Magnifiers and Microscopes

Fiber optic connectors are routinely maintained because of their instability in a fiber network. A reliable connection requires inspection and cleaning.

Here’s a brief overview of the inspection and cleaning products for fiber optic connectors.

Inspecting Fiber Optic Connectors

Using a fiber microscope you can easily detect the condition of a fiber optic connector.

On the ends of a connector even the smallest of particulates can cause a disturbance in the connectivity of the cable. Typical contaminates on a connector include oil, dirt, scratches, pits and chips.

Here’s what a contaminated fiber optic connector may look like:

Regardless of the size of the contaminants on the connector–whether one micron or ten–the area must be entirely clean for your network to work at its highest efficiency.

In between each round of cleaning use the microscope to see if the connector is free of particulates.

You can mate the connections when your connector looks like this:

Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors

There are a few methods of cleaning a connector, and the type of product you use depends on how difficult it is to remove the contaminants.

For contaminants such as oil and dirt, dry wiping is recommended and economical lint-free wipes or fiber-optic swabs should be used.

If the contaminants aren’t completely removed, then your next step would be to wet the wipe with a fiber-optic cleansing solution, such as the Electro-Wash® PX from Chemtronics. Or, if your application requires a non-flammable solution, use the CZ-version instead.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one cleaning solution, we recommend this seven-piece fiber-optic cleaning kit.

For more information on these products and fiber optic cleaning, reach out to our product expert team at

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Safely Clean Your Unitron Lens in 5 Simple Steps

by Michelle S. on September 22, 2014

It’s one of your most valuable investments – maintain the integrity of your Unitron instrument with the proper objective lens cleaning technique. Read on to learn how.

  1. Inspect the lens for dust, dirt or oil prior to cleaning. Optical surfaces should not be cleaned unless performance is compromised.
  2. Gently remove particles using nitrogen compressed air or a bellows brush.
  3. Use a lint-free cotton swab to apply solvent, moving in a circular motion towards the outer edges.
  4. Remove any residue with nitrogen-compressed air or a bellows brush.
  5. Re-inspect the lens with a jeweler’s loupe, and repeat the process if necessary.


Your Chance to Save: the New LFM LED Series from Luxo

by Michelle S. on September 8, 2014

With its powerful, surprisingly affordable design, the new LFM LED magnifier series incorporates all the cutting-edge standard features you’d expect from Luxo – like dimmable 7W LEDs and a 4000°K color temperature. It’s the perfect solution for a range of light-duty applications, neatly wrapped in a cost-effective, energy-efficient package.

And there’s never been a better time to give the LFM series a try. Now through November 30th, we’re offering this innovative new line at the industry’s best prices. Look for great savings on the entire range of LFM LED magnifiers from Luxo – for a limited time, only at All-Spec.



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Rectangular Vs. Round Lens Magnifiers

by Michelle S. on June 30, 2014

When it comes to magnification and lens types, is rectangular necessarily better than round?  In this case the advantage is indisputable. Designed to optimize the overall viewing area, a 6.75” rectangular lens offers a 6” field of vision, whereas a 5” round lens provides just 3”. The rectangular options offers double the viewing area while the image is in focus – significantly increasing usable workspace.

We offer a range of rectangular lens magnifiers in a variety of diopters to enhance the productivity of every application. Shop with All-Spec and save on the essential magnification solution that’s perfectly suited to your task.