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Maxell VP-200 VHS Wet Cleaner

by Maxell
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  • Designed to clean all the surfaces that come into contact with videotape
  • Special wet formulation is significantly less abrasive than the usual dry formulations and is designed to promote long-term durability tape heads
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Maxell
  • Model: 290038

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000001ON6
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 290038
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 19, 2002

Product Description

Safe and non-abrasiveCleans entire tape travel pathCamcorder patibleGround shipping only

Customer Reviews

This one cleaned my vcr so well, my old tapes play again like new.
byron pranger
Tried running several other times but just ejected and turned off VCR each time.
Diana
This is a great product for those of us like myself that still use the VCR.
Chris Norwood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

142 of 144 people found the following review helpful By P. Johnson on February 27, 2010
Format: Electronics
I bought this wet cleaning system about 20 years ago, and it still works. I hadn't used it in many years, but a friend asked me to copy his VHS tapes to DVDs, since I have a Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder, that records to both DVDs and VCR tapes. Since his tapes were old, they weren't the best quality. I wanted to make sure that I got the most out of his tapes, so I dug around and found this cleaner. The bottle of solution had dried up, but it's only alcohol, so I just used a bottle of regular rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol).

The Maxell unit still works, and I noticed improvement when I played his tapes, so I know it still works. The only thing that is better than using this cleaner is to open the DVD/VCR, and wipe the recording head with alcohol. It's a quick and easy job, but this Maxell unit does a decent job. If the head was really dirty, I'd have cleaned the head by hand.

If you want to clean the head by hand, just take out the screws that hold the cover on the VCR, and remove the cover. That big, silver looking thing that is tilted on an angle, is the recording head. Just wet a cotton ball with alcohol, and wipe it all over the head. Make sure you wipe the entire head several times, using several clean cotton balls that are wet with alcohol. You can also wipe the rubber rollers that move the tape along to clean the tape residue that is on them. By the time you get the cover back on the VCR, the heads will be dry and ready to use.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Dianne on March 12, 2007
Format: Electronics Verified Purchase
I have used this cleaner in several different VHS players (Panasonic, RCA, etc) and it works fine. The person that said their VCR player was rejecting the tape may have received a tape that was broken or damaged during shipping. This works very well for me. Also, my heads were extremely dirty...it was so bad that a TV recording would look so fuzzy you couldn't hardly watch it...now it's crystal clear! Definitely worth the price too!!!! One of my friends went to Walmart and paid more than eleven dollars for a similar tape cleaner (what a rip off). Buy this one instead...it's cheap and it works well (at least for me anyway).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Sinclair on August 11, 2004
Format: Electronics
I've tried this tape on three different makes of VHS decks, and they all reject it. Check your manual about cleaning before purchasing a cleaning tape.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lordia Rudd on March 26, 2010
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Most people have long ago gotten rid of their VCR's. If you're like me, you didn't throw yours out simply because there was new technology to be had. Unfortunately, if you keep your VCR you'll probably have difficulty doing anything else but taping shows off of your television because there are no new movies being released on this type of medium. Having said all that, you'll most certainly need to clean the heads on the VCR once you've decided to keep it for the long haul and this is the product you'll want to use. The Maxwell VP-200 VHS Wet Cleaner cleaned my VCR heads so well, I thought I was viewing a non-taped TV program. It's certainly worth the money (especially since I have 2 VCR's) and if you run out of the liquid, you can replace it with alcohol.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Melton on June 23, 2010
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I guess I wasted my money on this, because both vcr's I tried to use it in just automatically reject it and turn off. I followed the directions on the tape of trying to hit record instead of play when I put the cleaner in, and that did no good either. The players just turn off and kick the tape out. Just know when you buy it, this may happen. I guess it's time to get something else.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Slaughter on May 30, 2011
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After reading some reviews and getting recommendations on wet vs. dry head cleaners I decided I'd try both to clean the heads in my Panasonic VHS/DVD combo player. I've had the unit for more than 3 years but never cleaned the heads until now. I ordered this wet head cleaner, and the Maxell VP-100 dry head cleaner. This one arrived first just before Memorial Day weekend. The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box was just how flimsy the cassette felt. I've used wet head cleaners in the past, and they always had a bit of weight to them. Almost like a regular cassette. The next thing I noticed was the shoddy assembly. The top of the cassette is solid, so you can't see the spools, but it's a good thing I looked at the underside of it carefully, because one of the wheels was halfway off its "track" and needed to be pushed (hard) back into place. I hate to think what might have happened had I just put it in the VCR like that! After opening the cleaning solution I tried to put the 5-6 drops in the top hole as it instructs but the first drop just formed a bead atop the hole! There would be no putting anymore in until we got this one thru. After fussing with it (and having the red ring around the hole just pop off!) I finally got some more drops of what is clearly water into the hole, and loaded the cassette into the player. WOW! The racket this thing makes! Buzzing, clicking, ka-chunking, you name it! If any of you have had VCRs for a while you know that sickening sound the tape makes as it tangling itself around the innards of your machine, and getting chewed to Hell and back. This one made that sound, and I thought for sure I'd have to disassemble my VCR to remove it. Fortunately, it didn't jam, but it didn't PLAY either!Read more ›
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