This “how to” video demonstrates the right way to use the hugely popular 2.5mm CleanClicker™ 750 Fiber Optic Connector Cleaner, to maximize cleaning and minimize costs. There’s a huge difference between the cheap Chinese knock-offs and the real deal; and with Sticklers™ products you will get the job done faster and with fewer hassles than any other products on the market today.
This “how to” video shows exactly the right way to use the new 1.25 CleanClicker™ 400 Compact Fiber Optic Connector Cleaner, the features and benefits of the tool, and the reason every tech in every data center or telco central office or cable TV head-end should have one in their bag.
The CleanClicker™ 2.5 tool is highly effective on OptiTap connectors. The tool allows field techs to clean quickly and with a single activation of the cleaning tool. Many other devices require 3-4 activations to produce a clean end-face (8-10 per Optitap connection because of the need to clean both sides). This means a 500-click cleaning tool really only can clean 50 OptiTap installs before the tool is exhausted. Sticklers™ CleanClicker™ tools clean 300-400 installs or more, dramatically reducing the cost-per-cleaning. (Note: For heavily contaminated devices a better choice will be the Sticklers™ CleanStixx™ swabs and the Sticklers™ cleaning fluid.)
A brief explanation: The OptiTap® OSP terminals are a very popular termination choice for FTTH installations. The factory-terminated, sturdy single-fiber OptiTap connectors are the gold-standard for pre-connectorized network connectivity with more than 4 million installed globally. This versatile configuration was designed for the network access and drop-cable portions of a pre-connectorized OSP network. In most regions of the world, the OptiTap connector is the predomination choice for fiber-the-the-home (FTTH) deployment, making installations faster, easier, more reliable and less costly.
OptiTaps now are available from a variety of vendors using SC, LC, FC, and ST connectors with either APC (angled) or UPC (ultra) polish performance, with one to 12 fibers in the connector. All can be cleaned with Sticklers™ tools. Hardened versions and dielectric version are available (dielectric version eliminates the need for bonding or grounding) and toneable versions speed underground cable locating. But despite all the clever engineering, companies need to budget for the cost of cleaning OptiTap devices or their networks will never achieve their engineered potential.
The attached report on cleaning offers a base line for companies to compare Sticklers™ cleaners to other products. This test enables a true scientific comparison instead of Subjective “how does this look?” testing. The report also emphasizes and important point: the best method to use the CleanClickers™ correctly is to click (engage) the device just once. In most cases, once is enough, which saves companies time, money and avoids hundreds of needless cleanings.
This one-page document is a field-friendly “how to” document explaining the established best practices for cleaning female MPO end-faces. High-density fiber networks are a crucial bottleneck in many network environments, including data centers. But even as high-density connectivity has become THE enabling technology for the cloud, another ugly problem has reared up: the practical need to quickly, reliably and affordably clean all those thouands of fiber end-faces. If you’re dealing with a data center environment, this is a big issue, and this document will be a handy helper.