Insignia™ - VCR Video Head Cleaner - White

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Only @ Best Buy
Keep your VCR functioning smoothly with this Insignia™ NS-HCL302 video head cleaner that features a wet cleaning system to easily remove dust and dirt, resulting in optimized VHS picture and sound quality.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Cleaning tape, cleaning fluid
  • Insignia™ VCR Video Head Cleaner

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (226 out of 252)

Features


Compatible with most VCRs

To clean your existing VCR.

Wet cleaning system

Removes dust and dirt from your VCR with ease. Cleaning after every 20 hours of VCR playback helps ensure optimized VHS picture and sound quality.

Cleaning cassette tape

Cleans your VCR head and tape path in approximately 20 seconds.


Customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    VHS Head Cleaner

    Posted
    Ladge
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Recently my VHS device abruptly lost the ability to make a recording. The message displayed said "please clean heads." So I went to my convenient Best Buy store and got an affordable cleaning kit, came back home and followed the directions. There was no change. I did five treatments, but could not get the tape to record. Aha, I thought. The tape is bad. So I took out another tape, set up and recorded a short one-minute test. When I switched to play back, I got the same request to clean the heads. Same story for three different tapes, all of which worked the previous week. My recorder is a mid-level Panasonic that mostly just sits except for the holidays, when there are specials we want to record, or during the NCAA basketball tournament. Very disappointing result, but I didn't return it because I had used it and it was not expensive. I'll just chalk this one up to failure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review this product. For additional questions or comments that you may have, please get in touch with us at https://www.insigniaproducts.com/support. Best, Fernanda B. Insignia Support. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Restored an old VCR to working order!

    Posted
    StephenS
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    I wanted to salvage and digitize a wedding video for a friend. I pulled my VHS VCR out of storage but it just wouldn't play the tape. I checked Best Buy and was surprised to see VHS head cleaners were even still available so picked this one up, did a few cleaning cycles with it, and BAM! It then played the tape as well as could be expected for a VHS tape recorded at SP in 1991! This cleaner saved my old VCR, my friend's wedding video, and put me in a good position to salvage several other old VHS videos as well while I was all setup to do it. I marked it down a star because the cleaning cycle seems really short so I had to run it through several times to achieve any meaningful cleaning. It worked though -- the smudge left behind on the cleaning material was visually obvious.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work?

    Posted
    steve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We used our VCR's until about 2 months ago. The last time I needed to clean the heads I tried using my old head cleaning cassette but it wouldn't work. So I bought a new one at Best Buy. Well it didn't work either. Not the fault of the new cleaning cassette. Turns out the VCR just got very tired and died. BUT the new head cleaning cassette really did work. Because of the sequence of these events we now have the Dish Hopper in every room. I call that a product that works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cleans head but not tape path

    Posted
    LarryB
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    I was hoping that this head cleaner worked like previous ones I purchased 20 years ago that clean the tape path in addition to the head. I was wrong. It only cleaned the head as advertised. Since I was getting damaged tapes from jamming, I ended up taking the VCR/DVD combo cover off and cleaning it manually. That is how I visually confirmed that this head cleaner really only cleans the head and not the tape path.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It really helps to clean up the picture

    Posted
    MemoryAlfa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Everything went smoothly once I figured out how to get enough of the cleaning solution onto the white ribbon inside. I had to play the tape through twice because the heads in my VCR were so dirty. It got rid of almost 100% of the diagonal lines that were ruining the playback of my old tapes. I'm glad that I got one of these, because you never know when they might become 'extinct'!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Insignia™ - VCR Video Head Cleaner

    Posted
    Emileegal
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I know this is old school, but this product worked well for me as I was in the process of converting several VHS tapes to DVD. The head cleaner did a good job of keeping my VCR head clean especially since I was using older and some used VHS tapes. I was able to get the job done sufficiently and efficiently!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thanks for having old Tech

    Posted
    lordtygr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Finally got around to making digital conversions of old VHS tapes to digital copies. Running 30 year old tapes thru the vcr got the heads terribly dirty. this cleaner fixed me right up and i was able to finally finish all my converting. So glad bestbuy actually carried this in store in this day and age!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    works well

    Posted
    bjjo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Unit works well. Instructions book is very poorly written by someone who does not understand the English language very well and that adds to the confusion. I pretty much had to figure unit usage out by myself and it took a while. There are no suggestions for cooking times in the instruction book and having never used a pressure cooker, this was a problem for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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