Updated May 30, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 8 Best Fiber Optic Cleaners

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Fiber optics are a common method of broadband data transmission to households, with many high-speed internet service providers relying on this technology. However, the connectors at the ends of cables are susceptible to contamination by microscopic dust particles, which can lead to significant network data loss. Ensure that your optical connectors are kept clean and dust-free with these products. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Fibershack FTTH Cleaning Box

2. Zeasun Komshine KCC-500

3. Microcare Sticklers MCC-FK03

Editor's Notes

May 26, 2019:

Fiber optic cleaners are designed to clean the connectors of optical fibers – and not any other part of the cable. However, there are a variety of different connector sizes and configurations, which makes the task of identifying all-inclusive cleaning solutions a tricky task. The majority of connector heads use 1.25mm or 2.5mm ferrules, while a handful use nonstandard ferrule sizes and designs (like SMA 905/906 connectors) or no ferrules at all (like the VF-45 connector).

Fiber optic cleaners on the market can be broadly divided into two categories: (1) dry cleaning devices, which utilize microfiber tape to wipe away debris from connector heads; and (2) wet cleaning devices, which add a solvent to the wiping mechanism (an anti-static cloth, swab, etc.)

While wet cleaning is more thorough than dry cleaning, the difference in level of particulate removal is marginal. The vast majority of dry clean tools are either cassettes - the cheapest, most versatile solution - and pens – which are also cheap, but are limited to only cleaning one ferrule size. Thus, I made the choice to promote high quality cassettes in the rankings list. Where you see pens or wet cleaning kits above cassettes in the rankings is where I thought that these products were more convenient solutions.

The Microcare Sticklers MCC-FK03 is a particularly impressive choice for a kit at a reasonable price point compared to similar kits. Fibershack Pens are another easy option for the end user since they are offered in 2 sizes (1.25mm and 2.5mm) for standard ferrules on the vast majority of connector types; the Ipolex EDV-838 Electronic Cleaner is a similarly flexible option for end users who don’t know the size of their connector ferrules. Finally, the US Conec MT Series II is the 2nd generation product in the MT Series. The ‘MT’ refers to a multiplex configuration that uses snap coupling. MT/MPO is a fairly commonly used configuration for indoor cabling.

4. Fibershack Pens

5. NTT-AT Cletop-S Type A

6. Fluke Networks NFC-KIT-CASE

7. Ipolex EDV-838

8. US Conec MT Series II

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on May 30, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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