Cleaning Electronics – Battery cases, connections and switches
The electronic areas that should be maintained on these types of games are the battery cases and connections, other connectivity points such as the gold fingers on gaming cartridges, audio and antenna connections, external power supply connections, data and communication connections, and switches. All of these places will benefit from the application of DeoxIT® D-Series Products.
You can spray, wipe or brush the DeoxIT® on to the metal surfaces to be treated. It is up to you as to the best way to apply the product. You can see all of the applicator choices here: DeoxIT D-Series page with shop | CAIG
If there is an excessive amount of dirt and debris in addition to corrosion, then either use a spray like DeoxIT D5 (D5S-6), or pre-clean with a lint-free cloth or air duster to remove loose dirt and debris cloth use a spray and then apply the DeoxIT liquid via a brush, wipe, pen, or swab. After application of the DeoxIT D Series product, wipe away the excess with a lint free cloth and you are finished.
It is that easy and the application of DeoxIT will provide many benefits. It will remove oxidation, protect the metal preventing future corrosion and lubricate the switch or connection which will increase the life of the device by reducing friction wear and fretting of the metal surfaces. Most importantly, the DeoxIT will maximize the conductivity of the metal giving you the fastest data rates, cleanest audio, clearest video and the ideal power flow so your device operates as intended for the longest operating time and life span possible.
General Cleaning Surfaces
Many modern electronic games and toys incorporate display screens and/or touch screens. These screens are made of plastics and you should avoid using products that contain either ammonia or alcohol to clean the same otherwise you risk dulling the finish and making your clear screen hazy. Instead, use a purpose made Screen Cleaner and a microfiber cloth. CAIG sells these items together in a kit. We offer a 2 oz size and a larger 22 oz size. See Screen Cleaning Kit, #CCS-502 | CAIG and See Screen Cleaning Kit, #CCS-503 (22 oz Spray) | CAIG
In addition to screens, other areas of electronic toys and games that may need some general cleaning are the housings/outer coverings of these devices. These include the actual surfaces of the toy or game such as panels, polished surfaces and wood surfaces. This would be more “cosmetic” cleaning but can also lead to longer life of the device as it will be less impacted by contaminants that could eat at theses surfaces and finishes.
For these general surfaces, use a mild Equipment Cleaner with a microfiber cloth. CAIG makes the GX3 Equipment Cleaner and includes our optical grade ultra soft micro-fiber cloth. Using this product will leave the surfaces clean, protected and static-free. See Equipment Cleaner & Conditioner, #CL-ECP-08 | CAIG
Alternatively, mix a small amount of dish soap with water. Dampen a microfiber cloth or sponge with the solution and gently wipe the surfaces. Make sure not to soak the toy, especially around any openings or buttons. Likewise, avoid any Immersion( unless the toy is specifically designed to be waterproof and the manufacturer instructions recommend immersion.)
Cleaning Small Parts: If your toy has small detachable parts, clean them separately. You can use a cotton swab or a small brush to clean hard-to-reach areas and crevices.
Drying: After cleaning, allow the toy to air dry completely. Ensure there is no moisture remaining inside or around battery compartments before reinstalling batteries or turning the toy on.
Lubricating Key Parts
Again, it is always important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for lubrication. Regular maintenance and proper lubrication will help ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your device.
Ball Bearings: Ball bearings are used in various parts. These include parts of a remote-control vehicle, such as the wheel hubs and drivetrain components. Use grease to lubricate these components. DeoxIT® L260D Greases are perfect for this job – DeoxIT Grease With Shop | CAIG
Universal Joints (U-Joints) and Driveshafts on remote-control vehicles. Lubricate the universal joints and driveshafts with grease to reduce friction and prevent wear. Again, DeoxIT® L260D Greases are perfect for this job – DeoxIT Grease With Shop | CAIG
Axle Carriers and Hub Carriers: Use a light oil for lubricating hinge pins and moving parts in axle carriers and hub carriers. Silicone-based lubricants are suitable for these components. CAIG’s X-10S Oil is ideal for this application. See DeoxIT® X10S, #X10S-P (Pen) | CAIG
Suspension Components: Hinge pins, kingpins, and other suspension components may require lubrication to reduce friction and ensure smooth movement. Again, use a light oil and CAIG’s X-10S is ideal. See DeoxIT® X10S, #X10S-P (Pen) | CAIG
Servo Gears: The gears inside the servo that control various functions should be periodically lubricated with servo-specific grease to maintain smooth and precise operation. CAIG’s SM-22 Grease is a great option here. See DeoxIT Grease With Shop | CAIG
Linkage Pivot Points: Lubricate the pivot points of various linkages and control arms in your RC vehicle to reduce friction and prevent binding. Use a light oil like CAIG’s X-10S Oil for this lubrication. See DeoxIT® X10S, #X10S-P (Pen) | CAIG
Perform regular check-ups to ensure electronic toys and games remain in good working order. Depending upon use, this should be done annually or more often for toys that are regularly used. After cleaning, store the toy in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. This will help prolong the life of the toy and its batteries.
Remember, always prioritize safety when cleaning battery-operated toys. If you have any doubts or concerns, contact the manufacturer or a professional for guidance on cleaning and maintenance.
Good luck and happy gaming!