Stop buying canned air. Instead upgrade to Portable, Rechargeable, Cordless Air.
I decided long ago that I would not be a generalized Funko Pop Collector. Instead, I wanted to be a collector of personal nostalgia. Whereas some wish to keep their Funko collection in-box, I have preferred to enjoy my figures au natural, out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, it does not matter which way you choose to display your favorite vinyls because dust is the bane of any knick-knack collector.
Between air purifiers, canned duster, wet cloths, and dusting rags, I have struggled to keep my collection clean. Not only are the cans of duster (refrigerant, not air) expensive, they are not reusable and must either be thrown away or hopefully recycled once expended. Tired of adding to the landfill, I looked for a reusable solution and landed upon the AFMAT rechargeable duster.
The AFMAT Cordless Air Duster arrived in a 7 1/8 inches long by 2 5/8 inches wide by 3 7/8 inches tall cardboard box. The cover provided the AFMAT name along the top left, “Air Duster” along the middle, and a sleek photo-quality image of the duster along the mid-right section. Within the grey bar along the lower section of the cover panel, you will find four product-defining icons: 1. Rechargeable. 2. Portable. 3. Strong Airflow. 4. Eco Friendly.
I liked the white on gray color scheme and felt that the design was quite visually appealing. Not only did the imagery provide the needed attention grab, the product name and logos filled in the remaining curiosities. The black-colored top panel listed the AFMAT name along the center, an AFMAT sticker, a website link to authenticate the product (www.afmat.com) toward my right, and recorded two ways to utilize the duster: 1. Press the Button Twice. 2. Long Press the Button.
Both of the black-colored side panels provided a product specification table. One side provided information about the Power Supply 5V DC, 2A input, 0.66 pounds weight, and 3.3×2.x7in product size. The other provided information about the 6000mAh battery, 10W electric power, 3 hour charging time, and <80dB sound output.
The second side panel and the back panel listed information in a character language that I did not recognize. If you have not yet utilized the camera feature through Google Translate, I highly encourage it. The camera feature will change the words you see into the language you wish to view. In this case, I tried Chinese first and then Japanese.
When I selected Japanese to English, the characters disappeared, and the English words appeared over the characters. For example, the rear panel characters changed into “Air Duster,” USB Rechargeable, Convenient to Carry, Powerful, and then Eco (went in and out of focus). The fourth through sixth panels of the instruction manual were also interpreted using this technique. The translation may be a bit choppy, but it did a great job at detailing the intended meaning.
To access the duster, I lifted the top panel, folded out the flaps, and removed the 11.11 oz, 3 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/8 inches tall by 2 1/8 inches thick device. Next, I removed the 4 7/8 inches long by 1-inch wide accessory suction-brush attachment (1-inch long bristles), a small bilingual user manual, and a generous 41 1/2 inches long USB-A to USB-Micro charging cable.
The manual provided an easy to use product contents table, followed by a specifications table (DC5V power, 2A input, 10W rated power, 33000RPM motor speed, 0.98Oz-1.16 oz blowing force, 3 hour charging time, 0.5hour continuous working time, 14F-122F working temp, <80dB noise, ABS/PP materials, and weight/dimensions as listed above). The subsequent panels provided a labeled ink outline drawing of the back and side of the duster, followed by a simple how-to charge section.
The manual then offered a few notes for the user. First, the duster is not intended to work while charging. Next, charge the device and avoid wet environments. Lastly, the manual provided a how-to-use segment followed by warranty information.
Before my initial run, I plugged the device into a standard 5v/2a USB-A port on my multi-USB hub. The LED along the side of the device powered-on and then extinguished after about 20 minutes. With the device fully charged, I removed the nozzle at the front of the duster and placed it into the airflow outlet port.
To power on the device, I found that I could press and hold the finger trigger for continuous power output. When desired, I could double press the button to free up my hand from holding the trigger. When done, I could either release the button or press it once again to end the continuous mode.
As a test, I set a votive candle on my bathroom counter and moved sequentially backward until I could no longer blow out the candle. I found I could extinguish the candle at approximately five feet away. As a second test, I compared a can of duster to the AFMAT device to clean off my band saw after cutting out a pinewood derby car for scouts.
Although the device did not compare to my air compressor, it was more than convenient not to have to set everything up for a quick dusting. As a third test, I took the device to my work office and sprayed off the shelves while also using a slightly damp microfiber cloth. I used the device to clean off my figurines, to blow dust/debris from my keyboard, and enjoyed a much cleaner workspace.
I was pleased with the duration of the output, the force of the output, and the shape/feel of the duster. Even though the device has a 30-minute runtime, I found that this would last for several weeks on a single charge. Thanks to the rechargeable USB-micro input, I was able to keep the device powered for the next round of dusting by plugging it into a free USB-A port on my computer.
The force of the air output was sufficiently strong to stir up dust and strong enough to knock over the vinyl figures. When paired with my recent portable ColorCoral Vacuum purchase (review to follow), I found I could keep my work area much tidier.
- 30 minutes continuous run time
- No chemicals/propellants/inhalants
- Rechargeable 6000 mAh battery
- Powerful Air output
- No carrying case