles on one of the connector end faces during the connector mating process? Can I save some time and just clean one side?”The short answer is, NO, you’re not going to save any time because the odds are you’ll be back…

Should I Clean Patch Cables — Especially New Ones Right Out of the Bag?

Everybody asks, how to clean patch cables, also called patch cords or jumpers. But what they really are asking is, do I need to clean them, when they’re new and right out of the bag? The answer is yes, you do. Here’s why:There are three “P”s to perfect fiber connectivity:Perfect core alignmentPerfect physical contact (no…

Are NSN Numbers Assigned to Sticklers™ Fiber Optic Cleaners?

The Sticklers™ team has many 'National Stock Numbers' (NSN numbers) assigned to the Sticklers™ cleaning products. These are used by the U.S. government and most NATO countries to specify approved products for different tasks, including fiber optic cleaning. You can find these NSN numbers on the product specs, on the web page for each product…

Are Water Based End Face Cleaners Suitable for Fiber Optics?

Short answer: No.Long answer: No, again.Water based end face cleaners are generally unsuitable for fiber optics. These products tend to be weaker cleaners and have high surface tension and low viscosity, which minimizes their effectiveness.Water based end fiber optic cleaners usually will not dissipate any static which locks particulate on to end faces. In cold…

Can High Power Lasers Can Damage Fiber Networks?

High power lasers can destroy glass fiber if the fiber is not perfectly clean.  This is called the “fiber fuse effect.” There isn’t too much written about this but it going to happen more frequently as optical networks evolve. The problem is more than just damaged fiber end faces. The effect also can kill the fiber…