Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits

The complete solution for precision end-face fiber optic cable cleaning.
  • Contains everything needed to eliminate the #1 cause of fiber optic link failure: contamination
  • Supports all fiber connector types in datacenter and campus environments
  • IBC™ OneClick Cleaners—no training required!
  • Solvent pen precisely dispenses specially formulated fiber optic cleaning solution
  • Cards for convenient cleaning of fiber end-faces
  • Rugged carrying case stores and transports all fiber optic cleaning tools
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Overview

Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemies of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber. Today's network applications require more bandwidth than ever, making loss budgets tighter than ever. Hence, it is critical that all optical connections are free of contaminants to avoid having application performance issue.

Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits contains the best fiber optic cleaning tools to effectively remove the toughest contaminants in any fiber network. You can choose between the easy-to-use IBC OneClick Cleaners, the convenient cleaning cube/card and the best optic solvent pen to clean both patch cords and fiber end faces inside ports.  All fiber optic cleaning materials are lint-free and enable an optimal wet and dry cleaning process.

IBC™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of US Conec Ltd.

"Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits have helped me to 'network on' because my networking system was so full of dust from throughout the years since we work in a crowded CPU cluster. By using this, it cleaned it easily and quickly and the performance of our systems rose! Thank you very much for this product"
Spencer Y.
Plymouth State University
PLYMOUTH, NH US

Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemies of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber. Today's network applications require more bandwidth than ever, making loss budgets tighter than ever. Hence, it is critical that all optical connections are free of contaminants to avoid having application performance issue.

Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits contains the best fiber optic cleaning tools to effectively remove the toughest contaminants in any fiber network. You can choose between the easy-to-use IBC OneClick Cleaners, the convenient cleaning cube/card and the best optic solvent pen to clean both patch cords and fiber end faces inside ports.  All fiber optic cleaning materials are lint-free and enable an optimal wet and dry cleaning process.

IBC™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of US Conec Ltd.

 

Features

Cleaning Instructions

Clean End Faces with the IBC 1.25mm or 2.5mm Cleaner:

  1. Open or remove the guide cap from the IBC Cleaner.
  2. Push the cleaner straight into the connector and you will a hear a click to confirm cleaning.

 

 

 

Clean End Faces with the IBC MPO Cleaner:

  1. Open or remove the guide cap from the IBC Cleaner.
  2. Push the cleaner straight into the connector.
  3. Turn the dial until you hear a click to confirm cleaning.

 

 

Inspect every end-face first. If it is clean, then it can be inserted as is. Most likely, it has accumulated some form of contamination and needs to be cleaned right before insertion:

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Cleaning patch cords with a Cleaning Card:


  1. Remove the plastic cover from one cleaning zone.
  2. Apply a minimal spot of solvent to the starting corner of the cleaning zone.
  3. Holding the connector perpendicularly, swipe the end-face from the wet spot into a dry zone.
  4. Inspect again to ensure a complete cleaning. If necessary, expose a new cleaning zone and repeat steps again.

 

Cleaning patch cords with a Cleaning Cube:

  1. Pull a clean wipe from the Cleaning Cube.
  2. Apply a minimal spot of solvent to the starting edge of the wipe.
  3. Holding the connector perpendicularly, swipe the end-face from the wet spot into a dry zone.
  4. Inspect again to ensure a complete cleaning. If necessary, repeat the steps again on a new portion of the exposed wipe on the Cube.

Cleaning inside ports with Swabs:
 

  1. Pull a clean wipe from the Cleaning Cube.
  2. Apply a minimal spot of solvent to the wipe.
  3. Touch the swab to the wet spot on the wipe for 3 seconds to absorb a minimal amount of solvent. A damp swab works better than a wet one.
  4. Insert the swab into the port and turn several times while applying gentle pressure.
  5. Follow the damp swab with a dry one, using the same procedure to remove any remaining solvent from the end-face and alignment sleeve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Note that applying solvent directly from the pen to a swab will result in excess solvent on the swab.

What To Avoid When Cleaning End-faces

There are as many different cleaning techniques as there are fiber optic network technicians. While some techniques work some of the time, reliable and lasting performance of your fiber links require inspection and proper cleaning processes with every mating. Here are some well-known bad habits:

Dry Cleaning:

Traditionally, dry cleaning has been proven to be only partially effective in eliminating contaminants from fiber end-faces and connectors.  The challenge had been that the dry cleaning materials were either not good enough to uplift the various types of dirt or greasy contaminants, or they actually introduced static to the fiber ferrule that attracts dust.  With technological advancement and better dry cleaning materials, however, a new class of fiber cleaning tools have been created to provide a cost effective and efficient solution for cleaning more than 50% of contaminants from optical networks.  It is therefore very important to avoid using simple swabs or cleaning papers to perform dry cleaning on any fiber connectors.  Instead, use Fluke Networks’ IBC OneClick Cleaner to eliminate most of the dust and harmful particles in your fiber plant.

Wet Cleaning:

Cleaning with only a pre-soaked wet wipe or excessive solvent will leave liquid behind on the end-face which also causes problems. As that excess solvent dries, it can leave behind of film of dissolved contaminants that were never properly removed. In addition, residual isopropyl alcohol (IPA) can leave behind a “halo” as it dries that not only causes attenuation, but also can be very hard to remove. No solvent should remain at the conclusion of a cleaning.

Canned Air and Dusters:

Canned air and dusters are ineffective and should not be used to clean end-faces. The only thing dusters do is blow large particles around. On a patch cord, this may be effective, but inside a port this can result in those same particles settling elsewhere. Dusters are ineffective on smaller, statically-charged particles and totally useless on oil-based contaminants such as buffer gel or body oil. Last, dusters often expel a propellant that becomes a whole new contaminant that now requires an effective cleaning process to remove.

Thinking New Equals Clean:

Do not be lulled into thinking that end-faces on factory-terminated patch cords or pigtails will be clean when they are brand new and covered with a dust cap. Though dust caps are great at preventing damage to the end-face, the caps themselves can be a source of contamination. The plastic used to create dust caps will outgas a residue as its plasticizers deteriorate over time and the surface of the cap may contain mold-release substances used in their high-speed production process. Don’t be surprised to find a contaminated end-face upon removal of a protective cap. For repeatable and reliable end-face cleaning, always use Fluke Networks’ tools to follow the recommended wet and dry process.

Specialized Solvent

For years isopropyl alcohol (IPA) was used to clean fiber end-faces, but now there are customized solvents that are far superior, such as Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Solvent Pen. Most importantly, this specialized solvent is more effective than IPA at dissolving all contaminants, especially non-ionic compounds such as buffer gel and pulling lube. You will get a better clean every time and with every contaminant.

Next, our solvent has a lower surface tension than IPA that allows it to envelop particles and debris, effectively lifting them from the surface of the end-face as they are carried away by a wipe or swab. Many smaller particles carry a charge that bonds them to the ferrule or an end-face. Unlike IPA, this solvent is oxygenated to neutralize this charge so that the charged particle can be removed and more particles are not attracted onto the end-face. When cleaning end-faces inside ports or equipment, the evaporation rate of solvents become significant as it is harder to guarantee removal of all solvent. Fluke Networks’ customized solvent has an evaporation rate tailored to stay long enough to work yet still disappear before mating. It evaporates much faster than IPA. IPA is highly hygroscopic and therefore draws water vapor that can then dry on the end-face and leave a residue, which sometimes appears as a “halo”. Using Fluke Networks’ solvent will avoid this problem.

 

Models & Accessories

 
Models
Model Number/Name Description
NFC-Kit-Case-E
Enhanced Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit - Includes an IBC OneClick 1.25mm cleaner, an IBC OneClick 2.5mm cleaner, an IBC OneClick MPO cleaner, a solvent pen, a cleaning cube and a softcase
NFC-Kit-Case

Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit - Includes cleaning cube with wipes, ten cards with sealed cleaning zones, solvent pen, 2.5mm port cleaning swabs and 1.25mm port cleaning swabs in a rugged carrying case. See Photo

NFC-Kit-Box
Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit - Includes cleaning cube with wipes, five cards with sealed cleaning zones, solvent pen and 2.5mm port cleaning swabs
FT525

FiberInspector Mini and Cleaning Kit – Includes FiberInspector Mini; complete cleaning supplies (cleaning cube, ten cleaning cards, solvent pen, 2.5mm port cleaning swabs and 1.25mm port cleaning swabs) and soft carrying case. See Photo

FT525 Gold Support:
GLD-FTINSPECTOR1-Year Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
GLD3-FTINSPECTOR3 years of Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
 
Accessories
Model Number/Name Description
NFC-IBC-1.25mm
IBC OneClick cleaner for 1.25 mm LC and MU connector and end faces (5 count).
NFC-IBC-2.5mm
IBC OneClick cleaner for 2.5 mm SC, ST, FC, E2000 connector and end faces (5 count).
NFC-IBC-MPO
IBC OneClick cleaner for MPO/MTP connector (5 count).
FT525-Case
FiberInspector Mini and Cleaning Kit Case Only - Soft carrying case for the FT525
NFC-Cube
Cleaning cube with wipers (cleans up to 500 end-faces)
NFC-Cards-5pack
5 cards with sealed cleaning zones - perfect for troubleshooting (12 sealed zones each)
NFC-SolventPen
Special solvent dispensed from pen
NFC-Swabs-1.25mm
LC and MU port cleaning swabs (25 count)
NFC-Swabs-2.5mm
SC, ST, 2.5mm port cleaning swabs (50 count)
NFC-Case
Carrying case for cleaning supplies
 

Specifications

 

Specifications

 

IBC OneClick 1.25mm

Contents:  Each unit cleans a minimum of 500 end faces
Dimensions: 0.69” x 0.69” x 7.05”
Material: Proprietary lint-free cleaning strand

 

IBC OneClick 2.5mm

Contents:  Each unit cleans a minimum of 500 end faces
Dimensions: 0.69” x 0.69” x 7.05”
Material: Proprietary lint-free cleaning strand

 

IBC OneClick MPO

Contents:  Each unit cleans a minimum of 600 end faces
Dimensions: 0.87” x 2.22”x 7.46”
Material: Proprietary lint-free cleaning strand

Cleaning Card

Contents: 12 cleaning zones
Dimensions: 3.75” x 2” x 0.1”
Material: Lint-free 55% cellulose/45% polyester


Cleaning Cube

Contents: 125 wipes – each cleans up to 4 end-faces
Dimensions: 2” x 2” x 2”
Material: Lint-free 55% cellulose/45% polyester


Solvent Pen

Contents: 9 grams or fiber optic solvent
Dispenser: Felt-tip, spring-activated valve in aluminum pen body
Dimensions: 5.5” x 0.5” diameter


Swabs – 2.5mm

Contents: 50 swabs
Dimensions: 4.0” x 1.0” diameter
Material: 100ppi medical grade polyurethane sealed foam


Swabs – 1.25mm        

Contents: 25 swabs
Dimensions: 6.5” x 1.0” diameter
Material: Proprietary compressed polyester fiber

 

 

Documents

 

Brochures

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Fiber Troubleshooting Quick-Reference Guide
Test and Troubleshooting Guide for Optical Fiber Cabling and DataCommunications
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2.59 MB
Optical Fiber Test and Troubleshooting Solutions
A look at Fluke Networks´ portfolio of fiber solutions. Discover which fiber test tools you need in your tool kit to best tackle any job.
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Data Sheets

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IBC OneClick Cleaner Datasheet
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Catalogs

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Fluke Networks´ Solution Catalog NEW
68 page guide to selection and ordering Fluke Networks´ Solutions and Products
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Application Notes

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Application Note: How to Choose the Right Power Meter Light Source
Top 4 Questions to Ask a Power Meter Light Source Vendor
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Fiber Testing Best Practices - Pocket Guide
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1.84 MB
 

White Papers

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Best Practices for Fiber Optic Installation Start with Inspection & Cleaning
This white paper will help you understand what to look for and when, how to inspect and clean and best practices for installation.
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Fiber Test Best Practices: Inspect and Clean
Fiber Test Best Practices: Inspection and Cleaning
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Flyers

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Fiber Test And Troubleshooting Instruments Comparison Guide
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Demos

Title/Description Demo  
Video: How to Clean Fiber Optic Cabling
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