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Optic Cleaning Supplies
Wash & Dropper Bottle Kit
Lens Cleaning Tissues
Thorlabs offers the following line of supplies to clean and maintain your optical components:
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Thorlabs' Smart Pack Initiative is aimed at waste minimization while still maintaining adequate protection for our products. By eliminating any unnecessary packaging, implementing packaging design changes, and utilizing eco-friendly packaging materials for our customers when possible, this initiative seeks to improve the environmental impact of our product packaging. Products listed above are now shipped in re-engineered packaging that minimizes the weight and the use of non-recyclable materials.b As we move through our product line, we will indicate re-engineered packages with our Smart Pack logo.
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Webril® Handi-Pads (Item # CP-100)
The Handi-Pads are plush non-woven cotton pads. Each 4" x 8" pad is folded in half (4" x 4") prior to packaging so that a pure, uncontaminated pad surface is available even if the package is opened in a non-cleanroom environment. These pads are free from contaminants and adhesives, which make them ideal for use with optics cleaning solvents. The large plush pad allows the user to make a single continuous wipe across the entire surface of the optic being cleaned, even if the surface is curved such as with a lens. The pad can also be used to wrap optics before placing them in a storage container.
Lens Tissues (Item # MC-5)
Bulk Lens Tissues (Item # MC-50E)
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.
Kimwipes™ (Item # KW32)
Cotton-Tipped Applicators (Item # CTA10)
Kimwipes are durable, low-lint sheets and the cotton-tipped applicators are nonabrasive, disposable swabs. Both the Kimwipes and the cotton-tipped applicators are appropriate for cleaning optical fiber connectors. Additionally, the cotton-tipped applicators are optical grade, meaning they are nonabrasive and will not deposit contaminants, making them appropriate for cleaning optics (see our Optics Handling and Care Tutorial for details).
Please note that these Kimwipes are sold in cases, with 12 boxes per case and 280 Kimwipes per box, and are not ideal for cleaning optics. Instead, we recommend using the MC-5 lens tissues to clean optics. We do not recommend using the cotton-tipped applicators with acetone.
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Optic Cleaning Using Forceps and Lens Tissue Paper
Thorlabs offers stainless steel forceps that are equipped with narrow tips for holding small objects. The locking grip on the forceps can be used to keep the tips in a closed position. The FCPA features an angled tip while the FCP has a straight tip.
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,
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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.
These plastic wash bottles are ideal for the storage and dispensing of common laboratory cleaning solvents. The small dropper bottles are made from non-reactive plastic and recommended for dispensing cleaning fluids for laser grade optics. Each bottle is clearly labeled and the large bottles are color coded to help prevent misidentification of the solvents.
This one-touch pump dispenser bottle is great for minimizing evaporation of solvents when cleaning optics with a swab or brush. Simply flip up the cap and press down on the spring-loaded top to fill the shallow reservoir with solvent. The bottle has a capacity of 8 oz and is suitable for most solvents, including acetone, gasoline, propanol, MEK, toluene, turpentine, and water. Eighteen pre-labeled and two blank self-adhesive labels are included.