Review of the O2 Hurricane Canless Air System
The O2 Hurricane is a safe, environmentally friendly alternative to canned air or gas dusters that you would use for cleaning out delicate items and hard-to-reach areas. This canless air system comes with a rechargeable battery, an A/C charger, and two nozzles.
Is the O2 Hurricane Canless Air System an effective alternative to canned air?
Using canned air dusters is an easy way to clean dust and debris from delicate things, such as computer parts. However, canned air is far from perfect. Many of you know the following problems.
» Canned air may contain noxious gases, which are bad for the environment and dangerous to breathe.
» It is required to hold the can upright to use canned air. If you don't, then the liquid sprays out. Perhaps, in order to get the can into the correct spot to blow the air, you must position the can sideways or upside-down. That makes the use of canned air impossible in these cases.
» You cannot use canned air dusters continuously for more than about 30 seconds. Otherwise, the pressure inside the can drops and causes the can to become too cold. Once the temperature is too low, it has to warm up to room temperature before you can use it again. Canned air can blow gases at a high pressure as long as the can is within a certain temperature range. It works most effectively for the first few sprays.
» Canned air comes filled with limited amount of gas. If you use gas dusters frequently, you are always running out and need to constantly buy more. At $5 to $8 per can, this can get expensive.
The O2 Hurricane does not have any such shortcomings of canned air. It does not contain any noxious gas and thus it does not pose any risk to personal or environmental health. It comes with a rechargeable battery and an A/C charger, so you can use it repeatedly. And, one O2 Hurricane is advertised as equivalent to 1000 canned air cans.
The O2 Hurricane is light. It has a trigger on the front, just like a can of pressurized air. The O2 Hurricane comes with two nozzles (in case you need a spare) that have a considerably larger caliber than the nozzle of a typical air can. The A/C plug in jack is located near the bottom on the back of the unit.
The O2 Hurricane does not have some of canned air’s biggest problems. For instance, it gives a continuous, consistent stream of pressurized air for as long as you hold the trigger. The O2 Hurricane’s innovative design prevents it from ever “running out” of air. You simply recharge it as needed to keep it working. This could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, if you frequently use canned air.
The O2 Hurricane Canless Air System does have a few drawbacks. It does not blow air as powerfully as a fresh can of canned air. We experimented with the O2 Hurricane and a regular air duster can. The canned duster blows dust off more effectively and more forcefully than the O2 Hurricane in the first few seconds of use. However, after several blows, the gas duster starts to get cold, the blowing pressure drops, and its force becomes weaker than that of the O2 Hurricane. In contrast, the O2’s blowing power remained constant throughout use. The O2 Hurricane’s weakness could be due to its nozzle caliber, which is at least five times larger than a gas duster.
Another benefit of the O2 Hurricane’s design over a duster can is that you can use it at any angle. This was especially helpful for reaching and cleaning out the corners of our bookshelf. It would have been impossible to reach all the nooks and crannies in the bookshelf with an upright gas duster.
The O2 Hurricane Canless Air System blows streams of clean air. It does not contain dangerous gases like canned air and gas dusters do, so it is safer to use regularly. It will blow air while turned upside-down, unlike a canned air duster. You can recharge it and use it over and over again. In all these areas, the O2 Hurricane is an excellent alternative to canned air or gas dusters. However, when it comes to effective cleaning, the O2 Hurricane is just not as strong as a new can of canned air.
We recommend the O2 Hurricane for removing less stubborn dust and debris from electronics or other delicate items. In our experience, the O2 Hurricane is capable of cleaning effectively as long as the dust and debris is relatively loose and does not require a more forceful air blast. Because its advantages are so overwhelming compared to canned air dusters, HomeGear Lab gives it a 4 Lights On rating, our highest rating.
Air speed: 200+ Miles Per Hour
Product life: Can be charged approximately 500 times
Charge time: 4 to 6 Hours
Continuous run time on one charge: 15+ Minutes (equal to 24 cans of canned air)
Type: handheld, cordless, rechargable
Height: 7 3/4 inches
Weight: 18.2 oz.
Battery: 12V Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)