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Fiber Optic Cleaning Products


  • Cleaning Fluids for Fiber Connectors and Bare Fiber
  • Various Wipes and Cleaning Sticks Available
  • Dusting Kits

FCS3

Fiber Cleaning Fluid

FCC-7020

Fiber Cleaning Cloth Spool

WC100

Connector Clean-Out Wires for Broken Fiber

LFW90

Lint-Free Wipes

BD8

Pump Dispenser

FBC1

Bulkhead and
Connector Cleaner

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Thorlabs offers a complete line of fiber cleaning products specifically designed for unterminated fiber, connectorized fiber, or fiber bulkheads such as those found on the front panel of our fiber-coupled laser sources.

Cleaning Fiber Bulkheads and Fiber Connectors:
The FCS3 TravelSAFEa Precision Fiber Cleaning Solvent can be used with the MCC25 Connector Cleaning Sticks to clean any connectors or bulkheads, including FC/APC. The Cleaning with FCS3 tab has step-by-step directions for this cleaning method.

The FBC1 One-Step Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner is designed for cleaning 2.5 mm FC/PC, SC, and ST fiber connectors and bulkheads quickly and without the need for solvents; please see the Cleaning with FBC1 tab above for details.

To remove broken fibers from connectors, we suggest our WC100 clean-out wires. Each vial includes eight 3" long, Ø110 µm wires.

For fiber connectors, the FCC-7020 Universal Fiber Connector Cleaner is available. This hand-held connector cleaner is a great alternative to alcohol or solvent. The cleaning cloth effectively removes dirt, dust, oil, grease, and debris from connector end faces.

Cleaning Unterminated Fiber:
For cleaning unterminated fiber, there are two options. The FCS3 Cleaning Solvent can be applied with LFW90 Lint-Free Wipes; this procedure is illustrated on the Cleaning with FCS3 tab.

A second option is to use a solvent such as alcohol with Kimwipes. The solvent, which needs to be purchased from a chemical distributor, can be dispensed from our BD8 one-touch pump dispenser bottle, which is great for minimizing solvent evaporation.

Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit:
The CKF complete fiber optic cleaning kit bundles all of the products necessary to clean fiber. The kit contains our TravelSAFE fiber connector cleaner (FCS3), connector cleaning sticks (MCC25), lint-free wipes (LFW90), handheld connector cleaner (FCC-7020), and a replacement reel for the handheld cleaner (FCC-7021). Many of these products are utilized in the procedures demonstrated on the Cleaning with FCS3 tab.

Fiber Inspection Scope:
The FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope, which comes with a universal adapter for FC-, ST-, SC-, and APC-terminated fibers, produces a high-quality, low-distortion image of both the connector end and the fiber. The FS200-SMA adapter, for SMA-terminated fibers, is also included. With a high-intensity illumination system and 200X magnification, this microscope is powerful enough to offer a clear image of the fiber core as well as the surrounding cladding. In addition, there is the option to use an oblique illumination setting, which provides illumination at an off-center angle to the fiber end face. Additional adapters for LC connectors and PM fibers are sold separately.

  • The TravelSAFE™ designation indicates that the product is safe for air shipment.

Fiber Cleaning Techniques using FCS3

This tab details techniques for cleaning fibers, connectors, and fiber bulkheads using the FCS3 cleaning fluid with other items on this page.

Click these links to jump to specific cleaning steps:

Cleaning a Fiber Bulkhead

For this task, you will need the FCS3 Fiber Connector Cleaner and the MCC25 Connector Cleaning Sticks. Both of these items are available in the CKF Fiber Connector Cleaning Kit.

Fiber Bulkhead Cleaning: Step 1
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Step #1: Push down on the top of the FCS3 can to fill the shallow reservoir with the connector cleaner.
Fiber Bulkhead Cleaning: Step 2
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Step #2: Immerse the tip of the MCC25 stick into the cleaning solution.
Fiber Bulkhead Cleaning: Step 1
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Step #3: Use the stick to clean the fiber bulkhead (connector) on the fiber-coupled laser source as shown above or any other device with a fiber bulkhead.

Cleaning Fiber Patch Cable Connectors

Before cleaning and prior to each use, Thorlabs recommends using an inspection scope (FS-200) to inspect each fiber endface. Every fiber optic connector should be cleaned every time it is mated, tested, or reconfigured. "Wet-Dry" cleaning as described below improves performance when cleaning. For this task, you will need FCS3 Fiber Connector Cleaner and LFW90 Lint-Free Wipes. Both of these items are available in the CKF Fiber Connector Cleaning Kit.

Fiber Endface Cleaning: Step 1
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Step #1: Pull a clean wipe out of the LFW90 mini-tub. Stop pulling when the next wipe is exposed. Pinch the next wipe against the opening in the mini-tub with your thumb. Pull sideways to remove.
Fiber Endface Cleaning: Step 2
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Step #2: Lay the wipe across the palm of your hand. Hold it in place with your thumb.

Fiber Endface Cleaning: Step 3
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Step #3: Place the wipe on top of the open FCS3 solvent container. Push down to dampen it. Note: Normally, only one pump is necessary.
Fiber Endface Cleaning: Step 4
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Step #4: Place the connector on the moistened area of the wipe. Drag the connector down to the dry area. Discard the wipe. Inspect the endface with the FS-200 inspection scope to verify cleanliness.

Cleaning Unterminated Fiber

For this task, you need FCS3 Fiber Cleaner and LFW90 Lint-Free Wipes. Both of these are provided in Thorlabs' CFK Fiber Cleaning Kit.

Bare Fiber Cleaning: Step 1
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Step #1: After stripping the fiber, pull a clean wipe out of the LFW90 mini-tub. Stop pulling when the next wipe is exposed. Pinch the next wipe against the opening in the mini-tub with your thumb. Pull sideways to remove.
Bare Fiber Cleaning: Step 2
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Step #2: Fold the wipe in half, so it is square.


Bare Fiber Cleaning: Step 3
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Step #3: Place the wipe on top of the open FCS3 solvent container. Push down to dampen it. Note: Normally, only one pump is necessary.
Bare Fiber Cleaning: Step 4
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Step #4: Wrap the damp wipe around the fiber. Squeeze gently. Slide the wipe towards the end of the fiber once or twice until it squeaks, indicating the fiber is clean.

Fiber Cleaning Techniques Using the FBC1

This tab details how to clean fiber bulkheads and fiber connectors using the FBC1 one-step cleaner.

Using Extended Mode

FBC1 Extended Mode
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To use extended mode, pull the tip outward while simultaneously pushing down on the lock button. Extended mode is useful for panels with multiple bulkhead connectors or other tight spaces.

Cleaning Fiber Bulkheads

FBC1 Bulkhead Cleaning
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Remove the guide cap completely from the device, and insert the tip of the cleaner into the bulhead connector. Push the case to start the cleaning process; a click indicates that the cleaning is complete.

Cleaning Fiber Connectors

FBC1 Connector Cleaning
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Open the cover on the guide cap, and insert the fiber connector over the guide cap. Push the case to start the cleaning process; a click indicates that the cleaning is complete.


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Posted Comments:
Poster:peter.bechtold
Posted Date:2017-03-30 11:05:37.783
Hello Thorlabs team, we do use E2000 connectors a LOT in our lab and notice a lack of adapters for E2000 to fiber microscopes. What is the best way to look at the fiber surface of E2000 connectors? Any help appreciated! Any chance that there will be a E2000 connector adapter one day like Kingfisher has? (https://www.kingfisherfiber.com/Fiber-Optic-Test-Equipment/Options/Microscope-Adaptors/Scope-Adaptors.aspx) Thanks and BR!
Poster:tfrisch
Posted Date:2017-04-04 11:30:02.0
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I will reach out to you to discuss this adapter, but unfortunately, we do not currently offer an E2000 version.

Bulkhead and Connector Cleaning

Connector Cleaning Sticks (MCC25)

  • Molded Swabs Conform to Connector End Face Geometry and Trap More Particulate than Fabric-Style Counterparts (50 per Pack)
  • Cleans the Entire End Face
  • Made Without Fabric, Foam, Glue, or Particulates

TravelSAFE* Fiber Connector Cleaning Fluid (FCS3)

  • Optical-Grade, Fast Drying Cleaning Solution
  • Engineered for Cleaning Connectors Within Alignment Sleeves
  • Optimized for Use with MCC25 Connector Cleaning Sticks or LFW90 Wipes (Sold Below)
  • Removes Fingerprints, Light Oils, Dust, Fibers, Water Spots, and Surface Films from Fiber Components
  • Ideal Replacement for IPA and/or Acetone
  • 3 oz. Ozone-Safe Can for 400+ Cleanings

For tips on using the FCS3, please see the Cleaning with FCS3 tab above.
*TravelSAFE designation indicates that the product is safe for air shipment.

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FCS3 Support Documentation
FCS3Precision Fiber Cleaning Fluid
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MCC25 Support Documentation
MCC25Connector Cleaning Sticks
$33.75
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One-Step Fiber Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner

  • Dry Cleaning Cloth Eliminates the Need for Solvents
  • Over 525 Cleanings per Unit
  • Quickly Cleans 2.5 mm FC/PC, ST, and SC Connectors and Bulkheads
  • Standard Length: 7" (179 mm); Extended Length: 8" (203 mm)

For examples of cleaning fiber connector and panel-mounted bulkheads with the FBC1, please see the Cleaning with FBC1 tab above. The extended length is ideal for tight spaces, such as panels with several closely-spaced fiber bulkheads.

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FBC1 Support Documentation
FBC1One-Step Fiber Bulkhead and Connector Cleaner
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Fiber and Connector Cleaning

Lint-Free Wipes (LFW90)

  • Mini-Tub of Lint-Free Wipes for Cleaning Fiber and Connector End Faces (90 2" x 4" Sheets per Tub)

Universal Fiber Connector Cleaner (FCC-7020) and Refill (FCC-7021)

  • Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth with Rubber Pad to Prevent Scratching and Sliding Cover to Prevent Contamination

Kimwipes (KW32)

  • 4.4" x 8.4" (11.2 cm x 21.3 cm), Durable, Extra Low Lint Sheets Ideal for Cleaning Connectors between Polishing Steps (Sorry, No Partial Cases)

Solvent Dispenser Bottles (BD8)

  • 8 oz. Bottle with One-Handed Operation
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LFW90 Support Documentation
LFW90Lint-Free Wipes
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FCC-7020 Support Documentation
FCC-7020Universal Fiber Connector Cleaner, 20' Spool
$22.50
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FCC-7021 Support Documentation
FCC-7021Customer Inspired!Replacement Cleaning Reel for FCC-7020, 20'
$7.15
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KW32 Support Documentation
KW32Kimwipes™, 280 Kimwipes™ per Box, 12 Boxes Per Case
$45.50
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BD8 Support Documentation
BD88 oz One-Touch Pump Dispenser
$20.20
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Clean Out Wires, Ø110 µm

  • Remove Broken Fiber from Connectors with Bore Diameters >110 µm
  • Eight Pieces of 3" Long Wire Included
  • Colored Tabs Included to Assist with Holding Wires While Cleaning

These fiber clean-out wires allow the user to push broken fiber out from connectors with bore diameters larger than 110 µm. Each vial includes eight pieces of 3" long wire along with colored sticker tabs that can be folded over the wire to improve grip. 

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    WC100 Support Documentation
    WC100Clean-Out Wires, Ø110 µm (8 Per Vial)
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    Premium Optical Cleaning Tissues

    Lens Tissues (MC-5)

    • Extremely Soft, Premium Grade Sheets (25 Sheets per Booklet, 5 Booklets per Pack)
    • Single Sheet Dimension: 4.9" x 2.9" (124 x 73 mm)
    • Meets U.S. Government Lens Tissue Specification A-A-50177B

    Bulk Lens Tissues (MC-50E)

    • Extremely Soft, Premium Grade Sheets (25 Sheets per Booklet, 50 Booklets per Box)
    • Recloseable Box for Easy Storage
    • Meets U.S. Government Lens Tissue Specification A-A-50177B

    Lens tissues are 4.9" x 2.9" (124 x 73 mm) organic fiber sheets free from contaminants and adhesives, which makes them ideal for cleaning high-grade optics with or without the use of optic-cleaning solvents. Lens tissue will not leave lint or fibers on the optic and can be used to wrap an optic before placing it in a storage container.

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    MC-5 Support Documentation
    MC-5Lens Tissues, 25 Sheets per Booklet, 5 Booklets
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    MC-50E Support Documentation
    MC-50ELens Tissues, 25 Sheets per Booklet, 50 Booklets in a Closeable Box
    $79.75
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    FCP Support Documentation
    FCPForceps, Solid Stainless Steel
    $17.10
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    FCPA Support Documentation
    FCPACustomer Inspired!Angled Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
    $17.10
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    Dusters with Low Global Warming Potential

    • HFO-1234ze Propellant
    • Integrated Plastic Nozzle
    • Low Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 6
    • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential

    Thorlabs offers the CA4 Eco-Friendly Air Duster.  This product evaporates HFO-1234ze to create gusts at 11.4 m/s.  This general use dusting can is ideal for cleaning and maintaining optical and electrical equipment. Due to different nation's regulations, we offer two versions of this product: the CA4-US is compliant in the United States and Canada, while the CA4-EU is compliant in the European Union. Both are chemically identical, but the packaging differs. Be sure to check with your government's regulations before ordering either product. The labels for the CA4-US can be downloaded by clicking here and the CA4-EU by clicking here. This duster's propellant, HFO-1234ze (1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene), has a GWP of 6.

    Global Warming Potential (GWP)
    Global Warming Potential according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a measure of how much energy the emissions of 1 ton of a gas will absorb over a given time, relative to the emissions of 1 ton of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  CO2 is defined as having a GWP of 1. GWP is usually estimated for a 100-year time horizon, but other methods may be used.  The higher the GWP of a gas, the more energy it can trap in Earth's atmosphere, correlating to a higher average global temperature.  For a point of comparison, Methane (CH4) is listed as having a GWP of between 21 and 25.

    Shipping Concerns
    Please note that these items are classified as a dangerous good in some countries. Depending on the delivery location, this item may need to be shipped separately from the rest of your order at an additional charge. These items are stocked within the USA and Germany. Please contact our sales department if there are questions or concerns when placing an order for dusters.

    The attached MSDS, found by clicking the () icon, is given in over twenty languages. 

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    CA4-US Support Documentation
    CA4-USCustomer Inspired!United States and Canada Compliant Duster w/ Integrated Nozzle
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    CA4-EU Support Documentation
    CA4-EUCustomer Inspired!European Union Compliant Duster w/ Integrated Nozzle
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    * This item cannot be shipped to your country. Please contact a customer service representative to assist you at 1-973-300-3000

    Cleaning Kit

    Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit (CKF)

    • 3 oz Can of Fiber Connector Cleaner (FCS3)
    • Connector Cleaning Sticks (MCC25)
    • Tub of Lint-Free Wipes (LFW90)
    • Handheld Connector Cleaner (FCC-7020)
    • Replacement Reel for Handheld Connector Cleaner (FCC-7021)
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    CKFFiber Optic Cleaning Kit
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    Fiber Inspection Scope

    FS201 Specifications
    Optical Magnification 200X
    Field of View ~Ø600 µm
    Illumination Coaxial and Oblique White LEDs (100 000 Hour Lifetime)
    Optical Filter Built-In IR Filter
    Power 3 LR44 Button Batteries (Included)
    Included Adapters FS200-FC
    FS201-SMA
    FS200 Fiber Scope with Multimode Fiber
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    View of Panda-Style PM Fiber with the FS201 Inspection Scope and FS201-PM Adapter
    • Critically Examine Fiber Polish Quality
    • Scope Includes Two Fiber Adapters:
      • FS200-FC: FC/PC, FC/APC, ST®/PC, and SC/PC Connectors
      • FS201-SMA: SMA905 and SMA906 Connectors
    • Additional Connector Adapters Sold Separately Below

    The FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope produces a high-quality, low-distortion image of both the fiber end and surrounding ferrule. With a high-intensity illumination system and 200X magnification, this microscope is powerful enough to offer a clear image of the fiber core as well as the surrounding cladding. The FS201 offers both coaxial and oblique illumination settings. The coaxial setting provides symmetric lighting for high-detail inspection, and the oblique setting provides light at an off-center angle to the fiber end face for higher contrast.

    The FS201 includes the FS200-FC adapter for FC-/ST-/SC-terminated fibers (Ø2.5 mm ferrules) and the FS201-SMA adapter for SMA905- and SMA906-terminated fibers (Ø3 mm ferrules). The FS200-LC adapter for LC-terminated fibers (Ø1.25 mm ferrules) and the FS201-PM for polarization-maintaining fibers are available separately below.


    The FS201 features two illumination modes, as well as adjustable adapters for fiber alignment.

    Fiber Scope Operation
    Insert the fiber connector into the adapter until it stops and then firmly hold in place during inspection. To activate illumination, flip the switch on the bottom of the scope; "|" activates coaxial illumination, while "||" activates oblique illumination. Once finished, flip the switch back to "O" to turn the scope off.

    To inspect the full surface area of fibers with larger cores or fibers with angled faces, it may be necessary to rotate the fiber connector. This is also useful for differentiating between contaminants on the face of the fiber connector and those on the scope optic itself. In order to see the entire field of view, the rubber eyepiece should be as close as possible to the operator's eye. Operators who normally wear eyeglasses should remove them to fully inspect the fiber. Please note that under normal operation, the focus adjustment knob should not be rotated to its limits. Doing so repeatedly may cause the unit to fail over time.

    Adapter Alignment
    Although each adapter comes pre-aligned for use with the FS201, it may be necessary to align the adapter to center the fiber in the field of view for fibers with poor centration. First, follow the basic steps above to inspect a test fiber. Using a 1.5 mm hex key or balldriver, loosen the three setscrews around the edge of the connector adapter at the end of the scope. Look through the illuminated scope, focus on the fiber ferrule, and align the connector until the ferrule face is centered within the field of view. Progressively adjust the three setscrews until the end face is in the center of the scope view.

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    FS201 Support Documentation
    FS201Fiber Inspection Scope with FS200-FC and FS201-SMA Adapters
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    Connector Adapters for Fiber Inspection Scope

    Connector Adapters for the FS201 Fiber Inspection Scopea
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    Item # FS200-FC FS201-PM FS201-SMA FS200-LC
    Compatible Connectors FC/ST/SC PM FCb SMA905
    SMA906
    LC
    Included with FS201 Yes No Yes No
    • All of these adapters are also compatible with the FS200 Fiber Inspection Scope. 
    • This adapter features a v-groove aligned with the FC connector key on polarization-maintaining patch cables. However, It is also compatible with standard FC, ST, and SC connectors.
    • Connector Adapters Compatible with the FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope
    • Options Available for FC, ST, SC, SMA905, SMA906, or LC Connector Types
    • FS201-PM Adapter Features V-Groove Aligned to Wide Key Slot (2.2 mm) of the FC/PC Bulkhead

    These connector adapters are used with the FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope sold above to enable compatibility with different ferrule and connector types (see table to the right for options). The FS201-PM adapter is like the FS200-FC adapter, except it features a V-groove that is aligned with the wide key slot on the FC/PC bulkhead. This provides a rough guide for determining the relative alignment of the connector key to the fiber stress members when used with polarization-maintaining patch cables

    Although each adapter comes pre-aligned for use with the FS201, it may be necessary to align the adapter to center the fiber in the field of view for fibers with poor centration. First, follow the basic steps above to inspect a test fiber. Using a 1.5 mm hex key or balldriver, loosen the three setscrews around the edge of the connector adapter at the end of the scope. Look through the illuminated scope, focus on the fiber ferrule, and align the connector until the ferrule face is centered within the field of view. Progressively adjust the three setscrews until the end face is in the center of the scope view.

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    FS200-FC Support Documentation
    FS200-FCFC-Type Connector Adapter for FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope
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    FS201-PM Support Documentation
    FS201-PMCustomer Inspired!FC-Type Connector Adapter with Key Alignment Groove for FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope
    $45.00
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    FS201-SMA Support Documentation
    FS201-SMASMA-Type Connector Adapter for FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope
    $28.75
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    FS200-LC Support Documentation
    FS200-LCCustomer Inspired!LC-Type Connector Adapter for FS201 Fiber Inspection Scope
    $28.75
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