Carson Optical recently introduced a line of lens and screen cleaners for cameras, iPods and iPads. My iPhone and especially our iPad are always in need of cleaning. It is amazing how sticky the iPad screen gets when Miss J is around. The Carson cleaning tools have all been formulated with a dry-cleaning compound that safely and quickly cleans the screens and lenses. The compound breaks down the oils left behind on the screen and Carson has branded this series “C6”, making it available in several different models. I regularly use another cleaning product but am always on the lookout for something new to try so I was happy to see what Carson had to offer. When the box arrived I couldn’t believe how much product they sent for me to try out. We are going to have clean screens for a long time at our house! Plus they sent an extra surprise, something a reader is going to have the chance to also win. Curious? Read on….
Let’s start with the cleaners I’d use on my iDevices:
- Disposable Screen Cleaners – These are cleaners with a square soft pad on the end of a handle. You simply hold the cleaner by the handle and wipe away the smudges on your screen in a circular motion. It works very quickly and very effectively. There’s no spraying involved and no special cloth that you need to wipe with. Everything is in one piece. The disposable cleaners that I had were not large, they were only about 4 inches tall and I’m not sure if that’s the normal size or the trial pack size. They were very easy to hold. Disposable Screen cleaners come in regular size or jumbo. The screen cleaner would be ideal for an iPhone or iPod and the jumbo size for your iPad. The instructions say to throw away the cleaner after you’re done. We cleaned my iPhone and three iPods with one cleaner before throwing it away. I could see the pad wearing down as we kept using it and I know it wasn’t as effective towards the end. The only thing I noticed was that the pad left black on my daughter’s red iPod case where it rubbed against the edge. This came off right away when we rubbed it clean with our fingers but if you’re worried about it take your device out of the case.
- Screen Cleaners – I did not try these out but screen cleaners are available in a non-disposable 2-pack, the jumbo size are sold in single packs. They are larger and I would assume last longer.
Now for the Lens Cleaners that I would use on my cameras, binoculars, etc.
- Lens Cleaner – The lens cleaner is shaped like a small flashlight, only it’s much lighter like a pen. It has a retractable brush that you extend to wipe away any dust and debris from your lens. After you’ve done that you remove a cap on the other side to reveal a cleaner pad. Use this on the lens and wipe in a circular motion to remove smudges. When you put the cap back on you’ll twist it a half turn to replenish the cleaning compound on the pad. Don’t touch the pad or you’ll end up with black compound residue on your finger. The lens cleaner works great and I like having a brush that gets rid of the dust in those hard to reach places. My camera lenses are always neglected and usually cleaned by my shirt tails. I’m sure camera buffs are cringing over that admission.
- Compact Lens Cleaner – This cleaner is just like the one I previously described only smaller. It has a ring on the cap so you can attach it to a keychain or a clip and it’s small enough to fit in a purse or bag. This would be the cleaner I’d take on vacation to clean my camera lens on the go.
- Jumbo Lens Cleaner – The jumbo size is larger than the other two cleaners which would make it ideal for larger cameras and binoculars. It works the same way with a retractable brush and a cleaning pad on the other end.
- Disposable Lens Cleaners – Disposable lens cleaners are available in a 12-pack. No brush is included, it is a soft round pad on the end of a handle. The size is right for standard lenses.
Overall I was quite pleased with the C6 Screen and Lens cleaners. For me the biggest plus is having a cleaner that is one item and doesn’t involve spraying something on my screen. I know that it’s safe but every time I spray something on my iPhone I get nervous. I like the disposable cleaners for my purse and the lens cleaners are great the way everything stores up inside. I thought the prices seemed very reasonable. I’m happy and I’m going to continue using the product. Right now the cleaners are so new they’re only available at a handful of retailers. They’ll be available through online retailers soon but for now the best way to find them is to visit www.carsonoptical.com or call 800-9-OPTICS.
Now….I have a chance for you to own several of these cleaners before they’re even available in retail stores. Carson is providing a prize package for one winner. It contains one Lens Cleaner, one Compact Lens Cleaner, one Jumbo Lens Cleaner AND MiniScout binoculars. That was my surprise product and I cannot tell you how excited my kids are to have real, working binoculars (not the pretend kind!). Carson sent me the MiniScout to use for trying out the lens cleaners on – they work! – and it is an ultra-compact binocular that will fit in your purse or bag. Perfect for sporting events, hiking, concerts, plays, you name it. It comes with a pouch, neck strap and cleaning cloth.
Because of shipping restrictions the contest is limited to readers living in the United States. If that’s you and you’d like to enter please leave a comment below. I’m going to leave the contest open until the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. Good luck!
Disclosure: Carson Optical provided me with free lens and screen care products and binoculars for review purposes.